My areas of interest are in nutrition throughout the lifecycle and in population subgroups, pregnancy, children, retirement, and nutrition in aging. impact of nutrition on health or behaviour outcomes in the UK population and specific population groups including shift-workers, older people and school aged children.
Interest in shift work and diurnal variation stems from my PhD research (250K funded HSE). I am currently interested in diurnal patterns and measurement of glycaemic control, involved in a BBSRC funded project (900K) to investigate the role of feeding in the human circadian phase response in peripheral tissues.
Type 2 diabetes: impact of diet, nutrition education and glucose monitoring on glycaemic control in healthy and diabetic subjects. I am interested in glycaemic control during pregnancy and menopause with plan to investigate glycaemic control during pregnancy and gestational diabetes.
I also have research interests in obesity and healthy eating, particularly through consumer choice and eating habits, I was involved in the EU funded DIOGENES project investigating Diet obesity and genes. I have recently developed a tool for assessing healthy diet intake in children, this will present a valid tool for rapid and consistent assessment of the healthiness of dietary intake by providing a healthy diet index score (Internally Funded 4K).
I also have an interest in Vitamins D and K through collaborative work with our bone health team. I am currently involved with Local research groups in Healthy diet training for Learning disabilities and carers (charity funded) and The impact of Yakult supplementation on IBS (industry funded (5K).
Nutrition of older people: food provision and nutrition input in clinical and non-clinical settings, Adequacy and outcomes.
Dr John Nichols
Teaching responsibilities at all levels of the programme using a variety of delivery methods, including traditional lectures, active learning, EBL and e-learning.
MSc Nutritional Medicine BMSM002 Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology
MSc Human Nutrition HNM004 International and Public Health Nutrition
BMS3058 International and Public Health Nutrition
Methods for recording dietary intake
Vitamin D supplementation debate
Early life nutrition and later disease
Local national and global public health nutrition
Determinants of Health in the UK
PHN programme planning and evaluation
UK Food security and sustainability
International nutrition- global food supply
Nutrition issues for international nutrition
Double Burden of disease.
Factors affecting food choice and introduction to food labelling
Programme Director MSc Nutritional Medicine
Validation and Accreditation of MSC Nutritional Medicine programme.
Health Professions Council
British Dietetic Association
Higher Education Academy
Significant ongoing debate exists amongst stakeholders as to the best front-of-pack labelling approach and emerging evidence suggests that the plethora of schemes may cause confusion for the consumer. To gain a better understanding of the relevant psychological phenomena and consumer perspectives surrounding FoP labelling schemes and their optimal development a Multiple Sort Procedure study involving free sorting of a range of nutritional labels presented on cards was performed in four countries (n=60). The underlying structure of the qualitative data generated was explored using Multiple Scalogram Analysis. Elicitation of categorisations from consumers has the potential to provide a very important perspective in this arena and results demonstrated that the amount of information contained within a nutrition label has high salience for consumers, as does the health utility of the label although a dichotomy exists in the affective evaluation of the labels containing varying degrees of information aggregation. Classification of exiting front-of-pack labelling systems on a proposed dimension of 'directiveness' leads to a better understanding of why some schemes may be more effective than others in particular situations or for particular consumers. Based on this research an enhanced hypothetical front-of-pack labelling scheme which combines both directive and non-directive elements is proposed.
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