University of Reading

United Kingdom

The University of Reading enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. We are one of a select group of research-intensive universities that make up the UK's 1994 group of high-quality academic institutions and take pride in a combination of established history and cutting-edge research. Our multidisciplinary research strengths fall into three main spheres, in which we focus our research effort to make the greatest impact on issues affecting society – Health, Food Security and Environment.unireading

The University's Department of Food and Nutritional Science and School of Psychology receive substantial funding from research councils, government charities and work with the food industry over a wide range of research projects. Of particular research interest is the impact of dietary fats, carbohydrates and phytochemicals on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer risk in different population groups.

Our multidisciplinary work focuses on the complex relationship between dietary intake and cognitive performance, food preference, mood and quality of life, to inform public policy and encourage healthy eating and effective weight regulation. Our Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), founded in 2009, has a special focus on nutritional drivers of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and nutrient-gene interactions.

The University of Reading is involved in Food4Me's work on consumer attitudes to personalised nutrition and the internet-based personalised nutrition proof of principle study. The Food4Me Reading team is led by Professor Julie Lovegrove, Professor of Metabolic Nutrition and Deputy Director of ICMR who was also involved with the EU FP6 study LIPGENE.

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The Researchers

Meet the University of Reading scientists involved in the Food4Me proof of principle study.


Professor Julie Lovegrove

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 Julie is Professor of Metabolic Nutrition, Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), University of Reading and a Registered Nutritionist. She has particular interest in diet, genes and cardiovascular disease risk. Julie has assisted in the coordination of a number of EU funded studies including the 43 FP6 Lipgene dietary intervention study of 480 subjects across 8 EU countries which investigated the interaction between dietary lipids, genes and the metabolic syndrome.

She has also coordinated national and international human dietary intervention trials and mechanistic studies involved with the molecular impact of dietary fatty acids and polyphenols on cardiovascular risk. Julie is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) which advises the Government on Nutrition policy and is a leader in nutrition accreditation for the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Currently she leads an active research group of 22 scientists with a major interest in nutritional metabolism and behavioural influences on dietary change.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Leading the research team at the University of Reading. The University of Reading is responsible for running the UK arm of the proof of principle study, a Europe-wide multicenter intervention trial.


Dr Anna Macready

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 Anna is the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Food4Me project at the University of Reading, joining the project in October 2011. She has been involved in two nationally and industrially funded projects investigating the impact of fruits and vegetables on brain and behaviour. Her PhD explored the influence of fruit and vegetables on learning and memory in people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Nutrition Medicine from the University of Surrey. In addition to two years' commercial experience in the food industry, Anna has project-managed several large-scale online international surveys investigating attitudes and behaviour.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Nutrition researcher managing the research team at the University of Reading, carrying out dietary analysis and providing dietary advice to UK-based Food4Me participants. The University of Reading is responsible for running the UK arm of the proof of principle study, a Europe-wide multicenter intervention trial.


Rosalind Fallaize

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 Rosalind is the PhD Research Student for the Food4Me project at the University of Reading, joining the project in October 2011. She is a registered dietitian, with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Surrey. Findings from her recent undergraduate dissertation, investigating the effect of high versus low protein breakfasts on satiety and subsequent intake, have just been submitted for publication to the European Journal of Nutrition.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Project dietitian, carrying out dietary analysis and providing dietary advice to UK-based Food4Me participants. The University of Reading is responsible for running the UK arm of the proof of principle study, a Europe-wide multicenter intervention trial.


Kate Currie

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 Kate is the 2012 MSc Placement Student for the Food4Me project at the University of Reading with a keen interest in nutrition and sports science. She joined the project in February 2012 and is currently completing her Masters in Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Reading.She has a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Durham and a Post-graduate Diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. She is due to complete her Masters studies in September 2012.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Project nutritionist, carrying out dietary analysis and providing dietary advice to UK-based Food4Me participants. The University of Reading is responsible for running the UK arm of the proof of principle study, a Europe-wide multicenter intervention trial.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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