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Katherine Kent

Katherine Kent

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Katherine Kent (nee Caldwell) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Rural Health. Katherine has a background in nutrition and public health and is interested in the field of nutrition, cognition and ageing. Specifically, Katherine is involved in research that investigates the impact of fruit flavonoids on cognitive and physical outcomes, especially in older adults with dementia. Katherine is also interested in evaluating and improving current methods that estimate dietary flavonoid intake.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

Bachelor of Science

Nutrition and Population Health

University of Wollongong

Australia

2010

Doctor of Philosophy

Development and application of flavonoid intake assessment methods and the impact of flavonoids on cognitive and physical outcomes

University of Wollongong

Australia

2016

Biography

Katherine Kent completed her PhD (2015) at the University of Wollongong following a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Population Health) in 2010. Katherine studied the limitations associated with estimating dietary flavonoid intake on a population level. In response, she developed and validated new tools to measure flavonoid intake, including a food frequency questionnaire and a laboratory method to quantify flavonoid-related biomarkers in biological samples. Additionally, she investigated the impact of dietary flavonoids provided by cherries on acute and longer-term cognitive and physical outcomes in older adults with dementia. Katherine led two clinical studies that determined that there was no acute impact of anthocyanin-rich cherry juice consumption on cognition, however cherry juice supplementation for 12 weeks significantly improved some measures of cognition in dementia patients.

Research Themes

Katherine’s research interests align with Centre for Rural Health research areas of Healthy Lifestyles and Ageing Well. Katherine’s research aligns with the University of Tasmania’s Better Health research theme and specifically addresses the research subthemes of dementia, neurosciences and cognition, and chronic disease in the School of Health Sciences.

Katherine’s studies have extended current knowledge regarding the assessment of dietary flavonoid intake and provided a sound basis for exploring flavonoid intake further on a population level. Additionally, they have provided positive results regarding the impact of flavonoid supplementation on cognitive and physical outcomes, in one of the largest clinical trials of its kind.

Katherine’s research covers the fields of nutrition, public health, psychology and basic science and has contributed to a larger wealth of knowledge regarding how dietary components can influence health. Such advances are crucial for translating clinical and population-based research into dietary messages that may improve chronic disease outcomes for all Australians

Memberships

Professional practice

Nutrition Society of Australia

Australian Association of Gerentology

Teaching

Nutrition, Public health, Social Determinants of Health, Quantitative Research Methods, Epidemiology

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Expertise

Katherine has a strong record of research in both health and allied health, with a particular interest in:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Dementia
  • Dietary Flavonoids/Plant Bioactives
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Clinical Trials

Collaboration

  • Agritechnology/Australian Functional Foods
  • Nutrafruit

Fields of Research

  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)

Research Objectives

  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing (920112)

Publications

Total publications

36

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleKent K, Charlton K, Roodenrys S, Batterham M, Potter J, et al., 'Consumption of anthocyanin‑rich cherry juice for 12 weeks improves memory and cognition in older adults with mild‑to‑moderate dementia', European journal of nutrition, 56, (1) pp. 333-341. ISSN 1436-6207 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00394-015-1083-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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Journal Article

(15 outputs)
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2018Probst Y, Guan V, Kent K, 'A systematic review of food composition tools used for determining dietary polyphenol intake in estimated intake studies', Food Chemistry, 238 pp. 146-152. ISSN 0308-8146 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.11.010 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Kent K, Charlton E, Netzel M, Fanning K, 'Food-based anthocyanin intake and cognitive outcomes in human intervention trials: a systematic review', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 30, (3) pp. 260-274. ISSN 0952-3871 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12431 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2017Kent K, Charlton K, 'Relative Validity and Reproducibility of an Interviewer Administered 14-Item FFQ to Estimate Flavonoid Intake Among Older Adults with Mild-Moderate Dementia', Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics pp. 1-14. ISSN 2155-1197 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21551197.2017.1321080 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Kent K, Charlton K, Roodenrys S, Batterham M, Potter J, et al., 'Consumption of anthocyanin‑rich cherry juice for 12 weeks improves memory and cognition in older adults with mild‑to‑moderate dementia', European journal of nutrition, 56, (1) pp. 333-341. ISSN 1436-6207 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00394-015-1083-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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2017Kent K, Charlton KE, 'Development, validation and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire to measure flavonoid intake in older Australian adults', Nutrition & dietetics pp. 1-11. ISSN 1446-6368 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12371 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Probst YC, Guan VX, Kent K, 'Dietary phytochemical intake from foods and health outcomes: a systematic review protocol and preliminary scoping', BMJ Open, 7, (2) Article e013337. ISSN 2044-6055 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013337 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Igwe EO, Charlton KE, Roodenrys S, Kent K, Fanning K, et al., 'Anthocyanin-rich plum juice reduces ambulatory blood pressure but not acute cognitive function in younger and older adults: A pilot cross-over dose-timing study', Nutrition Research ISSN 0271-5317 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2017.08.006 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Caldwell K, Roodenrys SJ, Charlton KE, Richards R, Morgan O, 'Dietary flavonoid intake and cognitive performance in older adults with Alzheimer 's type dementia', The Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice, 5, (2) pp. 93-97. ISSN 2273-421X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14283/jarcp.2016.95 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Kent K, Charlton KE, Jenner A, Roodenrys S, 'Acute reduction in blood pressure following consumption of anthocyanin-rich cherry juice may be dose-interval dependant: a pilot cross-over study', International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 67, (1) pp. 47-52. ISSN 0963-7486 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/09637486.2015.1121472 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2015Caldwell K, Charlton KE, Roodenrys S, Jenner A, 'Anthocyanin-rich cherry juice does not improve acute cognitive performance on RAVLT', Nutritional neuroscience, 19, (9) pp. 423-424. ISSN 1028-415X (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1179/1476830515Y.0000000005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3

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2015Kent K, Charlton KE, Russell J, Mitchell P, Flood VM, 'Estimation of Flavonoid Intake in Older Australians: Secondary Data Analysis of the Blue Mountains Eye Study', Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 34 pp. 388-398. ISSN 2155-1197 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21551197.2015.1088917 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Caldwell K, Fernandez R, Traynor V, Perrin C, 'Effects of spending time outdoors in daylight on the psychosocial well-being of older people and their family carers: a systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12, (9) pp. 277-320. ISSN 2202-4433 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.11124/jbisrir-2014-1604 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Charlton KE, Batterham MJ, Bowden S, Gosh A, Caldwell K, et al., 'A high prevalence of malnutrition in acute geriatric patients predicts adverse clinical outcomes and mortality within 12 months', ESPEN Clinical Nutrition: the European e-journal of clinical nutrition and metabolism, 8, (3) pp. e120-e125. ISSN 2405-4577 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.clnme.2013.03.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13

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2013Traynor V, Fernandez R, Caldwell K, 'What are the effects of spending time outdoors in daylight on the physical health of older people and family carers: a systematic review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11, (10) pp. 76-88. ISSN 2202-4433 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.11124/jbisrir-2013-1066 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Traynor V, Fernandez R, Caldwell K, 'The effects of spending time outdoors in daylight on the psychosocial wellbeing of older people and family carers: a comprehensive systematic review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11, (9) pp. 36-55. ISSN 2202-4433 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Kent K, Charlton K, Probst Y, Guan V, 'A systematic literature review of biomarker methods used to measure total flavonoid intake and intake of selected flavonoid subclasses', Dietitians Association of Australia for the 34th National Conference, 18-20 May 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Kent K, Marsh P, Barnett T, Ball MJ, 'A review of bereavement care standards', Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium, 7 June 2017, Launceston, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Marsh P; Barnett T

2016Igwe EO, Charlton KE, Kent K, Netzel M, Fanning K, 'Acute effect of Queen Garnet plum juice on blood pressure, cognition, and urinary metabolite excretion', Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 Novemeber - 2 December, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Kent K, Charlton KE, 'Development and relative validation of a food frequency questionnaire to measure flavonoid intake in older adults', Nutrition Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 November - 2 December, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2015Probst YC, Guan V, Kent K, 'A systematic review of tools used for estimating dietary phytochemical intake in estimated intake studies', IFDC 2015 11th International Food Data Conference, 3- 5 November, 2015, Hyderabad, India (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2014Caldwell K, 'Analysing dietary flavonoid intake: methods, limitations and implications for research in ageing', 13th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing Adelaide 2014 Program & Proceedings, 24-25 November, 2014, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 69-71. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Cusik A, Heydon M, Caldwell K, Cohen L, 'Finding measures of clinical placements quality for pre-service health services training: challenges of definition and search strategy construction', Health Services Research: Evidence-based practice, 1-3 July, 2014, London (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Kent K, Charlton K, Batterham M, Potter J, 'The impact of fruit flavonoids from cherries on memory and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia', Nutrition Society of Australia 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, 26-28 November, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnim.2014.10.056 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Caldwell K, Charlton K, 'Dietary intake and major sources of flavonoids in older Australians with Alzheimer 's type dementia', The 12th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, 25-26 November, 2013, Sydney, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Caldwell K, Charlton KE, Roodenrys S, Jenner A, 'High anthocuanin cherry juice acutely impacts blood pressure but not cognition in young people, older people and dementia patients', ESPEN 2013, 31 August - 3 September, Leipzig, Germany (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Caldwell K, Charlton KE, Roodenrys SJ, 'Estimation of dietary flavonoid intake and cognitive performance in older adults with Alzheimer's type dementia', The Nutrition Society of Australia and Nutrition Society of New Zealand 2013 Joint Annual Scientific Meeting, 4-6 December, 2013, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2012Caldwell K, Charlton KE, Roodenrys S, 'The acute impact of high anthocyanin cherry juice on cognition and blood pressure in young people, older people and dementia patients', Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 27-30 November, 2012, Wollongong, Australia (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Barnett T, Bridgman H, Marsh P, Kent K, Ball M, 'Tasmanian bereavement care network and initiatives project: final report', Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Barnett T; Bridgman H; Marsh P; Ball M

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Kent K, 'Development and application of flavonoid intake assessment methods and the impact of flavonoids on cognitive and physical outcomes' (2015) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Kent K, 'Family the cherry of top of successful research career', News & Media @ UOW (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Kent K, 'UTAS research fellow spruiks festive fruits http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4372830/tis-the-season-for-festive-fruit-video-photos/', The Examiner, online, 22 December, 2016 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Charlton K, Caldwell K, 'Cherry on top: summer fruits are also good for the brain', The Conversation, online, 24 November (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Kent K, 'New breed of Australian plum promising in fight against dementia', University of Wollongong Media Releases, 25 September (2015) [Media Interview]

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2015Kent K, 'Youtube Video: New breed of Australian plum promising in fight against dementia', online (2015) [Media Interview]

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2014Caldwell K, 'Serving of cherries a day 'boosts memory'', Illawara Mercury, Australia, 26 Dec, 2014 (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2014Caldwell K, 'A natural, effective dementia treatment with a cherry on top', ABC News Illawarra Online, June 6, 2014 (2014) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$20,000

Projects

Evaluation of the Health and Resilient Communities (HaRC) Program (2017)$20,000
Description
Rural Alive and Well Inc. (RAW) is a not-for-profit organisation providing support to individuals, families and the communities living in rural and regional Tasmania experiencing mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention. Through the adoption of a community development and placed based approaches, RAW, through its Outreach and Healthy and Resilient Communities (HaRC) initiatives seeks to build resilience and capacity of individuals, their families and the community, to react to challenging life experiences with particular emphasis on suicide prevention, mental health and well-being. The project team will undertake a formative evaluation of the Healthy and Resilient Communities Program (HaRC).
Funding
Rural Alive and Well Inc. ($20,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Auckland SRJ; Kent K; Mond JM; Hoang THH; Bridgman H
Year
2017