Emma Ridley


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I am a Senior Research Fellow and lead of the Nutrition Program at the ANZIC-RC, Monash University where I am responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the critical care nutrition research program. I completed my PhD in 2018 titled “Clinical and functional consequences of energy provided by nutrition in critically ill adults”. My research interests include understanding the optimum way to determine energy requirements in the critically ill, including the clinical application of indirect calorimetry, as well as the effect of optimal nutrition delivery on short and long-term outcomes in ICU patients. I also continue to practice as a clinical dietitian in the ICU at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne where I have worked for 14 years.
In 2019 I was named as a Finalist in the ‘Clinical Research’ category of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research for the work and outcomes within my PhD. My leadership capabilities have been recognised in 2012 when I was one of 100 Australians to receive a prestigious Churchill Fellowship and in 2014 when I received a scholarship to complete the yearlong Advanced Leadership Program run by Women and Leadership Australia. I have international and national recognition as a critical care dietitian and have delivered over 31 invited presentations, authored 32 publications (including in the New England Journal of Medicine), served as an invited member on multiple conference organising committees and grant review panels and been the recipient of $6.3 million dollars of research funding with the various teams I work with, including a recent investigator initiated industry grant of $2.3 million as a CIA for follow up work which relates to my PhD (NCT03292237).

Further details can be found at https://www.monash.edu/medicine/sphpm/anzicrc/research/anzic-rc-nutrition-program

A podcast of the presentation I gave at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting in London in December 2018 can be viewed at: https://icspodcast.libsyn.com/top-5-nutrition-studies-emma-ridley

External positions

Senior Dietitian/Grade 4 Dietitian, Alfred Health

Feb 2018 → …

Weekend Dietitian, Alfred Health


Senior Dietitian/Grade 4 Dietitian, Alfred Health


Clinical Dietitian, Alfred Health



  • Nutrition
  • intensive care
  • dietetics

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 2010 2019

Predictive energy equations are inaccurate for determining energy expenditure in adult burn injury: a retrospective observational study

Leung, J., Ridley, E. J., Cleland, H., Ihle, J. F., Paul, E. & King, S. J., 1 May 2019, In : ANZ Journal of Surgery. 89, 5, p. 578-583 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cardiac Surgery and the Low Hanging Fruit of Perioperative Nutritional Interventions

Litton, E., Ridley, E. J. & Delaney, A., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 32, 3, p. 1254-1255 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Does Propofol Sedation Contribute to Overall Energy Provision in Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adults? A Retrospective Observational Study

Hastings, J., Ridley, E. J., Bianchet, O., Roodenburg, O., Levkovich, B., Scheinkestel, C., Pilcher, D. & Udy, A., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 42, 4, p. 748-757 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


2018 AMREP Early-Mid Career Best Paper Award

Emma Ridley (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best new project presentation- honourable mention

Emma Ridley (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Churchill Fellowship

Emma Ridley (Recipient), 2011

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FNMHS Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowship

Emma Ridley (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)