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Pam von Hurst 2016

A/Professor Pamela von Hurst, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Massey University

Associate professor Pamela von Hurst is a lecturer in Human Nutrition at Massey University. She is also an internationally recognised researcher in vitamin D, and co-director of the Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre. Together with her colleague, Dr Cath Conlon, Pam is a founder of PIFaN and co-organiser of the Massey Nutrition Symposia Series. She is currently supervising post-graduate students in a diverse range of research projects, and is passionate about seeing scientific research translated into practice.


Dr Cath Conlon, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Massey University

Dr Cath Conlon is recognised as a national expert on early life nutrition in New Zealand. She is the Founder of the Paediatric and Infant Feeding And Nutrition centre hosted at Massey University which incorporates a highly regarded programme to address restrictive eating in children. She collaborates internationally with research teams in the UK, Singapore and Australia on trials addressing protein requirements of preterm infants, maternal and infant feeding, body composition and cognitive testing. Dr Conlon has a clinical background which has led her to understand the importance of nutrition in early life to promote optimal health outcomes for infants and young children. Her research has been incorporated into guidelines, published in prestigious journals and is often cited by the media.

Emily Jones

Emily has been a speech-language therapist for over 20 years since graduating from the University of Sydney. She worked in Australia and the UK with adults before specialising in paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2004 she has worked for The Ministry of Education-special education, Starship Children’s Hospital and Waitemata District Health Board. She was Clinical Service Leader for paediatric Speech-language therapy at WDHB from 2006 – 2011 and worked on their Food for Flourishing Programme (Intensive inpatient Tube weaning Programme).

Emily is a Senior Clinical Educator for the Bachelor of Speech-language Therapy programme at Massey University and teaches the Paediatric Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders course. She coordinates the ACTIVEating Clinic (Advancing Children Therapeutically in Variety Eating): An interdisciplinary programme for children with feeding and swallowing difficulties, in collaboration with the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (Nutrition & Dietetics).

She is the Expert Advisor for Children’s Feeding and Swallowing for the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) and a post graduate student at Massey focusing on infant and paediatric feeding difficulties.

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