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).
I am interested in exploring how nutrition affects musculoskeletal health.
I have a keen interest in vitamin D and how we can translate research into effective public health interventions for preserving musculoskeletal health with ageing. This work involves improving our understanding of basic nutritional and physiological aspects of vitamin D.
I also have a keen interest in translating what is known about vitamin D in humans to livestock animals where there is potential for welfare and production improvements.
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).
National Dairy Council (UK): Expert Scientific Advisory Panel.
Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Public Health Nutrition sub-committee.
Recent invited talks (since 2012):
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).