Degree Programme Director of the BSc Food and Human Nutrition programme.
Member of the cross-faculty implementation group on Nutrition.
Member of the cross-faculty teaching subgroup on the movement of Nutrition teaching to the Faculty of Medical Sciences.
Chair of the Food and Nutrition Teaching Group.
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).
Estelle Rickelton: Bioefficacy, consumer acceptability and commercial potential of vitamin D enriched eggs to improve vitamin D nutrition in at risk population groups
Sarah Hakeem: Vitamin D and health in octogenarians
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-)
International Sports and Exercise Nutrition Conference 2016, New vitamin D recommendations in 2016: Implications for dietary intakes in athletes.
Food matters Live Annual Conference 2016, Diet and cognition in very old adults.
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 Faculty of Medical Sciences FLTSEC committee and the admissions subgroup.
Curriculum development, design and delivery in the following modules related to Nutrition teaching at Newcastle University.
Contribution to the following modules
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.