University College Dublin

National University of Ireland, Irelanducd

UCD is the largest university in Ireland and houses the multi-disciplinary UCD Institute of Food and Health. With a staff of 27, 150+ PhD students and 55 post-doctoral fellows, the Institute has the critical mass for highly integrated research across the food chain, from production, food technology and engineering, consumer studies, food safety, food law and nutrition. The latter has extensive expertise in molecular nutrition, publishing in genomic variation, metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics, with state of the art laboratory facilities.

University College Dublin is the overall coordinator of the Food4Me project and partners in the work on business and value creation models, consumer attitudes, technologies for personalised nutrition and the proof of principle study.

Professor Mike Gibney is coordinator of the Food4Me project, working with Food4Me project manager Dr. Marianne Walsh. The UCD team also includes Dr. Eileen GibneyDr. Lorraine Brennan and Professor Helen Roche.

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The Researchers

Meet the UCD scientists involved in the Food4Me proof of principle study.

Clare O'Donovan


Clare is a PhD Research student based at the University College Dublin, the overall coordinators of the Food4me project. Clare joined the team in September 2011. She has a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences from the University College Cork and a MSc in Dietetics from the University of Ulster Coleraine. Clare is a registered dietitian and has worked as a research dietitian on the "Joint Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO)" project. Based on her Masters' thesis investigating the effect of B vitamin status on cognitive function in older people, she was awarded best poster at a British Dietetic Association symposium in 2011 and had her abstract published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Project dietitian, carrying out dietary analysis and providing dietary advice to Ireland-based Food4Me participants.

Hannah Forster


Hannah is a PhD research student for the Food4Me project at the University College Dublin, joining the project in September 2011. She is an associate nutritionist, with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. During her final honors year, Hannah was awarded with the Vitaflo metabolism prize for best performance in Advanced Nutrition. Her undergraduate dissertation investigated the effect of processing in commercial tomato products. Hannah spent her honors year placement at the Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research (Ninewells Hospital, Dundee) working on the MRC funded feasibility intervention study WeighWell.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Project nutritionist, carrying out dietary analysis and providing dietary advice to Ireland-based Food4Me participants. The University College Dublin is responsible for running the Irish arm of the PoP study, a Europe-wide multicenter intervention trial.


Clara Woolhead


Clara is a full-time PhD student at the Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin (UCD) and has been working on the Food4me project since September 2011.

She completed her M.Sc. in Human Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Aberdeen where she conducted masters' level research into dietary patterns and their subsequent impact on selected bone biomarkers, as well as body composition. Clara is currently a registered nutritionist, accredited by the UK Association for Nutrition.

Clara's interest in food, and the role that food plays in good health, developed during her time as an undergraduate at UCD whilst completing a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Food Science.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Project nutritionist; responsible for carrying out full dietary and lifestyle analyses, and providing expert dietary advice to all Food4me participants within the Republic of Ireland. UCD is responsible for running the Republic of Ireland arm of this multicentre European study.



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