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Our Research

Our research serves to investigate the role of nutrition in health and disease and includes laboratory-based, molecular, clinical, dietary intervention and epidemiological studies. Areas of active research interest include investigating the role of vitamin D in inflammation and immunity, obesity, malnutrition, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome as well as folate and vitamin B12 metabolism. Our research maps to key research themes within the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, as well as Nationally and Internationally.

Our principal investigators (PIs) collaborate with national and international colleagues in the UK, Europe, North America, Canada and Ireland as well as commercial and Industry partners.

Our Key Research Themes are:

  • Nutrition in Inflammation & Immunity - Novel Therapies. This work focusses on investigating vitamin D as a novel anti-inflammatory therapy, for example, in preventing and treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Nutrition in Inflammation & Immunity – Disease Related. We have a strong focus on nutrition in gastrointestinal diseases including genetic, clinical, immune and nutritional aspects of coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colorectal cancer.
  • Obesity and Malnutrition. We are interested in both prevention and management of obesity and malnutrition from a public health and clinical perspective, and the co-existence of these conditions in some populations.
  • Practice Placement Education in Dietetics. We have developed a framework for using a collaborative (2:1) peer model in dietetics practice placement education, which we have published and are now completing a longitudinal study on its implementation over 3 years. This framework is also being piloted within the disciplines of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy within the School of Medicine.

Research Funding

Our research is funded by competitive grants from national, international and commercial sources. Current sponsors include the Irish Research Council, the Health Research Board, European COST funding, non-profit foundations and industry grants.

Postgraduate Researchers

  • Ewa Wilcz
  • Tara Raftery
  • Patricia Dominguez-Castro


Last updated 9 December 2016 Web Administrator (Email).