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Overview

I have 14 years experience in nutrition and dietetics research and specialise in supporting dietary interventions, whilst actively engaging with the digital health and healthy ageing research groups within my division. I manage clinical trials and research projects targeting older individuals at risk of malnutrition, cancer, or intestinal failure in various settings. In my work I use diverse data collection techniques, including surveys, focus groups and digital tools, to ensure thorough insight for informing evidence-based recommendations and driving impactful interventions in my field. Notable achievements include over 20 peer-reviewed publications and active involvement in securing grants. My credentials as a registered nutritionist, Cochrane author, and manuscript reviewer reflect my commitment to advancing nutrition research and fostering healthier communities.

My current work includes development and validation of the MUST mobile application for malnutrition screening and the management of a validation study for VISCGO sticks, which are used to measure liquid thickness for the management of dysphagia.

Biography

Debra is a nutrition and exercise research scientist, working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She is registered as a Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition. Debra is educated to Masters level (MSc) in Public Health Nutrition and has 14 years experience of working in NHS and academic settings on community and hospital based, health and nutrition programmes.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The Association of Nutrition

Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)   Jan 2014 onwards

Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)     Oct 2010 - Jan 2014

Qualifications

Association for Nutrition       2014 onwards                                                                                                                                                                 Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RNutr)

University of Chester            2008-2009
MSc Public Health Nutrition                                                    

University of Manchester   2004-2008
BSc Biomedical sciences with a foundation year, 2:2                                                             

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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