Dr Gail Rees
Profiles

Dr Gail Rees

Deputy Head of School

School of Biomedical & Healthcare Sciences (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

Deputy Head of School

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health


 

Qualifications

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

Professional membership

British Dietetic Association
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, Registered Dietitian)
Nutrition Society
Association for Nutrition (Registered Nutritionist)

Teaching interests

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

Research interests

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.

Other research

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.


 

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

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Redfern KM, Rees GA & Pinkney JH 2016 'Maternal Lifestyle Factors and Fetal Macrosomia Risk: A Review' EMJ Reproductive Health PEARL
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' Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 74, (OCE5) , DOI
Watt RG, Draper A, Ohly HR, Rees GA, Pikhart H, Cooke L, Moore L, Crawley H, Pettinger C & McGlone P 2014 'Methodological development of an exploratory randomised controlled trial of an early years’ nutrition intervention: Cherry (Choosing Healthy Eating when Really Young)' Maternal Child Nutrition 10, 280-294
Hayter AKM, Draper AK, Ohly HR, Rees GA, Pettinger C, McGlone P & Watt RG 2013 'A qualitative study exploring parental accounts of feeding pre-school children in two low-income populations in the UK' Maternal and Child Nutrition doi: 10.1111/mcn.12017,
Ohly HR, Hayter A, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt RG & Rees GA 2013 'Developing a nutrition intervention in children's centres: exploring views of parents in rural/urban settings in the UK' Public Health Nutr 16, (8) 1516-1521 Author Site , DOI
Ohly H, Pealing J, Hayter AK, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt RG & Rees GA 2013 'Parental food involvement predicts parent and child intakes of fruits and vegetables' Appetite 69, 8-14
Ahmed WA, Al-Murrani W, Kuri V & Rees GA 2013 'Vitamin D intake and other risk factors for vitamin D insufficiency in Middle Eastern people living in the UK: a comparison of cultural and ethnic groups' Ecol Food Nutr 52, (3) 191-202 Author Site , DOI
Ahmed WA, Rees GA & de Looy A 2012 'Seasonal variation in vitamin D status in overweight and obese people of Iraqi and Caucasian descent' Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 71, (OCE2) , DOI
Rees GA, Porter J, Bennett S, Colleypriest O, Ellis L & Stenhouse E 2012 'The validity and reliability of weight and height measurements and body mass index calculations in early pregnancy' J Hum Nutr Diet 25, (2) 117-120 Author Site , DOI
Ahmed W, Al-Murrani W & Rees GA 2012 'Underreporting of Energy Intake in Iraqi People Living in the UK According to Body Weight' Food and Nutrition Sciences 3, (3) 317-321
Rees G, Bakhshi S, Surujlal-Harry A, Stasinopoulos M & Baker A 2010 'A computerised tailored intervention for increasing intakes of fruit, vegetables, brown bread and wholegrain cereals in adolescent girls' Public Health Nutrition 13, (08) 1271-1278 , DOI
Rees GA, Bakhshi S, Surujlal-Harry A, Stasinopolous M & Baker A 2010 'A computerised tailored intervention for increasing intakes of fruit, vegetables, brown bread and wholegrain cereals in adolescent girls' Public Health Nutrition 13, (8) 1271-1278 , DOI
Brough L, Rees GA, Crawford MA, Morton RH & Dorman EK 2010 'Effect of multiple-micronutrient supplementation on maternal nutrient status, infant birth weight and gestational age at birth in a low-income, multi-ethnic population' BRIT J NUTR 104, (3) 437-445 , DOI
Brough L, Rees GA, Crawford MA & Dorman EK 2009 'Social and ethnic differences in folic acid use preconception and during early pregnancy in the UK: effect on maternal folate status' JOURNAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS 22, (2) 100-107 Author Site , DOI
Rees GA, Richards CJ & Gregory J 2008 'Food and nutrient intakes of primary school children: a comparison of school meals and packed lunches' J Hum Nutr Diet 21, (5) 420-427 Author Site , DOI
Rees GA, Richards CJ & Gregory J 2007 'Nutrient intakes at lunchtime of primary-school children in Cornwall: a comparison of school meals and packed lunches' Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 66, 101A-101A
Rees GA, Davies GJ, Thompson RPH, Parker M & Liepins P 2005 'A randomised controlled trial of a fibre supplement on the symptoms of IBS' J Roy. Soc. Prom. Health 125, (1) 30-34
Bakhshi S, Baker A, Surujlal-Harry A & Rees G 2005 'Gender differences in weight loss behaviour and beliefs in ethnic minority adolescents' Psychology & Health 20, 19-20
Rees G, Davies J, Thompson R, Parker M & Liepins P 2005 'Randomised-controlled trial of a fibre supplement on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome' The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 125 (1), 30 - 34 , DOI
Baker A, Bakhshi S, Surujlal-Harry A & Rees G 2005 'The efficacy of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting dietary behaviour for different foods in different groups' Psychology & Health 20, 19-19
Rees 2005 'The nutrient intake of mothers of low birth weight babies - a comparison of ethnic groups' Maternal and Child Nutrition 1 (2), 91-99 , DOI
Rees G, Brooke Z, Doyle W & Costeloe K 2005 'The nutritional status of women in the first trimester of pregnancy attending an inner-city antenatal department in the UK' Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 125, (5) 232-238
Rees 2001 'Maternal malnutrition in the UK and low birth weight' Nutrition and Health 15, 213-218