Degree Programme Director of the BSc Food and Human Nutrition programme.
Ph.D (Vitamin D and bone health) and B.Sc (Nutritional Science) Cork.
Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning (PgCert LTHE).
Research Associate, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland (January 2005 – June 2011).
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
National Osteoporosis Society
Current major projects
National Osteoporosis Society Grant: Clinical evaluation of a free vitamin D assay for the study of vitamin D status in those with or at risk of osteoporosis (Co-applicant)
DANONE Provide study (Industry): The effect of a whey protein and vitamin D enriched RTD supplement on muscle mass and physical function in older adults.
Newcastle 85+ study: Nutrition and health in the Newcastle 85+ prospective cohort study. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/
Innovate UK: Sunshine Eggs: A novel vitamin D enriched food for UK consumers (Partners: Newcastle University, Noble Foods Ltd and DSM http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=131899 )
PROHealth: EU FP7 project: Sustainable pig and poultry production. WP3: Diet:genotype interactions. http://www.fp7-prohealth.eu/
NIHR-EME Grant: The effect of selenium supplementation on musculoskeletal health in older adults. (role: co-applicant)
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).
Thilanka Ranathunga (25-hydroxyvitamin D as a biomarker of vitamin D exposure and effect using 3 different study designs co-supervised with Dr Terry Aspray and Prof John Mathers).
Other active collaborations
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI): http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iafri/
The Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA): http://www.cimauk.org/
The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse): http://www.fuse.ac.uk/people/associatemembers/
Nutrition Research Reviews (2012- ongoing)
British Journal of Nutrition (2012- ongoing)
Journal of Nutritional Science (2012- ongoing)
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 )
June 2011: Local Organiser: Nutrition Society 70th Anniversary Meeting jointly held with the American Society for Nutrition (University College Cork, Ireland)
Faculty Research Impact Awards (2015). Winner of the Impact in Progress category: "Sunshine Eggs to reduce vitamin D deficiency in British consumers"
Government engagement activities
House of Commons, Westminster, London: Dairy All Party Parliamentary Group hearing, November, 2014: Provided evidence to the committee on the nutrition and health significance of dairy foods in the diet as part of a report on The Sustainable Competitiveness of the UK Dairy Industry. Link to full report:
Recent invited presentations: (2012-)
Food matters Live Annual Conference 2016 (TBC)
Primary Care and Public Health Annual Conference 2016, Birmingham.
Dairy and Health Ageing meeting: London: Dairy and bone health throughout life
Food Matters Live Conference 2015, London, UK: Exploring recent rends in vitamin D enriched foods for the ageing consumer.
Nutrition Society Irish Section Annual Meeting, 2015 Cork: What do we know about the nutritional status of the very old?: Insights from the Newcastle 85+ study.
Joint Research Centre, EU Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia 2014. New policies for ageing consumers.
DSM Monogastric conference 2014: Derby, UK: Lessons from human studies on vitamin D.
CIMA Annual Meeting, 2014 Sheffield, UK: 25-hydroxyvitamin D: A metabolite to be reckoned with?
International Sports and Exercise Nutrition Conference 2013, Northumbria University, UK: Diet, Exercise and Bone Health.
Mega Evento Nutricao, Sao Paulo, Brazil 2012: Vitamin D and musculoskeletal health in older age.
Nutrition and Health: An update. Belfast Northern Ireland. Diet and bone health in older age.
Grant peer-reviewer (since 2015)
Arthritis Research UK
Dunhill Medical Trust
I maintain a strong dedication to teaching excellence and maintaining the student experience.
Our undergraduate Nutrition degrees scored 94% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.
Main teaching responsibilities:
I am the Degree Programme Director for the BSc Food and Human Nutrition (B4D6) degree programme.
I am a member of the school's undergraduate Learning and Teaching committee.
Curriculum development and delivery in the following modules related to Nutrition teaching at Newcastle University:
External teaching roles:
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (BSc Nutrition Science)
Monash University, Melbourne (BSc Nutrition Science)
Teaching related publications
I am a co-author of a number of book chapters including:
(i) Oxford Textbook of Medicine: The Vitamins (In press)
(ii) Advanced Dairy Chemistry, Volume 3 (Fat Soluble vitamins).
(iii) Encylopedia of Dairy Science (2009) Fat soluble vitamins.
Other scholarly activity:
Teaching grants: 2010: National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Grant (Ireland): (€5,000) co-Applicant: The sports Nutrition game: A computer simulation to demonstrate the effect of Nutrition on athletic performance.