Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leeds

I am leader of the Nutritional Epidemiology Group which I established at the University of Leeds since 1994. It is a research-intensive group to create, advance and disseminate nutrition research to make an impact on population health. I am also a founder member of the new professional organisation - the Association for Nutrition which has responsibility for registration of nutritionists in the UK

My main areas of research are:

Nutritional epidemiology
The role of diet in chronic disease aetiology
Diet-gene interactions
Assessment of nutrition interventions
Development of dietary assessment methods
My major research project over the last few years has been the UK Women's Cohort Study which has detailed information on diet and cancer incidence in 35,000 British women. Other major research activities include developing myfood24 - an online dietary recall tool; developing nutritools.org - an expert-led website which hosts dietary assessment tools; creating and piloting `My Meal Mate` - a smart phone app for weight loss; evaluating the school fruit and vegetable scheme; conducting an intervention to improve school lunchboxes; and studying the effect of caffeine consumption in pregnancy on birthweight.

In recognition of my work in public health nutrition and epidemiology, I held one of the first DoH/NHS Career Scientist Awards for Public Health (2001-2006).

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health , University of Leeds