Human Nutrition Research Centre

Staff Profile

Professor Thomas Hill

Professor of Nutrition



Deputy research theme lead for Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism

Deputy Director of Education and Learning and Teaching, Population Health Sciences Institute

Course lecturer in the Nutrition and Dietetics Programmes 


Ph.D (Vitamin D and bone health) and B.Sc (Nutritional Science) Cork.

Postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning (PgCert LTHE).


Previous positions

Research Associate, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland (January 2005 – June 2011).



Nutrition Society

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

National Osteoporosis Society




Research interests

  • Micronutrients in health and disease
  • Nutrition and physical function
  • Nutritional status and health in advanced age
  • Nutritional enhancement of animal foods


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.

Innovate UK: Sunshine Eggs: A novel vitamin D enriched food for UK consumers (Partners: Newcastle University, Noble Foods Ltd and DSM )

Innovate UK: Overcoming the barriers to maximise the commercial potential of vitamin D enriched eggs.  Innovations in health and life science round 3 award (March 2018).

ISCF UK: InFarm 2.x Data enabled vertical farming with minimal waste and emissions and maximum efficiency and crop nutrition  Competition_Results_-_ISCF_Future_Food_Production_Systems.pdf (

MRC UK:  NuBrain:  Optimal Nutrition for brain ageing consortium GtR (

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):

The Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA):

The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse):

Esteem indicators


First Editor:

Nutrition Research Reviews (2012- ongoing)

British Journal of Nutrition (2012- ongoing)

Journal of Nutritional Science (2012- ongoing)

Committee membership

Nutrition Society (Irish Section committee) Membership Secretary 2006-2011.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  Public Health Nutrition sub-committee (2012- 2017)

Published a national report on the safety of vitamins and minerals in food supplements


Dairy Council Healthy Ageing panel member (2015- to date )


Conference organisation

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-)

Nutrition in Athlete Development Summit, Madrid, 2018.  New vitamin D nutritional guidelines. Implications for athletic performance.

Association for Nutrition (North West) Annual Research Day, Chester 2018. Nutrition in the very old. 

CIMA Annual Meeting, Macclesfield, 2017:  Nutrition and musculoskeletal health in the very old.

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



"Good research-informed teaching inspires students and changes lives; it also drives the UK’s research base, leading to a virtuous circle between education and research that generates new knowledge and brings health, societal and economic benefits."

From a national report on Improving the status and valuation of teaching in the careers of UK academics, June 2014.

Main teaching responsibilities:

As part of my role, I am leading on the strategy and direction for Nutrition teaching at the University. 

I have been centrally involved in recent and on going curriculum development, design and delivery of Nutrition teaching at Newcastle University including making a substantial contribution to the following modules:

  • NUT1002 (Introduction to Human Nutrition)
  • NUT2001 (Principles of Nutrition- Module Leader)
  • NUT2002 (Applied and Experimental Nutrition)
  • NUT3003 (Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements- Module Leader)
  • NUT3001 (Nutrition in Health & Disease)
  • NUT3008 (Integrating Food and Human Nutrition- Module Leader)
  • NUT3007 (Sports and Exercise Nutrition) 
  • NUT3006 (Research project- Supervisor) 

I am the academic lead IN Newcastle for the CIMA MRes programme in Musculoskeletal Ageing

I consistently achieve scores >4/5 from EvaSys module evaluation questionnaires in the modules I teach on.

External teaching roles:

External Examiner Roles: 

University of Surrey, UK (BSc- Nutrition and MSc- Nutrition, 2013-2017) 

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (BSc Nutrition Science, 2016-  )

University College Dublin, MSc Food, Nutrition and Health (2018-

University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius, BSc Nutritional Sciences (2020)

Invited External examiner: University of Bedford (2018)

Previous UG and PG programme validation:

University of Surrey (MSc Nutrition, 2012)

Monash University, Melbourne (BSc Nutrition Science, 2015)

External/visiting lecturer:

University College Cork, Ireland (2012)

External Programme Review (Panel member)

Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland (2017)

Ulster University/University College Dublin MSc Food Regulatory Affairs (Feb 2018)

Robert Gordon University (critical reader for the BSc in Food, Nutrition and Human Health- March 2018)


Teaching related publications

I am a co-author of a number of book chapters including:

  (i)  Oxford Textbook of Medicine 6th Edition (2020): The Vitamins (In press)

 (ii) Advanced Dairy Chemistry (2010), Volume 3 (Fat Soluble vitamins).

(iii) Encylopedia of Dairy Science (2009) Fat soluble vitamins.

Co-editor of the 3rd edition of the Introduction to Human Nutrition textbook from the Nutrition Society (Dec 2019). to Human Nutrition, 3rd Edition-p-9781119476979

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.