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 and Eliza Miller, and Research Assistants, Oana Tatucu-Babet and Kate Lambell.
  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. 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 55 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 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)
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.

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

Eliza is the INTENT Project Manager. She has over 8 years’ experience in nutrition and clinical research with 7 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 findings at national and international conferences. Her main research interests lie in conducting randomised controlled trials to examine nutrition interventions on short- and long-term outcomes in clinical population groups including both adult and paediatric clinical populations. 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 population health position uniquely complemented and extended her prior learning and professional experience in clinical health research.

Oana Tatucu-Babet   Dr Oana Tatucu-Babet BNut(Hons) PhD
Research Fellow
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 15 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. Oana is currently supported by a competitive Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research exploring the use of indirect calorimetry in guiding nutrition provision. Her other research interests include gastrointestinal function during critical illness and the nutritional management of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation patients. Oana also holds an Honorary Research Dietitian position at Alfred Health and has 6 years’ experience as a clinical dietitian across acute and sub-acute settings.

Publications in PubMed

   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

ECMO-Energy logo ECMO Energy

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


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