Dr McKinleys’ research focuses on the ability of dietary interventions to modify nutritional status and risk of chronic disease, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
She also focuses on developing and evaluating complex interventions to support dietary and lifestyle change and weight management throughout the life cycle: examples of work include interventions in the school-setting; before, during and after pregnancy; and for people with type 2 diabetes. This work encompasses the use of e-health and m-health technology to support behaviour change.
Open to PhD applications in the field of nutrition and prevention/management of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Including observational and intervention approaches; mixed methods E.g.
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Name: Ayah Zaidalkilani
Years of Study: 2016- Present
PhD Title: Effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on insulin resistance and β cell function in prediabetes
Years of Study: 2013- 2018
Current position: Specialist Registrar Endocrinology & Diabetes
PhD Title: Fruit, vegetables and dietary patterns in relation to cardiovascular and eye health
Years of Study: 2008 - 2012
Current position: Lecturer in Nutrition, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
PhD Title: Body weight, body composition and cardiovascular risk – epidemiology and intervention
Years of Study: 2009 - 2013
Current position: Research Fellow, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
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