Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Kay Mann

Research Associate


I am a research assistant in epidemiology and statistics, based in the Institute of Health & Society, working on various population based cohort studies. I have a keen interest in nutritional epidemiology and investigating patterns of health and disease.

Roles and Responsibilities

Since completion of my Masters degree with a dissertation in epidemiology and statistics, I have continued to work on and support the Newcastle Thousand Families Study with the Director Professor Mark Pearce. I have recently completed a PhD investigating whole grain intake in the UK and it's association with cardio-metabolic markers.

I offer support to PhD, MSc and Newcastle work experience students and co-supervise student projects.


PhD (2017) Epidemiology, Newcastle University

MMathStat (2010) Mathematics and Statistics, Newcastle University



Research Interests

  • Lifecourse epidemiology
  • Nutritional epidemiology 
  • Cohort studies
  • Applied statistics

Conference/Meeting Presentations

April 2017 Rank Prize Funds mini-symposium (The role of wheat in diet, health and disease), Grasmere, UK - Whole grain intake in the Newcastle Thousand Families Study and its association with cardio-metabolic health.

July 2016 Nutrition Society Summer Conference, UCL, Dublin. Postgraduate student symposium - Providing evidence to support the development of whole grain dietary recommendations in the UK (paper published in the Proc Nutr Soc)

June 2015 Whole Grains Summit, Portland, USA - The whole grain content of foods consumed by the British population.

July 2014 Nutrition Society Summer Conference, Glasgow University - Whole grain intake in the UK and it's association with intakes of other foods, nutrients and markers of health in the UK (two posters).

November 2013 Healthgrain forum summer meeting, Helsinki Finland.
Whole grain intake in the UK (The National Diet and Nutrition Survey).

August 2013 European Congress of Epidemiology (EUROEPI), Aarhus, Denmark.
Lifecourse predictors of psychological well-being at age 49-51yeas in the Newcastle Thousand Families Study.


I work in collaboration with researchers at the Menzies Health Research Institute, Darwin on the Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort (ABC) after obtaining a collaborative travel grant from the Royal Society.


Lectures and Seminars

MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences (Module: Clinical Epidemiology)

Lecture and Seminar in Measuring Disease Frequency