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    Obesity, Weight loss, Plant proteins, Food-Gut-Brain Axis

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    Research Interests:

    • Appetite control accross the lifecourse
    • Nutriton impact on obesity and body weight
    • The role of plants to support sustainable and healthy food choice 
    • The  role of the food - gut - brain axis to influence health


    2021                 Impact Case submission in University REF

    2021-date         Chair for Association for the Study of Obesity Scottish Network

    2019                 Finalist, Food and Drink Federation, Scientist of the Year

    2016                 Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research

    2018-date         Section Editor, Geriatrics Journal

    2018-date         Medical Schools Scotland contact for Interprofessional Group on Medical Nutrition Education

    2014                 Impact Case submission in University REF

    2011-date         Fully Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with UK Association for Nutrition

    2011-date         Chair for Rowett Ethics Panel

    2003-date         Honorary Clinical Scientist with NHS-Grampian



    PhD student (2016-2021) ‘Role of fermented whey on metabolic and gut health’

    PhD student (2014-2017) ‘Role of breakfast on appetite in children and adolsecents’

    MSc students, annual research projects (2021, Impact of shift work on feeding behaviour)

    MbChB students, annual summer students (2021, Lifestyle Medicine approach)

    ERASMUS visitors;visiting students from Robert Gordon University & international visitors



    Course co-ordinator for UG course, Lifestyle Medicine (5 credit)

    Course co-ordinator for UG course, Food Choice and Behaviour (5 credit)

    Course co-ordinator for Future Learn course (MOOC), Nutrition and Wellbeing

    Course co-ordinator for new course (Sept 2021) Obesity (5 credit)

    Course tutor for PG courses (Diabetes & Metabolism, Clinical Nutriton for Disease Prevention; Nutrition and Health through the liffe stages; Nutriton and Health)

    Course tutor for UG courses (Biochemistry & Nutriton of Exercise; Nutriton, health and disease; World of Food: Biologial, Social, Cultural))

    Course tutor for MbChb courses (Diabetes & Metabolism, Year 3)


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Life Sciences & Medicine, PhD, Weight loss and obesity

    1 Sept 19962 Apr 2001

    Award Date: 2 Apr 2001


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