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Louise Burke OAM - Head of Sports Nutrition

Prof Louise Burke

OAM, PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Diet, FSMA, FACSM


  • PhD – Deakin University
  • BSc (Nutr) – Deakin University
  • Grad Dip Diet – Deakin University
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian
  • Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, Sports Dietitians Australia, Sports Medicine Australia


  • Manager of AIS Sports Nutrition team of 6 sports dietitians, 3 Fellows in Sports Nutrition, 5 consultant sports dietitians, 2 administrators
  • Chair in Sports Nutrition, School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Provider of nutrition services for Road Cycling and Track & Field programs within Australia’s Winning Edge program
  • Coordinator of AIS Sports Supplement Framework and member of AIS Sports Supplement Panel
  • Team dietitian for the Australian Olympic team (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012)
  • Director of IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition distance education program

Professional interests

  • Research
    • Nutritional periodisation – fat adaptation, “train low, compete high”
    • Fluid needs for optimal performance
    • Carbohydrate metabolism and performance of exercise
    • Protein needs for adaptation and recovery
    • Nutritional ergogenic aids
    • Pre-cooling strategies for exercise in hot conditions
    • Post-exercise recovery
    • Optimising energy availability and calcium status in athletes
    • New technologies for monitoring and educating athletes

Educational material

  • 2 textbooks (“Practical Sports Nutrition” and “Clinical Sports Nutrition”)
  • Several lay books including “Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance” and "Caffeine for Sports Performance"
  • 5 cookbooks
  • >250 peer reviewed papers and book chapters

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