Dr Black is a nutritional epidemiologist with a particular interest in vitamin D, diet, and risk of onset and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). She is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, Curtin University, where she is building a research team that includes local, national, and international collaborators. In 2016, Dr Black was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship, and a Multiple Sclerosis Western Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate dietary risk factors for MS onset.
She has since been awarded a 2019 MS Research Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate diet and early disease progression in MS. She is CIA on two NHMRC-funded projects (2018-2020 Project Grant, $387k); 2020-2024 Ideas Grant, $1.76M) to investigate vitamin D deficiency in the general Australian and Aboriginal populations. Dr Black supervises a growing number of Master and doctoral students at Curtin University. She maintains a strong engagement with the MS community in Western Australia, giving regular community talks on diet and MS.
Eleanor (Ellie) Dunlop is a dietitian and final-year PhD student, focusing on food composition. She graduated from the Master of Dietetics course at Curtin University in 2017, receiving the Underwood Prize for Most Outstanding Student Dietitian. Her Master of Dietetics research projects provided preliminary data for two successful NHMRC applications to investigate dietary vitamin D in the general Australian (GNT1140611) and Aboriginal (GNT1140611) populations. Eleanor contributes to these projects as PhD student and research assistant, respectively.