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Dr Aoife Ryan
University College Cork
a.ryan@ucc.ie
Dr Aoife Ryan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) (1999) and completed her PhD at the Department of Surgery, Trinity College Dublin in 2007. She was Assistant Professor of Nutrition at New York University from 2008–2010 and took up position as Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork in 2010. Her main research interests are: disease related malnutrition; cancer cachexia and sarcopenia; immuno-nutrition; and obesity and cancer. She is currently PI on HRB, SFI grants, and Pharma industry grants. She is the lead PI on the FHI Appetite Modulation workpackage.
Contact Details:

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland

Email:

a.ryan@ucc.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0)21 4902406

 
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Professor John Cryan
University College Cork
j.cryan@ucc.ie
Professor John Cryan is a lead PI of the FHI Appetite workpackage. He is a senior lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (UCC). John has a PhD in Pharmacology and his research interests include the development of novel treatments for psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and diseases of the brain-gut axis including, obesity and irritable bowel syndrome.
Contact Details:
Anatomy & Neuroscience 386, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Email:
j.cryan@ucc.ie
Telephone:
+353 (0) 21 4205426  
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Dr Brendan Griffin
University College Cork
brendan.griffin@ucc.ie
Dr Brendan Griffin is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy at University College Cork. Having completed his BSc Pharmacy degree at the School of Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), he proceeded to a PhD in Pharmaceutics at TCD. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years (at Élan and Servier), he returned to academia in 2005. He is also Course Director of the MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems, an on line masters course designed to train graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry to become a Qualified Person (QP). Dr. Griffin research interests focus on the development of optimised and targeted drug delivery systems.
Contact Details
School of Pharmacy, Cavanagh Pharmacy Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Email:

brendan.griffin@ucc.ie

Telephone:

+353 (0)21 4901657

 

 

 
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Dr Harriet Schellekens
University College Cork
h.schellekens@ucc.ie
Dr Harriet Schellekens is a lead PI of the FHI Appetite Modulation workpackage. She received a PhD in Pharmacy from the University College Cork, Ireland and a MSc in Biology and Medical Biology (Hons) from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She was awarded a Marie Curie Host Fellowship for Transfer of Knowledge (TOK) in 2006. She has gained considerable experience in the pharmaceutical industry in research and development, lead development and optimization at Organon NV (Akzo Nobel), during a 5 year stint. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. 
Contact Details
Email:
h.schellekens@ucc.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0)21 4901771
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Dalia Kandil
University College Cork
dkandil@ucc.ie
Dalia holds a degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology from University College Dublin and she completed a MSc in Biotechnology in UCD in 2013. She is currently working on the FHI Appetite Modulation workpackage where she is involved in research focusing on appetite modulation and the identification of novel milk bioactives that have potential appetite enhancing effects.
Contact Details

Biological Science Institute,University College Cork,College Rd, Cork, Ireland

Email:

dkandil@ucc.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0)21 4901781

 
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Ken Howick
University College Cork
k.howick@umail.ucc.ie
Ken graduated from UCC with a pharmacy degree in 2012 and completed a masters in pharmacy from Royal College of Surgeons in 2013. He is working on the FHI Appetite Modulation workpackage by completing a PhD on targeted oral delivery of peptides. These are bioactives derived from milk with potential appetite modulating properties. Peptides are prone to degradation in the stomach and intestine, therefore before a bioactive can progress to trials, it must possess reasonable stability from breakdown. His PhD aims to formulate a gastro-protected delivery system for these peptides in order to assess impact on appetite, with the ultimate goal being to develop these bioactives as functional food ingredients.
Contact Details
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Biological Sciences Institute, UCC, Cork.

Email:

k.howick@umail.ucc.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0)21-4901781

 
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Fiona Dwyer
University College Cork
f.dwyer@umail.ucc.ie
Fiona graduated from UCC with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences in 2015. She worked on the FHI Appetite modulation work package by completing an MSc on the first human trial investigating the safety and tolerability of the bioactive peptide. The peptides were formulated and tested in animal models by other members of the FHI team. It was her job to carry on from the animal trials and begin trials in humans. Participants were given increasing doses of the peptide and their vital signs, blood biomarkers of health and measurements of tolerability were assessed in the pilot trial.  
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Erin Stella Sullivan
University College Cork
erin.sullivan@ucc.ie
Erin is a recently qualified dietitian working in the UCC Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences as a Research Assistant. She undertook her clinical training in dietetics in the areas of radiation and surgical oncology at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin and completed her undergraduate thesis at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon where she studied the associations between inflammatory cytokines and body fat distribution in healthy controls as part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Her current work is primarily on malnutrition in cancer, including prospective study of body composition changes throughout the cancer journey, cross-sectional study into appetite & sensory changes during chemotherapy as well as randomised controlled trials testing novel interventions to combat anorexia and cachexia.
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Tracey Kelly
University College Cork
tracey.kelly@umail.ucc.ie
Tracey completed a BSc in Biochemistry from UCC , and went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science also from UCC. Having developed an interest in the links between cancer and nutrition in her studies, she began a post graduate work placement with the Clinical Nutrition team at UCC under Dr. Aoife Ryan, and is currently undertaking a masters by research in Appetite Modulation, working on FHI 2 study.