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Assoc Prof Lisa Houghton

MSc(Guelph) PhD (Tor)

Lisa Houghton Photo 2017
Tel: 64 3 479 7945
Room: Science II, 7n8
Email:lisa.houghton@otago.ac.nz

Dr Lisa Houghton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition with research interest in community and international nutrition.

Dr. Lisa Houghton joined the Department of Human Nutrition in 2008. Lisa completed her undergraduate and MSc training at the University of Guelph, Canada, her clinical dietetic training at McMaster Health Sciences, and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Prior to arriving in New Zealand, Lisa was an Assistant Professor at Acadia University, and was a Research Associate at The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, and the Premature Infant Nutrition group at Abbott Laboratories, USA. She is a member of American Society of Nutrition and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation.

Lisa Houghton's research is focused on the assessment and health consequences of micronutrient deficiencies in “at risk” population groups, with particular expertise in maternal and young child undernutrition. Current topics of investigation include nutritional assessment of infants, young children and mothers in Indonesia, Kenya and India; investigation of the influence of infant and young child feeding practices on diet quality, gut microbiota, growth and morbidity; assessment of the impact of a complementary feeding home-fortification strategy using a desiccated beef powder on the growth and development of young children; and, development of a field friendly exclusive breastfeeding biomarker tool.

She is a member of the Otago Global Health Institute Leadership Group.

Teaching and paper coordination

Lisa teaches in the area of maternal, infant and young child nutrition along with coordination of the following papers:

HUNT313 Lifecycle Nutrition
HUND5A Research Methods

Current postgraduate students

PhD

Aly Diana. Adequacy of micronutrient intakes and status of breastfed Indonesian infants fed traditional complementary foods.

Sue MacDonell. Optimising the nutritional status, health and well-being of older New Zealand adults in residential care.

Rosemary Stamm. Folate and one-carbon metabolism in human milk fed infants and their mothers.

Ben Wheeler. Intermittent maternal vitamin D supplementation to prevent vitamin D deficiency in the breastfed infant and lactating mother.

Carla Thomson. Teaching and learning reflective practice in dietetic education

Maria Polak. Vitamin D and emotional well-being in the general population.

Master of Science

Deborah McIntosh. Adequacy of complementary diets and nutritional status of disadvantaged Indian children

Master of Dietetics

Briar McKenzie. Retrospective study on the growth trajectories and nutritional support of preterm infants at Dunedin Hospital

Recent graduates

PhD

Rebecca Lander. Nutritional status of disadvantaged preschool children attending daycares in Salvador, Northeast Brazil: a cross-sectional study. 2012.

Master of Science

Aimee Richardson. The effect of selenium and iron status on well-being of young adults. 2014

Sarah Beaumont. Compliance of rural mothers in Emali, Kenya to WHO guiding principles for complementary feeding practices and behaviours. 2013

Simonette Mallard. Prevalence of awareness and use of supplemental folic acid before and during pregnancy, Does long-term folic acid supplementation have an impact on 1-carbon metabolism? 2012.

Rose Stamm. An evaluation of the accuracy of the folate microbiologic assay and comparison with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. 2011

Nicola Hursthouse. Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to assess folate intake of NZ reproductive-aged children. 20111

Victoria Logan. Predictors of vitamin D status in New Zealand adults and the effect of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation on 25-hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone concentrations. 2011

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Publications

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., de Lange, M., Harper, M. J., Jones, S., Mekhail, A., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). A longitudinal study of 25-hydroxy vitamin D and parathyroid hormone status throughout pregnancy and exclusive lactation in New Zealand mothers and their infants at 45° S. Nutrients, 10(1), 86. doi: 10.3390/nu10010086

Mazahery, H., Cairncross, C., Conlon, C., Houghton, L., Coad, J., Camargo Jr, C., … von Hurst, P. (2018). Type of cows' milk consumption and relationship to health predictors in New Zealand preschool children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1468), 54-68. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Luftimas, D. E., Rahmania, S., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Iron, zinc, vitamin A and selenium status in a cohort of Indonesian infants after adjusting for inflammation using several different approaches. British Journal of Nutrition, 118(10), 830-839. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002860

McKenzie, B. L., Edmonds, L., Thomson, R., Haszard, J. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2017). Nutrition practices and predictors of postnatal growth in preterm infants during hospitalization: A longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001747

Karakochuk, C. D., Barr, S. I., Boy, E., Bahizire, E., Tugirimana, P. L., Akilimali, P. Z., Houghton, L. A., & Green, T. J. (2017). The effect of inflammation on serum zinc concentrations and the prevalence estimates of population-level zinc status among Congolese children aged 6-59 months. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2017.127

Chapter in Book - Research

O'Connor, D. L., Houghton, L. A., & Sherwood, K. L. (2008). Nutrition issues during lactation. In C. J. Lammi-Keefe, S. C. Couch & E. Philipson (Eds.), Handbook of nutrition and pregnancy. (pp. 257-282). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-59745-112-3

Houghton, L. A., & O'Connor, D. L. (2008). Pregnancy and lactation. In L. U. Thompson & W. E. Ward (Eds.), Optimizing women's health through nutrition. (pp. 65-92). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Mazahery, H., Cairncross, C., Conlon, C., Houghton, L., Coad, J., Camargo Jr, C., … von Hurst, P. (2018). Type of cows' milk consumption and relationship to health predictors in New Zealand preschool children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1468), 54-68. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., de Lange, M., Harper, M. J., Jones, S., Mekhail, A., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). A longitudinal study of 25-hydroxy vitamin D and parathyroid hormone status throughout pregnancy and exclusive lactation in New Zealand mothers and their infants at 45° S. Nutrients, 10(1), 86. doi: 10.3390/nu10010086

Chebaya, P., Karakochuk, C. D., March, K. M., Chen, N. N., Stamm, R. A., Kroeun, H., … Houghton, L. A., … Whitfield, K. C. (2017). Correlations between maternal, breast milk, and infant vitamin B12 concentrations among mother-infant dyads in Vancouver, Canada and Prey Veng, Cambodia: An exploratory analysis. Nutrients, 9(3), 270. doi: 10.3390/nu9030270

Dennis, N. A., Houghton, L. A., Pankhurst, M. W., Harper, M. J., & McLennan, I. S. (2017). Acute supplementation with high dose Vitamin D3 increases serum anti-Müllerian hormone in young women. Nutrients, 9, 719. doi: 10.3390/nu9070719

Karakochuk, C. D., Barker, M. K., Whitfield, K. C., Barr, S. I., Vercauteren, S. M., Devlin, A. M., … Houghton, L. A., … Green, T. J. (2017). The effect of oral iron with or without multiple micronutrients on hemoglobin concentration and hemoglobin response among nonpregnant Cambodian women of reproductive age: A 2 x 2 factorial, double-blind, randomized controlled supplementation trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.140996

Karakochuk, C. D., Whitfield, K. C., Rappaport, A. I., Barr, S. I., Vercauteren, S. M., McLean, J., … Houghton, L. A., Bailey, K. B., … Green, T. J. (2017). Comparison of four immunoassays to measure serum ferritin concentrations and iron deficiency prevalence among non-pregnant Cambodian women and Congolese children. Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine, 55(1), 65-72. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2016-0421

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Luftimas, D. E., Rahmania, S., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Iron, zinc, vitamin A and selenium status in a cohort of Indonesian infants after adjusting for inflammation using several different approaches. British Journal of Nutrition, 118(10), 830-839. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002860

McKenzie, B. L., Edmonds, L., Thomson, R., Haszard, J. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2017). Nutrition practices and predictors of postnatal growth in preterm infants during hospitalization: A longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001747

Diana, A., Mallard, S. R., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Herliani, P. D., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Consumption of fortified infant foods reduces dietary diversity but has a positive effect on subsequent growth in infants from Sumedang district, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175952

Karakochuk, C. D., Barr, S. I., Boy, E., Bahizire, E., Tugirimana, P. L., Akilimali, P. Z., Houghton, L. A., & Green, T. J. (2017). The effect of inflammation on serum zinc concentrations and the prevalence estimates of population-level zinc status among Congolese children aged 6-59 months. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2017.127

Engle-Stone, R., Nankap, M., Ndjebayi, A. O., Allen, L. H., Shahab-Ferdows, S., Hampel, D., … Houghton, L. A., … Stamm, R. A., & Brown, K. H. (2017). Iron, zinc, folate, and vitamin B-12 status increased among women and children in Yaoundé and Douala, Cameroon, 1 year after introducing fortified wheat flour. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.245076

Cairncross, C. T., Stonehouse, W., Conlon, C. A., Grant, C. C., McDonald, B., Houghton, L. A., … von Hurst, P. R. (2017). Predictors of vitamin D status in New Zealand preschool children. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13(3), e12340. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12340

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Vitamin D status and its predictors in New Zealand aged-care residents eligible for a government-funded universal vitamin D supplementation programme. Public Health Nutrition, 19(18), 3349-3360. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016001683

Mark, H. E., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Monterrosa, E., & Kraemer, K. (2016). Estimating dietary micronutrient supply and the prevalence of inadequate intakes from national Food Balance Sheets in the South Asia region. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(2), 368-376. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.2.11

Miller, J. C., MacDonell, S. O., Gray, A. R., Reid, M. R., Barr, D. J., Thomson, C. D., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Iodine status of New Zealand elderly residents in long-term residential care. Nutrients, 8(8), 445. doi: 10.3390/nu8080445

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Dietary patterns in the frail elderly. Current Nutrition Reports, 5(1), 68-75. doi: 10.1007/s13668-016-0156-8

Cheong, M., Xiao, H. Y., Tay, V., Karakochuk, C. D., Liu, Y. A., Harvey, S., … Houghton, L. A., … Green, T. J. (2016). Folic acid fortified milk increases blood folate to concentrations associated with a very low risk of neural tube defects in Singaporean women of childbearing age. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(1), 62-70. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.1.08

Mallard, S. R., Houghton, L. A., Filteau, S., Chisenga, M., Siame, J., Kasonka, L., … Gibson, R. S. (2016). Micronutrient adequacy and dietary diversity exert positive and distinct effects on linear growth in urban Zambian infants. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 2093-2101. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.233890

Cairncross, C., Grant, C., Stonehouse, W., Conlon, C., McDonald, B., Houghton, L., … von Hurst, P. (2016). The relationship between vitamin D status and allergic diseases in New Zealand preschool children. Nutrients, 8(6), 326. doi: 10.3390/nu8060326

Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Herbison, P., Haszard, J. J., Mekhail, A., Jones, S., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). High-dose monthly maternal cholecalciferol supplementation during breastfeeding affects maternal and infant vitamin D status at 5 months postpartum: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 1999-2006. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.236679

Bromage, S., Rich-Edwards, J. W., Tselmen, D., Baylin, A., Houghton, L. A., Baasanjav, N., & Ganmaa, D. (2016). Seasonal epidemiology of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations among healthy adults living in rural and urban areas in Mongolia. Nutrients, 8, 592. doi: 10.3390/nu8100592

Harvey-Leeson, S., Karakochuk, C. D., Hawes, M., Tugirimana, P. L., Bahizire, E., Akilimali, P. Z., … Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., & Green, T. J. (2016). Anemia and micronutrient status of women of childbearing age and children 6-59 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nutrients, 8(2), 98. doi: 10.3390/nu8020098

Htet, M. K., Fahmida, U., Thurnham, D. I., Hlaing, L. M., Akib, A., Utomo, B., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Folate and vitamin B12 status and dietary intake of anaemic adolescent schoolgirls in the delta region of Myanmar. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(S1), S36-S41. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515001609

Mallard, S. R., Howe, A. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2016). Vitamin D status and weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized and nonrandomized controlled weight-loss trials. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 104(4), 1151-1159. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.136879

Houghton, L. A., Parnell, W. R., Thomson, C. D., Green, T. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2016). Serum zinc is a major predictor of anemia and mediates the effect of selenium on hemoglobin in school-aged children in a nationally representative survey in New Zealand. Journal of Nutrition, 146(9), 1670-1676. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Waters, D. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2015). Obesity in older adults: Prevalence, health risk and management of care among nursing home residents. Current Geriatrics Reports, 4(3), 211-220. doi: 10.1007/s13670-015-0137-6

Richardson, A. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Haszard, J. J., Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Higher body iron is associated with greater depression symptoms among young adult men but not women: Observational data from the Daily Life Study. Nutrients, 7, 6055-6072. doi: 10.3390/nu7085270

Lander, R. L., Williams, S. M., Costa-Ribeiro, H., Mattos, A. P., Barreto, D. L., Houghton, L. A., Bailey, K. B., Lander, A. G., & Gibson, R. S. (2015). Understanding the complex determinants of height and adiposity in disadvantaged daycare preschoolers in Salvador, NE Brazil through structural equation modelling. BMC Public Health, 15, 1086. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2406-x

Wheeler, B. J., Dickson, N. P., Houghton, L. A., Ward, L. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2015). Incidence and characteristics of vitamin D deficiency rickets in New Zealand children: A New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(4), 380-383. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12390

Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Williams, S., Houghton, L., Costa-Ribeiro, H. C., Mattos, A. P., … Lander, R. L. (2014). Tissue iron deficiency and adiposity-related inflammation in disadvantaged preschoolers from NE Brazil. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68, 887-891. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.83

Mallard, S. R., & Houghton, L. A. (2014). Public health policy to redress iodine insufficiency in pregnant women may widen sociodemographic disparities. Public Health Nutrition, 17(6), 1421-1429. doi: 10.1017/s1368980013001626

Lander, R. L., Bailey, K. B., Lander, A. G., Alsaleh, A. A., Costa-Ribeiro, H. C., Mattos, A. P., … Houghton, L. A., Morison, I. M., Williams, S. M., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). Disadvantaged pre-schoolers attending day care in Salvador, Northeast Brazil have a low prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies. Public Health Nutrition, 19(9), 1984-1992. doi: 10.1017/s1368980013002310

Evans, S. E., Mygind, V. L., Peddie, M. C., Miller, J. C., & Houghton, L. A. (2014). Effect of increasing voluntary folic acid food fortification on dietary folate intakes and adequacy of reproductive-age women in New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 17(7), 1447-1453. doi: 10.1017/s1368980013001717

Houghton, L. A., Gray, A. R., Harper, M. J., Winichagoon, P., Pongcharoen, T., Gowachirapant, S., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). Vitamin D status among Thai school children and the association with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone levels. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104825

Mallard, S. R., Houghton, L. A., Filteau, S., Mullen, A., Nieuwelink, J., Chisenga, M., … Gibson, R. S. (2014). Dietary diversity at 6 months of age is associated with subsequent growth and mediates the effect of maternal education on infant growth in urban Zambia. Journal of Nutrition, 144(11), 1818-1825. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.199547

Polak, M. A., Houghton, L. A., Reeder, A. I., Harper, M. J., & Conner, T. S. (2014). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and depressive symptoms among young adult men and women. Nutrients, 6(11), 4720-4730. doi: 10.3390/nu6114720

Logan, V. F., Gray, A. R., Peddie, M. C., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2013). Long-term vitamin D3 supplementation is more effective than vitamin D2 in maintaining serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status over the winter months. British Journal of Nutrition, 109(6), 1082-1088. doi: 10.1017/s0007114512002851

Mygind, V. L., Evans, S. E., Peddie, M. C., Miller, J. C., & Houghton, L. A. (2013). Estimation of usual intake and food sources of choline and betaine in New Zealand reproductive age women. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 22(2), 319-324. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2013.22.2.19

Stamm, R. A., & Houghton, L. A. (2013). Nutrient intake values for folate during pregnancy and lactation vary widely around the world. Nutrients, 5(10), 3920-3947. doi: 10.3390/nu5103920

Mallard, S. R., Connor, J. L., & Houghton, L. A. (2013). Maternal factors associated with heavy periconceptional alcohol intake and drinking following pregnancy recognition: A post-partum survey of New Zealand women. Drug & Alcohol Review, 32, 389-397. doi: 10.1111/dar.12024

Mallard, S. R., Gray, A. R., & Houghton, L. A. (2012). Periconceptional bread intakes indicate New Zealand's proposed mandatory folic acid fortification program may be outdated: Results from a postpartum survey. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 12, 8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-12-8

Lander, R. L., Lander, A. G., Houghton, L., Williams, S. M., Costa-Ribeiro, H., Barreto, D. L., … Gibson, R. S. (2012). Factors influencing growth and intestinal parasitic infections in preschoolers attending philanthropic daycare centers in Salvador, Northeast Region of Brazil. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, 28(11), 2177-2188.

Stamm, R. A., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2012). Quantitation of whole-blood total folate within defined MTHFR C677T genotype groups by isotope dilution-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry differs from microbiologic assay. Journal of Nutrition, 142(12), 2154-2160. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.165035

Mallard, S. R., & Houghton, L. A. (2012). Folate knowledge and consumer behaviour among pregnant New Zealand women prior to the potential introduction of mandatory fortification. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 21(3), 440-449.

Dennis, N. A., Houghton, L. A., Jones, G. T., van Rij, A. M., Morgan, K., & McLennan, I. S. (2012). The level of serum anti-Müllerian hormone correlates with vitamin D status in men and women but not in boys. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 97(7), 2450-2455. doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-1213

Mallard, S. R., Gray, A. R., & Houghton, L. A. (2012). Delaying mandatory folic acid fortification policy perpetuates health inequalities: Results from a retrospective study of postpartum New Zealand women. Human Reproduction, 27(1), 273-282. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der387

Houghton, L. A., Gray, A. R., Rose, M. C., Miller, J. C., Hurthouse, N. A., & Gregory, III, J. F. (2011). Long-term effect of low-dose folic acid intake: Potential effect of mandatory fortification on the prevention of neural tube defects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 94(1), 136-141. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.110.004549

Hursthouse, N. A., Gray, A. R., Miller, J. C., Rose, M. C., & Houghton, L. A. (2011). Folate status of reproductive age women and neural tube defect risk: The effect of long-term folic acid supplementation at doses of 140 μg and 400 μg per day. Nutrients, 3, 49-62. doi: 10.3390/nu3010049

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