Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu is Director of the DIET Programme and leads a programme of population nutrition research at the National Institute for Health Innovation. In her capacity as Director of the DIET Programme, Cliona leads the Programme Governance Group and Programme Steering Committee. She is also Principal Investigator of the Starlight trial, and an investigator on the other four projects in the DIET programme.
Cliona has led a number of important dietary intervention studies previously including SHOP, which evaluated the effects of price discounts and tailored nutrition education on healthier supermarket food purchases, and SPEND, which estimated the impact of food taxes and subsidies on mortality from non-communicable disease in New Zealand. She has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Cliona serves on a number of national and international advisory committees including the Ministry of Health Childhood Obesity Technical Advisory Group, National Heart Foundation Food & Nutrition Advisory Group, Food Standards Australia New Zealand Social Sciences & Economics Advisory Group, and the New Zealand Front of Pack Labelling Advisory Group.