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Professor Andrew McAinch

BAppSci, BSci Hons, Master Nutrition & Dietetics, PhD, APD, Advanced Sports Dietitian

Professor, College of Health & Biomedicine

Professor Andrew McAinch has clinical training as a Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist as well as research training in molecular physiology.

He is interested in studying dietary and exercise modifications for the treatment of disease states, particularly obesity, diabetes and related co-morbidities. He is also interested in the utilisation of human primary skeletal muscle cell cultures and associated research techniques for the investigation of obesity and diabetes related abnormalities.

Andrew has been the Treasurer for the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society for the last 5 years, is currently a member of the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics (Australia, New Zealand), Leader of the Lifestyle Associated Diseases Program area within the Centre for Chronic Disease and member of the College Research and Research Training Committee.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

McAinch AJ, Cornall LM, Watts R, Hryciw DH, O’Brien PE, Cameron-Smith D. (2015) Increased pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase expression in cultured myotubes from obese and diabetic individuals.  European Journal of Nutrition, 54,1033-1043.

Naughton SS, Mathai ML, Hryciw DH, McAinch AJ. (2015) Australia's nutrition transition 1961-2009: a focus on fats. British Journal of Nutrition, 114 (3), 337-346.

O’Keefe L, Simcocks AC, Hryciw DH, Mathai ML, McAinch AJ. (2014) The Cannabinoid Receptor 1 and its role in influencing peripheral metabolism. Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism, 16, 294–304.

Simcocks AC, O’Keefe L, Jenkin KA, Mathai ML, Hryciw DH, McAinch AJ. (2014) A potential role for GPR55 in the regulation of energy homeostasis. Drug Discovery Today, 19(8),1145-1151.

Cornall LM, Mathai ML, Hryciw DH, McAinch AJ. (2014) GPR120 Agonism as a Countermeasure against Metabolic Diseases. Drug Discovery Today, 19 (5), 670-679 .

View more of Andrew's publications: Andrew McAinch / AJ McAinch.

Books

McAinch A.J., Segman A., Belski R., O'Mahony B., Payne W.R. (2011) Literature Review: Firefighter Nutrition and Hydration, ISBN 978-1-74287-201-8, Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne.

Refereed chapters

Cornall L, Hryciw D, Mathai M, McAinch A. (2012) Generation and Use of Cultured Human Primary Myotubes, In Muscle Biopsy, Editor: Sundaram C, ISBN: 978-953-307-785-7, InTech, Croatia.

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Research student supervision (current): 8 PhD

Research student supervision (complete): 7 PhD, 10 Honours

Research grants

Professor McAinch has been a Chief Investigator (CI) on 35 research grants since 2005, which have received approximately $2.8 million in funding. These grants and publications span the areas of molecular physiology, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, chronic disease (particularly obesity and diabetes), nutrition in young and older individuals, as well as public health nutrition.

Nationally competitive grants & other awards

2012-13; (USD) $68,625; Project ID 2011.385; Allen Foundation Inc; Role for fatty acid consumption in the treatment of obesity; Skelly D, McAinch AJ.

2010-11; $46,206; Grant ID: 6662; Helen Macpherson Smith Trust; Impact of Obesity on Protein Handling by the Kidney; Skelly D, McAinch AJ.

2009-10; $29,967; RA58/08 Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Establishment Grant; The establishment of human primary skeletal muscle cell cultures to investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in peripheral adiponectin resistance; McAinch AJ.

Grants and other awards

2014-2017; $434,949; 2013 VU Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Research Program; Obesity induced-insulin resistance and exercise, the role of MicroRNA and the next frontier in the development of therapeutic targets; Stepto N, Hayes A, Cooke M, McAinch A, McConell G, Hawley J.

2016; $25,000 US; Border Biomedical Research Centre (BBRC) Pilot Research Project; In-vitro electrical pulse stimulation as exercise mimetic for human myotubes; Bajpeyi S, Khan A, McAinch AJ, Verbermoes N, King G

2015; $25,899; VU Central Research Grant Scheme; CRGS 26/15: Uncovering the influence of different types of protein on training-induced mitochondrial biogenesis; Bartlett JD, Bishop DJ, McAinch AJ

2012-2015; $362, 276; 2011 VU Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Research Program; Cannabinoid receptor signalling in obesity; Skelly D, McAinch A, Mathai M, McConell G, Poronnik P.

2012-2015; $362, 276; 2011 VU Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Research Program; Exercise for health in women with polycystic ovary syndrome; Stepto N, Polman R, Levinger I, McAinch A, Teede H, Norman R, Moran L, Heilbronn L, Buckley J, Brinkworth G.

2014; $187,724; Prevention and management of chronic disease via Meals on Wheels; Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Locals; McAinch AJ, Krassie J, Stojanovska L, Polman R, van Uffelen J, Fry C

2014; $169,693; Enhancing physical literacy in children from low socioeconomic backgrounds; Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Locals; Polman R, Borkoles E, Farrow D, McAinch AJ

2014; $49,950; Victoria University Interprofessional education program (IPEP) research grants scheme; ActiV4her- A pilot study in inter-professional practice and education in a clinical model of lifestyle change for women; Stepto NK, Teede HJ, Stewart A, McAinch AJ, Jimnez A.

2014; $33,350; VU Research Infrastructure Grant Scheme; Classical Ussing System for electrophysiological investigation of epithelial transport. McAinch AJ, Nurgali K, Mathai M, Sakkal S, Rahman A.

2014; $30,000; VU International Collaborative Research Grant Scheme With University At Texas El Paso (UTEP) 2014: Role of Endocannabinoids and Diet In Obesity Management; McAinch AJ, Bajpeyi S.

2014; $26,991; VU Central Research Grant Scheme; CRGS 40/14: The role of GPR55 and GPR18 in obesity and diabetes; McAinch AJ, Hutchinson DS, Russell AP, Skelly DH, Verty A.

2011-2014; $85,260; National Heart Foundation of Australia Postgraduate Scholarship; Scholarship to Lauren Cornall; Supervisors; McAinch AJ, Mathai M.

2011-2014; $62,500; Australian Rotary Health Research Fund Postgraduate Scholarship; Scholarship to Anna Roy; Supervisors; McAinch AJ, Skelly D.

2012; $225,700; Victoria University Research Infrastructure Grant; High speed and High Performance Live-cell Confocal Imaging System; Nurgali K, Blatch G, McConell G, Ebeling P, Westerbeek H, McKenna M, Miliszewska I, Yeager T, Senior P, McAinch A, Hayes A, Zulli A, Shaw C, Verghese E, Pesce E, Sakkal S.

Professional memberships

  • Dietitians Association of Australia; Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) (1998 - current)
  • Sports Dietitians Australia; Advanced Sports Dietitian (1998 - current)
  • Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (2001 - current): Treasurer

Areas of expertise

  • Dietary and Exercise modifications for the treatment of disease states particularly obesity, diabetes and related co-morbidities.
  • Investigation of the endocannabinoid system and other G-protein coupled receptors on obesity and diabetes
  • The utilisation of human primary skeletal muscle cell cultures and associated research techniques for the investigation of obesity and diabetes related abnormalities

Contact details

+61 3 9919 2019