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    A/Prof Dr Karin Ried

    PhD, MSc, GDPH, Cert Integrative Medicine

    A/Prof Dr Karin Ried is Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. Dr Ried is Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bond University, Queensland, and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. Dr Ried has over 15 years experience in medical and public health research, and research interest in complementary and integrative medicine with a focus on nutritional health. Her research projects encompass nutritional medicine, cardiovascular health, bone health, gastrointestinal health, cancer, women's health, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Ried received a Masters Degree in Chemistry (1993) and PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics (1997). Her PhD and early postdoctoral work in human genetics at the Centre of Molecular Genetics, University of Adelaide, culminated in the discovery of various genes, one of which is involved in the development of cancer. In addition, Dr Ried completed a Graduate Diploma of Public Health at the University of Adelaide (2001), and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Queensland (2009).

    Dr Ried is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Her research has been featured on national radio, television, and in the print media in Australia and overseas. She has mentored and supervised 30 early career researchers, MBBS students, Honours, Masters, PhD and summer research scholarship students. Prior to her current position at NIIM, Dr Ried has been the Program Manager of the government funded capacity building PHCRED program at the University of Adelaide between 2006-2012 and at Flinders University in South Australia between 2003-06.

    Research Interests

    Dr Ried’s research interests include nutritional medicine in cardiovascular health, in particular the effects of garlic extract, tomato extract or chocolate and cocoa products on blood pressure and cholesterol. Other current projects include Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of women’s health and fertility, and the effect of omega-3 supplementation on bone health. She is Chief Investigator on several competitive grants related to integrative nutritional medicine. Dr Ried has extensive expertise in quantitative research, in particular in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as in qualitative research, including questionnaire design and survey methods.

    Current projects include:

    • Research at the NIIM
    • Nutritional medicine for hypertension and hypercholesteremia
    • Cocoa for blood pressure & cognitive function
    • Garlic for blood pressure and cholesterol
    • Tomato extract for blood pressure and cholesterol
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility
    • Menstrual health
    • Determining circulating tumour cells and other rare cells in cancer patients and for early detection screening
    • Improving testing for Lyme Disease
    • Electromagnetic millimetre wave therapy for pain relief
    • Publications

      Peer reviewed journal articles & book chapters

      2015

      Ried K, Travica N, Sali A. The effect of aged garlic extract on blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors in uncontrolled hypertensives: the randomised placebo-controlled AGE at Heart trial. Submitted 2015, under review.

      Travica N, Ried K, Bujnowski R, Sali A. Integrative health check reveals suboptimal levels in a number of vital biomarkers. Evidence Based CAM 2015, submitted.

      Massee L, Ried K, Pase M, Travica N, Yoganathan J, Scholey A, Macpherson H, Kennedy G, Sali A, Pipingas A. The acute and sub-chronic effects of cocoa flavanols on cognitive and cardiovascular health in young healthy adults: A randomized controlled trial. Frontiers Pharmacol 2015, under review.

      Marx W, Mckavanagh D, McCarthy A, Bird R, Ried K, Chan A, Isenring L. The effect of ginger (Zingiber Officinale) on platelet aggregation: a systematic literature review. Nutr Rev, under review.

      Ranasinghe W, Kim SP, Papa NP, Sengupta S, Frydenberg M, Bolton D, Pond D, Ried K, Marshall MJ, Persad R, Lawrentschuk N. Prostate cancer screening in primary health care: The current state of affairs. Springer Plus 2015, 4:78.

      Ried K: Effect of garlic on blood pressure, serum cholesterol and immunity: updated meta-analysis and review. J Nutr Suppl 2015, in press

      Ried K: Chinese herbal medicine for female infertility: an updated meta-analysis. Compl Ther Med 2015, 23, 116-128.

      Ried K & Pyers C: Chinese herbal supplements and the treatment of female infertility. Chapter 7 in Nutrition, Human Fertility and Reproductive Function, eds. Tremellen K & Pearce K, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, publication in 2015

      2014

      Ried K, Fakler P: The potential of garlic (Allium sativum) in lowering high blood pressure: mechanisms of action and clinical relevance. Integr Blood Press Control 2014, 7, 71-82.

      Rohner A, Ried K, Sobenin IA, Bucher HC, Nordmann AJ: A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of garlic preparations on blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. Am J Hypertens 2014, hpu165.

      Ried K, Armstrong S, Sali A, McLaughlin P: Orthosis improves clinical management of women with augmented or natural breast tissue by reducing pain and mechanical forces. Chiropr Man Therap 2014, 22:2

      Marx W, Ried K, McCarthy A, Vitetta L, McKavangh D, Sali A, Isenring E: Ginger - mechanism of action in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2014, in press

      Marx W, McCarthy A, Ried K, Vitetta L, McKavangh D, Thomson D, Sali A, Isenring E: Can ginger ameliorate chemotherapy-induced nausea? A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. BMC Compl Altern Med 2014, 14:134

      2013

      Ried K, Toben C, Fakler P: The effect of garlic on serum lipids: an updated meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews 2013, 71 (5): 282-299.

      Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N: Aged garlic extract reduces blood pressure in hypertensives: a dose response trial. Eur J Clin Nutr 2013; 67, 64-70 (Epub 21 Nov 2012).

      Ried K, Sali A, Wang M, Meade B, Murphy D: Photodynamic therapy with new sublingual sensitizer Photosoft®E4 for cancer: a case series. F100Research 2013, 2:161

      Chan D, Ried K: Towards a self-managed resistance exercise program for overweight/obese individuals with type 2 diabetes: a pilot study. J Exerc Physiol online 2013; 16 (3): 9-19.

      Armstrong S, Ried K, Sali A, McLaughlin P: A new orthosis reduces pain and mechanical forces in prone position in women with augmented or natural breast tissue: A pilot study. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2013; 66, e179-e188.

      Ried K, Alfred A: Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility in Australia: a mixed methods approach. BMC Women's Health 2013, 13:17.

      Ried K: Infertility: The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to fertility management, menstrual health, fertility awareness and emotional well-being. In: Infertility: Genetic factors, treatment risks and benefits, social and psychological consequences, Nova Science Publishers Inc. 2013, New York.

      2012

      Ried K, Sullivan T, Fakler P, Frank O, Stocks N: Effect of chocolate on blood pressure; full review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 8.

      Ried K: Dark Chocolate and (Pre-)Hypertension. Chapter 23 in: Chocolate in Health and Nutrition, Nutrition and Health 7, R.R. Watson et al. (eds.), Springer Humana Press 2013 (Epub Aug 2012).

      Vanlint S & Ried K: Efficacy and tolerability of calcium, Vitamin D and a plant-based omega-3 oil for osteopenia: A pilot RCT. Maturitas 2012; 71, 44-48; (EPub 9 Nov 2011).


      2011

      Ried K & Stuart K: Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: A systematic review. Compl Ther Med 2011; 19 (6), 319-331 (Epub 5 Oct 11).

      Alfred A & Ried K: Traditional Chinese Medicine: Women's experiences in the treatment of infertility. Aust Fam Physician 2011; 40 (9), 718-722.

      Ried K: Garlic, chocolate or tomatoes for (pre-)hypertension? J Hypertonie 2011; 15 (3), 7-10.

      Ried K, Fakler P: Protective effect of lycopene on serum cholesterol and blood pressure: meta-analyses of intervention trials. Maturitas 2011; 68, 299-310; (Epub 14Dec 2010).

      Ried K, Sullivan TR, Fakler P, Frank OR, Stocks NP: Effect of chocolate on blood pressure (Protocol). The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 1.


      2010

      Ried K, Stocks N, Frank O: Chocolate dose may be too much. BMJ 2010; 341:c4176.

      Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N: Aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension: a randomised controlled trial. Maturitas 2010; 67, 144-150; (Epub 29 June).

      Ried K, Sullivan T, Fakler P, Frank O, Stocks N: Does chocolate reduce blood pressure? A meta-analysis. BMC Medicine 2010; 8:39.


      1995 - 2009

      Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP: Dark chocolate or tomato extract for prehypertension: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med 2009; 9:22.

      Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP, Fakler P, Sullivan T: Effect of garlic on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cardiovasc Dis 2008; 8:13

      Ried K, Montgomery BD, Stocks NP, Farmer EA: General practice research training: impact of the Australian Registrar Workshop on research skills, confidence, interest and involvement of participants, 2002-06. Fam Pract 2008; 25: 119-126

      Ried K, Farmer EA, Weston KM: Bursaries, writing grants and fellowships: a strategy to develop capacity in primary health care. BMC Family Practice 2007; 8:19

      Neill J, Belan I, Ried K: Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions on fatigue in adults with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus erythematosus; a systematic review. J Adv Nursing 2006; 56(6): 617-635

      Ried K: Interpreting and understanding meta-analysis graphs. A practical guide. Aust Fam Phys 2006; 35 (8): 635-637

      Ried K, Farmer EA, Weston KM: Setting directions for research capacity building in primary health care: a survey of a research network. BMC Family Practice 2006; 7:8.

      Finnis M, Dayan S, Hobson L, Chenevix-Trench G, Friend K, Ried K, Venter D, Woollatt E, Baker E, Richard RI: Common chromosomal fragile site FRA16D mutation in cancer cells. Hum Mol Genetics 2005; 14 (10), 1341-1349

      Makrides M, Gibson RA, Udell T, Ried K & the International LCPUFA Investigators: Supplementation of infant formula with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids does not influence the growth of term infants; a meta-analysis. Am J Clinical Nutrition 2005; 81, 1094-1101

      Ried K & Fuller J: Building a culture of research dissemination in primary health care: the South Australian experience of supporting the novice researcher. Aust Health Review 2005; 29 (10), 6-11

      Ried K: Gastrointestinal Health: The role of pro- and prebiotics in standard foods. Aust Fam Phys 2004; 33 (4), 253-255

      Cameron S, Ried K, Worsley A, Topping D: Consumption of foods by young children with diagnosed Campylobacter infection: A pilot case control study. Public Health Nutrition 2004; 7(1), 85-89

      Ried K, Finnis M, Hobson L, Mangelsdorf M, Dayan S, Nancarrow J, Woollatt E, Kremmidiotis G, Gardner A, Venter D, Baker E, Richards RI: Common fragile site FRA16D: identification of the FOR gene spanning FRA16D and homozygous deletions and translocations breakpoints in cancer cell. Human Molecular Genetics 2000; 9 (11), 1651-1663

      Mangelsdorf M, Ried K, Woollatt E (equal contribution), Dayan S, Eyre H, Finnis M, Hobson L, Nancarrow J, Venter D, Baker E, Richards RI: Chromosomal fragile site FRA16D and DNA instability in cancer. Cancer Research 2000; 60, 1683-1689

      Ried K et al.: Gene duplications as a recurrent theme in the evolution of the pseudoautosomal region 1: isolation of the gene ASMTL. Human Molecular Genetics 1998; 7, 1771-1778

      Rappold G, Ried K, Klink A, Rao E, Weiss B: Chapter: Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) in Techniques in molecular medicine, editors: Hildebrandt F, Igarashi P, publisher: Springer Heidelberg 1996, ISDN 3-540-57129-9.

      Klein S, Zenvirth D, Sherman A, Ried K, Rappold G, Simchen G: Double-strand breaks on YACs during meiosis reflect meiotic recombination in the human genome. Nature Genetics 1996; 13, 481-484

      Ried K et al.: Characterization of a YAC contig spanning the pseudoautosomal region. Genomics 1995; 29, 787-792



      Conference presentations on Nutritional Medicine

      2015 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Melbourne, May 2015: 1) Ried K, Travica N, Sali A: Aged garlic extract for hypertension and arterial stiffness: the AGE at Heart trial; 2) Travica N, Ried K, Massee L, Pipingas A et al: The effect of cocoa on cognitive function in young adults

      2014 World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Dec 2014: Ried K, Wang MN, Traill M, Sali A. Hyperthermia as adjunctive therapy in integrative cancer therapy. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol 2014, 10, S9, 1037;

      Marx W, Ried K, McKavangh D, Vitetta L, Sali A, Isenring E: Ginger as an adjuvant for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: where does the evidence stand? Asia Pacific J Clin Oncol 2014, 10, S9, 735.

      2014 Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) Conference, Sydney, Aug 2014: Ried K [Invited keynote] 1) An integrative approach to hypertension; 2) Challenges faced in IM and CAM Research; 3) Management of female infertility with traditional Chinese herbal medicine: an updated meta- [Best poster prize]

      2014 European Society of Cardiology Conference, Barcelona, Spain, Aug 2014: Rohner A, Ried K, Sobenin IA, Nordmann AJ: The effects of garlic preparations on blood pressure in individuals with hypertension: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

      2014 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Gold Coast, May 14: Ried K [Oral presentation] Aged garlic extract for blood pressure and heart health: our past and present trials

      2014 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Gold Coast & Dietitians Association of Australia 31st National Conference, Brisbane May 14: Marx W, Ried K, McCarthy A, Vitetta L, McKavangh D, Sali A, Isenring E: Ginger – mechanism of action in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: a review

      2014 International Garlic Symposium, Dana Point, CA, USA, Mar 14: Ried K [Invited keynote speaker] 1) Garlic for blood pressure, cholesterol & immunity: an overview 2) The AGE at Heart trial: our past and present clinical studies

      2013 AIMA Conference, Gold Coast, Oct 13: Ried K [Oral presentation] Aged garlic extract for heart health

      2013 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Sydney, May 13 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N [Speaker] Aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in hypertensives: a dose response trial.

      2013 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Sydney, May 13 Marx W, Ried K, Sali A, Teleni L, McCarthy A, Vitetta L, McKavanagh D, Thomson D, Isenring E Is ginger supplementation effective in ameliorating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting?

      2013 Dietitians Association of Australia Conference, Canberra, May 13 Marx W, Isenring E, Ried K, Sali A, Vitetta L, McKavanagh D, McCarthy A Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: a review to inform dietetic practice.

      2013 Heart Foundation Conference, Adelaide, May 13 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N [Poster] Aged garlic extract for uncontrolled hypertension: new insights into an old remedy.

      2013 NHAA (National Herbalist Association of Australia) Conference, Melbourne, Apr 13 Ried K [Speaker] Aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in hypertensives: a dose-response trial.

      2012 Australasian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Conference (AACMAC), Brisbane, May 2012 Ried K [Invited speaker] Treating female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine: A systematic review.

      2012 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Melbourne, May 12 Ried K, Toben C, Fakler P [Speaker] New insights into the effect of garlic on cholesterol: A meta-analysis.

      2011 AIMA Conference, Sydney, Oct 11 Ried K, Stuart K [Poster] Management of female infertility with Traditional Chinese herbal medicine: meta-analyses.

      2011 AACMA Conference, Perth, May 11 Ried K, Stuart K [Speaker] Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review.

      2011 Nutrition in Medicine Conference, Sydney, May11 Ried K, Fakler P [Speaker] Does lycopene lower cholesterol or blood pressure? A systematic review.

      2011 International Prehypertension & Cardio-metabolic Syndrome Conference, Vienna, Austria, Feb 11 Ried K, Frank O, Fakler P, Stocks N [Speaker] Garlic, Chocolate or Tomatoes for (Pre-)Hypertension?

      2010 Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) conference, Coolum, Sept 10 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N Garlic lowers blood pressure in uncontrolled hypertensives.

      2010 AACMAC conference, Adelaide, May 2010 Ried K, Alfred A Unexplained infertility: Experiences of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      2009 AIMA conference, Melbourne, Oct 09 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N, Fakler P, Sullivan T Does chocolate reduce blood pressure? A meta-analysis.

      2009 GP& PHC conference, Melbourne, Jul 09 Ried, K, Frank O, Stocks N Garlic as adjunct therapy for uncontrolled hypertension: A pilot RCT

      2008 Inaugural Cardiovascular Research Forum South Australia, Adelaide, Dec 08 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N Garlic lowers blood pressure in hypertensives: a meta-analysis.

      2008 RACGP Conference, Melbourne, Oct 08 Ried K, Frank O, Stocks N Acceptability and effectiveness of chocolate or tomato extract in pre-hypertension: pilot study.