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My research focuses on elucidating the link between dietary intake and cancer risk/progression, including;

  • Analysis of dietary intake data within large cohorts and RCTs
  • Development of interventions to promote long term behaviour change
  • Nutrition intervention studies examining clinically relevant endpoints
  • Developing evidence based guidelines through systematic reviews and meta-analyses of dietary intake and cancer risk/progression
  • Collaboration with NI Biobank to examine the relationship between nutrition/obesity related molecular markers in tumour tissue and cancer progression.  
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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a life sciences based subject, who are interested in investigating the link between nutrition and cancer risk/progression.

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Name:  Helen Coleman

PhD title: Dietary glycaemic index, glycaemic load and carbohydrate intake and cancer risk

Years of Study: 2006-2009

Country: UK

Current position: Senior Lecturer Queen’s University Belfast

Name:  Michael O’Rorke

PhD title: Physical activity, nutrition and the aetiology of upper gastrointestinal tract cancers

Years of Study: 2007-2011

Country: UK

Current position: Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa, College of Public Health

Name: Roisin O’Neill

PhD Title: A randomised controlled trial of a diet and physical activity intervention in prostate cancer patients and related studies.

Years of Study: 2010-2013

Country: UK

Current Position: Postdoctoral research fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

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