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 Manager Victoria King, Project Officer Marlene Gojanovic, and Research Fellow, Oana Tatucu-Babet.
  Dr Emma Ridley BNutrDietet MPH PhD APD
Senior Research Fellow and Nutrition Program Manager
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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. She is also an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, and a Senior Clinical Dietitian in ICU at The Alfred Hospital. Completing her PhD in 2018, current research interests include nutrition in the post-ICU hospitalization period, understanding the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, and the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes, and in specific populations within ICU. In 2011, Emma was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship and, in 2019, she was a Finalist in the ‘Clinical Research’ category of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research for the work and outcomes within her PhD. Emma regularly delivers invited national and international presentations, is an Editor with Australian Critical Care, and has authored 80 peer-reviewed publications, (including in the New England Journal of Medicine). Emma has been a named investigator on $8.1 million of research funding with the teams she collaborates with, and is CI-A on the INTENT trial that is investigating a whole-hospital nutrition intervention in critically ill patients (NCT03292237). Emma is also leading the NUTRIENT study which will provide a benchmarking process for nutrition care in critical illness across the whole hospital period in Australia and New Zealand.

Publications in PubMed

Victoria King  Ms Victoria King MPH CCRN BNSc
Project Manager – Nutrition Program and NUTRIENT Study (currently on maternity leave, please contact Emma Ridley)
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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. Since then she has project managed other clinical trials including ICU-ROX and INTENT. She is now the Project Manager for the ANZIC-RC Nutrition Program and the NUTRIENT 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.

  Ms Marlene Gojanovic BHealth&MedSc(Hons) BSc(Nutr) MDiet
Project Officer - INTENT
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Phone: +61 3 9903 TBA

Marlene joined the ANZIC-RC Nutrition Program in March 2022 as a Project Officer. She currently manages the INTENT trial that is investigating a whole-hospital nutrition intervention in critically ill patients. Prior to this, Marlene was a senior clinical dietitian and research coordinator in ICU. Marlene completed her honours degree in 2017 and published a paper based on her thesis, examining the association between a pro-inflammatory diet and sarcopenia. She also brings project management experience as a former project officer supporting innovation and scaling projects in health services.

Oana Tatucu-Babet   Dr Oana Tatucu-Babet BNut(Hons) PhD
Research Fellow
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Phone: +61 3 9905 6643

Oana has worked at the ANZIC-RC since 2018 and currently co-leads the ‘Metabolism’ stream of research within the Nutrition Program, which includes the ECMO energy and MEASURE studies. Oana completed her PhD in 2019, which explored the measurement of segmental intestinal permeability in health and critical illness. She has published 20 articles and presented findings at six conferences, for which she won the Best Allied Health Paper Award at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and Australian College of Critical Care Nurses 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Her other research interests include gastrointestinal function during critical illness and the nutritional management of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation patients. Oana also works as an Allied Health Clinical Educator at Alfred Health and has 6 years’ experience as a clinical dietitian across acute and sub-acute settings.

Publications in PubMed

Current Studies

ECMO-Energy logoECMO Energy
  ECMO-Nutrition
 

ePICUre: a multi-centre, observational study of nutrition in paediatric critically ill children across Australia and New Zealand

INTENT Trial logo

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

 

Intensive Nutrition Therapy comparEd to usual care iN criTically ill adults - Muscle

 

The association between MEASured versus predicted energy expenditUre and clinical outcomes in adult cRitically ill patiEnts

 

Nutrition practice in critically ill adults – an observational study

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