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Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Karen Charlton is an advanced accredited practising dietitian and registered public health nutritionist who teaches on the nutrition and dietetics programmes at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include diet and lifestyle interventions across the lifespan, including ageing in developing countries. Her work in micronutrient nutrition focuses on prevention of iodine deficiency for optimal pregnancy outcomes. On a population level, Karen works on strategies to lower blood pressure and was instrumental in providing evidence for mandatory regulation for salt target levels in various processed foods in South Africa.


  • 2014–present
    Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
  • 2008–2013
    Associate Professor, Public Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Wollonging


  • 2006 
    University of Cape Town, PhD
  • 1997 
    University of Cape Town, M.Phil (Epidemiology)
  • 1992 
    M.Sc. Health Sciences, Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1990 
    PG Dip Nutr Diet, Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1986 
    B.Sc Zoology, University of Cape Town