EDIBLE RESEARCH was founded by:

meika-fosterMeika Foster

  • PhD (Nutritional Biochemistry), University of Sydney
  • BSc (Nutrition & Dietetics)(Hons 1 + University Medal), University of Sydney
  • LLB (Hons 1 + Award) / BA (Māori language and culture), University of Canterbury

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Dr Meika Foster specialises in human molecular and metabolic nutrition research. She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow  in the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago; a member of the Nutrition Societies of Australia and New Zealand; and a New Zealand Registered Dietitian (formerly an Accredited Practising Dietitian of Australia). Meika has been employed previously as a Research Nutritionist in the Discipline of Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Molecular Bioscience (SMB), University of Sydney, Australia. She has lectured in Community and Public Health Nutrition, co-ordinated Nutrition Science laboratory classes, and is well published in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Meika has a background in Law, with particular interest in cultural and intellectual property. She has worked for the New Zealand Law Commission in the Te Ao Māori team promoting the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand, and in policy as an Effective Practice Consultant and Planning Officer for the London Borough of Newham, UK.

As a result of her various multi-disciplinary roles, Meika has significant experience in: engagement and consultation with a range of individuals and stakeholder organisations; project evaluation; and laboratory, clinical, and public health research, including the design and implementation of randomised controlled trials. She is conversant with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and the themes of Vision Mātauranga. Meika’s approach to research integrates her personal ethics and integrity with a commitment to timely delivery of project-specific outputs for the purpose of improving the nutrition choices and health of New Zealanders.

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