Professor Michael Skilton
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Professor Michael Skilton

BSc (Hons) UQ, PhD Syd
Professor of Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Health
Maurice Blackmore Principal Research Fellow in Integrative Medicine
Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders
Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health
Professor Michael Skilton

Michael Skilton is Professor of Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Health, and the Maurice Blackmore Principal Research Fellow in Integrative Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney.

He leads the Nutrition and Cardiometabolic disease research group at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, and the Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health Project Node at the Charles Perkins Centre.

He graduated from the University of Queensland (BSc Hons I) in 1998, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2005 for his doctoral studies on “Nutrition and cardiovascular structure and function”, before holding postdoctoral positions in Lyon, France (2005-2007) and at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne (2007-2010).

He has published over 120 scientific papers, in high ranking journals including the Lancet, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Pediatrics. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

He has been a Chief Investigator on research grants totaling over $4m, and has ongoing collaborations with research teams in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.

The Nutrition and Cardiometabolic disease research group within the Boden Collaboration uses a life course approach, focusing on basic biomedical discovery, and prevention of disease.

This includes

- identification of people at risk of cardiometabolic diseases in adulthood based on their early life exposures (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease; DOHaD);

- identification of the mechanisms through which these exposures affect long term risk of cardiometabolic diseases;

- developing and trialing nutrition strategies to improve the cardiometabolic risk profile, and subsequently prevent cardiovascular events and type 2 diabetes, in people using a precision medicine approach.

The group also actively works to develop and refine age-appropriate methodologies for assessing preclinical measures of cardiometabolic health, which inform and facilitate the above work.

MPhil and PhD supervision


  • Diet, health and disease
  • Dietary fats, lipids and cardiovascular disease
  • Environment, epigenetics and fetal programming
  • Developing dietary precision prevention strategies to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
  • Identification of individuals at risk of early vascular damage due to their intrauterine environment, including exposure to maternal obesity and gestational diabetes
  • Determining the mechanisms by which obesity increases cardiovascular risk
  • Determining the factors that contribute to increased cardiovascular risk in Indigenous Australians, and developing appropriate strategies to improve vascular health in this population.

Member of the:

  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • Australian Atherosclerosis Society (AAS)
  • Council member of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society of Australia and New Zealand (DOHaD ANZ)
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
  • Carotid extra-media thickness (Skilton et al, JACC-Cardiovasc Imag 2009) named as one of the top five vascular imaging research highlights of 2009 by the American Society of Echocardiography.
  • 2018 Sir Zelman Cowen Prize for Discovery in Medical Research, for a discovery which has made a major contribution to the understanding or treatment of disease and has achieved or has the potential to achieve therapeutic outcomes.

Project titleResearch student
Development of a Nutritional Biomarker PanelShuang LIANG
A mechanistic biology of ageing approach to nutritional modulation of vascular function and cardiometabolic health.Sayan MITRA


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Selected Grants


  • Optimizing obstructive sleep apnea therapy in patients with coronary artery disease: a pilot study, Cistulli P, Skilton M, Sutherland K, De Chazal P, Dissanayake H, ResMed Foundation/Research Grant


  • Assessing autonomic activity in children: Preventing cardio-metabolic disease, Skilton M, Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant