Dr Elena George

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exer & Nutr Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2018
Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2018
Master of Dietetics, , 2012
Bachelor of Food Science & Nutrition, Deakin University, 2011

Contact

elena.george@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68622

Biography

Elena George is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Senior Research Fellow in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her PhD at La Trobe University investigating the efficacy of a Mediterranean diet and a low fat diet in the reversal of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance. Elena has experience in the private practice and the clinical research settings as a practising dietitian. She is interested in translational research, in particular enhancing evidence based practice in dietetics through research. Her interests are in traditional dietary patterns and their practical application for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Her research also focuses on the provision of dietary interventions within multicultural cohorts prevalent in countries such as Australia. Elena is particularly interested in metabolic liver disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Research interests

Dietary patterns e.g. Mediterranean diet  for the prevention and management of chronic diseases in clinical trials and nutrition epidemiology

The provision of dietary interventions and multi-modal lifestyle interventions within diverse clinical cohorts prevalent in countries such as Australia.

Metabolic syndrome, diabetes, metabolic associated fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.

Units taught

Principles of Dietetics

Dietary Modification to Improve Health

Research for Evidence Based Dietetic Practice

Clinical Dietetic Practice

Awards

2022 Nutrition Society of Australia ANTF Early career development and travel award
2022 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Early Career Faculty Fellow Award
2021 British Nutrition Foundation, Drummond Early Career Scientist Award, runner up
2021 Dietitians Australia, Young Achiever Award 

Publications

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2024

Diet Overall and Hypocaloric Diets Are Associated With Improvements in Depression but Not Anxiety in People With Metabolic Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Tonya Paris, Robin Daly, Gavin Abbott, Surhbi Sood, Christine Freer, Marno Ryan, Elena George

(2024), pp. 100169-100169, Advances in Nutrition, United States, C1

journal article

Delivery of a telehealth supported home exercise program with dietary advice to increase plant-based protein intake in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A 12-week randomised controlled feasibility trial

Christine Freer, Elena George, Sze-Yen Tan, Gavin Abbott, Robin Daly

(2024), pp. 1-33, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1-1

journal article

Metabolic‐associated fatty liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma: a prospective study of characteristics and response to therapy

N Batt, B Rodrigues, S Bloom, R Sawhney, E George, A Hodge, N Vootukuru, C McCrae, Surbhi Sood, S Roberts, A Dev, S Bell, A Thompson, M Ryan, W Kemp, P Gow, Siddharth Sood, A Nicoll

(2024), pp. 1-9, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Mediterranean-style dietary interventions in adults with cancer: a systematic review of the methodological approaches, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy

A McHugh, E O’Connell, B Gurd, P Rae, E George, A Kleckner, B Baguley

(2024), pp. 1-14, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Prevalence of Sarcopenia and Its Defining Components in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Varies According to the Method of Assessment and Adjustment: Findings from the UK Biobank

Christine Freer, Elena George, Sze-Yen Tan, Gavin Abbott, David Scott, Robin Daly

(2024), pp. 1-11, Calcified Tissue International, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Alternative models to support weight loss in chronic musculoskeletal conditions: effectiveness of a physiotherapist-delivered intensive diet programme for knee osteoarthritis, the POWER randomised controlled trial

K Allison, S Jones, R Hinman, J Pardo, P Li, A DeSilva, J Quicke, P Sumithran, J Prendergast, E George, M Holden, N Foster, K Bennell

(2024), Vol. 58, pp. 538-547, British Journal of Sports Medicine, C1

journal article
2023

A Mediterranean and low-fat dietary intervention in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients: Exploring participant experience and perceptions about dietary change

E George, A Forsyth, A Reddy, C Itsiopoulos, S Roberts, A Nicoll, M Ryan, A Tierney

(2023), Vol. 36, pp. 592-602, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, England, C1

journal article

Extra-virgin olive oil improves HDL lipid fraction but not HDL-mediated cholesterol efflux capacity: a double-blind, randomized, controlled, cross-over study (OLIVAUS)

K Sarapis, E George, W Marx, H Mayr, J Willcox, K Powell, O Folasire, A Lohning, L Prendergast, C Itsiopoulos, C Thomas, G Moschonis

(2023), Vol. 130, pp. 641-650, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

The burden of type 2 diabetes in Australia during the period 1990-2019: Findings from the global burden of disease study

S Islam, G Siopis, S Sood, R Uddin, T Tegegne, J Porter, D Dunstan, S Colagiuri, P Zimmet, E George, R Maddison

(2023), Vol. 199, pp. 1-8, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effect of Dietary Intervention, with or without Cointerventions, on Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

R Hall, E George, A Tierney, A Reddy

(2023), Vol. 14, pp. 475-499, Advances in Nutrition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Nut and seed consumption is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in females but not males: findings from the 2005-2018 NHANES data

T Wong, E George, G Abbott, R Daly, E Georgousopoulou, S Tan

(2023), European Journal of Nutrition, Germany, C1

journal article

Experience and perceptions among rheumatoid arthritis patients following a telehealth-delivered dietary intervention: a qualitative study

Tala Raad, Anne Griffin, Elena George, Louise Larkin, Alexander Fraser, Norelee Kennedy, Audrey Tierney

(2023), Vol. 43, pp. 1913-1924, Rheumatology International, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

A web-based low carbohydrate diet intervention significantly improves glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes: results of the T2Diet Study randomised controlled trial

J Dening, M Mohebbi, G Abbott, E George, K Ball, S Islam

(2023), Vol. 13, Nutrition and Diabetes, C1

journal article

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Sarcopenia as Comorbid Chronic Diseases in Older Adults: Established and Emerging Treatments and Therapies

J Mesinovic, J Fyfe, J Talevski, M Wheeler, G Leung, E George, M Hunegnaw, C Glavas, P Jansons, R Daly, D Scott

(2023), Vol. 47, pp. 719-742, Diabetes and Metabolism Journal, C1

journal article

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may improve serum adiponectin in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: The MEDINA randomized controlled trial

A Reddy, P Gatta, S Mason, A Nicoll, M Ryan, C Itsiopoulos, G Abbott, N Johnson, S Sood, S Roberts, E George, A Tierney

(2023), Vol. 119, pp. 98-108, Nutrition Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The global fatty liver disease Sustainable Development Goal country score for 195 countries and territories

J Lazarus, H Han, H Mark, S Alqahtani, J Schattenberg, J Soriano, T White, S Zelber-Sagi, M Dirac, A Aali, M Abbasi-Kangevari, E Abu- Gharbieh, O Abu-Shawer, M Aggarwal, B Ahinkorah, A Ahmad, A Ahmadi, F Alahdab, M Alkhayyat, S Almustanyir, H Amu, A Anoushiravani, T Ashraf, B Atinafu, S Azadnajafabad, N Baghcheghi, S Bagherieh, M Bardhan, D Ramirez, A Bhagavathula, N Bhala, A Bhat, M Bilalaga, A Biondi, S Bitaraf, S Bolla, A Boustany, D Calina, I Campos-Nonato, K Vijay, S Chung, D Contreras, S Cortés, O Da'Ar, O Dadras, X Dai, B Danaei, R Desai, S Djalalinia, D Dongarwar, H Dsouza, T Ekundayo, I El Sayed, N Elemam, M Elmonem, A Elsharkawy, S Ezzikouri, A Farwati, F Farzadfar, G Fekadu, F Fischer, T Garg, E George, S Ghamari, M Nour, A Goel, M Golechha, P Goleij, V Gupta, P Habibzadeh, A Ali, S Hamid, H Harapan, S Hariri, M Hashemian, A Hassan, M Hassen, S Hay, Y Hiraike, R Homayounfar, M Hosseini, S Shabanan, S Hoveidamanesh, V Hsieh, J Huang, S Hussain, S Ibitoye, O Ilesanmi, N Ismail, C Iwu, J Linda Merin, E Jamshidi, U Jayarajah, S Jayaram, B Jeswani, J Jonas, A Joseph, C Joshua, J Jozwiak, A Kabir

(2023), Vol. 78, pp. 911-928, Hepatology, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article
2022

Nutrient patterns are associated with discordant apoB and LDL: A population-based analysis

M Mazidi, R Webb, E George, N Shekoohi, J Lovegrove, I Davies

(2022), Vol. 128, pp. 712-720, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Extra virgin olive oil high in polyphenols improves antioxidant status in adults: a double-blind, randomized, controlled, cross-over study (OLIVAUS)

K Sarapis, E George, W Marx, H Mayr, J Willcox, T Esmaili, K Powell, O Folasire, A Lohning, M Garg, C Thomas, C Itsiopoulos, G Moschonis

(2022), Vol. 61, pp. 1073-1086, European Journal of Nutrition, Germany, C1

journal article

Is there an association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cognitive function? A systematic review

E George, S Sood, R Daly, S Tan

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-19, BMC Geriatrics, London, Eng, C1

journal article

Randomised controlled trial of a web-based low carbohydrate diet intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes: the T2Diet study protocol

J Dening, E George, K Ball, M Mohebbi, S Shariful Islam

(2022), Vol. 12, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, England, C1

journal article

User-centered development of a digitally-delivered dietary intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes: The T2Diet study

J Dening, E George, K Ball, S Islam

(2022), Vol. 28, pp. 1-8, Internet Interventions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Perspective: Is it Time to Expand Research on 'Nuts' to Include 'Seeds'? Justifications and Key Considerations

Elena George, Robin Daly, Siew Tey, Rachel Brown, Tommy Wong, Sze-Yen Tan

(2022), Vol. 13, pp. 1-12, Advances in Nutrition, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

A randomised controlled trial of a Mediterranean Dietary Intervention for Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis (MEDRA): Study protocol

T Raad, E George, A Griffin, L Larkin, A Fraser, N Kennedy, A Tierney

(2022), Vol. 28, Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Exploring the Path of Mediterranean Diet, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Inflammation towards 10-Year Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk: The ATTICA Study 10-Year Follow-Up (2002-2012)

E George, E Georgousopoulou, D Mellor, C Chrysohoou, C Pitsavos, D Panagiotakos

(2022), Vol. 14, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Effect of progressive resistance training with weight loss compared with weight loss alone on the fatty liver index in older adults with type 2 diabetes: secondary analysis of a 12-month randomized controlled trial

C Freer, E George, S Tan, G Abbott, D Dunstan, R Daly

(2022), Vol. 10, BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, England, C1

journal article

Higher Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Is Associated with Improved Insulin Sensitivity and Selected Markers of Inflammation in Individuals Who Are Overweight and Obese without Diabetes

S Sood, J Feehan, C Itsiopoulos, K Wilson, M Plebanski, D Scott, J Hebert, N Shivappa, A Mousa, E George, B Courten

(2022), Vol. 14, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Exploring engagement with a web-based dietary intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes: A mixed methods evaluation of the T2Diet study

J Dening, K Zacharia, K Ball, E George, S Islam

(2022), Vol. 17, pp. e0279466-e0279466, PLoS ONE, United States, C1

journal article
2021

The association of red meat intake with inflammation and circulating intermediate biomarkers of type 2 diabetes is mediated by central adiposity

M Mazidi, A Kengne, E George, M Siervo

(2021), Vol. 125, pp. 1043-1050, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Effectiveness of a mobile phone text messaging intervention on dietary behaviour in patients with type 2 diabetes: a post-hoc analysis of a randomised controlled trial

Sheikh Shariful Islam, Elena George, Ralph Maddison

(2021), Vol. 7, pp. 1-10, mHealth: A journal for research, validation, and discussion of mobile technology, digital health, and medicine, Shatin, Hong Kong, C1

journal article

The association between diet and hepatocellular carcinoma: A systematic review

E George, S Sood, A Broughton, G Cogan, M Hickey, W Chan, S Sudan, A Nicoll

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 1-23, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Poor adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with increased likelihood of metabolic syndrome components in children: The Healthy Growth Study

E George, S Gavrili, C Itsiopoulos, Y Manios, G Moschonis

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 2823-2833, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Associations between nut intake, cognitive function and non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in older adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-14

S Tan, E Georgousopoulou, B Cardoso, R Daly, E George

(2021), Vol. 21, BMC Geriatrics, England, C1

journal article

Intake of Nuts and Seeds Is Associated with a Lower Prevalence of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in US Adults: Findings from 2005-2018 NHANES

Barbara Cardoso, Barbara Cardoso, Sze-Yen Tan, Sze-Yen Tan, Robin Daly, Robin Daly, Jack Dalla Via, Jack Dalla Via, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Elena George, Elena George

(2021), Vol. 151, pp. 3507-3515, JOURNAL OF NUTRITION, C1

journal article

Dietary interventions with or without omega-3 supplementation for the management of rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review

T Raad, A Griffin, E George, L Larkin, A Fraser, N Kennedy, A Tierney

(2021), Vol. 13, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Effects of an online education program on physiotherapists' confidence in weight management for people with osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial

Kim Allison, Sarah Jones, Rana Hinman, Andrew Briggs, Priya Sumithran, Jonathan Quicke, Melanie Holden, Neville Chiavaroli, Sam Crofts, Elena George, Nadine Foster, Kim Bennell

(2021), pp. 1-36, Arthritis Care & Research, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Mediterranean lifestyle: Linking social life and behaviors, residential environment, and cardiovascular disease prevention

Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Elena George, Duane Mellor, Demosthenes Panagiotakos

(2020), pp. 67-71, The Mediterranean Diet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Effect of high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil on markers of cardiovascular disease risk in healthy Australian adults (OLIVAUS): a protocol for a double-blind randomised, controlled, cross-over study

W Marx, E George, H Mayr, C Thomas, K Sarapis, G Moschonis, G Kennedy, A Pipingas, J Willcox, L Prendergast, C Itsiopoulos

(2020), Vol. 77, pp. 523-528, Nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Tomato and lycopene consumption is inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality: A population-based cohort study, on behalf of the International Lipid Expert Panel (ILEP)

M Mazidi, N Katsiki, E George, M Banach

(2020), Vol. 124, pp. 1303-1310, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Measuring nutrition-related outcomes in a cohort of multi-trauma patients following intensive care unit discharge

K Wittholz, K Fetterplace, M Clode, E George, C MacIsaac, R Judson, J Presneill, A Deane

(2020), Vol. 33, pp. 414-422, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Association Between Nutrient Patterns and Hypertension Among Adults in the United States: A Population-Based Survey

M Mazidi, R Ofori-Asenso, E George, H Vatanparast

(2020), Vol. 27, pp. 133-138, High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Prevention, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Effect of Dietary and Supplemental Lycopene on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

A Tierney, C Rumble, L Billings, E George

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 1453-1488, Advances in Nutrition, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

The effect of high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil on blood pressure and arterial stiffness in healthy australian adults: A randomized, controlled, cross-over study

K Sarapis, C Thomas, J Hoskin, E George, W Marx, H Mayr, G Kennedy, A Pipingas, J Willcox, L Prendergast, C Itsiopoulos, G Moschonis

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-17, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Web-based interventions for dietary behavior in adults with Type 2 diabetes: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Jedha Dening, Sheikh Islam, Elena George, Ralph Maddison

(2020), pp. 1-13, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Pittsburgh, Pa., C1

journal article

Dietary interventions with or without omega-3 supplementation for the management of rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review protocol

Tala Raad, Elena George, Anne Griffin, Louise Larkin, Alexander Fraser, Norelee Kennedy, Audrey Tierney

(2020), Vol. 3, pp. 1-9, HRB open research, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

The effect of high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil on cardiovascular risk factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis

E George, S Marshall, H Mayr, G Trakman, O Tatucu-Babet, A Lassemillante, A Bramley, A Reddy, A Forsyth, A Tierney, C Thomas, C Itsiopoulos, W Marx

(2019), Vol. 59, pp. 2772-2795, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, United States, C1

journal article

Effect of dietary intervention, with or without co-interventions, on inflammatory markers in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a systematic literature review

A Reddy, E George, S Roberts, A Tierney

(2019), Vol. 77, pp. 765-786, Nutrition reviews, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Practical dietary recommendations for the prevention andmanagement of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adults

E George, A Forsyth, C Itsiopoulos, A Nicoll, M Ryan, S Sood, S Roberts, A Tierney

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 30-40, Advances in Nutrition, United States, C1

journal article

The role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a narrative review

C Itsiopoulos, W Marx, H Mayr, O Tatucu-Babet, S Dash, E George, G Trakman, J Kelly, C Thomas, L Brazionis

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 42-51, Journal of nutrition and intermediary metabolism, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A Mediterranean diet model in australia: Strategies for translating the traditional Mediterranean diet into a multicultural setting

E George, T Kucianski, H Mayr, G Moschonis, A Tierney, C Itsiopoulos

(2018), Vol. 10, Nutrients, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Randomization to 6-month Mediterranean diet compared with a low-fat diet leads to improvement in Dietary Inflammatory Index scores in patients with coronary heart disease: the AUSMED Heart Trial

H Mayr, C Thomas, A Tierney, T Kucianski, E George, M Ruiz-Canela, J Hebert, N Shivappa, C Itsiopoulos

(2018), Vol. 55, pp. 94-107, Nutrition Research, United States, C1

journal article

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients attending two metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne, Australia: high risk status and low prevalence

E George, S Roberts, A Nicoll, A Reddy, T Paris, C Itsiopoulos, A Tierney

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 1369-1376, Internal Medicine Journal, Australia, C1

journal article
2017

What is the optimal dietary composition for NAFLD?

Elena George, Audrey Tierney, Katrina Campbell, Graeme Macdonald, Ingrid Hickman

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 346-355, Current hepatology reports, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2016

A randomised controlled trial of a Mediterranean Dietary Intervention for Adults with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (MEDINA): Study protocol

E Papamiltiadous, S Roberts, A Nicoll, M Ryan, C Itsiopoulos, A Salim, A Tierney

(2016), Vol. 16, BMC Gastroenterology, England, C1

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Lifestyle intervention for metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease: a 24-h integrated behavior perspective

Shelley Keating, Yogesh Chawla, Arka De, Elena George

(), Hepatology International, C1

journal article

The Evidence Surrounding Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Individuals with Cancer: A Systematic Literature Review

Elena George, Surbhi Sood, Nicole Kiss, Robin Daly, Amanda Nicoll, Stuart Roberts, Brenton Baguley

(), Vol. 30, pp. 48-74, Current Oncology, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Associations between nut intake, cognition function and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in older adults

Dr Sze Yen Tan, Dr Barbara Rita Cardoso, Dr Elena George, Prof Robin Daly

International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation Research Grant

  • 2021: $18,146
  • 2019: $18,559

Peanut butter as a strategy to improve older adults' physical capacity

Dr Sze Yen Tan, Prof Robin Daly, Dr Elena George

The Peanut Institute Peanut Nutrition Grant

  • 2024: $79,581
  • 2022: $106,658

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2022

Jedha Dening

Thesis entitled: Web-Based Low Carbohydrate Dietary Intervention for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences