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Dr George Siopis

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Position

Executive Dean Health Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exer & Nutr Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2021

Contact

george.siopis@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46949

Biography summary

George was born and raised in Athens, Greece where he initially pursued studies in music, taught classical guitar at the Conservatory and fullfiled the mandatory military service (special forces alumni: rank commando). 

He moved to the UK in 2004 to pursue studies in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (BSc) and Neuroscience (Hons) at the University of Surrey, where he investigated the nuclear translocation of the PER3 polymorphic variant circadian clock proteins within the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

In 2007, he accepted an MRC scholarship to pursue research in Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics at the prestigious MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. During his tenure there he used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy to investigate the structure of the hepatitis C virus internal ribosomal entry site. 

He first came to Australia in 2009, to undertake research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology at the University of New South Wales. He was named the inaugural Miltenyi Biotec Australia scholar, and embarked to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanism underpinning functional muscle tissue regeneration following allotransplantation of adult satelite cells into a damaged muscle bed.

He completed a Master in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of Sydney. At the same time he represented Australia in Powerlifting, winning the world championship in his weight division in 2014, while setting 11 national records in the process. 

He completed a PhD in Science at The University of Sydney in which he reported on the access to and effectiveness of dietetic services for people with type 2 diabetes in Australia.

He has published collaborative research with researchers from universities in Australia, Europe and the US and he has written several policy and perspective manuscripts published in official journals including the official journal of the American Geriatrics Society, of Sports Medicine Australia, of the American College of Sports Medicine, of the British Dietetic Association, and of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

George is currently undertaking an Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health at Deakin University. During this Fellowship, he is conducting a series of epidemiological analyses to elucidate the junction between non-communicable and communicable diseases with the ultimate objective to inform public health policy and clinical practice.

Career highlights

  • Executive Dean Health Research Fellow (Deakin University)
  • International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Committee Award
  • International Society of Hypertension spotlight
  • University of Sydney International Stretegic fund scholar
  • Neville Whiffen scholar (The University of Sydney)
  • UNSW International Postgraduate Research scholar (Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology)
  • Miltenyi Biotec Australia inaugural scholar (Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology)
  • Laboratory of Molecular Biology scholar (MRC-LMB, University of Cambridge)
  • Biochemistry Foundation Prize "for written exposition"
  • Medical Research Council scholar (MRC-LMB, University of Cambridge)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Prize "for the best research project"
  • Gordon Hartman Prize "for excellent performance" (University of Surrey)
  • Greek Special Forces alumni (Rank: Commando)
  • Classical Guitar Virtuoso and Instructor (Athenaeum Conservatory)
  • Music Harmony Instructor (National Conservatory of Greece)
  • Australian Powerlifting Record Holder (11 national records)
  • Overall Raw Submasters Powerlifting World Champion (GPA Sydney 2014)

Research interests

  • The link between chronic and communicable diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Big data analysis
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sports Science 
  • Performance

Knowledge areas

  • Molecular chronobiology
  • Structural biology
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • COVID-19
  • Epidemiology
  • Sports Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Physical Activity
  • Sleep

Conferences

  • 2022, November 8 Connected Health NHMRC CRE, Melbourne, Australia
    2022, October 14 International Society of Hypertension, Kyoto, Japan (won an ISH New Investigator Award)
  • 2020, June 25  Boden Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2020, October 30 EMCR Symposium, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney, Australia
  • 2020, June 2 ASN Conference, Seattle, WA, USA. (attracted 29,437 participants from 164 countries)
  • 2019, June 26 DAA’s NSW Chapter of Diabetes Interest Group, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2018, Sept. 21  EMCR Symposium, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2018, June 15   NSW Diabetes Forum, Novotel, Parramatta, NSW, Australia.

Awards

  • 2022-2024 Deakin University Executive Dean Health Research Fellowship 
  • 2022 International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Committee Award
  • 2022 Australian Government Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2021 Australian Government Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2020 Australian Government Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • 2020  University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)
  • 2018-2020 Neville Whiffen scholarship
  • 2017-2020 University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS) – Strategic Fund
  • 2009-2010 Inaugural Miltenyi Biotec Australia scholarship
  • 2009-2010 University of New South Wales International Postgraduate Award
  • 2007-2008 Medical Research Council (MRC) scholarship
  • 2007 GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Biochemistry Prize for the ‘Best Biochemistry Project’
  • 2006 Biochemistry Founder’s Prize for ‘Written Exposition’
  • 2006 MRC - Laboratory of Molecular Biology summer scholarship
  • 2005 Gordon Hartman Prize for ‘Excellent performance in Level 1 exams’

Projects

Elucidating the junction between chronic and communicable diseases:

  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome and adverse outcomes from chronic and communicable diseases
  • Adipose tissue as an immune system-regulating organ
  • Hyperglycaemia and the immune system
  • The immunomodulatory role of individual nutrients, dietary patterns, and diet
  • How does the type, duration and intensity of physical activity affect the immune system's function
  • The ageing immune system. The differential effect of biological vs chronological ageing on the function of the immune system.

Publications

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2022

Contribution of Biological Age-Predictive Biomarkers to Nutrition Research: A Systematic Review of the Current Evidence and Implications for Future Research and Clinical Practice

G Siopis, J Porter

(2022), Vol. 13, pp. 1930-1946, Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.), C1

journal article

Obesity: A comorbidity-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (CAIDS)

G Siopis

(2022), International Reviews of Immunology, C1

journal article

Prevalence of Childhood Obesity by Country, Family Socio-Demographics, and Parental Obesity in Europe: The Feel4Diabetes Study

G Moschonis, G Siopis, C Anastasiou, V Iotova, T Stefanova, R Dimova, I Rurik, A Radó, G Cardon, M De Craemer, J Lindström, L Moreno, P De Miguel-Etayo, K Makrilakis, S Liatis, Y Manios

(2022), Vol. 14, Nutrients, C1-1

journal article

Poor quality of dietary assessment in randomized controlled trials of nutritional interventions for type 2 diabetes may affect outcome conclusions: A systematic review and meta-analysis

T Wang, G Siopis, H Wong, M Allman-Farinelli

(2022), Vol. 94, Nutrition, C1

journal article
2021

Doctors identify regulatory barriers for their patients with type 2 diabetes to access the nutritional expertise of dietitians

G Siopis, S Colagiuri, M Allman-Farinelli

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 312-318, Australian Journal of Primary Health, C1-1

journal article

Effectiveness of dietetic intervention for people with type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis

G Siopis, S Colagiuri, M Allman-Farinelli

(2021), Vol. 40, pp. 3114-3122, Clinical Nutrition, C1-1

journal article

People With Type 2 Diabetes Report Dietitians, Social Support, and Health Literacy Facilitate Their Dietary Change

G Siopis, S Colagiuri, M Allman-Farinelli

(2021), Vol. 53, pp. 43-53, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, C1-1

journal article
2020

Dietitians' experiences and perspectives regarding access to and delivery of dietetic services for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus

G Siopis, S Colagiuri, M Allman-Farinelli

(2020), Vol. 6, Heliyon, C1-1

journal article

The dietetic workforce distribution geographic atlas provides insight into the inequitable access for dietetic services for people with type 2 diabetes in Australia

G Siopis, A Jones, M Allman-Farinelli

(2020), Vol. 77, pp. 121-130, Nutrition and Dietetics, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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