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Associate Professor Gary Slater

PhD Qld., MSc Qld., GDNutDiet Qld., BSc Qld.

  • Program Coordinator, Master of Sports Nutrition by Research
  • Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
+61 7 5456 5078
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Gary Slater

Gary is an advanced accredited sports dietitian who has been working in elite sport since 1996. Gary currently splits his time between his role as National Performance Nutrition Network Lead at the Australian Institute of Sport and coordinating a Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Gary’s professional interests relate primarily to assisting athletes achieve their sports performance ambitions. He is also passionate about training and inspiring graduate accredited practicing dietitians and accredited exercise physiologists who may work within industry, government, sport or the fitness industry.


Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Full member, Dietitians Australia
  • Fill member, International Society for Clinical Densitometry
  • Full member, Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport

Gary’s research interests are focused on factors influencing muscle protein metabolism and muscle hypertrophy/ atrophy, nutritional ergogenic aids, nutrient timing, enhancing the assessment of physique and metabolic adaptations, plus the influence of body composition on sports performance. His publications include over 100 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Gary supported the Australian Olympic team during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Research areas

  • enhancing the reliability and validity of physique assessment techniques
  • enhancing the reliability and validity of metabolic assessment techniques
  • field based estimates of energy expenditure
  • nutrient timing and its impact on body composition and performance
  • health and performance implications of adjustments in protein intake
  • dietary strategies to enhance performance of rugby union athletes
  • towards optimisation of body mass management amongst weight category sport athletes
  • nutritional practices of exercise professionals
  • nutritional ergogenic aids

Teaching areas

  • NUT309 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Program coordinator

Gary Slater's specialist areas of knowledge include dietary strategies, health and sports, performance, sports nutrition, muscular athletes, rugby union, weight management, fitness professionals, fitness, dietitian, sports and exercise, diet

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