Head of Translational Nutrition Science in the Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School, Monash University, Australia
Prof Jane Muir is a Nutrition Scientist and Dietitian with 30 years experience in the area of nutrition research. She is the head of Translational Nutrition Science, Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School at Monash University. Her research has focused on understanding the role of indigestible carbohydrates in the health of the gastrointestinal tract. A major area of their research involves investigating the role of poorly absorbed short chain carbohydrates (called FODMAPs) on the genesis of symptoms in patients with functional gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Over the last 16 years- the Monash team has provided a strong evidence base for the use of the Low FODMAP diet to control gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS. The team at Monash have assembled the largest FODMAP food composition tables that have been essential for research into studying the physiological effects of these sugars in the gastrointestinal tract. Prof Muir also leads the team that developed the ‘Monash University Low FODMAP diet app’ (for smartphones) and ‘Monash Low FODMAP Food Certification program’ that have greatly assisted with the translation of this new diet therapy for controlling gastrointestinal symptoms around the world.