Professor of Nutrition
Professor Elaine Rush has dedicated 30 years of scientific enquiry at the cutting edge of health and education. Currently, as Professor of Nutrition at AUT her work is centered on the prevention of chronic disease across the lifecycle. An internationally recognised research leader with expertise in nutrition, energy expenditure, physical activity and the measurement of body composition, Elaine is a champion for the multi-ethnic communities she works with.
Elaine’s career began as a cardiopulmonary technologist at Greenlane Hospital. Elaine has a PhD and a Master of Sciences First Class Honours in physiology from the University of Auckland. To date, Elaine has supervised 19 PhD and Masters’ students to completion and is currently supervising another 14 postgraduate students. Since 2004 Elaine has attracted $4.2M of research funding.
She provides academic leadership for Project Energize, a multimillion dollar regional health programme (244 schools, 44000 children) that has - through schools - improved nutrition and physical activity. Elaine also leads the nutritional research arm of AUT University’s Pacific Island Families Study, a longitudinal study of the developmental health and well-being of more than 1000 Pacific children and their families. Other research interests include the acute and chronic interactions of different nutrients including sugar, caffeine and vitamin B12 on metabolism and the development of disease.
Elaine has served as the New Zealand representative for the International Association for the Study of Obesity, an expert consultant for the World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Nutrition and Health (1999‐2008). She is also the Scientific Director of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Professor Rush's extended academic profile.