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    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition, she has a PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology, a Master’s in Public Health, is a registered nutritionist and is a Dietitian.

Julie started her career in nutrition and dietetics in 1981 as a research nutritionist at the MRC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Aberdeen on a project measuring the effect of nutrient intake on birthweight. Following this she qualified as a Dietitian and worked in Leeds, London and finally Cambridge, where she worked as a Paediatric Dietitian and in the Liver transplant unit. 

In 1989 she worked overseas for 3 years as a Public Health Nutritionist in Tonga, South Pacific. There she began to develop her expertise in maternal/infant nutrition and food policy, she managed a World Health Organisation funded programme to develop an integrated approach (health/agriculture/planning) to national nutrition and health policy. 

Since returning to Scotland she has worked as an academic, consultant and researcher. Her area of research and skill base is maternal /infant nutrition and childhood obesity as related to global and national health priorities in both developed and developing countries.  She was an author a ground breaking paper linking nutrition and growth patterns early in life to childhood obesity Early risk factors for childhood obesity in contemporary children BMJ 330: 1357.doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38470.670903.E0

Julie's commitment is to improve the nutriitonal health of mothers and babies. As a member of a number of government health, research and development strategy groups over the past 25 years Julie’s research has informed national health policy development. She has made significant contributions to a number of national nutrition policy developments, in particular: Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A Framework for Action http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/01/13095228/0  and pre-school nutrition Nutritional Guidance and Food Standards for pre-school children in Scotland http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/21130.aspx , including policy papers on childhood obesity and Vitamin D status. She has a substantial experience and skill set in translational research.

Key themes:

  • Nutritional Epidemiology: maternal, infant, childhood obesity  
  • The influence of maternal and infant nutrition on later health and well being
  • Public health policy on food and nutrition

 

Keywords

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Food and Nutrition Policy

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Research Output

Development of a diet quality index for the Scottish population

Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Masson, L. F., Anderson, A. S., Sherriff, A. & Armstrong, J. A., 29 Sep 2017, In : Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 76, OCE3, 1 p., E116.

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    Contribution of selected foods to intakes of energy, fat, saturated fat and non-milk extrinsic sugars

    Barton, K. L., Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Sherriff, A., Craigie, A. M. & Anderson, A. S., 20 Jun 2016, In : Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 75, OCE2, 1 p., E47.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

  • Choosing the best method to estimate the energy density of a population using food purchase data.

    Wrieden, W. L., Armstrong, J., Anderson, A. S., Sherriff, A. & Barton, K. L., Apr 2015, In : Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 28, 2, p. 126-134 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Setting the table: nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland

    NHS Health Scotland Working Group, 21 Jan 2015, NHS Health Scotland. 138 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report