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).
My background is in vitamin D and its effect on bone health across the lifecycle. These links were explored using both epidemiological (e.g. Young Heart's Project) and intervention study (Food Standards Agency funded RCT's) designs (see publications section for details). Notable highlights of my past research in Cork, included the successful completion and publication of two large vitamin D intervention studies funded by the UK Food Standards Agency to investigate the nutritional requirement for vitamin D in younger and older adults. The results of these studies were used by the Institute of Medicine in their 2010 review of dietary calcium and vitamin D requirements for North Americans.
Vitamin D work has been a considerable focus of work to date 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.
Nutrition Research Reviews
British Journal of Nutrition
Journal of Nutritional Science
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).
Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Public Health Nutrition sub-committee.
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).