Biography

Ailsa is a professor of nutritional epidemiology involved in research and teaching at UEA since 2007. Before this she was a key researcher at the University of Cambridge with the European Prospective Investigations into Cancer Study, for 15 years. Ailsa was previously an information scientist at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, publishing the UK food composition databases, and a research nutritionist at the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Unit, Cambridge. She was also at King’s College London, based in Somalia and Nigeria. Ailsa practiced as a senior dietitian in Kent and East Anglia for four years.

My research aims to understand the importance of diet to human health, disease and aging.  I am focussing on identifying the protective factors in diet for musculoskeletal health, fracture risk, CVD and cancer, in developing dietary assessment methodologies and quantifying measurement error, and in evaluating public health improvement interventions. My more recent research is exploring the associations between micronutrients (vitamins & minerals), diet quality (diet patterns and fatty acid composition) and risk factors for sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass and function), osteoporosis and risk of fractures in middle and older aged men and women.

I have 188 peer-reviewed publications, an H Index of 60 (Scopus) and a Researchgate statistics score of 45.8, with 12,775 (excluding own) citations. I am also a top 1% cited researcher (Thomson Reuters) 2014 (1 of the 5 UEA academics contributing to Norwich’s fourth place in science in the UK in 2014).

I chair the Nutrition & Lifestyle Forum and am a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Osteoporosis Society. I am also the Scientific theme lead for Public Health Nutrition for the UK Nutrition Society and was previously a member of the Council. I was co-lead of the Metabolic and Endocrine group of the Norfolk and Suffolk Comprehensive Local Research Network and a member of the national group (between 2008 and 2014) and also for the Eastern region until 2015. I am also an adviser to the UK government for dietary surveys.

Academic Background

DPHIL, University of Ulster (2005)

BSc Hons in Nutrition, 2:1 with Eligibility for state registration in dietetics, merit  (1977)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice 2009

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2009-present)

State Registered Dietitian (SRD) No. DT 2305 (1977-present)

Registered Public Health Nutritionist  and member, The Association of Nutrition (1999-present)

British Nutrition Society, member (elected 1988-present). Scientific theme lead for Public Health Nutrition (2011-present). Member of the Council (2009-2012)

British Dietetic Association, member (number 1276) (1979-present)

The Association for the Study of Obesity, member (1995-2013)

The American Society for Nutrition, member (elected 2014-present)

The Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders, member (2015-present)

The British Society of Gerontology (2017-present)

All Publications

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Welch, A., Skinner, J., Hickson, M.

(2017)

Dietary Magnesium May Be Protective for Aging of Bone and Skeletal Muscle in Middle and Younger Older Age Men and Women: Cross-Sectional Findings from the UK Biobank Cohort,

in Nutrients

9

(11)

article no. 1189

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Craig, J. V., Bunn, D. K., Hayhoe, R. P., Appleyard, W. O., Lenaghan, E. A., Welch, A. A.

(2017)

Relationship between the Mediterranean dietary pattern and musculoskeletal health in children, adolescents, and adults: systematic review and evidence map,

in Nutrition Research Reviews

75

(10)

pp. 830–857

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lentjes, M. A. H., Keogh, R. H., Welch, A. A., Mulligan, A. A., Luben, R. N., Wareham, N. J., Khaw, K.

(2017)

Longitudinal associations between marine omega-3 supplement users and coronary heart disease in a UK population-based cohort,

in BMJ Open

7

(10)

article no. e017471

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hayhoe, R. P., Lentjes, M. A., Mulligan, A. A., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Welch, A. A.

(2017)

Carotenoid dietary intakes and plasma concentrations are associated with heel bone ultrasound attenuation and osteoporotic fracture risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Norfolk cohort,

in British Journal of Nutrition

117

(10)

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Kelaiditi, E., Jennings, A., Steves, C. J., Skinner, J., Cassidy, A., MacGregor, A. J., Welch, A. A.

(2016)

Measurements of skeletal muscle mass and power are positively related to a Mediterranean dietary pattern in women,

in Osteoporosis International

27

(11)

pp. 3251–3260

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(Article)

(Published)


Kwok, C. S., Loke, Y. K., Welch, A. A., Luben, R. N., Lentjes, M. A., Boekholdt, S. M., Pfister, R., Mamas, M. A., Wareham, N. J., Khaw, K., Myint, P. K.

(2016)

Habitual chocolate consumption and the risk of incident heart failure among healthy men and women,

in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases

26

(8)

pp. 722-734

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Welch, A. A., Kelaiditi, E., Jennings, A., Steves, C. J., Spector, T. D., MacGregor, A.

(2016)

Dietary magnesium is positively associated with skeletal muscle power and indices of muscle mass and may attenuate the association between circulating C-reactive protein and muscle mass in women,

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

31

(2)

pp. 317-325

Full Text UEA Repository

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(Published)


Hayhoe, R. P., Lentjes, M. A., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Welch, A. A.

(2016)

Reply to W Lin and R Wang,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

103

(1)

pp. 290-291

Full Text

(Letter)

(Published)


Craig, J., Bunn, D., Hayhoe, R., Appleyard, W., Lenaghan, E., Welch, A.

(2016)

The relationship between pre-defined Mediterranean dietary patterns and musculoskeletal health in all age groups: a systematic review.,

in Proceedings of The Nutrition Society .

Cambridge University Press

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Hayhoe, R. P. G., Lentjes, M. A. H., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Welch, A. A.

(2016)

Dietary carotenoid intake of individuals in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort is positively associated with percentage fat-free mass,

in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

Cambridge University Press

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Lentjes, M. A. H., Mulligan, A. A., Welch, A. A., Bhaniani, A., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K.

(2015)

Contribution of cod liver oil-related nutrients (vitamins A, D, E and eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) to daily nutrient intake and their associations with plasma concentrations in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort,

in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

28

(6)

pp. 568-582

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Finck, H., Hart, A. R., Lentjes, M. A. H., Jennings, A., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Welch, A.

(2015)

Cross-sectional and prospective associations between dietary and plasma vitamin C, heel bone ultrasound, and fracture risk in men and women in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer in Norfolk cohort,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

102

(6)

pp. 1416-1424

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Levy, L. B., Welch, A. A.

(2015)

Implications of skeletal muscle loss for public health nutrition messages: a brief report,

in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

74

(4)

pp. 426-429

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Bain, L. K. M., Myint, P. K., Jennings, A., Lentjes, M. A. H., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Wareham, N. J., Welch, A. A.

(2015)

The relationship between dietary magnesium intake, stroke and its major risk factors, blood pressure and cholesterol, in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort,

in International Journal of Cardiology

196

pp. 108-114

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Jennings, A., MacGregor, A., Welch, A., Chowienczyk, P., Spector, T., Cassidy, A.

(2015)

Amino acid intakes are inversely associated with arterial stiffness and central blood pressure in women,

in The Journal of Nutrition

145

(9)

pp. 2130-2138

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Hayhoe, R. P., Lentjes, M. A., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K., Welch, A. A.

(2015)

Dietary magnesium and potassium intakes and circulating magnesium are associated with heel bone ultrasound attenuation and osteoporotic fracture risk in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

102

(2)

pp. 376-384

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Lentjes, M. A. H., Welch, A. A., Keogh, R. H., Luben, R. N., Khaw, K.

(2015)

Opposites don't attract: high spouse concordance for dietary supplement use in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer in Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk) cohort study,

in Public Health Nutrition

18

(06)

pp. 1060-1066

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Hayhoe, R., Lentjes, M., Luben, R., Khaw, K., Welch, A.

(2015)

Dietary carotenoid intake is positively associated with bone density in individuals of the EPIC-Norfolk cohort,

in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

74

(OCE5)

pp. E354

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Hayhoe, R., Haddow, M., Shareef, J., Barnes, S., Welch, A.

(2015)

The relationship between body mass index and vitamin D status in children attending a paediatric tier 3 weight management programme,

in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

74

(OCE5)

article no. E305

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Finck, H., Hart, A. R., Jennings, A., Welch, A. A.

(2014)

Is there a role for vitamin C in preventing osteoporosis and fractures?: A review of the potential underlying mechanisms and current epidemiological evidence,

in Nutrition Research Reviews

27

(2)

pp. 268-283

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Key Research Interests

  • Nutrition and musculoskeletal health (osteoporosis, fractures, sarcopenia & age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function)
  • Diet and aging
  • Dietary methodology
  • Dietary fat and protein composition, micronutrients, dietary patterns and acid-base load
  • Malnutrition
  • Public health nutrition

Selected Publications 

Recently accepted publications:

Hayhoe RPB, Lentjes MAH, Mulligan AA, Luben RN, Khaw KT, Welch AA.

Carotenoid dietary intakes and plasma concentrations are associated with heel bone ultrasound attenuation and osteoporotic fracture risk in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. B J Nut (Accepted 27/4/17)

Craig J, Bunn D, Hayhoe R, Appleyard W, Lenaghan E, Welch A.

The relationship between the Mediterranean dietary pattern and musculoskeletal health in children, adolescents and adults: a systematic review and evidence map. Nutrition Research Reviews (Accepted 21/4/17)

Published

Kelaiditi E, Jennings A, Steves CJ, Skinner J, Cassidy A, MacGregor AJ, Welch AA

Measurements of skeletal muscle mass and power are positively related to a Mediterranean dietary pattern in women. Osteoporos Int. 2016 Nov;27(11):3251-3260

Welch AA, Kelaiditi E, Jennings A, Steves CJ, Spector TD, MacGregor A.

Dietary Magnesium Is Positively Associated With Skeletal Muscle Power and Indices of Muscle Mass and May Attenuate the Association Between Circulating C-Reactive Protein and Muscle Mass in Women. J Bone Miner Res. 2016 Feb;31(2):317-25.

 Levy LB, Welch AA.

Implications of skeletal muscle loss for public health nutrition messages: a brief report. Proc Nutr Soc. 2015 Jun 11:1-4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26062652. IF 4.937

Hayhoe RP, Lentjes MA, Luben RN, Khaw KT, Welch AA.

Dietary magnesium and potassium intakes and circulating magnesium are associated with heel bone ultrasound attenuation and osteoporotic fracture risk in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Aug;102(2):376-84. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.102723. Epub 2015 Jul 1.  IF 6.918

Jennings A, MacGregor A, Welch A, Chowienczyk P, Spector T, Cassidy A.

Amino Acid Intake Is Inversely Associated with Arterial Stiffness and Central Blood Pressure in Women. J Nutr. 2015 Jul 22. pii: jn214700. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26203100. IF 3.97

Finck H, Hart AR, Jennings A, Welch AA.

Is there a role for vitamin C in preventing osteoporosis and fractures? A review of the potential underlying mechanisms and current epidemiological evidence. Nutr Res Rev. 2014 Dec;27(2):268-83. IF 3.5

Weaver CM, Teegarden D, Welch A, Hwalla N, Lelièvre S.

International breast cancer and nutrition: a model for research, training and policy in diet, epigenetics, and chronic disease prevention. Adv Nutr. 2014 Sep;5(5):566-7. IF 4.7

Lentjes MA, Welch AA, Mulligan AA, Luben RN, Wareham NJ, Khaw KT.

Cod liver oil supplement consumption and health: cross-sectional results from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study. Nutrients. 2014 Oct 16;6(10):4320-37. doi: 10.3390/nu6104320. IF 3.418

Lentjes MA, Welch AA, Keogh RH, Luben RN, Khaw KT.

Opposites don't attract: high spouse concordance for dietary supplement use in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer in Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk) cohort study. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Apr;18(6):1060-6. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014001396. Epub 2014 Jul 30. IF 2.679

Lentjes MA, Mulligan AA, Welch AA, Bhaniani A, Luben RN, Khaw KT.

Contribution of cod liver oil-related nutrients (vitamins A, D, E and eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) to daily nutrient intake and their associations with plasma concentrations in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2014 Sep 16. IF 1.987

Welch AA, Hardcastle AC.

The effects of flavonoids on bone. Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2014 Jun;12(2):205-10. doi: 10.1007/s11914-014-0212-5. IF 2.728

Welch AA, MacGregor AJ, Minihane AM, Skinner J, Valdes AA, Spector TD, Cassidy A.

Dietary fat and fatty acid profile are associated with indices of skeletal muscle mass in women aged 18-79 years. J Nutr. 2014 Mar;144(3):327-34. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.185256. IF 3.97

Welch AA.

Nutritional influences on age-related skeletal muscle loss. Proc Nutr Soc. 2014 Feb;73(1):16-33. IF 3.62

Jennings A, Cassidy A, Winters T, Barnes S, Lipp A, Holland R, Welch A.

Positive effect of a targeted intervention to improve access and availability of fruit and vegetables in an area of deprivation. Health Place. 2012 Sep;18(5):1074-8. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

Welch A, Macgregor A, Jennings A, Fairweather-Tait S, Spector T, Cassidy A.

Habitual flavonoid intakes are positively associated with bone mineral density in women. J Bone Miner Res. 2012 Sep;27(9):1872-8.

Myint PK, Welch AA.

Healthier ageing. BMJ. 2012 Mar 12;344:e1214. doi:10.1136/bmj.e1214. PubMed PMID: 22411918.

Welch AA, Shakya-Shrestha S, Lentjes MA, Wareham NJ, Khaw KT.

Dietary intake and status of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in a population of fish-eating and  non-fish-eating meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans and the precursor-product ratio of ?-linolenic acid to long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: results  from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov;92(5):1040-51. Epub 2010 Sep 22. PubMed PMID: 20861171.

Welch AA, Fransen H, Jenab M, Boutron-Ruault MC, Tumino R, Agnoli C, Ericson U, Johansson I, Ferrari P, Engeset D, Lund E, Lentjes M, Key T, Touvier M, Niravong M, Larrañaga N, Rodríguez L, Ocké MC, Peeters PH, Tjønneland A, Bjerregaard L, Vasilopoulou E, Dilis V, Linseisen J, Nöthlings U, Riboli E, Slimani N, Bingham S.

Variation in intakes of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium in 10 countries in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Nov;63 Suppl 4:S101-21. PubMed  PMID: 19888269.

Welch AA, Mulligan A, Bingham SA, Khaw KT. 

Urine pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetables and meat intakes: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Norfolk population study. Br J Nutr. 2008 Jun;99(6):1335-43.

Welch AA, Bingham SA, Reeve J, Khaw KT. 

More acidic dietary acid-base load is associated with reduced calcaneal broadband ultrasound attenuation in women but not in men: results from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Apr;85(4):1134-41.

Research Group Membership

  • Scientific lead for the ‘Public Health Nutrition theme’ for the Nutrition Society (2011 to present)
  • Member of the Council of the UK Nutrition Society and member of the Science Committee (elected 2009)
  • Chair of the Nutrition and Lifestyle Forum of the National Osteoporosis Society (2013 to present, member from 2009)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Osteoporosis Society (2013 to present)
  • Member of the MRC National Study of Health and Development Diet Project Management Group (2010 to present)
  • Reviewer of applications to join the Association of Nutrition (2010 - 2016)
  • Member of the national ICGN Undergraduate Nutrition Education Implementation Group for development of nutrition education in the medical undergraduate curriculum (since 2010)
  • Judge for the best food, nutrition and health student, SET awards (2010 - 2012)
  • Member of editorial board ‘Complete Nutrition’ (since 2009)
  • Member of editorial board ‘Nutrition Today’ (elected 2008)
  • Chair of British Dietetic Association Research Committee and member of Council of the BDA July 2007-October 2008. Member of the BDA Research Committee to 2010.
  • Co-lead  for the Norfolk and Suffolk Metabolic and Endocrine Specialty Group of the UK Comprehensive Local Research Network. Member of the UK National Metabolic and Endocrine Specialty Group (2007-2013)
  • Co-lead  for the Eastern Region Metabolic and Endocrine Specialty Group of the UK Comprehensive Research Network and member of the UK National Group (2013-2015)
  • Member EURRECA network ‘Development of Evidence Based Recommendations for European Micronutrient Dietary Guidelines
  • Adviser for nutrition methods to the HAPPIE Study of diet, environment and lifestyle in Eastern Europe, University College, London (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Expert User Group for the UK Food Standard Agency’s Composition of foods and nutrient analysis programme project (since 2009)
  • Expert advisor to the Food Standards Agency for the UK Diet and Nutrition Surveys (since 2009)
  • Member of EPIC-Norfolk Study Management Committee with responsibility for strategic and scientific direction (1993-2007)

 

Teaching Interests

Ailsa has experience teaching in a wide range of contexts and topics both at undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has a number of internal and external PhD students. Ailsa also has a national role as a member of the Member of the national ICGN Undergraduate Nutrition Education Implementation Group for development of nutrition education in the medical undergraduate curriculum (since 2010), and has a number of teaching roles in the UEA MBBS.

  • Deputy lead module 6 (homeostasis & hormones - diabetes, endocrinology, renal & urology) with responsibility for curriculum organization and content, including timetabling, writing and checking scenarios and writing learning outcomes (2007-2013)

  • Deputy theme lead for nutrition with roles in curriculum development and assessment. Examples: increased number of seminars and lectures from 16 to 20, wrote exam questions and learning outcomes (2007-2013)

  • Student selected study (SSS) tutor and examiner for nutrition and epidemiological subjects – year 1 (2010 to present)

  • Research SSS (student selected studies) in nutrition. Students in years 2-4 (currently 5 – 6 in total) (2014 to present)

  • Electives tutor for 16 students (2015 to present)

  • Problem based learning tutor for the MBBS medical degree course for years 1, 3 and now 4 (group size of 10 for 20 weeks) (2008-2013)

  • Assessment: standard setting of exam papers for the MBBS, marking of critical appraisal reviews, research protocols

  • MBBS student adviser: pastoral and career advice to 7 students

  • MBBS research project student supervisor: development of projects, literature research, statistical analysis and writing of projects (2010-2012)

  • Lectures and seminars in nutrition and in epidemiological methods: ‘Nutritional Methods’, ‘Vitamin D & Calcium’, ‘Epidemiology of Anaemia’, ’Vitamins & Bioactives’, ‘Nutrition in Pregnancy & Early Life’, ‘Nutrition and Drug Interactions’ and ‘critical appraisal of a selected epidemiological paper’

  • Assessment for the UEA masters in medical research: marking of critical appraisal of peer reviewed papers

  • Postgraduate teaching session ‘How to write for publication (epidemiology)’ (2012-2015)

  • Project supervisor for University College Dublin undergraduate placement students (2009-2013)

 

External teaching

 

  • External examiner for: MSc course in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2014 to present)

  • Imperial College MSc in Cardiology: lecture ‘Diet and cardiovascular disease in a British population’ (2011-2014)

  • The University of Suffolk ‘Dietary Assessment and Measurement Error’ (2010).

  • University of Westminster MSc International Public Health Nutrition: lecture on ‘Dietary Nutritional measurement: issues and solutions with examples from the EPIC Study’ (2001-2011)

  • University of Cambridge Mphil in Epidemiology: Co-designed the nutritional epidemiology course and its content. Lectures and seminar discussions (1993-2007).

  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine MSc Public Health Nutrition: lecture ‘the EPIC-Norfolk Study’ (1999-2001)

  • University of Surrey MSc in Nutritional Medicine: lecture ‘Dietary Assessment Methods’ (1999-2003)

 

OTHER

  • Introductory Certificate in Management Studies, pass 2001

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • External reviewer for 16 medical and nutrition journals
  • Reviewer of grant applications for the Food Standards Agency, the UK Department of Health, The UK Diabetic Association, The National Osteoporosis Society, The World Cancer Research Fund and The NIHR.
  • Reviewer of fellowship applications University of Cambridge Wolfson College.
  • PhD examiner for the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey, Aberdeen, Central Lancashire, Newcastle and King’s College London

Professional Activities

International invited/keynote speaker or meeting chair

  • Invited speaker 6th international breast cancer prevention symposium  ‘Bioactives and prevention of breast cancer with an emphasis on carotenoids’, Los Angeles, USA, October 2016

  • Invited speaker conference on magnesium ‘Magnesium in osteoporosis and sarcopenia’, Rome, July 2016

  • Invited plenary speaker conference 'The role of nutrition in sarcopenia and the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function', Brussels, Belgium, April 2016

  • Invited speaker ‘Diet and breast cancer: new approaches are necessary’, in Symposium on International Breast Cancer & Nutrition initiative, Experimental Biology, San Diego, USA, April 2014

  • Invited chair for oral presentations for the International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research, Barcelona, Spain, March 2014

  • Invited speaker ‘Measurement error issues in assessment of nutrition’, University of Purdue, USA, October 2012.

  • Invited speaker ‘Nutritional influences on age-related muscle loss’, Brazil, October 2012

  • Invited  speaker ‘The importance of α-linolenic acid as a source of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in non-fish-eaters‘ Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2011

  • Invited chair for ‘Nutrition & Breast Cancer session’ and poster presentation at Symposium on Breast Cancer Prevention: Nutrition, Communication and Public Policy, University of Purdue, United States, October 2010.

  • Invited expert speakerEuropean EFCOVAL meeting ‘Over view of validation studies in relation to 24-hour recalls’, Belgium, September 2009

  • Invited speakerEuropean NUGO metabolomics meeting ‘Difficulties with dietary assessment methods and potential solutions’, Italy, September 2009

  • Invited expert speaker at European EFCOVAL meeting on ‘Dietary validation studies’, Ghent, Belgium, October 2008

  • Invited expert speaker at European EURRECA meeting on ‘Dietary assessment methods for dietary guidelines’, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2008

           Invited presentation ‘Urinary pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load in a population: results from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study’, Munich, Germany, September 2006

National invited/keynote speaker or meeting chair

  • Invited speaker ‘Linking the concepts between nutrition epidemiology and public health nutrition’ Launch of textbook for the UK Nutrition Society, the Royal Society, London, May 2017

  • Invited Chair for session ‘Public health and nutrition strategies to promote good mental health’ in Conference ‘Diet, Nutrition and Mental Health and Wellbeing’, The Nutrition Society Winter Meeting, London, 2016

  • Invited speaker ‘Newer perspectives in nutrition for skeletal muscle aging and sarcopenia’, The University of Nottingham, UK, July 2016

  • Public Health Nutrition theme lead chair for the Public Health Nutrition Medal the Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Dublin, July 2016

  • Invited chair poster presentations, The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Dublin, July 2016

  • Invited chair poster presentations, The Nutrition Society Winter Meeting, London, UK, December 2015

  • ‘The rationale for the importance of nutrition for healthy ageing and the prevalence of malnutrition and deficiency diseases in older people within the community’, Food Matters Live, London, UK, November 2015

  • ‘The importance of nutrition in healthy ageing: scientific evidence’, Food Matters Live, London, UK, November 2015

  • Invited speaker ‘Newer perspectives for Nutrition and Sarcopenia’, Birmingham, UK, October 2015

  • Public Health Nutrition theme lead chair for the Public Health Nutrition Medal the Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Nottingham, UK, July 2015

  • Invited chair oral presentations, The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Nottingham, UK, July 2015

  • Invited chair for conference on ‘Saturated fat, dairy and cardiovascular disease: a fresh look at the evidence, held by The Dairy Council, London, March 2015

  • Chair and Scientific organiser for the Nutrition Society Winter Meeting, London, UK, July 2014

  • Public Health Nutrition theme lead chair for the Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Glasgow, UK, July 2014

  • Invited chair oral presentations, The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Glasgow, UK, July 2014

  • Public Health Nutrition theme lead chair for the Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Newcastle, UK, July 2013

  • Invited chair oral presentations, The Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Newcastle, UK, July 2013

  • Invited chair oral presentations and poster session, The Nutrition Society Winter Meeting, London, UK, December 2012

  • Invited chair oral presentations and poster session, The Nutrition Society Annual Meeting, Belfast, UK, July 2012

  • Invited chair oral presentations and poster session, The Nutrition Society Winter Meeting, London, UK, December 2011

  • Invited speaker ‘Nutritional influences on muscle and bone’, University of Aberdeen, May 2011

  • Invited chair oral presentations and poster session, The Nutrition Society Annual Meeting, Reading, UK, July 2011

  • Invited speaker ‘Food nutrition and bone health: what do we know?’ conference and chair of conference  (on behalf of National Osteoporosis Society), Leatherhead, September 2010

  • Invited speaker ‘Diet and Health’ Trading Standards Association, Edinburgh, July 2010

  • Invited speaker representing the British Dietetic Association in a joint meeting the World Health Organization and the United Kingdom Food Standards on: ‘Creating an Enabling Environment for Population-based Salt Reduction Strategies’. ’How can consumer awareness be improved and help them to take action’, July 2010

  • Invited speaker CASH reception House of Commons ‘Salt and osteoporosis’, London, February 2010

  • British Dietetic Association Annual Conference (chaired 2 poster sessions), Manchester, September 2009

  • Invited speaker at 9th Nutrition and Health Conference, ‘Plant sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their importance for heart health’, London, UK, November 2008

  • Invited chair ‘Symposium on diet and cancer at the British Dietetic Association Conference, Liverpool, UK, June 2008

  • Invited speaker ‘Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cancer’, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, March 2008

Other international, national and regional conferences/oral presentations

  • Oral presentation ‘Higher dietary intakes of anti-oxidant vitamins C, E and carotene are associated with better measures of skeletal muscle mass and grip strength in men and women in the UK Biobank Study’, Barcelona, May 2017

  • East Anglia Public Health Forum ‘An effective UEA and Norfolk County Council collaboration: paediatric tier 3 weight management evaluation’, Richard Hayhoe, Ailsa Welch, October 2016

  • NNUH/UEA Joint Research Seminar ‘Nutrition, sarcopenia and healthy aging of muscles’, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, July 2016

  • Invited speaker to a postgraduate seminar ‘Enhancing the Career of the Next Generation of Scientists’ with my talk ‘My career in research!’, University of Surrey, May 2016

  • Oral presentation ‘Associations between dietary protein and magnesium and skeletal muscle mass and strength in men and women from the UK Biobank Cohort’, Philadelphia, April 2016

  • Poster presentation ‘Dietary carotenoid intakes are associated with skeletal muscle mass but not grip strength in women’, Paris, December 2015

  • Poster presentation ‘Associations between dietary intakes of protein and essential amino acids with skeletal muscle mass, grip strength and circulating C-reactive protein in women aged 18-79 years’, Boston, April 2015

  • Oral presentation ‘Dietary magnesium is positively associated with muscle mass which may attenuate the association between C-reactive Protein and muscle mass’, San Diego, April 2014

  • Oral presentation ‘Dietary magnesium is positively associated with muscle mass and may attenuate the association between C-reactive Protein and muscle mass’, Barcelona, March 2014

  • Speaker ‘Data sources for socio-economic determinants health & chronic disease’, UEA seminar, February 2014

  • Poster presentation: ‘Dietary fat and indices of skeletal muscle mass’, Japan December 2013

  • Speaker: ‘Nutritional influences on musculoskeletal health’, NRP Diet and Health Tea Club, September 2013

  • Speaker: ‘Fat intake and loss of  skeletal muscle’ Norfolk & Suffolk Metabolic & Endocrine Clinical Research group meeting, Norwich, February 2013

  • Oral presentation: ‘Dietary fat is associated with indexes of skeletal muscle mass’, 8th International conference on nutrition & osteoporosis, Switzerland, May 2012.

  • Speaker with Dr Alistair Lipp ‘Developing Academic – Service relationships’, ERPHO meeting, Ely, July 2011

  • Speaker ‘The importance of α-linolenic acid in non-fish-eaters’ Norfolk & Suffolk Metabolic & Endocrine Clinical Research group meeting, Norwich, February 2011

  • Nutrition Society oral presentation ‘Dietary fat is associated with indexes of skeletal muscle mass’, Reading, UK, July 2011

  • Invited speaker British Dietetic Association Research Symposium ‘Review of my research’, London, December 2009

  • Nutrition Society oral presentation ‘Diet acid-base load and muscle mass in women’, Guildford, UK, July 2009

  • Oral presentation: Nutrition and Osteoporosis conference ‘Percentage lean body mass is lower with a higher dietary acid-base load in women aged 18-79 years’, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2009

  • Nutrition Society oral presentation ‘association between heel bone ultrasound attenuation and calcium and sodium intakes’, Nottingham, UK July 2008

  • Casual urinary pH is an indicator of dietary acid-base load, fruit and vegetable and meat intakes: results from the EPIC-Norfolk population (oral presentation), Paris, France, July 2007

  • Comparative prediction of bone density and estimates of potential renal acid load (PRAL) from a food diary and an FFQ (poster), Copenhagen, Denmark July 2006

  • A more acidic dietary acid-base load is associated with reduced heel bone ultrasound in women but not men: results from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study (oral presentation), Lausanne, Switzerland July 2006

National and regional public engagement

  • Invited attendance at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPOG) meeting on ‘Vitamin D and Healthy Bones What’s Next?’

  • Invited speaker ‘Nutrition and healthy aging of muscle and bones’, AgeUK, Norwich, July 2016

  • Café Conversation ‘Diet and Healthy Ageing’ (UEA) as part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations DIET AND HEALTHY AGEING (September 2013)