Our lecturers are composed of faculty from universities and institutions around the world with expert knowledge and current research ongoing in the field of nutrition and public health.
All faculty are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on the name to read about their background.
Professor Caryl Nowson holds the Chair of Nutrition and Ageing, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She has a research program spanning more than 30 years that has focused on two major diseases of ageing: nutrition related to hypertension, and nutrition related to bone health. More recently she has turned her focus to public health population wide initiatives to reduce salt intake and reduce the incidence of frank vitamin D deficiency. She is a qualified dietitian who has worked in aged care setting and conducted a number of nutrition interventions with older people. She has a particular interest in dietary factors to health outcomes for the elderly, particularly falls and fractures. She has contributed to a number of intervention studies (food based and supplement based studies) that have evaluated the impact of increased protein, vitamin D and calcium on risk factors for falls and fractures in older people in the community and in residential care.
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Daniele Del Rio is Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Parma. His research career began in 2002 with an initial focus on oxidative stress and antioxidants. After a period as a visiting scientist at the University of Glasgow in 2002-2003, he developed interests and expertise in HPLC-MS/MS analysis of polyphenols and related compounds in food and in human tissues/fluids. After gaining his PhD in May 2004, the absorption, metabolism and bioactivity of dietary polyphenolics became the principal focus of Daniele’s interests and his research and collaborations in this area have made him one of the leading researchers in the field.
Daniele is listed among the ISI – Thomson most influential scientists for his citation record (highlycited.com). Dan is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition and is a member of the editorial board of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research (Wiley), Nutrition Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases (Elsevier) as well as Commissioned Reviews Editor for the Journal Of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, the official Journal of the British Dietetics Association. Since January 2011, Daniele is leading the Laboratory of Phytochemicals in Physiology, a research laboratory of the Department of Food Science of the University of Parma and is the co-funder of the LS9 Bioactives & Health Interlab Group.
Francesca Scazzina is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science, University of Parma. Her research work starts in 2005 with a main focus on complex carbohydrate, dietary fibre, prebiotics and antioxidants in foods, and their effects on metabolism and intestinal functions. During her Ph.D. studies, she was a visiting scientist at the School of Food Biosciences, Food Microbial Sciences Unit, University of Reading (UK). She also was involved in population surveys in the Italian section of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). In these research fields, she is co-author of several publications on international peer reviewed Journals. Since 2009, being involved in food educational projects implemented in primary schools of the Parma area, Francesca acquired a deep experience in educational health learning programs and children population surveys.
Fumiaki Imamura is a nutritional epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. He has studied nutrition at Sophia University, Columbia University and Tufts University. He did his post-doctoral training in Department of Epidemiology in Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts, in 2009-2013. He has been selected as one of editorial board members of Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and of Journal of Nutrition; and as one of the best peer-reviewers for the BMJ in 2015 and for the Annals of Internal Medicine from 2011 to 2015.
His research interest includes epidemiology of cardiometabolic risk factors and methodology of characterising dietary habits for the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases. His publications include molecular epidemiology linking biomarkers to a cardiac disesase, evidence synthesis in nutrition research, and global public health. He has now been working on metabolomics and diabetes epidemiology. Ongoing work includes methodology of meta-analysis linking dietary intakes to health outcomes; causal inference of a diet-diabetes association through genetic Mendelian randomisation analysis; and discovery of nutritional biomarkers through metabolomics research.
Gabriele Mocciaro is a Research Intern at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge. Currently he is involved in both educational and clinical aspects of the role of nutrition on primary prevention of non-communicable diseases. He graduated with cum Laude from the University of Milan. There, he worked in a nutritional trial where the Mediterranean diet was used as a tool to delay the cognitive decline in subjects with Mild Cognitive Decline. He worked at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (Newcastle University) as a visiting student where he was involved in creating study proposals to understand the protective role of diet on coronary heart disease via the Nitric Oxide pathway. Gabriele has also delivered several talks both in academia and otherwise in Italy, Ireland, England and Morocco on the role of nutrition in cognitive decline.
Glenys is a Registered Nutritionist who started her career at the University of Surrey, where she studied for her BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and undertook a placement in an NHS Nutrition & Dietetics Department where she gained a distinction. Glenys went on to complete a Masters in Sports Physiology before combining her work in these subjects to graduate with a PhD in nutrition, health and performance. Glenys went on to work as a nutritionist specialising in communications at the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge and also won a place on the European Nutrition Leaders Platform. At the MRC Glenys was responsible for a wide range of public engagement and knowledge transfer activities, including work with the media, industry, policymakers and healthcare professionals. This cemented a passion for nutrition communications and education, and marked the start of Glenys’ work with NNEdPro, the promotion of nutrition education for all healthcare professionals and the responsible reporting of science in the media. Glenys currently works at the Association for Nutrition as their Communications Manager and was Research Lead on a recent PHE project to develop nutrition competency frameworks for those working in fitness, leisure and catering.
Dr Jane Maddock is a postdoctoral researcher at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (LHA) at University College London. She is a Registered Nutritionist with a BSc in Nutritional Science from University College Cork, an MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin and PhD in Epidemiology from University College London. Her thesis focused on the association between vitamin D, cognitive function and common mental disorders using methods of both observational and genetic epidemiology. Jane joined LHA in March 2016 following 18 months in MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge where she examined the association between dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease. Jane is currently working on an ESRC/BBSRC funded project examining epigenetic responses to social and environmental factors in early life and over the life course and their impact on healthy ageing in UK population-based cohorts.
Kate joined the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton in January 2016 as an Associate Professor and is an Honorary Senior Scientist at MRC Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge. . Her research theme is ‘Nutrition and Musculoskeletal Health through the Life course’ theme. She has been a researcher in bone physiology for 20 years and gained a PhD in Anatomy from The University of Leeds in 1999. Kate’s main research interests are musculoskeletal interactions in different populations and the use of imaging as a biomarker to study skeletal phenotype through the life course. Her current work aims to understand the definition, development and maintenance of, a healthy musculoskeletal phenotype and the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on skeletal health.
Kate is Secretary of the Bone Research Society committee, and a member of the National Osteoporosis Society Research Grants Committee, Conference Program Committee and Nutrition and Lifestyle Forum, National Survey for Health and Development 1946 Birth Cohort bone and muscle project management group, International Society of Clinical Densitometry Paediatric Task Force, and two Editorial boards and initiated and is organiser of the BRS Muscle and Bone Working Group. This year, Kate was accepted to the Academy of Medical Sciences Mentee Scheme.
Lauren Ball is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics. Dr Ball is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK), Lead of the Australian and New Zealand Network within the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro), and Chair of the Gold Coast Nutrition Study Group for General Practitioners.
Dr Ball conducts research in primary health care that contributes to a better understanding of how patients with, or at risk of chronic disease can be supported to have healthy dietary behaviours. The research is patient-centred, interdisciplinary, and utilises a knowledge-translation approach to support high quality health care. The research is aligned with the national research agenda on chronic disease prevention and management, and patient-centred primary health care.
Dr Lisa Sharkey is a Gastroenterology Consultant specialising in Intestinal Failure and Intestinal Transplant at the University of Cambridge. She qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2004 and spent most of her training in the East of England. Lisa has been involved in NNedPro since 2011, teaching on the identification and management of under-nutrition and methods of nutrition support.
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Lucy Evans has been a HCPC registered Dietitian for over 10 years and has experience working in various clinical specialities within a hospital, community and industry setting. She has a keen interest in public health and the psychology of eating behaviours and thus have enhanced my dietetic skills by gaining a range of further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Mindfulness. She is self-motivated and has a passion for developing innovative ideas and being involved in the teaching and development of others. She is currently studying for a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Certificate in Professional Marketing.
Dr Margaret Ashwell has viewed the relationship between food and health from all sides. She has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Medical Research Council, Principal of the Good Housekeeping Institute and Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation. She was Honorary Secretary for the Nutrition Society in the 1980s and, many years later, is back on their Council. She served on the UK Government’s Food Advisory Committee for 9 years and was appointed to be an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995. She became a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London in 2015. Margaret was elected to be President of Association for Nutrition (AfN) from January 2016.
Since 1995, Margaret has advocated the use of the waist-to-height ratio as an early indicator of diabetic and cardiometabolic risk. Her message is simple and universal: “Keep your waist to less than half your height.” Screening would only require a piece of string. Although she has authored more than 200 peer reviewed scientific publications across a very wide range of nutrition topics, she suspects that she will forever be known as the ‘apples and pears lady’.
Dr Mario Siervo is a clinical scientist with a specialty in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine obtained at the University of Naples, Italy. He was awarded his PhD in Human Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Cambridge. Dr Siervo worked for one year at the Laboratory of Biological Modelling at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC and, in December 2011, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Nutrition and Ageing at Newcastle University
Melina is a nutritionist by training and completed an MSc in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Glasgow in 2011. Following her graduation, she was awarded a bursary for newly graduates which enabled her to stay at the University of Glasgow and work as a Research Assistant from Sept 2011 to Sept 2012. During this time, she was involved in different studies mainly focusing on energy balance and appetite hormones regulation, as well as studies on paediatric gastrointestinal disease patients and their nutritional status and growth. In Oct 2012 she joined the Diet and Obesity Research Group at MRC Human Nutrition Research and was involved in human volunteer studies looking at eating behaviour and a multicentre weight loss intervention trial. In 2014 she joined the Nutrition and Vascular studies team at the MRC HNR and since then has key responsibilities in intervention trials looking at the acute and chronic effects of nutrition on vascular function.
Michael Leveritt is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics. He commenced this position in July 2012, re-joining the School after spending five years at Griffith University. Prior to that, Michael held a joint appointment with the Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport and the School of Human Movement Studies. He has also held academic positions in the UK and New Zealand. Michael is an accredited practising dietitian and is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Nutrition and Dietetics.
Michael has broad research interests covering many aspects of nutrition and exercise science. He is particularly interested in understanding how nutrition can improve exercise performance and reduce health risks in occupational settings. In addition, he conducts research that helps to understand how nutrition care is best delivered to individuals and groups requiring lifestyle change for the prevention and management of chronic disease in the primary health care setting.
Michele is a Senior Clinician Scientist at MRC HNR and Research Fellow at the Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge. After his medical studies at the University of Bari (Italy, 2002), Michele specialised in Internal Medicine (2008) and completed his PhD in Oncology and Molecular and Clinical Pathology at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy) in 2012 (Topic: Nor-1 is a primary hepatic mitogen). From 2008 to 2014 Michele was also research fellow of the Consorzio Mario Negri Sud (Italy), and visiting clinician at the Ambulatory of Clinical Nutrition, Clinica Medica Murri, University of Bari.
Michele’s main clinical interest lies in the area of obesity, particularly the interaction between nutrition, obesity and the development of cardio-metabolic disease. His main scientific interest is the role of Nuclear Receptors and miRNAs in the modulation of metabolism, metabolic disease, cell proliferation and cancer.
Dr Michelle Venables is an Investigator Scientist and team lead for the stable isotope division within the Nutrition, Surveys and Studies Department at the MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit. She has a strong background in physiology and exercise metabolism, obtaining her PhD from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham. More recently she has been investigating the role of high fat overfeeding and gastric emptying on substrate utilization in healthy and clinical populations. Alongside this work her team utilize doubly labelled water in estimations of total energy expenditure for a variety of projects with national and international collaborators.
Pauline qualified as a dietitian in 1986 and has worked in a range of clinical roles in NI. During her career she has been a HCPC partner assessing and influencing dietetic practice and regulation. She has been the Dietetic Service Manager in South Eastern Trust for the past 18 years. She was seconded to DoH NI to project manage the development of “Promoting Good Nutrition” – A strategy for good nutritional care for adults in all care settings in Northern Ireland (2011).
Her clinical focus for the past few years has been on achieving outcomes in nutrition and dietetic practice across all aspects of dietetic intervention. Pauline is an active member of the British Dietetic Association for many years and currently the Honorary Treasurer.
Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology within the Human Development and Health Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Much of his work has been devoted to exploring the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids. Dr Calder has received several awards for his work including the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal (1995), the Nutricia International Award (2007), the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture (2008), the Louisiana State University Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience and Medicine (2011), the German Society for Fat Science’s Normann Medal (2012), the American Oil Chemists’ Society Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), the BAPEN Pennington Lecture (2015), the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2015) and the Danone International Prize in Nutrition (2016).
He has served on many committees of professional societies and was for three years President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012). Dr Calder is currently Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and President-Elect of the Nutrition Society. He has over 500 scientific publications, his work has been cited over 22,000 times, and he is listed as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. Dr Calder was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and he is currently an Associate Editor of Clinical Science, Journal of Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Lipids, and Nutrition Research.
Sonja Nicholson joined the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research (MRC HNR) Unit in 2009 as Survey Coordinator for the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme (NDNS RP). She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences, an MSc with distinction in Plant Biotechnology and a PhD in nutritional sciences.
Over the past 6 years she have developed a comprehensive understanding and detailed knowledge of UK NDNS and associated urinary sodium surveys, for which HNR has long-standing involvement as scientific lead. For the current survey she partners with NatCen Social Research who provide the fieldwork, sampling and report coordination. She liaises closely with external collaborators, government leads and the NDNS Project Board for contribution to survey leadership and results interpretation, production and authorship of regular reports published via government and the delivery of datasets to the UK Data Archive. Latest reports from the NDNS RP include the Y1-4 combined UK report, the Scotland and Northern Ireland Y1-4 reports, Wales Y2-5 report, and there will be a forthcoming Y5-6 combined UK report. Latest reports from the urinary sodium surveys include the England 2011 sodium survey report and there will be forthcoming 2014 England and 2014 Scotland sodium survey reports and a 2015 Northern Ireland sodium survey report.
Sylvaine Brruggraber is a scientist with over 10 years experience gained in a world-class medical research organisation. She has strong background in Trace Element and applied cross-disciplinary nutrition research projects with both academic and industrial partners; line management of staff and students; laboratory management and implementation of current guidelines and legislations.
Toni is a freelance public health nutritionist working in an advisory capacity for the Medical Research Council, Human Nutrition Research (HNR). Prior to this she managed the Dietary Assessment Team at HNR, who most notably code estimated diet diaries for the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme, funded by Public Health England.
Toni has a special interest in childhood nutrition, weight control and nutritional analysis. Prior to working for HNR, Toni worked as a paediatric public health nutritionist in the NHS for 4 years (2008 – 2011). Supporting parents with young children in making dietary changes for better health. Prior to the NHS role she worked for HNR for 5 Years (2003 – 2008) as a communications nutritionist. The main aim of the role was to fulfil HNR’s communication strategy by engaging and providing HNR’s stakeholders with evidence based nutrition information. The scope of the job was wide and required flexibility, openness to original project approaches and clear interpretation of nutrition science.