Karin Ried

Karin Ried
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Karin Ried is Research Fellow and Program Manager of the PHCRED (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation & Development) program at The University of Adelaide since 2006.

    Karin has over 15 years experience in medical and public health research. She completed her PhD in Molecular Biology/Human Genetics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and came to Australia in 1997 to undertake post-doctoral research on cancer genes at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Karin extended her knowledge in health sciences with a Graduate Diploma in Public Health at the University of Adelaide (2001) and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine (2009). Dr Ried is nutritional medicine consultant to the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM, 2011).

    Dr Ried's research interest is in complementary and integrative medicine with a focus on nutritional health. Her research projects encompass public health nutrition and epidemiology, infant nutrition, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, bone health, and women's health.

    In her current role as PHCRED Program Manager, Karin is responsible for mentoring PHCRED funded researchers and managing and developing capacity building activities, including workshops on research methods. Karin has expertise in quantitative research, in particular in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, questionnaire design and survey methods, as well as in various aspects of qualitative research.
    In 2010, Karin took on the role as Honours Convenor for the School of Population Health & Clinical Practice.

  • Qualifications

    PhD, MSc, GDPH, Cert Integrative Medicine

  • Research Interests

    Integrative medicine
    Nutritional health, cardiovascular health, bone health, gastrointestinal health, women's health, Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Current projects include

    • Nutritional medicine for hypertension and hypercholesteremia
    • Unexplained infertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine


    Aged garlic extract for uncontrolled hypertension: A dose-response trial
    Investigators: Dr Karin Ried, Prof Nigel Stocks, Dr Oliver Frank
    2010/11 Royal Adelaide Hospital New Investigator Clinical Project Grant $15,000 

    Traditional Chinese Medicine in the management of female infertility
    Investigators: Dr Ann Alfred,Dr Karin Ried
    2010 PHCRED Seeding Grant $8,000

    Respiratory health in pregnancy: The impact of pregnancy on respiratory impedance using the Impulse Oscillometry System (IOS). 
    Investigators: Dr Karin Ried, AProf Alan Crockett, Wendy Newbury 
    2009 PHCRED Seeding Grant $8,000

    Acceptability and effectiveness of garlic as an adjunct treatment for uncontrolled hypertension. A randomised controlled trial.
    Investigators: Dr Karin Ried, Dr Oliver Frank, Prof Nigel Stocks
    2008 PHCRED Seeding Grant $9,000

    Plant-based omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, acceptability and efficacy on bone health: a randomised controlled trial.
    Investigators: Dr Simon Vanlint, Dr Karin Ried
    2007 RACGP Vicki Kotsirilos Integrative Medicine Grant $5,000

    Menstrual and emotional health of women with unexplained infertility seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal treatment: an exploratory cohort study
    Investigators: Dr Karin Ried, Dr Caroline Smith, Dr Nicole Moulding
    2007 Faculty of Health Establishment Grant & PHCRED Seeding Grant $18,000

    Dietary supplementation and cardiovascular health
    Investigators: Dr Oliver Frank, Dr Karin Ried, Prof Nigel Stocks
    2006 RACGP cardiovascular research grant $25,000 

    Literature review in dietary supplementation and cardiovascular health
    Investigators: Dr Oliver Frank, Dr Karin Ried, Prof Nigel Stocks
    2006 RACGP Vicki Kotsirilos Integrative Medicine Grant $5,000

    Student projects

    2011-12 Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship Student
    Thao Minh Trinh: A survey on knowledge, attitude, education and experience of menstrual health

    2011 PHCRED-RDP (Researcher Development Fellow)
    Dr Catherine Toben: Cocoa for blood pressure & Garlic for cholesterol (systematic reviews)

    2011 Honours student
    Keren Stuart: Six month follow-up of a structured comprehensive lifestyle program (CLIP) delivered via telephone on weight loss and lipid profile
    Supervisors: Dr Manny Noakes, Prof Nigel Stocks, Dr Karin Ried

    2011 Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship students
    Amanda Neubauer, Ellen Lyrtzis: Quality of life and coping strategies of women with infertility

    2010 Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship student
    Keren Stuart: The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to unexplained infertility

    2010 PHCRED-RDP (Researcher Development Program) Fellow
    Carolyn Donaghey: General Practitioner's awareness of models of maternity care in South Australia

    2010-2011 PHCRED-RDP Fellow
    Danwin Chan: The LEAD program, Lifestyle & Exercise Advice for Diabetics 

    2007 Masters Medical Science student
    Toby Kelly: Effect of nutritional supplementation and meditation practice on cognitive function of recovering stroke patients

    2007 Honours student
    Kelly Muraya: Experiences of domestic violence amongst African refugee women in South Australia

  • Publications

    Peer reviewed journal articles

    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).

    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 Hyperton 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.

    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.

    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

    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

    Selected conference presentations

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

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

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

    2011 Internation Prehypertension & Cardiometabolic Syndrome Conference, Vienna, Austria, Feb 11
    Ried K, Frank O, Fakler P, Stocks N
    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

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012