Public Health Nutrition
The Public Health Nutrition 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.
Professor Michelle McKinley
Public Health Nutrition Group Lead
The current academic staff members of the Public Health Nutrition Group are outlined below with links to their specific research interests:
Academic Clinical Lecturer
Academic Clinical Fellow
Post-doctoral Research Fellows
Sarah Aldukair - Principal Supervisor: Dr Laura McGowan
PhD Title: Exploring interventions to improve lifestyle behaviours of female high school students in Riyadh
Barbara Bray - Principal Supervisor: Dr Claire McEvoy
PhD Title: Design and Evaluation of a Nutritionally Adequate Diet for Healthy Ageing in Older UK Adults: The Healthy Ageing DIet (HADI) Study
Emma Cassinelli - Principal Supervisor: Dr Laura McGowan
PhD Title: Improving Health in the Preconception Period: Building from existing data to create pathways for future intervention
Marina Ferrari - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
Food-based biomarkers, diet quality, and cardiometabolic health
Lucy Kayes - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Strategies to improve iodine status in early pregnancy
Leona Lindberg - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyles
Rachel Moore - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Fruit and vegetables within the current food production system and health
Rachel Reid McCann - Principal Supervisor: Dr Claire McEvoy
PhD Title: Sustainable, plant-based diets, diet quality and muscle health
Dilara Olgacher - Principal Supervisor: Professor Jayne Woodside
PhD Title: Interventions to improve the school food system in the UK
Nicola Ward - Principal Supervisor: Dr Claire McEvoy
PhD Title: The Effectiveness of a Protein Enriched Mediterranean Diet and Exercise Intervention on Cognitive Performance in Undernourished Older Adults: The PROMED-EX Trial