Amanda Salis


  • Parkway Entrance, School of Human Sciences (Building 444)

    6009 Crawley


  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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With a Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Professor Amanda Salis (nee Sainsbury) leads a research team at the University of Western Australia's School of Human Sciences that aims to help people to attain and maintain an optimum body weight and composition.

Her translational research into hypothalamic control of appetite, eating behavior, energy expenditure, body weight and body composition spans transgenic mice, adults with overweight or obesity (with or without eating disorders), as well as adult athletes.

Her randomized controlled trials comparing long-term effects of fast versus slow weight loss – using intermittent versus continuous energy restriction – are funded by a Senior Research Fellowship and Project Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

She is the author of two books about adult weight management that are available internationally in three languages and are used by consumers, community health centres / gyms, and by healthcare professionals (e.g. general practitioners, physiotherapists, dieticians, diabetes educators and psychologists).

Previous positions

University of Sydney: Sydney, NSW, AU

2012-03 to 2019-12 | NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School)

Garvan Institute of Medical Research: Darlinghurst, NSW, AU

2001-02 to 2012-02 | Senior Research Officer, then Research Fellow, then Senior Research Fellow (Neuroscience Program)

Garvan Institute of Medical Research: Darlinghurst, NSW, AU

1998-02 to 2001-01 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow, then Senior Research Officer (Diabetes and Metabolism Program)

Universite de Geneve: Geneva, GE, CH

1997-02 to 1998-01 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Division de Genetique Medicale)

University of Western Australia: Crawley, WA, AU

1991-02 to 1991-10 | Research Assistant (Department of Biochemistry)


English (maternal language)

French (fluent)

Turkish (conversational)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Université de Genève


BSc (Hons), The University of Western Australia


Industry keywords

  • Ageing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Digital Health
  • Health
  • Sport and Recreation

Research expertise keywords

  • Obesity
  • Weight loss
  • Body composition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia
  • Binge eating


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