Professor Maria Makrides, Professor of Human Nutrition, Women and Kids ,
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Professor Makrides leads a multi-disciplinary research group of over 60 staff who are highly skilled in conducting and translating nutrition intervention trials involving mothers and babies.
As a research dietitian, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality research. She is particularly recognised for work investigating the health effects of dietary fatty acids, iron and novel dietary ingredients in the perinatal period. This work has resulted in significant changes in the composition of infant formulae and had an important impact on changing international food laws, which determine the minimum safe composition of infant foods.