ANZIC-RC Nutrition Program

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre Nutrition Program is led by Dr Emma Ridley. The aims of the Nutrition Program are to:
  • Conduct high quality, meaningful research that addresses the needs of consumers and generates new knowledge to impact global nutrition care for critically ill patients.
  • Improve capacity and skill in critical care nutrition research across Australia and New Zealand
  • Support and mentor academic clinician researchers of all disciplines with an interest in critical care nutrition

The Nutrition Program Projects include:

CONTINUE: CONTINUation of Enteral nutrition prior to extubation compared to standard care
DIRECT: GuiDIng energy provision using indiREct CalorimeTry

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

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

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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

Audit of Severe Acute Pancreatitis Feeding Practices in Australasia

Davies AR, Morrison SS, Ridley EJ, Bailey M, Banks MD, Cooper DJ, Hardy G, McIlroy K, Thomson A, ASAP Study Investigators. Nutritional therapy in patients with acute pancreatitis requiring critical care unit management: a prospective observational study in Australia and New Zealand. Crit Care Med 2011;39:462-8.
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Tatucu-Babet OA, Diehl A, Kratzing C, Lambell K, Burrell A, Tierney A, Nyulasi I, Bailey M, Sheldrake J, Ridley EJ. Modified indirect calorimetry for patients on venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a pilot feasibility study. Eur J Clin Nutr 2023.;
ECMO Observational
Ridley EJ, Davies AR, Robins EJ, Lukas G, Bailey MJ, Fraser JF, Australian and New Zealand Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Nutrition Therapy. Nutrition therapy in adult patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a prospective, multicentre, observational study. Crit Care Resusc 2015;17:183-9.
ENTERIC: Early nasojejunal with nasogastric nutrition in critical illness
Davies AR, Morrison SS, Bailey MJ, Bellomo R, Cooper DJ, Doig GS, Finfer SR, Heyland DK, ENTERIC Study Investigators, ANZICS Clinical Trials Group. A multicenter, randomized controlled trial comparing early nasojejunal with nasogastric nutrition in critical illness. Crit Care Med 2012;40:2342-8.
POLAR-BEAR: Prophylactic hypothermia trial to Lessen traumatic brain injury – Basal Energy Assessment Research
Ridley E, Davies AR, Bernard S, McArthur C, Murray L, Paul E, Trapani A, Cooper DJ. Measured energy expenditure in mildly hypothermic critically ill patients with traumatic brain injury: A sub-study of a randomized controlled trial. Clin Nutrition 2021;40:3875-82.
Supplemental parenteral nutrition in critically ill patients: a pilot randomised controlled study
Ridley EJ, Davies AR, Parke R, Bailey M, McArthur C, Gillanders L, Cooper DJ, McGuinness S. Supplemental parenteral nutrition versus usual care in critically ill adults: a pilot randomized controlled study. Crit Care 2018;22:12.
TARGET The Augmented versus Routine approach to Giving Energy Trial
The TARGET Investigators, for the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, Chapman M, Peake SL, Bellomo R, Davies A, Deane A, Horowitz M, Hurford S, Lange K, Little L, Mackle D, O'Connor S, Presneill J, Ridley E, Williams P, Young P. Energy-Dense versus Routine Enteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill. N Engl J Med 2018;379:1823-34.