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1972 …2020

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Professor Robert Gibson is a clinical biochemist/nutritionist who has published over 350 peer reviewed papers in a variety of paediatric, nutrition and biochemical journals. He has designed and conducted a range of randomised clinical trials involving nutrition interventions in the perinatal period.  He has tested the effects of interventions with iron, selenium, probiotics, nucleotides and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on infant biochemistry, growth, physiology and developmental outcome. Professor Gibson was awarded the 2003 Nutrition Society of Australia, Research Medal and in 2004 was made a Fellow, Nutrition Society of Australia. In 2012 he was awarded the Alexander Leaf Distinguished Scientist Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2016 made a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL).

In 1998 he established and led the Child Nutrition Research Centre which has continued as one of Australia’s leading nutrition research groups particularly in the area of fatty acids in the perinatal period.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Carleton University

External positions

Emeritus Professor of Functional Food Science, University of Adelaide


  • nutrition
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • dietary fatty acids
  • lipid biochemistry
  • perinatal

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Research Output

A Randomized Trial of Prenatal n-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Preterm Delivery

Makrides, M., Best, K., Yelland, L., McPhee, A., Zhou, S., Quinlivan, J., Dodd, J., Atkinson, E., Safa, H., Van Dam, J., Khot, N., Dekker, G., Skubisz, M., Anderson, A., Kean, B., Bowman, A., McCallum, C., Cashman, K. & Gibson, R., 1 Feb 2020, In : Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey. 75, 2, p. 79-80 2 p.

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A simple system for measuring the level of free fatty acids in human milk collected as dried milk spot

Gao, C., Liu, G., McPhee, A. J., Miller, J. & Gibson, R. A., Jul 2020, In : Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 158, 102035.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

High variability in erythrocyte, plasma and whole blood EPA and DHA levels in response to supplementation

Sparkes, C., Sinclair, A. J., Gibson, R. A., Else, P. L. & Meyer, B. J., Apr 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 4, 1017.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)