Dr Imre W K Kouw - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Imre Kouw is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program under the supervision of Prof John Hawley. Dr Kouw completed her PhD in 2018 within the Muscle Metabolism Maastricht (M3) research group of Prof Luc van Loon at the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her PhD focused on nutritional strategies to attenuate muscle loss during hospitalization in older and clinical populations and involved numerous human intervention studies assessing the impact of protein interventions on muscle protein metabolism in older individuals using stable isotope tracer methodology.
Here in the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program her work involves investigating the effect of intermittent fasting strategies on muscle protein metabolism during health and disease. Imre has previous supervisory experience with BSc, MSc and the co-supervision of PhD students.


Phone :+61392308161 (Melbourne)
Email :imre.kouw@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Nutrition ; Muscle Metabolism ; Protein metabolism ; Hospitalization ; Exercise Physiology ;

Methods Expertise

Tracer techniques ; Muscle Protein Synthesis ; Dietary interventions and Dietary Assessment ; Diet provision and control ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


One Week of Hospitalization Following Elective Hip Surgery Induces Substantial Muscle Atrophy in Older Patients, in J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Jan;20(1):35-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2018.06.018


The muscle protein synthetic response to whey protein ingestion is greater in middle-aged women when compared with men., in J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Nov 12. doi: 10.1210/jc.2018-01734


Protein Ingestion before Sleep Increases Overnight Muscle Protein Synthesis Rates in Healthy Older Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial., in J Nutr. 2017 Dec;147(12):2252-2261. doi: 10.3945/jn.117.254532.


Sodium nitrate co-ingestion with protein does not augment postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates in older, type 2 diabetes patients., in Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Aug 1;311(2):E325-34. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00122.2016.

Physical Activity Performed in the Evening Increases the Overnight Muscle Protein Synthetic Response to Presleep Protein Ingestion in Older Men., in J Nutr. 2016 Jul;146(7):1307-14. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.230086


Postprandial Protein Handling Is Not Impaired in Type 2 Diabetes Patients When Compared With Normoglycemic Controls., in J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Aug;100(8):3103-11. doi: 10.1210/jc.2015-1234