Nenad Naumovski

PhD Food Science, Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours)

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Dr Nenad Naumovski completed his Bachelor of Human Nutrition at the University of Newcastle (UoN), Ourimbah, NSW, Australia and an Honours degree (Class 1) in Human Nutrition with interest in biomarkers associated with the development of atherosclerosis (plasma thiols, B vitamins), dietary intake and cognitive functioning of elderly population residing in a retirement village. Dr Naumovski’s continued his studies by gaining a PhD in Food Science where he investigated the cholesterol lowering properties of major green tea catechin, epigallocatehin gallate (EGCG) in animal models of hypercholesterolemia as well as determining the pharmacokinetic and cholesterol lowering properties of EGCG in humans. During this time, Dr Naumovski applied his expertise in the development of functional food products and adaptation of chromatographic methods used for the analysis systemic absorption of EGCG and determination of cardiovascular disease biomarkers (sterols, blood lipids, carotenoids and tocopherols).

After gaining his PhD, Dr Naumovski extended his expertise in reproduction science as a research officer, where he worked under the supervision of L/Prof John Aitken (2012 NSW Scientist of the year) in the Reproductive Science group, part of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Sciences. In this position, he focused mainly on the development of new and innovative contraceptive on demand techniques that possess antimicrobial and potentially antiviral effects. During this time Dr Naumovski also worked on translation techniques from in vitro to in vivo testing using the animal models.

Dr Naumovski commenced his employment at University of Canberra (UC) in 2014 and currently he is an Associate Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He has established a research arm at UC looking into healthy aging trajectories, plant bioactives, psychocardiology and development of nutraceuticals. He also leads a self-assessment team working on the improvement in gender equality in the STEMM sector as a part of the national program Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).

Student Projects Available

Dr Naumovski’s current research interest involves healthy ageing trajectories and nexus between the areas of plant bioactives, nutraceuticals and their consumption effects on psychocardiological markers in humans. This involves the development of methods of extraction, preservation and purification of a number of bioactives found in foods and food products as well as development of functional food products. At the moment Dr Naumovski mentors several post-doctoral researchers and supervises PhD candidates, Masters and Honours students.

For the current research projects opportunities, please contact Dr Naumovski directly.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Newcastle

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

Bachelor, University of Newcastle

External positions

Visiting Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.

2019 → …

Honourary Fellow, Abertay University

2017 → …

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

2016 → …

ACT Membership Coordinator, Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR)

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2019

National Webinar Manager, Nutrition Society of Australia

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017

Research Officer, University of Newcastle

1 Jan 20111 Dec 2013

Research Assistant, University of Newcastle

1 Jan 20061 Jan 2012

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Folic Acid Medicine & Life Sciences
Tea Medicine & Life Sciences
Mediterranean Islands Medicine & Life Sciences
Mediterranean Diet Medicine & Life Sciences
Antioxidants Medicine & Life Sciences
Polyphenols Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Opuntia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2003 2019

3 Downloads (Pure)

A Mini-Review of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions to Promote Well-Being for People Living with Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

D'Cunha, N. M., Nguyen, D., Naumovski, N., McKune, A. J., Kellett, J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Frost, J. & Isbel, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Gerontology. 65, 4, p. 430-440 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality of Life
Interpersonal Relations
1 Citation (Scopus)
food production
human health

Curcumin for Cognition: Is It Just Hype, Based on Current Data?

D'Cunha, N. M., Seddon, N., Mellor, D. D., Georgousopoulou, E. N., McKune, A. J., Panagiotakos, D. B., Kellett, J. & Naumovski, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.). 10, 1, p. 179-181 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

5 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of Curcumin on Cognitive Function: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Seddon, N., D’Cunha, N. M., Mellor, D. D., McKune, A. J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Panagiotakos, D. B., Kellett, J. & Naumovski, N., Mar 2019, In : Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine. 4, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
1 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of the Consumption of Prickly Pear Cacti (Opuntia spp.) and its Products on Blood Glucose Levels and Insulin: A Systematic Review

Gouws, C. A., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Mellor, D. D., McKune, A. & Naumovski, N., May 2019, In : Medicina. 55, 5, p. 1-18 18 p., 138.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Blood Glucose

Activities 2019 2019

  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

United Arab Emirates University

Nenad Naumovski (Visiting researcher)
13 Oct 201915 Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.

Nenad Naumovski (Visiting researcher)
5 Oct 201913 Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution