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Dr Katherine Black

BSc(Hons)(Salf) MSc PhD(Lough)

Katherine Black
Tel: 64 3 479 8358
Room: Science II 7c4
Email: katherine.black@otago.ac.nz

Katherine Black is a lecturer within the Department of Human Nutrition whose research interests include the fluid and electrolyte balance of elite athletes, protein ingestion and its effects on muscle damage and performance.

Originally from Yorkshire, Katherine gained a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Salford, an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University investigating blood brain barrier permeability, hydration and exercise in the heat followed by a PhD studying the fluid and electrolyte balance of special populations, focusing on paralympic athletes and kidney transplant recipients.

Katherine joined the Department of Human Nutrition at Otago in 2010. Her research is currently centred around investigating how nutrition can be manipulated to enhance performance. A major focus of her research is hydration and the manipulation of drink properties to aid hydration and/ or performance, although other supplements and foods have also been investigated. Currently Katherine is collaborating with Dr Lynnette Jones (School of Physical Education) investigating the role of exercise and nutrition amongst breast cancer survivors. She has also established research links with the Chiefs Rugby franchise and is continuing to collaborate with scientists in the UK.

Katherine teaches at all levels in the area of sport and exercise nutrition.

She is paper coordinator for:

HUNT232: Sport and exercise nutrition
HUNT233: Nutrition and Health: Concepts and controversies

Current postgraduate students

PhD

Pouya Saeedi. Associations between dietary patterns and fitness, and indices of arterial stiffness among primary school children aged 9 to 11 years.

Master of Science

Brittany Davison.  The association between parent and child dietary patterns.

Rachel Scrivin. Meta-analysis on the effects of sodium supplementation and intake on hydration and athletic performance in physically active people.

Luke Scullion. Health And Bread Intervention Trials (HABIT)

Recent Graduates

PhD

Anna Howe. Dietary patterns and health in New Zealand adolescents.

Master of Science

Hannah Gentle. Pre-exercise protein ingestion on muscle damage and performance in high-intensity exercise.

Alex Lubransky. Active commuting and fitness in Otago adolescents.

Master of Dietetics

Brylee Haywood. Effects of probiotic supplementation on upper respiratory tract infections in team sports.

Dave Shaw. Sports nutrition knowledge differences between able bodied and spinal cord injured athletes.

Jessica Moulds. Nutrition knowledge differences between able bodied and spinal cord injured athletes.

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Publications

Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Black, K., Harrex, H., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Skeaff, S., … Skidmore, P. (2017). The association between parent diet quality and child dietary patterns in nine- to eleven-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(5), 483. doi: 10.3390/nu9050483

Slater, J., Brown, R., McLay-Cooke, R., & Black, K. (2017). Low energy availability in exercising women: Historical perspectives and future directions. Sports Medicine, 47(2), 207-220. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0583-0

Black, K. (2017). Fish oils and exercise recovery. Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology (NZIFST) Conference. (pp. 31). Retrieved from http://www.nzifst.org.nz/

McLean, A., Brown, R. C., & Black, K. E. (2016). The fluid and electrolyte balance of New Zealand European and Maori/Pacific Island athletes: An observational study. European Journal of Sport Science, 16(3), 336-343. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1017539

McIntosh, N. D., Love, T. D., Haszard, J., Osborne, H., & Black, K. E. (2016). β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) supplementation effects on body mass and performance in elite male rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000001695

Journal - Research Article

Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Black, K., Harrex, H., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Skeaff, S., … Skidmore, P. (2017). The association between parent diet quality and child dietary patterns in nine- to eleven-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(5), 483. doi: 10.3390/nu9050483

Slater, J., Brown, R., McLay-Cooke, R., & Black, K. (2017). Low energy availability in exercising women: Historical perspectives and future directions. Sports Medicine, 47(2), 207-220. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0583-0

McLean, A., Brown, R. C., & Black, K. E. (2016). The fluid and electrolyte balance of New Zealand European and Maori/Pacific Island athletes: An observational study. European Journal of Sport Science, 16(3), 336-343. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2015.1017539

McIntosh, N. D., Love, T. D., Haszard, J., Osborne, H., & Black, K. E. (2016). β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) supplementation effects on body mass and performance in elite male rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000001695

Slater, J., McLay-Cooke, R., Brown, R., & Black, K. (2016). Female recreational exercisers at risk of low energy availability. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 26(5), 421-427. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0245

Howe, A. S., Skidmore, P. M. L., Parnell, W. R., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A. C., & Black, K. E. (2016). Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively associated with a healthy dietary pattern in New Zealand adolescents. Public Health Nutrition, 19(7), 1279-1287. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002566

Sharma, M., Tuaine, J., McLaren, B., Waters, D. L., Black, K., Jones, L. M., & McCormick, S. P. A. (2016). Chemotherapy agents alter plasma lipids in breast cancer patients and show differential effects on lipid metabolism genes in liver cells. PLoS ONE, 11(1), e0148049. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148049

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Howe, A. S., Lubransky, A. C., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2015). Diet quality is associated with measures of body fat in adolescents from Otago, New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 18(8), 1453-1460. doi: 10.1017/s1368980014001645

Haywood, B. A., Black, K. E., Baker, D., McGarvey, J., Healey, P., & Brown, R. C. (2014). Probiotic supplementation reduces the duration and incidence of infections but not severity in elite rugby union players. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 17(4), 356-360. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.08.004

Gentle, H. L., Love, T. D., Howe, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). A randomised trial of pre-exercise meal composition on performance and muscle damage in well-trained basketball players. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11, 33. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-11-33

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P., & Brown, R. C. (2014). Fluid balance of cyclists during a 387-km race. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(Suppl. 1), S421-S428. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2012.711860

Walker, N., Love, T. D., Baker, D. F., Healey, P. B., Haszard, J., Edwards, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). Knowledge and attitudes to vitamin D and sun exposure in elite New Zealand athletes: A cross-sectional study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 11, 47. doi: 10.1186/s12970-014-0047-6

Cosgrove, S. D., Love, T. D., Brown, R. C., Baker, D. F., Howe, A. S., & Black, K. E. (2014). Fluid and electrolyte balance during two different preseason training sessions in elite rugby union players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 28(2), 520-527. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182986d43

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Black, K. E., Huxford, J., Perry, T., & Brown, R. C. (2013). Fluid and sodium balance of elite wheelchair rugby players. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 23, 110-118.

Skidmore, P. M. L., Howe, A. S., Polak, M. A., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A., Williams, S. M., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sleep duration and adiposity in older adolescents from Otago, New Zealand: Relationships differ between boys and girls and are independent of food choice. Nutrition Journal, 12, 128. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-128

Cosgrove, S. D., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sodium supplementation has no effect on endurance performance during a cycling time-trial in cool conditions: A randomised cross-over trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10, 30. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-30

Cosgrove, S. D., Love, T. D., & Black, K. E. (2013). Sodium supplementation during prolonged exercise: Effects on plasma sodium and performance. OA Sports Medicine, 1(2), 12.

Howe, A. S., Black, K. E., Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2013). Dieting status influences associations between dietary patterns and body composition in adolescents: A cross-sectional study. Nutrition Journal, 12(1), 51. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-51

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Howe, A. S., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2013). Development and validation of a food-based diet quality index for New Zealand adolescents. BMC Public Health, 13, 562. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-562

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P. M. L., & Brown, R. C. (2012). Energy intakes of ultraendurance cyclists during competition: An observational study. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 22(1), 19-23.

Black, K. E., Skidmore, P., & Brown, R. C. (2012). Case study: Nutritional strategies of a cyclist with celiac disease during an ultraendurance race. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 22(4), 304-310.

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2012). Reliability and relative validity of a food frequency questionnaire to assess food group intakes in New Zealand adolescents. Nutrition Journal, 11, 65. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-65

Watson, P., Black, K. E., Clark, S. C., & Maughan, R. J. (2006). Exercise in the heat: Effect of fluid ingestion on blood-brain barrier permeability. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 38(12), 2118-2124. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000235356.31932.0a

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Francois, M. E., Cosgrove, S. D., Walker, N. M., Lucas, S. J. E., & Black, K. E. (2013). Physiological impact of adventure racing: The 2012 GODZone field study [Minipaper]. In J. D. Cotter, S. J. E. Lucas & T. Mündel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE). (pp. 296-297). International Society for Environmental Ergonomics. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Black, K. (2017). Fish oils and exercise recovery. Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology (NZIFST) Conference. (pp. 31). Retrieved from http://www.nzifst.org.nz/

Slater, J., McLay-Cooke, R., Brown, R., & Black, K. (2016). Prevalance of clinical eating disorders and risk of low energy availability amongst recreational exercisers. In A. Baca, B. Wessner, R. Diketmüller, H. Tschan, M. Hoffmann, P. Kornfeind & E. Tsolakidis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st European College of Sport Science Annual Congress: Crossing Borders through Sport Science. (pp. 240). European College of Sport Science. [Abstract]

Harrex, H., Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Skeaff, S., Quigg, R., Stoner, L., Black, K., Meredith-Jones, K., & Skidmore, P. (2015). Compliance with wrist-worn accelerometers in 9 to 11 year olds: PEDALS. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 39, (pp. 143). Sydney, Australia: Nutrition Society of Australia. [Abstract]

Slater, J., Black, K., Cooke, R., & Brown, R. (2014). Low energy availability amongst New Zealand athletes (LEANZ) study: Proposed methods. Nutrients, 6(11), (pp. 4743). doi: 10.3390/nu6114731

Howe, A., Skidmore, P., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A., Parnell, W., & Black, K. (2013). Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with a fruit and vegetable dietary pattern in New Zealand adolescents. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(5, Suppl. 1), (pp. 457). doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000431823.39329.b8

Skidmore, P., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A., Howe, A., & Black, K. (2013). Better diet quality is associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness in adolescents from Otago, New Zealand. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(5, Suppl. 1), (pp. 669). doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000431824.39329.76

Howe, A., Black, K., Wong, J. E., Lubransky, A., Parnell, W. R., & Skidmore, P. (2013). Dieting status influences the association between dietary patterns and body composition in Otago adolescents. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 339). Retrieved from http://www.isbnpa2013.org/

Wong, J. E., Parnell, W. R., Howe, A., Lubransky, A., Black, K., & Skidmore, P. (2013). Association between diet quality and body composition in Otago adolescents. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 335). Retrieved from http://www.isbnpa2013.org/

Skidmore, P., Wong, J. E., Howe, A., Lubransky, A., Parnell, W., & Black, K. (2013). A positive attitude to healthy nutrition and a greater sense of eating-related wellbeing are associated with increased dietary quality in adolescents from Otago, New Zealand. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 409-410). Retrieved from http://www.isbnpa2013.org/

McLean, D. W., Black, K., & Brown, R. (2012). Ethnicity and sweat sodium in male athletes. In R. Meeusen, J. Duchateau, B. Roelands, M. Klass, B. De Geus, S. Baudry & E. Tsolakidis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS):. Cologne, Germany: European College of Sport Science. [Abstract]

Howe, A., Black, K. E., Wong, J., Lohse, T., Parnell, W. R., Mandic, S., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2011). The Otago Secondary Schools Lifestyle Survey 2 (OSSLS2). In L. A. Dunn, C. D. Thomson & C. A. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of the Consumer and Applied Sciences Centenary Conference: Bringing it Home: Remembering the past and feeding the future. (pp. 57). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Black, K., Skidmore, P., & Brown, R. (2011). Hydration strategies during ultra-endurance cycling: Do they differ with age? Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 58(Suppl. 3), (pp. 153). doi: 10.1159/000334393

Lubransky, A. C., Gillespie, N. J., & Black, K. E. (2011). Hydration status 24-hours following dehydrating exercise. Australasian Medical Journal, 4(12), (pp. 767). [Abstract]

Black, K. E., Fairbairn, K., Macdonald, S., & Cameron, S. (2010). Sweat sodium losses of professional rugby players with and without a history of cramp. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 69(OCE6), E513. doi: 10.1017/S0029665110003769

Black, K. E., Macdonald, S., Fairbairn, K., & Cameron, S. (2010). Pre-training hydration of professional rugby union players during pre-season training. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science. ECSS. Retrieved from http://www.ecss-congress.eu/2010/

Black, K., & Fleming, T. (2009). The design of a questionnaire to analyse the dietary patterns amongst spinal cord injured athletes. Proceedings of the New Zealand Sports Medicine+Science Conference. (pp. 81). Dunedin, New Zealand: Sports Medicine New Zealand. [Abstract]

Black, K., Maughan, R., & Shirreffs, S. (2008). Water turnover rates of a wheelchair rugby squad during an international tournament. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 67, E331. doi: 10.1017/S0029665108000050

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

McIntosh, N., Black, K., & Osborne, H. (2014, August). Eleven week beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate supplementation: Effects on body composition and exercise performance in trained athletes. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate & Early Career Nutrition Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Haywood, B., Black, K., Brown, R., & Baker, D. (2012, November). The effect of probiotics on illness incidence in elite rugby players. Verbal presentation at the 46th Annual Conference of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand: Frontiers in Nutrition, Auckland, New Zealand.

Cosgrove, S. D., Lubransky, A., Grant, R., Butt, M., Brown, R. C., & Black, K. E. (2011, November). Differences in sweat rate and sweat sodium concentration between positions in elite rugby league players. Verbal presentation at the Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand Annual Conference: Putting Research into Practice, Auckland, New Zealand.

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