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Dr Maree Brinkman, BSc (Nutr), MND (Nutr & Dietetics), PhD (Biomedical Sciences), APD

Dr. Maree Brinkman is an active academic researcher, as well as a Registered Practising Dietitian in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests lay in diet and disease associations, focusing predominantly on aspects of dietary interventions involved in the prevention and management of cancer.

Maree completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition at Latrobe University, and followed this with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium where she worked in research for several years.

She is an Assistant Professor at the Care and Public Health Research Institute within Maastricht University in The Netherlands, and holds an honourary research fellowship at the Cancer Council Victoria in Nutritional Epidemiology.

Dr Hayden Green, B.Biomed, M.D.

Haydenhas recently completed the Doctor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne, having also completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine. He works as a doctor at Western Health and has particular passion for primary healthcare, gastroenterology and paediatrics. He takes a keen interest in emerging fields of research, with a particular interest in aspects of preventative medicine, as well as the exciting frontiers of oncology. He is sure that the next great break through is right around the corner, but it will only be discovered if we continue to support and fund the researchers that strive to find it.

Aaron Roman BHSc MDiet

Aaron has completed his Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutrition and Exercise Science and is currently undertaking his final semester in Master of Dietetics at Deakin University. In addition to this, he is currently working with Geelong Cats Football Club as an intern sports Dietitian for the VFL team.  He has many interests including sports nutrition, gut health and dietary management and prevention of diseases, particularly diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.


Manuela Rigo, BSc. (Honours) & Master Nutrition

Manuela completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nutrition and her Master of Nutrition at Deakin University. She works as a research assistant in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. She is motivated to understand consumers and how they make their food and beverage choices.


Sabrina Ferrera Trumpour, B.A. M.P.A.

Sabrina moved to Melbourne from Toronto, Canada, after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Concordia University, and a Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s University. Sabrina has over 5 years research experience in the public sector in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, women’s health, sexual health, and program analysis. Her main area of interest lies in the quickly growing field of diet and mental health. Believing that nothing occurs in a vacuum, she is passionate about collaborative approaches to health, and to research.

Samuel Crofts, BSc

Sam is currently finishing a Master of Public Health at The University of Melbourne, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems. He is specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics and is looking to pursue a career in research. Although yet to settle on a particular focus, he is especially interested in big data and how it can be used to gain novel insights into healthcare.

Evan Yu, PhD

Evan is a PhD student in the Department of Complex Genetics at Maastricht University. His doctoral research investigates the relations between dietary intake and bladder cancer. He takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of nutrition epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, data mining and machine learning. Evan holds a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Health Statistics from Xiamen University, China. He has investigated causal effects in hepatocellular carcinoma. Evan is currently involved in some research projects with Dr. Maree Brinkman and focusing all his efforts on cancer prevention.

Iris Boot,  BPsy

Iris is a Masters of Public Health student from Maastricht University who recently completed a 3-month placement at NBRI. As part of her masters thesis, she is investigating the association between Vitamin B and bladder cancer, extending the BLEND study with Maastricht University.

Becky Pearse, BA, MSc

Becky is a recent addition to the team at NBRI. She completed her BA in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and recently graduated with a Masters in Neuroscience from McGill University. She is looking to pursue a research career in cognitive neuroscience, and her interests include understanding the cognitive, emotional, and social factors that influence health-related decision making.

We have several new researchers about to join NBRI to work on various upcoming projects, so check back here to keep up to date.

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If you’d like to be one of those new researchers, or if you’re a student looking to do a placement or to get some extra research under your belt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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NBRI is passionate about educating the next generation of health professionals and researchers, and we are proud to work in collaboration with Universities both nationally and internationally. We invite nutritional epidemiology and dietetics students from all universities to get in touch to discuss placement opportunities. We have enjoyed previous placements from students of Melbourne, Deakin and Monash universities, as well as international institutions such as Maastricht University. 

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