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Associate Professor Alison Coates 

Position: Associate Professor Associate Professor Alison Coates
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: BJ1-36
Telephone: +61 8 830 22313
Fax: +61 8 830 22178
Email: alison_dot_coates_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/alison.coates

I joined the University of South Australia in 2004 after completing a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in Denver, Colorado.

I lecture in nutrition in the School of Health Sciences.

I am a member of the steering group for the newly formed research concentration in the Sansom Institute for Health Research called ARENA (Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity).

Research Ethics Advisor for The Division of Health Sciences

Links to other sites

Nutrition Society of Australia

Australian Society for Medical Research

Research Leadership Program, University of South Australia

peanut symposium presentation 2006

Going nuts a must for healthy hearts (April 2007)

Nuts: Food for thought (Media Release Oct 2014)

Nuts for A Healthy Heart

Article in Body and Soul about health benefits of nuts (June 2015)

Fish food the key to lower fat in pork

DHA Index symposium- a milestone in functional food research

Teaching interests

  • Human Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Division of Health Sciences Honours

I teach the following courses

HLTH 2001Human Nutrition

Professional associations

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

Nutrition Society of Australia, National Registration committee


B.Sc University of Adelaide, 1995

B.Sc (Honours) University of Adelaide, 1996

Ph.D. University of Adelaide, 2001

Research interests

  • My research investigates the role of nutrients and activity on health. I have current projects investigating 1) the role of omega-3 fatty acids in chronic inflammatory conditions and metabolism 2) relationships between nut consumption and vascular and cognitive function 3) dietary patterns and sleep.
  • I am also interested in fat metabolism, childhood obesity and sedentary behaviour
  • There are honours projects associated with a number of these areas for students planning to study in 2016.
  • I am seeking PhD students to be involved in nutrition related projects for 2016. If interested please email me to discuss

Research publications

Selected Publications for Alison Coates (nee Morris)

My publications on Google Scholar

Barbour JA, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Bryan J, Coates AM. Effect of 12 weeks High oleic peanut consumption on cardio-metabolic risk factors and body composition. Nutrients (accepted August 2015).

Fulton AS, Hill AM, Williams MT, Howe PRC, Coates AM. Paucity of evidence for a relationship between long chain omega-3 fatty acid intake and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; a systematic review. Nutrition Reviews. 2015;73(9):612-23.

Tsiros MD, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Walkley J, Hills AP, Wood R, Buckley JD. Adiposity is related to decrements in cardiorespiratory fitness in obese and normal-weight children. Pediatric Obesity (accepted April 2015).

Barbour JA, Howe PR, Buckley JD, Wright GC, Bryan J, Coates AM. Lower energy intake following consumption of Hi-oleic and regular peanuts compared with iso-energetic consumption of potato crisps. Appetite. 2014, 82:124-30.

Thomson R, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Bryan J, Matsumoto M, Buckley HD. Increases in plasma lutein through supplementation are correlated with increases in physical activity and reductions in sedentary time in older adults. Nutrients. 2014, 6(3):974-84.

Howe PR, Buckley JD, Murphy KJ, Pettman T, Milte C, Coates AM. Relationship between erythrocyte omega-3 content and obesity is gender dependent. Nutrients. 2014,6(5):1850-60.

Barbour JA, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Bryan J, Coates AM. Nut Consumption for Vascular Health and Cognitive Function. Nutrition Research Reviews. [In press Feb 2014]

Banks S, Dorrian J, Grant CL, Coates AM. Circadian Misalignment and Metabolic Consequences: Shiftwork and Altered Meal Times. In: Sleep Modulation by Obesity, Diabetes, Age, and Diet. Watson R (Ed), Elsevier, 2014 (In press).

Dorrian J, Coates AM, Heath G, Banks S. Patterns of Alcohol Consumption and Sleep in Shiftworkers. In: Sleep Modulation by Obesity, Diabetes, Age, and Diet. Watson R (Ed), Elsevier, 2014 (In press).

Fulton AS, Hill AM, Williams MT, Howe PRC, Frith PA, Wood LG, Garg ML, Coates AM. Feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial to evaluate omega-3 fatty acid supplementation as adjunct therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Trials. 2013, 14:107.

Tsiros MD, Buckley JD, Howe PRC, Walkley J, Hills AP, Coates AM. Musculoskeletal Pain in Obese Compared wirh Healthy-weight Children. Clin J Pain 2013 Nov 25 (Epub ahead of print).

Gerlach Y, Williams MT, Coates AM. Weighing up the evidence - a systematic review of measures used for the sensation of breathlessness in obesity. International Journal of Obesity. 2013, 37(3):341-9.

Wong RHX, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Evidence for circulatory benefits of resveratrol in humans. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2013 Jul;1290:52-8.

Tsiros MD, Buckley JD, Howe PRC, Olds T, Walkley J, Taylor L, Mallows R, Hills AP, Kagawa M, Coates AM. Day-to-day physical functioning and disability in obese 10-13 year olds. Pediatric Obesity. 2013,8(1):31-41.

Crichton G, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Murphy KJ, Bryan J. Dietary intervention trials: critical issues and challenges. Trials. (accepted June 2012).

Sinn N, Milte CM, Street SJ, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Petkov J, Howe PR. Effects of n-3 fatty acids, EPA v. DHA, on depressive symptoms, quality of life, memory and executive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a 6-month randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 2012, 107(11):1682-93

Murphy KJ, Thomson RL, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Effects of eating fresh lean pork on cardiometabolic health parameters. Nutrients 7:711-723, 2012.

Milte CM, Sinn N, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Young RM, Howe PRC. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, cognition and literacy in children with ADHD with and without learning difficulties. Journal of Child Health Care. 2011, 15(4):299-311.

Wong RHX, Howe PRC, Bryan J, Coates AM, Buckley JD and Berry NM. Chronic Effects of a Wild Green Oat Extract Supplementation on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults: A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial. Nutrients. Accepted March 2012.

Milte C, Sinn N, Street SJ, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Howe PRC. Erythrocyte polyunsaturated fatty acid status, memory, cognition and mood in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids. 2011;84(5-6):153-61. [IF 2.530; ranked 10/59 nutrition and dietetics].

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Coates AM. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A treatment for overweight and obese adolescents. VDM Verlag, Germany 2010.

Davison K, Bircher S, Hill AM, Coates AM, Buckley JD and Howe PRC. Influences of obesity and cardiorespiratory fitness on markers of cardiovascular function. Journal of Obesity 2010;2010:191253. Epub 2011 Jan 26

English C, McLennan H, Thoirs K, Coates AM, Bernhardt. J. Loss of skeletal muscle mass after stroke. A systematic review. International Journal of Stroke (accepted 27th Jan 2010).

Wong RHX, Howe PRC, Buckley JD, Coates AM, Kunz I, Berry NM. Acute resveratrol supplementation improves flow-mediated dilatation in overweight/obese individuals with mildly elevated blood pressure. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases 2010 Jul 29 (Epub ahead of print). [IF=3.56, ranked 10/59 nutrition and dietetics].

Tsiros MD, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Grimshaw PN, Buckley JD. Obesity the new childhood disability? Obesity Reviews. 2010 Jan 12.

Berry NM, Davison K, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Impact of cocoa flavanol consumption on blood pressure responsiveness to exercise. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010 Jan 19:1-5

Davison K, Berry NM, Misan GMH, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Dose-related effects of flavanol-rich cocoa on blood pressure. Journal of Human Hypertension. 2010 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Sjoberg NJ, Milte CM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC, Coates AM, Saint DA. Dose-dependent increases in heart rate variability and arterial compliance in overweight and obese adults with DHA-rich fish oil supplementation. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010;103(2):243-8.

Pettman TL, Buckley JD, Misan GMH, Coates AM, Howe PRC. Health benefits of a four month group-based diet and lifestyle modification program for individuals with metabolic syndrome. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice (accepted June 09)

Wang H, Knaub LA Jensen DR, Jung DY, Hong E, Ko H, Coates AM, Goldberg IJ, de la Houssaye BA, Janssen RC, Rahman SM, Choi CS, Shulman GI, Kim JK, Friedman, JE, Eckel RH. Skeletal Muscle-Specific Deletion of Lipoprotein Lipase Enhances Insulin Signaling in Skeletal Muscle but Causes Insulin Resistance in Liver and White Adipose Tissue. Diabetes. 2009, 58(1):116-24

Thorp AA, Sinn N, Buckley JD, Coates AM and Howe PRC. Soya Isoflavone Supplementation Enhances Spatial Working Memory in Men. British Journal of Nutrition 2009, 102(9):1348-54

Tsiros MD, Olds T, Buckley JD, Grimshaw P, Brennan L, Walkley J, Hills AP, Howe PRC, Coates AM. Health-related quality of life in obese children and adolescents. International Journal of Obesity. 2009, 33(4):387-400.

Davison K, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Cocoa polyphenols and exercise improve cardio-metabolic risk factors in overweight and obese subjects. International Journal of Obesity, 2008, 32(8): 1289-96.

Thorp A, Meyer B, Mori TA, Coates AM, Hodgson J, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Soy food consumption does not lower LDL-cholesterol in equol or non-equol producers. Am J Clin Nutr 2008, 88:298-04.

Pettman TL, Misan GMH, Owen K, Warren K, Coates AM Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Self-management for obesity and cardiometabolic fitness: Description and evaluation of the lifestyle modification program of a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008, 5(1): 53

Coates AM, Sioutis S, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Health benefits from regular consumption of omega-3 enriched pork. Br J Nutr 2008: 1-6

Milte CM, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Hill AM, Howe PRC. Dose dependent effects of DHA-rich tuna oil on erythrocyte DHA and blood lipid levels. British Journal of Nutrition Oct 31;:1-6 [Epub ahead of print] [IF =2.708]

Tsiros MD, Sinn N, Coates AM, Howe PRC, Buckley JD. Treatment of adolescent overweight and obesity. European Journal of Pediatrics. 2008, 167(1):9-16.

Coates AM and Howe PRC. Edible nuts and metabolic health. Current Opinion in Lipidology. 2007;18(1):25-30. IF= 5.314

Coates AM. Adipose tissue, cardiovascular and metabolic disease: Adipopharmacology of disease. Biomedical Reviews (In press, accepted Nov 06).

Pulawa LK, Jensen DR, Coates AM, Eckel RH. Dose-dependent decrease of hypertriglyceridemia in human apolipoprotein CII transgenic mice with skeletal muscle specific overexpression of human lipoprotein lipase. J Lipid Res 2007;48(1):145-51. IF=3.909.

Hill AM, LaForgia J, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PRC. Estimating abdominal adipose tissue with Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and anthropometry. Obesity 2007;15: 504-510. IF= 3.972.

Buckley JD, Hill AM, Coates AM, Howe PRC. Simpler diet and exercise strategies for managing obesity in “Physical activity and obesity”. Editors Hills AP, Bryne NM and King NA. Smith-Gordon and Co, London (Published August 2006).

Morris AM, Poirier P, Eckel RH. Obesity and Cardiovascular disease in “Adipose tissue and adipokines in health and disease”. Editors Fantuzzi G and Mazzone T, Humana Press (Nutrition and Health series). Published December 2006.

Morris AM, Sennello JA, Fayad RA, Eckel RH, Dinarello CA, Fantuzzi G. T-cell mediated hepatic inflammation modulates adiponectin levels in mice: role of tumor necrosis factor- alpha. Metabolism 2006;55(4):55-9

Sennello JA, Fayad R, Morris AM, Eckel RH, Asilmaz E, Montez J, Friedman JM, Dinarello CA, Fantuzzi G. Regulation of T-cell mediated hepatic inflammation by adiponectin and leptin. Endocrinology.2005; 146(5):2157-64

Morris AM, Calsbeek DJ, and Eckel RH. Lipid Metabolism and Nutrient Partitioning Strategies Current Drug Targets - CNS & Neurological Disorders, 2004, 3, 411-430.

Research Degree Supervisor

I currently supervise a number of PhD students in the field of nutrition research through UniSA. I am a supervisor for Ashley Fulton, Georgina Heath, Emily Watson, Crystal Grant.

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