The Nutrition Research Group is advancing nutrition research and promoting population health and well-being across the lifespan. Members of the group work closely with colleagues in the Centre for Public Health, but also with food and nutrition researchers based in the School of Biological Sciences, and all are members of the Global Research Institute, The Institute for Global Food Security.
We also work within a multi-disciplinary network of national and international collaborators, including at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco, USA.
Current funded projects include the UK Prevention Research Partnership funded GENIUS School Food network, an NIH/HRB/MRC/HSC R&D Office funded US Ireland award focused on food-based biomarkers, diet quality and cardiovascular health, and two Special EU Programmes Body-funded projects, one examining diet and neurocognitive ageing in diabetes BRAIN-Diabetes: Border Region Area lifestyle Intervention study for healthy Neurocognitive ageing in Diabetes, and the other a weight management intervention during pregnancy Healthy Habits In Pregnancy and Beyond (HHIPBe).
The group has an excellent record of supervising MPhil, MD and PhD students (including Clinical Research Fellows) to completion of their higher degrees. We hold a monthly group meeting (weekly throughout the academic year), providing a vibrant and supportive environment in which to train in nutrition research.
Academic staff members of the Nutrition Research Group
Professor Jayne Woodside
Nutrition Research Group Lead
The current academic staff members of the Nutrition Research Group are outlined below with links to their specific research interests:
Academic Clinical Lecturer
Post-doctoral Research Fellows
Lucy Kayes - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Strategies to improve iodine status in early pregnancy
Aoibhin Kelly - Principal Supervisor: Dr Laura McGowan
PhD Title: Weight-management: Understanding services, public needs and developing programmes for evaluation.
Leona Lindberg - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyles
Julia McClelland - Principal Supervisor: Professor Michelle McKinley
PhD Title: Development and delivery of a habit-based lifestyle intervention to overweight pregnant women on the Island of Ireland: a feasibility study exploring integration into existing antenatal care pathways
Fajar Nugroho - Principal Supervisor: Dr Marie Cantwell (IGFS)
PhD Title: Obesity and prostate cancer: an exploration of novel opportunities for personalised management
Rachel Reid McCann - Principal Supervisor: Dr Claire McEvoy
PhD Title: Sustainable, plant-based diets, diet quality and muscle health
Hayley Sharp - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Food Environment and diet quality in schools.
Rebecca Townsend - Principal Supervisor: Dr Claire McEvoy
PhD Title: Investigating the relationship between diet and healthy brain ageing.