A Queen’s University food security student is using her own experience with ill health to pave a career in healthy eating advice once she graduates this week.
Siobhan O’Hora, from West Belfast, will graduate with a MPhil in Food Security, from Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security. She was inspired to undertake the Masters after her own ill health revealed digestive reactions to certain types of foods.
Her Masters research focused on the effects of aflatoxins on child growth. Aflatoxins are toxic compounds produced by certain moulds found in food, which can cause liver damage and cancer.
Siobhan is now using her expertise to work with Cancer Focus to deliver talks on healthy eating and how it reduces cancer risk, as well as explaining the many factors involved in good nutrition and well sourced food. In addition to her work with Cancer Focus, Siobhan has set up her own blog which features recipes and her own research into healthy eating. As a result, she has been a guest speaker on the issue on local radio.
Speaking ahead of her graduation, Siobhan said: “I first got interested in the science behind our food and nutrition when I developed some health problems a few years ago, so when I spotted the chance to study at the world-leading Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s I jumped at it. My time at Queen’s has vastly widened my knowledge of food as well as the nutritional and safety aspects behind it. Much of this research has also been shared across the globe via our open online course on the learning system Future Learn, for which I was a mentor, twice.
“I would advise anyone with an interest in this area to undertake a Masters at the Institute for Global Food Security as you know you’re in the company of the world leaders in this area. Queen’s also offers extensive wellness activities to promote well-being at the University, including ‘Mind Your Mood’, free yoga and meditation classes, which I found invaluable.”
The Institute for Global Food Security is one of Queen’s University’s Global Research Institutes. The Institutes bring leading researchers together to tackle some of the greatest global challenges of our age.
The Institute for Global Food Security is internationally recognised for its excellence in research and teaching and plays a major role in developing solutions to the complex problem of delivering safe, nutritious, sustainable, authentic food supplies to the world’s population.
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