Professor of Human Nutrition within the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s, Jayne was appointed Deputy Director of IGFS in 2015.
Her research is focused on how diet and lifestyle affect chronic disease risk. She specialises in the use of biomarkers to assess dietary intake, conducting controlled dietary interventions and interventions to promote long-term dietary change.
She initially studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, gained her PhD in nutritional epidemiology from Queen’s in 1997, before taking on a research fellow role at University College London. She returned to Belfast in 2000 to take up a lectureship at Queen’s.
Jayne has published widely in the nutrition field and has current funding from the Medical Research Council, National Prevention Research Initiative, National Institute of Health Research, the Wellcome Trust and safefood.
Her focus in recent years has been how to get people to change their diet. She recalls a time when she and her colleagues wanted to run a study based on a French model demonstrating that people who had suffered a heart attack were less likely to have another if they adopted a Mediterranean-style diet.
“We were told by the funders – you’ll never get people in Northern Ireland to change their diet,” she laughs. “Since then, two of our studies – one involving people who had a heart attack and one with people at high risk of heart disease – have shown that changes can be made.”
Chris is founder of IGFS and Professor of Food Safety within IGFS. From 2016-2018 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen's; he stepped down from that post recently to concentrate on his world-leading research.
He has published more than 350 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants.
His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of toxin threats across complex food supply systems. Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal.
Over the years Chris has developed a high level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States and Asia. He is a visiting Professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Chris has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Prize and was also awarded the title of OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Nigel became Director of IGFS and Professor of Animal Science in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in animal agriculture and associated supply chains, food research and knowledge exchange as well as a strong track record of partnering with industry.
His personal research is focused on pastoral ruminant systems in terms of productivity, (2) environmental impact, (3) nutritional value and “quality” of meat and milk products and (4) reduced waste. Nigel has initiated and managed many national and European-funded projects and developed links with science partners in UK, Europe and further afield. He has published over 80-refereed scientific journal papers and a further 200 book chapters and conference proceedings and presented numerous invited papers at international meetings.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Nigel graduated in Animal Science from the University of Edinburgh where he also completed his PhD before undertaking postdoctoral research at the University of Guelph, Canada.
In 1993, he took up a research scientist position at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) in Wales. In 2008, IGER became part of the new Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University. Nigel held a number of senior management positions in IGER and IBERS, including Waitrose Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Director of Enterprise.
Nigel was President of the British Society of Animal Science 2011-12 and has been involved in many government, industry and academic forums. Chairman of the scientific journal Animal, he is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference.
Director: Proessor Nigel Scollan
Deputy Director: Professor Jayne Woodside
General Manager: Mrs Joyce Watterson
Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre Manager: Mr Stephane Durand
Project Manager: Ms Ciara Sarsfield
Business Development Manager (EIT Food): Mr Ian Marshall
Professor Nigel Scollan
Professor Jayne Woodside
Professor Niamh O'Connell
Professor Mark Emmerson
Professor John McGrath
Professor Geoff McMullan
Professor Alberto Longo
Dr Mark Mooney
Dr Sharon Huws
Dr Geoffrey Gobert
Mrs Joyce Watterson
Mr Stephane Durand
Ms Una Bradley
The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is a board of NI and UK agri-food companies who meet quarterly and who contribute to the continuing development of a strategic vision for IGFS and the relationship between IGFS and its industry stakeholders. The current line-up is as follows:
The 'Ambassador' programme is for senior executives with experience and expertise in agri-food business who help facilitate national and international engagement with IGFS.
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