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BSc (Hons), PhD, RD
My research focuses on the nutritional management of diabetes and obesity, and I also have a keen interest in the lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity and tobacco use) that contribute to non-communicable disease, which includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and certain cancers.
Non-communicable disease is the major cause of death globally, and it is widely accepted that lifestyle is a major contributing factor. I am particularly interested in the prevention and management of non-communicable disease in low and middle-income countries, and act as secretary to a registered health charity known as the Oxford Health Alliance.
My research projects have included an investigation of the role of community interventions for health in selected populations in China, India and Mexico, low carbohydrate diets for weight loss in people with diabetes, video education for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, carbohydrate counting and insulin adjustment for people with type 1 diabetes and weight management.
I am currently investigating the role of diet in the development of non-alcoholic liver disease, the use of technology to support blood glucose and weight management in women with gestational diabetes, and a program to assess and improve diabetes competencies in non-specialist dietitians.
I have an interest in establishing the evidence base for the nutritional management of diabetes and am co-chair of the Diabetes UK Nutrition Working Group, which is responsible for revising and up-dating the nutritional guidelines for the prevention and treatment of diabetes.