Dietetics, Human Nutrition and Health

Nutrition is integral to life and health; it influences growth, development, maintenance of health, and can be used to treat disease. This research group encompasses all these aspects of nutritional research and will collaborate across professions and with other institutes, promoting inter-disciplinary research between in the area of nutrition. 

The group currently carries out research in the following areas: 

Nutrition and COVID-19 Recovery

This series of free talks by experts on nutrition is for anyone who has had COVID-19 or cares for someone with or who has had the infection.

Eating the right diet is crucial to keep well physically and mentally. A key part of recovery from COVID-19 is to make sure your diet is healthy. This series of talks aims to answer questions on what to eat and why. We also look at how to check and manage your diet and health.

  • Is there an anti-inflammatory diet?
  • Is there a link between food and my symptoms?
  • Psychological wellbeing and communication with healthcare professionals.
  • Diet and COVID.

Our weekly talks took place between 19 May – 9 June 2021 and video presentations can be viewed on the Nutrition and COVID-19 Recovery talks web page.

Questions received for each talk were addressed in a panel discussion on 23 June and this video can also be viewed on the page.

What you eat matters to prevent and recover from COVID-19

Watch the video of our research fellow, Dr Abigail Tronco Hernandez, presenting at Soapbox Science 2021.

Seminar series videos

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Lifestyle factors and obesity in pregnancy by Dr Kathy Redfern

Nutrition implications for pregnancy after metabolic surgery by Dr Kate Maslin


Thursday 28 March 2019

Estimating nutritional requirements in clinical practice: The new PENG guidelines by Dr Elizabeth Weekes, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Due to disruption on the trains, this lecture was late starting and so the final few minutes are not recorded. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Energy and protein intake post-hospitalisation by Professor Mary Hickson, University of Plymouth, and Dr Anna Julian, Imperial College London.


Understanding the role of nitrate and nitrite in vascular control: where are we going?  

By Dr Raul Bescos, University of Plymouth.

Watch the video

Please note that due to technical issues the recording started a few minutes into the talk.

 

Via Ferrata - Paths in iron metabolism 

By Dr Desley White, University of Plymouth.

Watch the video.

Our researchers