Biography

After my PhD at King’s College London (formerly Queen Elizabeth College), I worked in the food industry for a short while and then moved to the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, initially as a Senior Research Scientist and latterly as Head of the Nutrition Division and Programme Leader for Micronutrients. In 2006 I was offered a personal chair in the School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice UEA and moved to UEA in early 2007.

Career

Professional Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • BSc (2:1) Food Sciences, University of London
  • MSc (Distinction) Nutrition, University of London
  • PhD, University of London
  • DSc, University of London
  • Registered Nutritionist
  • Member of American Society for Nutrition
  • Member of UK Nutrition Society
  • Member of European Iron Club

Research Interests

  • Mineral metabolism in humans
  • Micronutrient requirements and dietary reference values
  • Nutrient bioavailability
  • Health claims
  • Diet and ageing
  • Diet-gene interactions

Current Activities

  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA Panel, Health Claims Working Group, DRV Minerals Working Group
  • Member of WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition
  • Member of the Steering Committee and Iron Expert Panel for the Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND) project (NIH)
  • Member of Council of the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans
  • Member of Curatorial Board of the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research 

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Diet and osteoporosis – prevention and management. Osteoporosis Info Day, Norwich, 19 Oct 2013.
  • Requirements for iron, zinc and selenium: the EURRECA experience. 5th International Congress of the Federation of European Societies for Trace Elements and Minerals, 22-24 May 2013, Avignon, France.
  • The effect of SNPs on iron metabolism. ECNIS Pre-Symposium at NuGO week, 28 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland.
  • What role does bioavailability play in setting dietary requirements? 11th European Nutrition Conference FENS, Madrid, Spain, 26-29 Oct 2011.
  • Iron bioavailability and dietary reference values. Trace Elements in Health and Disease: Essentiality, Toxicity. ISTERH Conference, Belek, Turkey, 16-21 Oct 2011.
  • Micronutrients – markers of status to understand function? International Symposium on Health Benefits of Foods - from Emerging Science to Innovative Products. Prague, Czech Republic, 5-7 Oct 2011.
  • Biomarkers for Nutrient Requirements and Health Claims. Summer School, Catholic University Murcia, Spain 20-21 July 2011.
  • Public health versus personalised nutrition. EURRECA MGP Symposium on the future of micronutrient requirements research. Budapest, Hungary, 23 June 2011.
  • Bioavailability of iron from whole diets in adults. TRACEL 2011 and COST FA0905 conference, Murcia, Spain, 24-27 May 2011.
  • Estimating the bioavailability factors needed for setting dietary reference values. Bioavailability 2010, Monterey, USA, 27-30 Sept 2010.
  • Risk-benefit analysis of mineral intakes: case studies on copper and iron. Nutrition Society Irish Section: Nutrition – getting the balance right in 2010. University of Ulster, Coleraine, N Ireland 16-18 June 2010.
  • EURRECA: Bioavailability and Individuality. Micronutrient Genomics Project (MGP) Workshop, Satellite Meeting of the Human Variome Project Meeting, UNESCO, Paris, France 10 May 2010.

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