Dr Gail Rees
Deputy Head of School
School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)
Deputy Head of School
Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health
B.Sc. (Hons) Nutrition: King's College London
PGdip Dietetics: King's College London
Ph.D Human Nutrition: South Bank University, London
PGcert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
British Dietetic Association
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, Registered Dietitian)
Association for Nutrition (Registered Nutritionist)
Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health. This programme is accredited with the Association for Nutrition. Programme lead for BSc (Hons) Health and Fitness
Main teaching areas: Nutrition research methods; assessment of nutritional status; obesity and diet related disease, nutrition and the life cycle
First year: Introduction to Human Nutrition
Second year: Nutritional Science - assessment of body composition and nutrition through the lifecycle
Final Year: Sports Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Contemporary Issues in Human Health
Current research projects focus on dietary interventions to improve nutrition in women during pregnancy and young children. Management of obesity during pregnancy and childhood are of particular interest. Other areas of interest include vitamin D status in women and children, levels of supplementation and the link between low vitamin D status and obesity. Public health nutrition, particularly school food policy, is also an on-going research interest.
Conference abstracts / posters
Brough L and Rees G (2005) Changes in iron status throughout pregnancy in an ethnically diverse population. Proc. Nut. Soc. 64, 83A.
Surujlal-Harry A, Rees GA, Bakhshi S and Baker A (2005) Ethnic differences in fruit, vegetable and cereal consumption in girls aged 14-15 years. Proc. Nut. Soc. 64, 63A
Baker, A., Bakhshi, S., Surujlal-Harry, A., and Rees, G. (2005). The efficacy of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting dietary behaviour for different foods in different groups. Psychology and Health, 20 (1), 19.
Bakhshi, S., Baker, A., Surujlal-Harry, A., and Rees, G. (2005). Gender differences in weight loss behaviour and beliefs in ethnic minority adolescents. Psychology and Health, 20 (1), 19-20.
Brough L, Rees GA, Crawford MA, Timms P, Venton T. (2006) Maternal vitamin D insufficiency during pregnancy in an ethnically diverse population. Proc. Nut. Soc. 65, 35A
Surujlal-Harry A, Rees GA, Bakhshi S and Baker A (2006) Ethnic differences between questionnaire-reported and three-day dietary recall estimations of fruit and vegetable consumption in girls aged 12-16 years. Proc. Nut. Soc. 65, 45A
Rees GA, Richards CJ and Gregory J (2007) Nutrient intake at lunchtime of primary school children in Cornwall: a comparison of school meals and packed lunches. Proc. Nut. Soc. 66, 101A
Rees GA, Brough L, Crawford MA (2008) Maternal BMI and infant anthropometrics in a multi-ethnic community. Proc. Nut. Soc. 67, on-line.
Rees G, Bennett S, Colleypriest O, Ellis L, Porter J, Stenhouse E (2009) The prevalence of overweight and obesity in early pregnancy and the incidence of gestational diabetes. Diabetes UK.
Stenhouse E, Woodhouse D, Bowden R, Wake K and Rees GA. (2010) Opportunities to diagnose type 2 diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in women with a history of gestational diabetes: the post partum oral glucose tolerance tests. Diabetes UK
Ahmed WA, Rees GA and de Looy A (2012) Seasonal variation in vitamin D status in overweight and obese people of Iraqi and Caucasian Decent. Nutrition Society, Belfast, July 2012.
Ohly H, Pealing J, Hayter A, Watt R, Rees GA (2012) Parental Food involvement predicts children’s diet quality. Nutrition Society, Belfast, July 2012.
Hazeldine, E.; Rees, G. & Stenhouse, E. (2013). Reducing the risk of gestational diabetes by controlling gestational weight gain in obese, pregnant women: using the theory of planned behaviour. Diabetic Medicine, 30(s1), 177.
Watt R, Hayter A, Ohly H, Pikhart H, Draper A, Crawley H, McGlone P, Cooke L, Moore L, Pettinger C, Rees G (2013) An exploratory randomised controlled trial of a public health nutritional intervention delivered in children's centres in Islington and Cornwall. The Lancet Public Health Science, November, p100
Alkutbe RB, Rees GA, de Looy A (2015) Energy and nutrient intake, and number of steps taken per day according to body mass index of girls aged 8-11 years in Saudi Arabia. Nutrition Society, Nottingham, July 2015.
Redfern K, Rees GA, Pinkney J, (2017) The effect of timing and composition of gestational weight gain in obese pregnant women on infant birth weight: A prospective cohort study. European Congress on Obesity 2017, Porto, Portugal, 17 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Grants & contracts
2009-2012 Department of Health (in collaboration with UCL): Exploratory and developmental trial of a family centred nutrition intervention delivered in Children's Centres and the home environment
2015/16 Nestle Institute of Health Services
Dietary analysis for the Earlybird cohort study
2018 Fareed M. Jamjom specialist company Ltd
The effect of nutrient-extraction blender preparation of fruit on postprandial glucose response in healthy weight and obese adults
- Plymouth Inequalities Group
Key publications are highlightedJournals