Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Human Nutrition
  • Food and nutrition
  • Nutrition and dietary therapy in chronic diseases prevention and treatment
  • Investigation of the endocannabinoid system and other G-protein coupled receptors on obesity and diabetes
  • Effect of nutrition on performance

Available to supervise research students

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About Andrew Mcainch

Professor McAinch uses his training as a dietitian and molecular physiologist in his research. He undertakes cellular, animal and human interventions to understand how our bodies respond and adapt to obesity and alterations in dietary fatty acids and endocannabinoid signalling. His findings are used to identify treatment modalities (through both pharmacologically and lifestyle interventions) to prevent and manage obesity and associated co-morbidities.

He has expertise associated with dietary monitoring and interventions and has worked as a Clinical Research Dietitian in multi-national pharmaceutical phase II and III clinical trials. He is also interested in how nutrition can be utilised to enhance performance and recovery in athletes

Professor McAinch became an independent researcher in 2008 by taking up his current position as a Teaching and Research Academic within Victoria University, where he currently holds the position of Head of Program in Medical Sciences.

He has published over 70 manuscripts with over 80% of these in top quartile ranked journals according to SCImago and a h-index of 20.

His research has been supported by over 25 internationally/nationally competitive and commercially funded research grants worth over $2.5 million dollars. He has a history of working with industry on the scientific evidence for their endeavours.

Professor McAinch has supervised to completion 12 PhD students and 11 honours students within Australia and a committee member of 2 Masters by Research students with his collaborator at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. He currently supervises 5 PhD students. 

Qualifications

  • B.App.Sci.(PE)
  • B.Sci.(Hons)
  • Master Nutrition & Dietetics
  • PhD

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 Naughton, S. S., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (160901). Linoleic acid and the pathogenesis of obesity. Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators, 125 (90-99).

doi: 10.1016/j.prostaglandins.2016.06.003

2016 Hryciw, D. H., & Mcainch, A. J. (160901). Cannabinoid receptors in the kidney. Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension, 25(5), (459-464).

doi: 10.1097/MNH.0000000000000249

2015 McAinch, A. J., Cornall, L. M., Watts, R., Hryciw, D. H., O Brien, P. E., & Cameron-Smith, D. (151026). Increased pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase expression in cultured myotubes from obese and diabetic individuals. European Journal of Nutrition, 54(7), (1033-1043).

doi: 10.1007/s00394-014-0780-2

2015 Naughton, S. S., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (150814). Australia's nutrition transition 1961-2009: A focus on fats. British Journal of Nutrition, 114(3), (337-346).

doi: 10.1017/S0007114515001907

2014 O'Keefe, L., Simcocks, A. C., Hryciw, D. H., Mathai, M. L., & Mcainch, A. J. (140101). The cannabinoid receptor 1 and its role in influencing peripheral metabolism. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 16(4), (294-304).

doi: 10.1111/dom.12144

2014 Cornall, L. M., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (140101). GPR120 agonism as a countermeasure against metabolic diseases. Drug Discovery Today, 19(5), (670-679).

doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2013.11.021

2014 Simcocks, A. C., O'Keefe, L., Jenkin, K. A., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (140101). A potential role for GPR55 in the regulation of energy homeostasis. Drug Discovery Today, 19(8), (1145-1151).

doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2013.12.005

2013 Cornall, L. M., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (131201). The therapeutic potential of GPR43: A novel role in modulating metabolic health. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 70(24), (4759-4770).

doi: 10.1007/s00018-013-1419-9

2013 Naughton, S. S., Mathai, M. L., Hryciw, D. H., & McAinch, A. J. (130628). Fatty acid modulation of the endocannabinoid system and the effect on food intake and metabolism. International Journal of Endocrinology, 2013

doi: 10.1155/2013/361895

2013 Hill, K. M., Stathis, C. G., Grinfeld, E., Hayes, A., & McAinch, A. J. (130212). Co-ingestion of carbohydrate and whey protein isolates enhance PGC-1 mRNA expression: A randomised, single blind, cross over study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10

doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-8

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Tissue Fibrosis and Exercise in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Linking Mechanisms to Therapy
From: NHMRC
Investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto
For period: 2019-2022
$990,937

Controlled Digestion and Absorption of Whey Proteins for Improved Muscular Health
From: Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group
Investigators: Prof Todor Vasiljevic
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Mechanism of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle of women with PCOS: The role of Transforming Growth factor (TFG) and issue fibrosis
From: Diabetes Australia Research Trust
Investigators: Prof Nigel Stepto, Dr Alba Moreno-asso
For period: 2018-2018
$58,162

Active AMP Endurance Exercise Trial
From: Gencor Pacific
Investigators: Dr Xu Yan, Prof Nigel Stepto, Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Review of the Literature for the use of Cannabinoids in Appetite
From: CannPal Grant
Investigators: Prof Michael Mathai
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Prevention and management of chronic disease via Meals on Wheels
From: Medicare Local Grant - MRNWMML
Investigators: Prof Remco Polman, Prof Lilian Stojanovska, Aspr Craig Fry, Dr Jannique Van uffelen
For period: 2014-2015
$187,724
Enhancing physical literacy in children from low socioeconomic background.
From: Medicare Local Grant - MRNWMML
Investigators: Dr Damian Farrow, Dr Sharna Spittle, Prof Remco Polman
For period: 2014-2015
$169,693

The effects of different dietary fatty acids and weight loss on endocannabinoid and adiponectin signalling in the skeletal muscle
From: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
Investigators: Dr Deanne Skelly
For period: 2011-2014
$12,000
The Effects of Pharmaceutical & Dietary Modulation of the Endocannabinoid System on Metabolic Dysregulation in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
From: National Heart Foundation
For period: 2011-2014
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
5 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (5) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
7 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (7) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2005 - Oct 2007
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow/ Clinical Research Dietitian
Discipline of Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2005 -
Oct 2007
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow/ Clinical Research Dietitian
Discipline of Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Professional memberships

  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian, Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Treasurer 2011-2016, Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Member of Council 2011-2018, Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society