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Dr Meika Foster

PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry) (Sydney)
BSc (Nutr/Diet) (Hons 1 + Medal) (Sydney)
LLB (Hons 1 + Award) (Canterbury)
BA (Māori) (Canterbury)

Dr Meika Foster 2016

Email:meika.foster@otago.ac.nz

Honorary Senior Research Fellow based in Christchurch

Meika Foster completed a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at the University of Sydney. She has a background in Law and is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. Her primary career objective is to promote the use of robust nutrition science findings to enhance the health and quality of life of New Zealanders.

Meika’s nutritional science research interests include the role of trace metals in health and disease, nutrient requirements for optimal health (including the use of biochemical markers for the determination of nutritional status), and the impact of dietary patterns, particularly vegetarianism, on health throughout the lifecycle. Her PhD focused on the transport, distribution, and homeostasis of zinc in chronic disease and utilised a range of methodologies, including meta-analysis techniques, biomarker investigations using real-time PCR, and a double-blind randomised controlled trial in participants with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

Her research interests in Law include cultural and intellectual property and the relationship between Māori and the Human Genome Diversity Project; in her early work for the New Zealand Law Commission she promoted the systematic review, reform and development of the Law of New Zealand in consultation with tangata whenua and in line with the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Publications

Foster, M. (2017). Food groups 17.5: Vegetables. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (5th ed.) (pp. 282-284). Oxford University Press. [Contribution].

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2017). Implications of a plant-based diet on zinc requirements and nutritional status. In F. Mariotti (Ed.), Vegetarian and plant-based diets in health and disease prevention. (pp. 683-714). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803968-7.00038-1

Chu, A., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2017). Interrelationships among mediators of cellular zinc homeostasis in healthy and type 2 diabetes mellitus populations. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 61(4), 1600838. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201600838

Foster, M., Chu, A., & Samman, S. (2017). Vegetarian nutrition for the older adult: Vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. Current Nutrition Reports, 6(2), 80-92. doi: 10.1007/s13668-017-0194-x

Chu, A., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2017). Gene expression and coordination of cellular zinc transporters and metallothioneins are altered in Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 8, (pp. 83). doi: 10.1016/j.jnim.2017.04.085

Chapter in Book - Research

Foster, M. (2017). Food groups 17.5: Vegetables. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (5th ed.) (pp. 282-284). Oxford University Press. [Contribution].

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2017). Implications of a plant-based diet on zinc requirements and nutritional status. In F. Mariotti (Ed.), Vegetarian and plant-based diets in health and disease prevention. (pp. 683-714). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803968-7.00038-1

Chu, A., Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2015). Determinants of zinc transport in humans: Zinc status, exercise, inflammation and chronic diseases. In S. M. Ostojic (Ed.), Human health and nutrition: New research. (pp. 17-48). New York: Nova Science.

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2015). Vegetarian diets across the lifecycle: Impact on zinc intake and status. In J. Henry (Ed.), Advances in food and nutrition research (Vol. 74). (pp. 93-131). Waltham, MA: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.afnr.2014.11.003

Samman, S., O'Connor, H. T., Bell-Anderson, K. S., & Foster, M. (2012). Trace elements and inflammation. In M. Garg & L. Wood (Eds.), Nutrition and physical activity in inflammatory diseases. (pp. 128-144). Oxfordshire, UK: Cabi.

Foster, M. (2012). Food groups 25.5: Vegetables. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (4th ed.) (pp. 418-419). Oxford University Press. [Contribution].

Samman, S., Foster, M., & Hunter, D. (2012). The role of boron in human nutrition and metabolism. In N. S. Hosmane (Ed.), Boron science: New technologies and applications. (pp. 73-88). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b11199-7

Foster, M., Hunter, D., & Samman, S. (2011). Evaluation of the nutritional and metabolic effects of Aloe vera. In I. F. F. Benzie & S. Wachtel-Galor (Eds.), Herbal medicine: Biomolecular and clinical aspects. (2nd ed.) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2011). Zinc and atherosclerosis: Clinical observations and potential mechanisms. In L. Rink (Ed.), Biomedical and health research (Vol. 76): Zinc in human health. (pp. 347-372). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-816-8-347

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Journal - Research Article

Chu, A., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2017). Interrelationships among mediators of cellular zinc homeostasis in healthy and type 2 diabetes mellitus populations. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 61(4), 1600838. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201600838

Chu, A., Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2016). Zinc status and risk of cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A systematic review of prospective cohort studies. Nutrients, 8(11), 707. doi: 10.3390/nu8110707

Chu, A., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Bell-Anderson, K., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2015). TNF-α gene expression is increased following zinc supplementation in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Genes & Nutrition, 10, 440. doi: 10.1007/s12263-014-0440-4

Foster, M., Hirulah, U. N., Prasad, A., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2015). Zinc status of vegetarians during pregnancy: A systematic review of observational studies and meta-analysis of zinc intake. Nutrients, 7(6), 4512-4525. doi: 10.3390/nu7064512

Chu, A., Foster, M., Ward, S., Zaman, K., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2015). Zinc-induced upregulation of metallothionein (MT)-2A is predicted by gene expression of zinc transporters in healthy adults. Genes & Nutrition, 10(6), 44. doi: 10.1007/s12263-015-0494-y

Capdor, J., Foster, M., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2013). Zinc and glycemic control: A meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled supplementation trials in humans. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology, 27(2), 137-142. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2012.08.001

Foster, M., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2013). Inflammation markers predict zinc transporter gene expression in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 24(9), 1655-1661. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2013.02.006

Foster, M., Petocz, P., Caterson, I. D., & Samman, S. (2013). Effects of zinc and α-linolenic acid supplementation on glycemia and lipidemia in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Diabetes Research & Clinical Metabolism, 2, 3. doi: 10.7243/2050-0866-2-3

Foster, M., Chu, A., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2013). Effect of vegetarian diets on zinc status: A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies in humans. Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture, 93(10), 2362-2371. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6179

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2012). Zinc and regulation of inflammatory cytokines: Implications for cardiometabolic disease. Nutrients, 4(7), 676-694. doi: 10.3390/nu4070676

Foster, M., Karra, M., Picone, T., Chu, A., Hancock, D. P., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2012). Dietary fiber intake increases the risk of zinc deficiency in healthy and diabetic women. Biological Trace Element Research, 149(2), 135-142. doi: 10.1007/s12011-012-9408-7

Hunter, D., Foster, M., McArthur, J. O., Ojha, R., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2011). Evaluation of the micronutrient composition of plant foods produced by organic and conventional agricultural methods. Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition, 51(6), 571-582. doi: 10.1080/10408391003721701

Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2011). Zinc transporter genes are coordinately expressed in men and women independently of dietary or plasma zinc. Journal of Nutrition, 141(6), 1195-1201. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.140053

Foster, M., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2010). Effects of zinc on plasma lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations in humans: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Atherosclerosis, 210(2), 344-352. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2009.11.038

Foster, M., & Samman, S. (2010). Zinc and redox signaling: Perturbations associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 13(10), 1549-1573. doi: 10.1089/ars.2010.3111

Samman, S., Kung, F. P., Carter, L. M., Foster, M. J., Ahmad, Z. I., Phuyal, J. L., & Petocz, P. (2009). Fatty acid composition of certified organic, conventional and omega-3 eggs. Food Chemistry, 116(4), 911-914. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.03.046

Samman, S., Chow, J. W. Y., Foster, M. J., Ahmad, Z. I., Phuyal, J. L., & Petocz, P. (2008). Fatty acid composition of edible oils derived from certified organic and conventional agricultural methods. Food Chemistry, 109(3), 670-674. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2007.12.067

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Journal - Research Other

Foster, M., Chu, A., & Samman, S. (2017). Vegetarian nutrition for the older adult: Vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. Current Nutrition Reports, 6(2), 80-92. doi: 10.1007/s13668-017-0194-x

Samman, S., Chu, A., & Foster, M. (2015). Zinc and dietary fibre: Competing nutrients in the management of chronic diseases. Vitamins & Minerals, 4(1), e134. doi: 10.4172/2376-1318.1000e134

Samman, S., & Foster, M. (2013). Zinc and cardio-metabolic health in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Vitamins & Minerals, 2(1), e116. doi: 10.4172/2167-0390.1000e116

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Foster, M., Chu, A., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2014). Zinc transporter gene expression and glycemic control in post-menopausal women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology, 28(4), (pp. 448-452). doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2014.07.012

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Chu, A., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2017). Gene expression and coordination of cellular zinc transporters and metallothioneins are altered in Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 8, (pp. 83). doi: 10.1016/j.jnim.2017.04.085

Foster, M., Herulah, U., Prasad, A., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2016). Zinc status of pregnant vegetarians. Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 4, (pp. 6). doi: 10.1016/j.jnim.2015.12.170

Foster, M., Herulah, U., Prasad, A., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2015). Zinc status of pregnant vegetarians. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 39, (pp. 44). Sydney, Australia: Nutrition Society of Australia. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Chu, A., Ward, S., Zaman, K., Foster, M., Hancock, D., Petocz, P., & Samman, S. (2015, August-September). Zinc transporter gene expression is positively associated with habitual physical activity level in healthy adults. Poster session presented at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Queenstown, New Zealand.

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