Professor Mary Hickson
Professor in Dietetics
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)
My role is to lead the development and implementation of research within the Dietetic Team, and support research within the School and Faculty, by coordinating and undertaking research activity, encouraging collaborative working, securing research funding and building the Faculty’s reputation internationally.
2002 PhD Nutrition, Imperial College London
1997 Certificate in Adult Education, Kingston College
1989 State Registration as Dietitian, University of Surrey
1989 BSc Hons Nutrition and Dietetics (2.1), University of Surrey
Member of the British Dietetic Association
Roles on external bodies
Adjunct Professor, Imperial College London
Honorary Research Dietitian, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
NIHR Trainee Advocate for Dietetics
Member of the Faculty of Mentors of Health Research Mentors
Member of the Mentorship for Health Research Management committee
Member of the judging panel for the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic awards.
Department of Health Clinical Academic Careers working group, AUKUH
Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
My teaching activities are to support the undergraduate dietetic degree programme primarily through project supervision but also delivering lectures in the field of nutrition, dietetics and ageing.
My research interests fall under two broad fields:
- Nutrition & Ageing
- Dietetic Practice
- Exploration of factors contributing to the development of sarcopenia (using Biobank data)
- Improving nutritional care at the interface between acute and community healthcare (With Anna Julian, PhD student, ICL)
- Nutritional Care of people with dementia and their carers (With Louise Wilkinson, PenCLAHRC PhD student)
- Effects of nitrate and nitrite on health (With Raul Bescos, Ann Ashworth, PhD student and Chris Esh, PhD student)
- Understanding the dietetic workforce of the future
- Prioritisation of referrals for dietetic assessment in acute adult services
- Estimating ascitic fluid weight and its impact on nutritional assessment in liver patients
- Nutritional care in ICU
- Improving hospital food provision
- Iron requirements for those with excess losses
- Probiotic use
- Renal nutrition
- Dysphagia and laryngectomy with Speech and Language Therapists
- Medication harm with Pharmacists and infection control specialists
- Physical activity with Physiotherapists and Sport Science experts
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
PhD students supervised:
Anna Julian – Improving nutritional care at the interface between acute and community healthcare. Started Oct 2014.
Liesl Wandrag – An investigation into inflammatory and nutritional markers during critical illness to identify an indicator of anabolism and to explore a method of attenuating muscle mass loss.Awarded Nov 2013.
Margaret Coffey – An examination of the clinical utility of fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing as an evaluation tool in laryngectomy and an investigation of the effect of different voice prostheses on swallow, voice function and quality of life after laryngectomy. Awarded Nov 2013.
Nurhafzan Anis Ismail – The role of glycaemic index in preventing obesity. Awarded 2014.
Norlida Mat Daud – The effects of propionate on appetite and gut hormones. Awarded Jan 2013.
Charlotte Moss - Comparison of gut hormones in healthy older and young adults. Awarded Jan 2013.
Lina Johansson – Broadening Options for Long-term Dialysis in the Elderly. Awarded Jan 2012.
Elena Philippou – Dietary carbohydrate manipulation and its effect on coronary heart disease risk factors and body weight maintenance. Awarded 2008.
Grants & contracts
British Dietetic Association project grant to scope the future profession and inform the development of adietetic work force development strategy. July 2016-March 2017
Key publications are highlightedJournals
2015: Roll of Honour for contributions BDA Research symposium, British Dietetic Association
2012: Elizabeth Washington Award for best educational work relating to nutrition, British Dietetic Association
2010: Best Presentation Award, British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Annual Conference
2009: Roll of Honour for contributions to the BDA Research Committee, British Dietetic Association
2008: Rose Simmonds Award for best publication by a dietitian, British Dietetic Association
2008: Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London