Human Nutrition Research Centre

Staff Profile

Maisie Rowland

Research Assistant

Background

Research Assistant & Nutritionist in the Human Nutrition Research Centre, Population Health Sciences Institute

Academic background

Present

I have recently worked as an RA on a method comparison project comparing the dietary assessment methods of Intake24 (an online dietary recall tool) and food diaries in school aged children. I am the nutritionist on a project piloting the use of Intake24 in the Scottish Health Survey and I am also working on projects adapting Intake24 for different populations and countries.

Previous

I have previously worked as an RA on a Food Standards Scotland funded project, field testing Intake24 in the Scottish population.

I have continued collaborating with a team in Computer science over the last four years to develop Intake24, particularly for use internationally and I have also worked on a project examining possible ways to develop dietary assessment methods in lower income countries such as Tanzania.

I have co-ordinated and carried out the data collection for the Gateshead Millennium Study - a large longitudinal study, carrying out many measures with a cohort who have been followed since birth (then aged 17/18 years old). Measures include anthropometrics, physical activity, questions on health and lifestyle and collecting blood samples. I also have worked with Public Health England on a project examining the impact of the Change4Life sugar smart campaign.

During my degree I completed a 9 month placement working in the Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC) examining how parents can be helped to recognise overweight in their children.

Qualifications

First Class BSc (Hons) - Food and Human Nutrition, Newcastle University

Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)

Research

My current work mainly focuses on different projects related to dietary assessment methods, particularly online dietary recalls.

I have worked with colleagues to develop Intake24 which is now being piloted in national surveys. I enjoy collaborating with teams, and have collaborated with colleagues in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, India, UAE, Denmark, Portugal, Tanzania and others.

Teaching

I am a supervisor for undergraduate final year projects

Publications