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Section of Public Health and Food Security

Learn more about our public health and food security research.

Public Health

The Public Health arm of the Section includes work on:

  • Analysis of nutrition survey data in relation to outcomes
  • Iodine deficiency in pregnant women in the UK and the effect on cognitive development in their children
  • Effects of selenium status on human health.

Food Security

This arm includes research on:

  • The effect of cell wall polysaccharides on nutrient digestibility; this is relevant to the impact of consumption of plant foods on the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Antimicrobial resistance and the antimicrobial efficacy of lactic acid bacteria against Campylobacter
  • The feasibility of using lactic acid bacteria as a treatment/vaccine in wildlife against bovine tuberculosis.

Sport and Exercise Science

Research interests:

  • Exercise interventions for type-2 diabetes, ageing and prostate cancer
  • Exercise, vascular function and chemodynamics
  • Effects of exercise and ageing on musculoskeletal health.

Meet the team

Section lead

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Professor Margaret Rayman

Professor of Nutritional Medicine

Section members

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Dr Kourosh Ahmadi

Reader in Nutritional Genomics

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Dr Sarah Bath

Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

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Dr Ruan Elliott

Associate Dean (Doctoral College); Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

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Dr Jorge Gutierrez

Lecturer in Food Microbiology

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Dr Kath Hart

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Dr Julie Hunt

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences

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