• 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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I am a state registered dietitian with 17 years of academic experience, specialising in the field of nutrition, exercise and bone health. I have been involved in a number of studies looking at the relative contributions of sunlight, diet and physical activity on vitamin D status in women living in the north of the UK. I joined the Ageing Well Research Group at the Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016,  and my current research focuses on lifestyle interventions (reduction of sedentary behaviour and optimisation of diet) to prevent falls in older adults and improve quality of life.  

Research interests

Main current research activities include:

  • Falls prevention in the over 65s with the use of ICT assisted exercise programmes.
  • The role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in bone mass, fractures and falls.
  • The identification of any gene-physical activity interactions and the study of the interrelationships of physical activity and diet, fractures and key genes in musculoskeletal diseases.
  • Sunlight and dietary influences on vitamin D status in North East of Scotland.
  • The role of vitamin D in cardiovascular disease.
  • The role of lifestyle (diet and physical activity) and chronic low-grade systemic inflammation in older adults.
  • The effect of alternative types of exercise on weight loss/body composition and its application on workplace settings.

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

PhD (Medicine) in Medicine & Therapeutics , University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 2015

MSc Sports Nutrition, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Nov 2001

BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Dietetics (2:1), University of Surrey

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000


  • Sports Sciences
  • Geriatrics
  • Human and Clinical Nutrition
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine


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