ANZIC-RC Nutrition Program

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre Nutrition Program is led by Emma Ridley. She is assisted by Project Managers, Victoria King (maternity leave) and Eliza Miller, and Research Assistants, Oana Tatucu-Babet (maternity leave) and Kate Lambell.
Emma Ridley  Dr Emma Ridley BNutrDietet MPH PhD APD
Senior Research Fellow and Nutrition Program Manager
Phone: +61 3 9903 0350
Mobile: +61 (0) 430 200 804

Emma is a Senior Research Fellow at the ANZIC-RC, Monash University where she leads the Nutrition Program, and a Senior Clinical Dietitian in ICU at The Alfred Hospital. Completing her PhD in 2018, current research interests include understanding the optimum way to determine energy requirements in the critically ill, including the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, as well as the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes in ICU patients. In 2019, Emma was awarded a NHMRC Investigator Grant and was named as a Finalist in the ‘Clinical Research’ category of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Emma regularly delivers invited national and international presentations, is an Editor with Australian Critical Care and has authored 34 peer-reviewed publications (including in the New England Journal of Medicine). Emma has been a named investigator on $6.3 million of research funding with the teams she collaborates with and is the CIA on the INTENT trial that is investigating a whole hospital nutrition intervention in critically ill patients (NCT03292237).

Publications in PubMed

Victoria King  Ms Victoria King MPH GCert CCRN BNSc
Project Manager – INTENT Study (on maternity leave from Dec 2018)
Phone: +61 3 9905 6646
Mobile: +61 (0) 409 367 132

Victoria joined the ANZIC-RC team in January 2012 as the PHARLAP-RCT Project Manager and is now the Project Manager for the INTENT Study. Prior to her work at the ANZIC-RC, Vic was an Intensive Care Unit Research Coordinator at The Alfred Hospital. She has a clinical background in Critical Care Nursing, and completed her Master's degree in Public Health in 2013.

  Dr Eliza Miller BFoodScNut(Hons) PhD
Project Manager – INTENT Study (Acting)
Phone: +61 3 9903 0217
Mobile: +61 (0) 408 330 170

Eliza joined the ANZIC-RC team in November 2018 as the INTENT Project Manager (Acting). She has over 7 years’ experience in nutrition and clinical research with 6 years of project management experience. Eliza completed her PhD in 2017 where she examined the effects of a nutrition and exercise intervention on body composition, glycaemic control, systemic inflammation and a range of other cardiovascular health outcomes in older adults diagnosed with a non-communicable disease. She has published many articles throughout her career and has presented her research and findings at national and international conferences. Her main research interests are in randomised controlled nutrition intervention studies in clinical populations. Additionally, she is also interested in knowledge translation methods and the development and implementation of strategies which address the gap between research data, use of the research evidence, and development of evidence informed clinical-, and policy-based practice and service delivery.

Prior to joining the ANZIC-RC, Eliza was the Project Manager for the seventh wave of data collection on the longitudinal Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS) at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. CATS is a globally unique study focusing on the mental, physical and emotional development of over 1,200 metropolitan-Melbourne children as they transition through the middle years of school (8-14 years). The experience Eliza gained in this population health based position uniquely complemented and extended her prior learning and professional experience in clinical health research.

Oana Tatucu-Babet   Ms Oana Tatucu-Babet BNut(Hons) 
Research Assistant (currently on maternity leave)
Phone: +61 3 9905 6643

Oana is a Dietitian working at the ANZIC-RC on a part-time basis, assisting with research projects being completed within the nutrition program. Oana is currently completing her PhD at La Trobe University, with the focus area of her research on the measurement of segmental intestinal permeability in critically ill patients and healthy adults. She has previously been involved in projects exploring energy requirements in patients receiving ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, and has an interest in gastrointestinal dysfunction during critical illness, as well as the use of indirect calorimetry in guiding nutrition delivery.

   Ms Kate Lambell BHSc MNutDiet APD 
Research Assistant
Mobile: +61 (0) 413 600 871

Kate has over 10 years’ experience working as a clinical dietitian and has a special interest in ICU nutrition, nutrition support and body composition analysis. Kate is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, with a research focus on the evaluation of bedside methods to assess skeletal muscle mass in critically ill adults. Kate is assisting with research projects within the ANZIC-RC nutrition program in a part-time capacity.

Current Studies

INTENT Trial logo

Intensive Nutrition Therapy comparEd to usual care iN criTically ill adults: A randomised controlled trial

 ECMO Energy

Completed Studies

Supplemental PN logo Supplemental parenteral nutrition in critically ill patients: a pilot randomised controlled study
 POLAR-BEAR: Prophylactic hypothermia trial to Lessen traumatic brain injury – Basal Energy Assessment Research