Research Interests – Paediatric nutrition, particularly the Glycemic Index and its application to overweight and obesity and insulin resistance in children.
Ms Williams is currently completing a Masters of Philosophy in Research at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), University of Queensland at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Her research is looking into relationships between diet composition and body composition in children and risk factors for future disease such as diabetes and heart disease. She completed her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2000. Upon completion Ms Williams immediately began working in research at the Royal Women’s Hospital with a group conducting a long-term (5 years) study on the aging process in women. As her interest in research grew she decided to begin her own postgraduate studies in the areas that she is passionate about – children’s nutrition and the Glycemic Index. It was at this time that she took her current position with the CNRC. During this time Ms Williams has been involved in a study reviewing the content of current infant feeding programs used in the Brisbane Health Services District and has also gained experience tutoring nutrition students at QUT. She expects to upgrade her study to a PhD in early 2005 and to be completed by mid 2006. Following postgraduate studies Ms Williams plans to work in both a research and clinical capacity with overweight and obese children using nutrition and physical activity aiming to alleviate the burden of these current health issues.