Dr Merran Findlay

Dr Merran Findlay

Senior Research Fellow
Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Merran Findlay is a Senior Research Fellow – Living Better With and After Cancer with Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group, UNSW Sydney. An Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and clinician-researcher, she has specialised in nutrition care of people with cancer for more than 23 years. Her research focuses on the impact of nutritional status and nutrition intervention on clinical, cost and patient-centred outcomes, innovative models of care and use of information technology to support translation of evidence into practice. She also holds appointments at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney Local Health District, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, University of Sydney and currently serves as board member for the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

  • Journal articles | 2024
    Kubrak C; Martin L; Grossberg AJ; Olson B; Ottery F; Findlay M; Bauer JD; Jha N; Scrimger R; Debenham B; Chua N; Walker J; Baracos V, 2024, 'Quantifying the severity of sarcopenia in patients with cancer of the head and neck', Clinical Nutrition, 43, pp. 989 - 1000, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2024.02.020
    Journal articles | 2024
    Kubrak C; Martin L; Grossberg AJ; Olson B; Ottery F; Findlay M; Bauer JD; Jha N; Scrimger R; Debenham B; Chua N; Walker J; Baracos V, 2024, 'Sarcopenia etymology: Sarcos (flesh) penia (poverty) i.e. absence, lack or deficiency of a body constituent', Clinical Nutrition, 43, pp. 1738 - 1739, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2024.06.012
    Journal articles | 2023
    Gramlich L; Dhaliwal R; Lakananurak N; Baracos V; Findlay M; Bauer J; Schueren M; Laviano A; Wideman A; Day A; Martin L, 2023, 'Multimodal cancer treatment and its association with nutrition care practices in patients with head and neck and esophageal cancer: an international prospective cohort study', Medical Research Archives, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.18103/mra.v11i11.4591
    Journal articles | 2022
    Anakapu K; Wilson M; Findlay M; Brown T; Bauer J, 2022, 'Nutritional outcomes in patients undergoing transoral robotic surgery for head and neck cancers compared to conventional open surgery. Systematic review', Head and Neck, 44, pp. 238 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hed.26913
    Journal articles | 2022
    Chan DL; Clarke SJ; Engel A; Diakos CI; Pavlakis N; Roach PJ; Bailey DL; Bauer J; Findlay M, 2022, 'Computed tomography (CT)-defined sarcopenia and myosteatosis are prevalent in patients with neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) treated with peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT)', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 76, pp. 143 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41430-021-00915-4
    Journal articles | 2022
    Edwards A; Baldwin N; Findlay M; Brown T; Bauer J, 2022, 'Evaluation of the agreement, adoption, and adherence to the evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer among Australian dietitians', Nutrition and Dietetics, 79, pp. 197 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12702
    Journal articles | 2022
    Findlay M; White K; Stapleton N; Bauer J, 2022, 'Letter to the Editor – Response to Comment: “Is sarcopenia a predictor of prognosis for patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer?” A meta-analysis', Clinical Nutrition, 41, pp. 577 - 578, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2021.12.026
    Journal articles | 2022
    Findlay M; White K; Stapleton N; Bauer J, 2022, 'Response to comment: Evaluating sarcopenia in cancer patients: The role of muscle strength', Clinical Nutrition, 41, pp. 780 - 781, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2022.01.028
    Journal articles | 2022
    Martin L; Findlay M; Bauer JD; Dhaliwal R; de van der Schueren M; Laviano A; Widaman A; Baracos VE; Day AG; Gramlich LM, 2022, 'A Multi-Site, International Audit of Malnutrition Risk and Energy and Protein Intakes in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Head Neck and Esophageal Cancer: Results from INFORM', Nutrients, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu14245272
    Journal articles | 2022
    Orsso CE; Montes-Ibarra M; Findlay M; van der Meij BS; de van der Schueren MAE; Landi F; Laviano A; Prado CM, 2022, 'Mapping ongoing nutrition intervention trials in muscle, sarcopenia, and cachexia: a scoping review of future research', Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, 13, pp. 1442 - 1459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcsm.12954
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tunzi L; Funk T; Brown T; Findlay M; Bauer J, 2022, 'Optimal frequency of individualised nutrition counselling in patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiotherapy: A systematic review', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 35, pp. 223 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12919
    Journal articles | 2021
    Charters E; Findlay M; Clark J; White K, 2021, 'Support group preferences for patients with head and neck cancer: Cross-sectional survey', Australian Journal of Otolaryngology, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/ajo-20-65
    Journal articles | 2021
    Findlay M; Bauer J; Shaw T; White K; Lai M; Rankin NM, 2021, '“There’s a lot of talent in the room but it’s only really the medical talent that gets heard”: a qualitative exploration of multidisciplinary clinicians’ perspectives of optimal nutrition care of patients with head and neck cancer', Supportive Care in Cancer, 29, pp. 6399 - 6409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06162-4
    Journal articles | 2021
    Findlay M; White K; Brown C; Bauer JD, 2021, 'Nutritional status and skeletal muscle status in patients with head and neck cancer: Impact on outcomes', Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, 12, pp. 2187 - 2198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcsm.12829
    Journal articles | 2021
    Findlay M; White K; Stapleton N; Bauer J, 2021, 'Is sarcopenia a predictor of prognosis for patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer? A meta-analysis', Clinical Nutrition, 40, pp. 1711 - 1718, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2020.09.017
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mellors K; Ye X; Van Den Brande J; Wai Ray Mak T; Brown T; Findlay M; Bauer J, 2021, 'Comparison of prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy with reactive enteral nutrition in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy: A systematic review', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 46, pp. 87 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.09.724
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ye X; Chang YC; Findlay M; Brown T; Bauer J, 2021, 'The effect of timing of enteral nutrition support on feeding outcomes and dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy: A systematic review', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 44, pp. 96 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.05.017
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; Bauer JD; Dhaliwal R; de van der Schueren M; Laviano A; Widaman A; Martin L; Day AG; Gramlich LM, 2020, 'Translating evidence-based guidelines into practice—are we getting it right? A multi-centre prospective international audit of nutrition care in patients with foregut tumors (inform)', Nutrients, 12, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu12123808
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; Brown C; De Abreu Lourenço R; White K; Bauer J, 2020, 'Sarcopenia and myosteatosis in patients undergoing curative radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: Impact on survival, treatment completion, hospital admission and cost', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 33, pp. 811 - 821, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12788
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; Purvis M; Venman R; Luong R; Carey S, 2020, 'Nutritional management of patients with oesophageal cancer throughout the treatment trajectory: benchmarking against best practice', Supportive Care in Cancer, 28, pp. 5963 - 5971, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05416-x
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; Rankin NM; Bauer J; Collett G; Shaw T; White K, 2020, '“Completely and utterly flummoxed and out of my depth”: patient and caregiver experiences during and after treatment for head and neck cancer—a qualitative evaluation of barriers and facilitators to best-practice nutrition care', Supportive Care in Cancer, 28, pp. 5771 - 5780, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05386-0
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; Rankin NM; Shaw T; White K; Boyer M; Milross C; Lourenço RDA; Brown C; Collett G; Beale P; Bauer JD, 2020, 'Best evidence to best practice: implementing an innovative model of nutrition care for patients with head and neck cancer improves outcomes', Nutrients, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu12051465
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; White K; Lai M; Luo D; Bauer JD, 2020, 'The Association Between Computed Tomography–Defined Sarcopenia and Outcomes in Adult Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy of Curative Intent for Head and Neck Cancer: A Systematic Review', Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120, pp. 1330 - 1347.e8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2020.03.021
    Journal articles | 2020
    Findlay M; White K; Stapleton N; Bauer J, 2020, 'Is sarcopenia a predictor of prognosis for patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy of curative intent? a systematic review and meta-analysis', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, pp. 422 - 423, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.09.058
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gramlich L; Dhaliwal R; Laviano A; de van der Schueren M; Bauer J; Findlay M; Martin L; Widaman A, 2020, 'Nutrition practices around surgery for head & neck and esophageal cancer: results from the international nutrition audit in foregut tumors (inform)', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, pp. 559 - 560, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.09.461
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kiss N; Bauer J; Boltong A; Brown T; Isenring L; Loeliger J; Steer B; Findlay M, 2020, 'Awareness, perceptions and practices regarding cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia: a survey of cancer clinicians', Supportive Care in Cancer, 28, pp. 5263 - 5270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05371-7
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kiss N; Loeliger J; Findlay M; Isenring E; Baguley BJ; Boltong A; Butler A; Deftereos I; Eisenhuth M; Fraser SF; Fichera R; Griffin H; Hayes S; Jeffery E; Johnson C; Lomma C; van der Meij B; McIntyre C; Nicholls T; Pugliano L; Skinner T; Stewart J; Bauer J, 2020, 'Clinical Oncology Society of Australia: Position statement on cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia', Nutrition and Dietetics, 77, pp. 416 - 425, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12631
    Journal articles | 2020
    Tunzi LJ; Funk T; Bauer J; Brown T; Findlay M, 2020, 'Optimal frequency of individualised nutrition counselling in patients with head and neck cancer receiving treatment', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, pp. 667 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.09.790
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wilson M; Anakapu K; Bauer J; Brown T; Findlay M, 2020, 'Does transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for head and neck cancer lead to improved nutritional outcomes compared to open surgery? A systematic review', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, pp. 668 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.09.791
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ye X; Chang Y; Findlay M; Brown T; Bauer J, 2020, 'Effct of route and timing of enteral nutrition support on tube feeding duration, tube-related complications and dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing treatment: a systematic review.', Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 40, pp. 666 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2020.09.787
    Journal articles | 2018
    Findlay M; Rankin N; Shaw T; White K; Boyer M; Milross C; De Abreu Lourenço R; Brown C; Coll J; Beale P; Bauer J, 2018, 'Innovation in implementation: A new model of nutrition care for patients with head and neck cancer improves outcomes', Clinical Nutrition, 37, pp. S197 - S197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2018.06.1711
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dort JC; Farwell DG; Findlay M; Huber GF; Kerr P; Shea-Budgell MA; Simon C; Uppington J; Zygun D; Ljungqvist O; Harris J, 2017, 'Optimal perioperative care in major head and neck cancer surgery with free flap reconstruction: A consensus review and recommendations from the enhanced recovery after surgery society', JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 143, pp. 292 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaoto.2016.2981
    Journal articles | 2013
    Brown T; Findlay M; von Dincklage J; Davidson W; Hill J; Isenring E; Talwar B; Bell K; Kiss N; Kurmis R; Loeliger J; Sandison A; Taylor K; Bauer J, 2013, 'Using a wiki platform to promote guidelines internationally and maintain their currency: Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 26, pp. 182 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12036
    Journal articles | 2013
    Findlay M; Bauer J; Clarke S; Isenring E, 2013, 'Understanding nutritional issues in the older person with cancer', Cancer Forum, 37, pp. 234 - 237
    Journal articles | 2013
    Isenring E; Zabel R; Bannister M; Brown T; Findlay M; Kiss N; Loeliger J; Johnstone C; Camilleri B; Davidson W; Hill J; Bauer J, 2013, 'Updated evidence-based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of patients receiving radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy', Nutrition and Dietetics, 70, pp. 312 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12013
    Journal articles | 2012
    Talwar B; Findlay M, 2012, 'When is the optimal time for placing a gastrostomy in patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer?', Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 6, pp. 41 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/SPC.0b013e32834feafd
    Journal articles | 2011
    Brown T; Findlay M, 2011, 'Current issues in the nutritional management of patients with head and neck cancer in Australia', Cancer Forum, 35, pp. 92 - 96
    Journal articles | 2011
    Riedel B; Ismail H; Findlay M; Ryan R, 2011, 'Nutritional status and fitness in neoadjuvant chemoradiation for oesophagogastric cancer', Cancer Forum, 35, pp. 170 - 175
  • Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Moodie L; Graham H; Hiskens M; Findlay M; Bauer J, 2022, 'Slipping through the cracks: Identifying opportunities to improve malnutrition and sarcopenia management at a regional oncology unit', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 18, pp. 219 - 219, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000871956500373&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Edwards A; Baldwin N; Findlay M; Brown T; Bauer J, 2021, 'Evaluation of the agreement, adoption, and adherence to the Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer among Australian dietitians', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, pp. 110 - 111, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000717281500147&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Findlay M; White K; Luo D; Bauer J, 2021, 'Muscle mass, morbidity and mortality: A meta-analysis of the prognostic value of sarcopenia in patients head and neck cancer', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, pp. 89 - 90, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000717281500094&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Chan D; Clarke S; Evans A; Diakos C; Pavlakis N; Bailey D; Bauer J; Findlay M, 2019, 'Computed Tomography (CT) - Defined Sarcopenia Is Prevalent in Patients with Neuroendocrine Neoplasms (NENs)', in NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, KARGER, SPAIN, Barcelona, pp. 115 - 115, presented at 16th Annual ENETS Conference for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumor Disease, SPAIN, Barcelona, 06 March 2019 - 08 March 2019, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000460981800116&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Findlay M; Bauer J, 2019, '2019 COSA Exhibitor Listing', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, pp. 59 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.13265
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Kiss N; Bauer J; Boltong A; Brown T; Isenring E; Loeliger J; Steer B; Findlay M, 2019, 'Australian cancer clinicians' awareness, understanding and perceptions regarding cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, pp. 201 - 201, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000493438400336&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Brown C; Collett G; Barnes D; Shaw T; Rankin N; Beale P; Mccaughan B; Findlay M, 2017, 'Implementation and Evaluation of a Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Communication Tool for General Practitioners (GPs)', in JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, pp. S1463 - S1464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtho.2016.11.1998
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Findlay M; Shaw T; Bauer J; Rankin N; Boyer M; Milross C; White K; Beale P, 2015, 'DESIGNING COMPLEX INTERVENTIONS TO TRANSLATE RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE: A RARE BUT IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY FOR NUTRITION CARE', in Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 101 - 101, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000364320800122&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Findlay M; Strange E; Bauer J, 2013, 'MAINTAINING EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES ONLINE: UPDATE ON NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH HEAD AND NECK CANCER.', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 70 - 70, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000325868800035&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1