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).
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. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/
PROHealth: EU FP7 project: Sustainable pig and poultry production. WP3: Diet:genotype interactions. http://www.fp7-prohealth.eu/
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).
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 )
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-)
Food Matters Live Conference, London, UK: Exploring recent rends in vitamin D enriched foods for the ageing consumer.
Nutrition Society Irish Section Annual Meeting, Cork: What do we know about the nutritional status of the very old?: Insights from the Newcastle 85+ study.
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 BSc Food and Human Nutrition (B4D6) degree programme.
I am an External Examiner at the University of Surrey (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition).
I have been an external assessor for a number of external Nutrition programmes at UG and PG level (eg Monash University, University of Surrey).
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 maintain a strong dedication to teaching excellence and maintaining the student experience.