Lee's research focuses on supporting older people to eat and drink well, and she is a dietitian, nutritionist and systematic reviewer.  Her current research (initiated during her National Institute for Health Research Career Development Fellowship) is on preventing and identifying dehydration in older people living in residential (long-term) care.  See for details of the DRIE (Dehydration Recognition In our Elders) Study.

Lee has a long term interest in the nutrition and hydration of older people. She is an expert systematic reviewer and has developed and managed many systematic reviews. Lee has been an editor for the Cochrane Heart Group for 14 years, was an editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group for 5 years, and regularly referees systematic reviews for top medical and nutrition journals.

Lee is a Reader in Research Synthesis, Nutrition & Hydration in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia and has a BSc in Biochemistry, PhD (University of Manchester) and current dietetic registration. She worked as a dietitian in the National Health Service for ten years, with extensive experience of community health promotion and cardiovascular health. Lee moved to research in 2000 and has since published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, mainly in the areas of dehydration and nutrition of older people and the effects of dietary change on health. Her publications have been cited over 4000 times (with an average citation per publication of 40, and h-index of 33).

Lee is a member of the World Health Organization Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) on Diet and Health, which has recently produced guidance on sodium and potassium intakes. As well as being a Cochrane editor, she is an editor of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, was awarded Ibex Award by British Dietetic Association (2005), and was a member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Partners Council.


Reader in Research Synthesis & Nutrition, August 2014 - present, University of East Anglia

Senior Lecturer in Research Synthesis & Nutrition, August 2008 -present, University of East Anglia

Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis & Nutrition, Jan 2005 –July 2008, University of East Anglia

Lecturer in Evidence Based Care & Systematic Review, Nov 2002-Jan 2005, University of Manchester

Research Associate in Evidence Based Care & Systematic Review, Nov 1999-Oct 2002, University of Manchester

Heart Health Dietitian, Senior I, Apr 1996–Nov 1999, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Telford. Clinical role in vascular health promotion & cardiac rehabilitation across Shropshire plus systematic review research.

Heart Health Dietitian, Senior I, Sept 1989-March 1996, dietetic posts in Shropshire, incl. Health Promotion, hospital ward-based and out-patient based work in mental health and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Work for Suffolk Trust for Nature Conservation (coppicing and running a team of work experience lads in Bradfield Woods) and self-employment (making split oak lathes for re-roofing ancient buildings), 1982-1986.

Care assistant in 2 Norfolk Homes for the Elderly, Norfolk County Council and a private home, 1981-2.  

Academic Background

  • PhD, University of Manchester, 2005, Systematic reviews in diet and cardiovascular disease
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy, 2001- present
  • Diploma in Systematic Reviews Methodology, 1998, UCL & Royal Free Hospital
  • Diploma in Advanced Dietetic Practice, 1999, British Dietetic Association, Birmingham
  • Diploma in Dietetics, with distinction, 1989, Leeds Polytechnic
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry (second class honours, division one), 1981, University of East Anglia

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