Ph.D (Vitamin D and bone health) and B.Sc (Nutritional Science) Cork.
Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Registered Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition: Registration number RN1041).
Research Associate, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland (January 2005 – June 2011).
Nutrition Research Reviews
British Journal of Nutrition
Journal of Nutritional Science
Nutrition Society (Irish Section committee) Membership Secretary 2006-2011.
Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Public Health Nutrition sub-committee (2012- to date)
Dairy Council Healthy Ageing panel member (2015- to date )
My background is in vitamin D and its effect on bone health across the lifecycle.
Vitamin D work has been a considerable focus of recent work and current efforts are focused on developing effective public health interventions for preserving musculoskeletal health. Some of this work aligns with the remit of our MRC funded Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool Universities) in which I am a collaborator. Work is underway in the area of age, body mass and vitamin D metabolism.
I have an active interest in Nutrition in very old age and through the Newcastle 85+ cohort study and with colleagues in the Newcastle University Institute of Ageing, work is currently underway exploring the link between diet, nutritional biomarkers and health in 85+ year olds.
Together with colleagues in the Animal Science group within AFRD, I have an interest in translating what is known about vitamin D in humans to livestock animals where there is potential for welfare and production improvements as well as potential for improved nutrition quality of animal foodstuffs.
Current major projects
DANONE Provide study (Industry): Nutritional supplementation and physical function in older adults.
Newcastle 85+ study: Nutrition and health in the Newcastle 85+ prospective cohort study.
PROHealth: EU FP7 project: (Co-ordinator- Prof Ilias Kyriazakis) Sustainable pig and poultry production. WP3: Diet:genotype interactions.
Current PhD students:
Simon Bowles: The effect of age on vitamin D metabolism (co-supervised with Prof Richard Eastell- Sheffield).
Azizah Mat Hussin: Vitamin D and endothelial function (co-supervised with Dr Mario Siervo and Prof John Mathers).
Nuno Mendonca: Nutritional status in the very old and its assocation with morbidity and mortality: Analysis of the Newcastle 85+ prospective cohort study (co-supervised with Profs Carol Jagger and Chris Seal).
June 2011: Local Organiser: Nutrition Society 70th Anniversary Meeting jointly held with the American Society for Nutrition (University College Cork, Ireland)
Recent invited presentations: (2012-2014)
House of Commons: All Party Parliamentary Group: Dairy and Health
Joint Research Centre, EU Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia. New policies for ageing consumers.
DSM Monogastric conference: Derby, UK: Lessons from human studies on vitamin D.
CIMA Annual Meeting, Sheffield, UK: 25-hydroxyvitamin D: A metabolite to be reckoned with?
International Sports and Exercise Nutrition Conference, Northumbria University, UK: Diet, Exercise and Bone Health.
Mega Evento Nutricao, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Vitamin D and musculoskeletal health in older age.
Nutrition and Health: An update. Belfast Northern Ireland. Diet and bone health in older age.
I am the Degree Programme Director for the newly formed Food Marketing and Nutrition (DB64) degree programme.
I am a member of the school's undergraduate Learning and Teaching committee.
I teach in the undergraduate and postgraduate 'Food' programmes at Newcastle University in the following areas;
I also have an External Examining role at the University of Surrey (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition).