Career History

Research Associate in Diet, Nutrition and Public Health: University of East Anglia, 2009 – present

Research Associate in Nutritional Epidemiology and Biostatistics: University of East Anglia, 2008 –2009

Research Fellow in Epidemiology and Public Health: University of Warwick, 2008

Research Assistant: London South Bank University, 2002-2005

Research Assistant: Diabetes UK, 2000 

Academic Background

BSc Food Science and Nutrition: University of Wales, Cardiff, 1998-2001

PhD Human Nutrition: London South Bank University, 2005 

All Publications

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Pallister, T., Haller, T., Thorand, B., Altmaier, E., Cassidy, A., Martin, T., Jennings, A., Mohney, R. P., Gieger, C., MacGregor, A., Kastenmüller, G., Metspalu, A., Spector, T. D., Menni, C.

(2017)

Metabolites of milk intake: a metabolomic approach in UK twins with findings replicated in two European cohorts,

in European Journal of Nutrition

56

(7)

pp. 2379–2391

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Fairweather-Tait, S., Jennings, A., Harvey, L. J., Berry, R., Walton, J., Dainty, J. R.

(2017)

Modeling tool for calculating dietary iron bioavailability in iron-sufficient adults,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

105

(6)

pp. 1408-1414

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Jennings, A., MacGregor, A., Spector, T., Cassidy, A.

(2017)

Higher dietary flavonoid intakes are associated with lower objectively measured body composition in women: evidence from discordant monozygotic twins,

in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

105

(3)

pp. 626-634

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Pallister, T., Jackson, M. A., Martin, T. C., Glastonbury, C. A., Jennings, A., Beaumont, M., Mohney, R. P., Small, K. S., MacGregor, A., Steves, C. J., Cassidy, A., Spector, T. D., Menni, C., Valdes, A. M.

(2017)

Untangling the relationship between diet and visceral fat mass through blood metabolomics and gut microbiome profiling,

in International Journal of Obesity

41

pp. 1106–1113

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Jennings, A., MacGregor, A., Pallister, T., Spector, T., Cassidy, A.

(2016)

Associations between branched chain amino acid intake and biomarkers of adiposity and cardiometabolic health independent of genetic factors: a twin study,

in International Journal of Cardiology

223

pp. 992–998

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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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Hooper, L., Bunn, D. K., Abdelhamid, A., Gillings, R., Jennings, A., Maas, K., Millar, S., Twomlow, E., Hunter, P. R., Shepstone, L., Potter, J. F., Fairweather-Tait, S. J.

(2016)

Water-loss (intracellular) dehydration assessed using urinary tests, how well do they work? Diagnostic accuracy in older people,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

104

(1)

pp. 121-131

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Pallister, T., Jennings, A., Mohney, R. P., Yarand, D., Mangino, M., Cassidy, A., MacGregor, A., Spector, T. D., Menni, C.

(2016)

Characterizing blood metabolomics profiles associated with self-reported food intakes in female twins,

in PLoS ONE

11

(6)

article no. e0158568

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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

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Jennings, A., MacGregor, A., Spector, T., Cassidy, A.

(2016)

Amino acid intakes are associated with bone mineral density and prevalence of low bone mass in women: evidence from discordant monozygotic twins,

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

31

(2)

pp. 326-335

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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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Hooper, L., Abdelhamid, A., Ali, A., Bunn, D., Jennings, A., John, G., Kerry, S., Lindner, G., Pfortmueller, C., Sjöstrand, F., Walsh, N., Fairweather-Tait, S., Potter, J., Hunter, P., Shepstone, L.

(2015)

Diagnostic accuracy of calculated serum osmolarity to predict dehydration in older people: adding value to pathology lab reports,

in BMJ Open

5

(10)

article no. e008846

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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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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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Jennings, A., Hughes, C. A., Kumaravel, B., Bachmann, M. O., Steel, N., Capehorn, M., Cheema, K.

(2014)

Evaluation of a multidisciplinary Tier 3 weight management service for adults with morbid obesity, or obesity and comorbidities, based in primary care,

in Clinical Obesity

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pp. 254-266

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Jennings, A., Welch, A., Spector, T., Macgregor, A., Cassidy, A.

(2014)

Intakes of Anthocyanins and Flavones Are Associated with Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Women,

in Journal of Nutrition

144

(2)

pp. 202-208

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Jennings, A., Barnes, S., Okereke, U., Welch, A.

(2013)

Successful weight management and health behaviour change using a health trainer model,

in Perspectives in Public Health

133

(4)

pp. 221-226

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Vissers, P. A. J., Jones, A. P., Corder, K., Jennings, A., van Sluijs, E. M. F., Welch, A., Cassidy, A., Griffin, S.

(2013)

Breakfast consumption and daily physical activity in 9-10-year-old British children,

in Public Health Nutrition

16

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pp. 1281-1290

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Harrison, F., Jennings, A., Jones, A., Welch, A., van Sluijs, E., Griffin, S., Cassidy, A.

(2013)

Food and drink consumption at school lunchtime: the impact of lunch type and contribution to overall intake in British 9-10-year-old children,

in Public Health Nutrition

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pp. 1132-1139

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Key Research Interests

 Research experience

The main focus of my current research relates to evaluation of public health initiatives and analysis of epidemiological studies with a particular focus on childhood obesity.  I am also currently researching associations between a range of dietary components, including flavonoids and amino acids, and markers of disease status in twins.  My previous research has included work on diabetes including the evaluation of a clinical intervention testing the use of a ‘virtual’ clinic to aid diabetes self-management.       
 

Selected Recent Publications

  • Jennings, A, Welch, A, Fairweather-Tait, SJ, Kay, C, Minihane, A-M, Chowienczyk, P, Jiang, B, Cecelja, M, Spector, T, Macgregor, A and Cassidy, A (2012) Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central pressure in women. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. ISSN 0002-9165
  • Jennings, A, Cassidy, A, Winters, T, Barnes, S, Lipp, A, Holland, R and Welch, A (2012) A positive effect of a targeted community intervention to improve access and availability of fruit and vegetables in a deprived area. (In Press)
  • Jennings, A, Welch, A, van Sluijs, E, Griffin, S and Cassidy, A (2012) Associations between eating frequency, adiposity, diet and activity in healthy weight and centrally obese children 9-10 years. (In Press)
  • Jennings, A, Welch, A, Jones, AP, Harrison, F, Bentham, G, Van Sluijs, EMF, Griffin, SJ and Cassidy, A (2011) Local food outlets, weight status, and dietary intake: associations in children aged 9-10 years. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40 (4). pp. 405-410.
  • Jennings, A, Welch, A, van Sluijs, EM, Griffin, SJ and Cassidy, A (2011) Diet quality is independently associated with weight status in children aged 9-10 years. The Journal of Nutrition, 141 (3). pp. 453-459. ISSN 0022-3166
 

 

Research Group Membership

 Department of Nutrition