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Professor Helen Roche
University College Dublin
helen.roche@ucd.ie
Helen Roche leads is a lead PI on the Glycaemic Management workpackage. Helen is Associate Professor of Nutrigenomics at UCD, joint co-ordinator of Lipgene and SFI Principal Investigator in molecular nutrition. She is also part of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Life Sciences Institute and the Nutrition Committee for Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
Contact Details
UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Email:
helen.roche@ucd.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 1 7166845
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Dr Eileen Gibney
University College Dublin
eileen.gibney@ucd.ie
Dr Eileen Gibney is a lecturer at UCD in the Department of Agriculture, Food Science. She has a PhD in nutrition and has worked on several human intervention studies of novel products. Her involvement in FHI concerns the study of human post-prandial response to milk proteins and hydrolysates. Eileen is interested in the molecular aspect of nutrition and disease and she is linked in several projects in UCD’s food and health research programme.
Contact Details:
Room S2.06, Food and Health Institute, Science Centre South, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Email:
eileen.gibney@ucd.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 1 7162819
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Dr Lorraine Brennan
University College Dublin
lorraine.brennan@ucd.ie
Dr Lorraine Brennan is a senior lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry at UCD’s Conway Institute. She is a lead PI on the FHI Glycaemic management workpackage and her main research interests lie in metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease. She is a specialist in nutrigenomic techniques (metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics), particularly the use of metabolomic signatures to identify responses to certain dietary interventions.
Contact Details
Room 207, Institute of Food and Health, Science Centre South, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email:
lorraine.brennan@ucd.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 1 7162811
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Dr Brendan Egan
University College Dublin
brendan.egan@ucd.ie
Dr Brendan Egan received his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from University of Limerick in 2003, MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University in 2004, PhD from Dublin City University in 2008 before completing post-doctoral training at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He joined the faculty at UCD in 2011 as Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. His research focuses on interactions between nutrition and exercise in the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle function and adaptation. Brendan is a PI in the Glycemic Management work package examining the effects of novel protein fractions on glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle. Brendan recently gave a Tedx talk. Listen here.
Contact Details
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science G6, Woodview House, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Email:
brendan.egan@ucd.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 1 7163419
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Dr Jessica Ralston
University College Dublin
jessica.ralston@ucd.ie

Jessica joined the Food for Health Ireland Glycaemic Management team as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in 2015. She holds a BSc in Human Kinetics and received her PhD in Human Health and Nutritional Science from the University of Guelph in Canada. Her current research with FHI examines the ability of novel dairy bioactives to regulate inflammation and glucose metabolism in adipose tissue.

Contact Details:

Nutrigenomics Research Group

Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Ireland

Email:

jessica.ralston@ucd.ie

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Dr Katy Horner
University College Dublin
katy.horner@ucd.ie
Katy is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within Food for Health Ireland's glycaemic management workpackage. She holds a BSc and MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, both from the University of Limerick, and graduated with a PhD in the field of exercise, gut physiology and appetite control from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2013. Prior to joining FHI in 2015, Katy worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA. Her current research at FHI is focusing on postprandial studies to examine the glycaemic management potential of milk bioactive peptides.
Contact Details:
Institute of Food and Health, Science Centre South, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email:
katy.horner@ucd.ie  
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Aoife Curran
University College Dublin
aoife.curran.1@ucdconnect.ie
Aoife Curran holds a BSc Human Nutrition from UCD in 2013 and is currently completing a PhD in the Glycaemic Management work package. Her PhD is focusing on the potential of milk peptides and dairy to aid in glycaemic control.
Contact Details

Room S2.56, Institute of Food and Health, Science Centre South, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Email:

aoife.curran.1@ucdconnect.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0) 1 7162471

   
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Elaine Kennedy
University College Dublin
elaine.kennedy.1@ucdconnect.ie
 

Elaine Kennedy graduated with a BSc in Human Nutrition in 2013 from University College Dublin. She joined Food for Health Ireland in 2014 as a PhD researcher in the Glycaemic Management workpackage where she is examining the potential of novel milk derived bioactives to improve glycaemic control to promote metabolic health.

Contact details

School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, Conway Institute, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4

Email:

elaine.kennedy.1@ucdconnect.ie

 
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Anna Kirwan
University College Dublin
anna.kirwan@ucdconnect.ie
 

Anna Kirwan graduated with a B.A (Mod) in Biochemistry with Structural Biology in 2012 and completed a taught Msc. in Immunology in 2013, both from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently completing her PhD within the FHI Glycaemic Management work package, investigating the anti-inflammatory effect of milk peptides and their potential mechanisms.

Contact Details

Food for Health Ireland, Science Centre South, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Email:

anna.kirwan@ucdconnect.ie

 
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Karl Cogan
University College Dublin
karl.cogan@ucdconnect.ie
A fanatical love of sport and human biology influenced my decision to study for a BSc. in Sport Science and Health at DCU. Subsequent to my undergraduate studies, I was employed as a research assistant in the Centre for Preventive Medicine in DCU where I gained extensive experience in numerous forms of physiological testing and served to strengthen my interest in skeletal muscle research. I recently completed a MSc. in Biotechnology at UCD to gain further laboratory experience investigating muscle at a cell and molecular level. Currently as part of my PhD in Glycaemic Management workpackage, I will focus on the effects of milk derived bioactive peptides and their ability to regulate glycaemic control in skeletal muscle.
Contact Details

Nutrigenomics Research Group, UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Belfield, Dublin 4

Email:

karl.cogan@ucd.connect.ie

Telephone:

+353 86 159 7192

 
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Victoria O'Sullivan
University College Dublin
victoria.osullivan@ucd.ie
Victoria O’ Sullivan is a recent graduate of NUI Maynooth after completing taught masters in Immunology & Global health. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science which she completed in NUI Maynooth. Currently she is working as a research assistant as part of FHI2 in the Glycaemic Management workpackage. Her role in FHI2 is to screen the hydrolysates for their ability to secrete insulin.
Contact Details
Lab S2.58, Science Centre South, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email:
victoria.osullivan@ucd.ie
Telephone
+ 353 (0) 1 7162471
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Sumei Hu
University College Dublin
sumei.hu@ucdconnect.ie
Sumei Hu completed her undergraduate degree at the Shandong Agricultural University, Shandong Province, China and her Masters from China's Agricultural University in Beijing. She is currently completing her PhD within the FHI Glycaemic Management workpackage. Her research is investigating the glycemic effect of milk-derived bioactives on pancreatic beta cells and the potential mechanisms. 
Contact Details

Room 2.56, Institute of Food and Health, Science Centre South, UCD,Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Email:

sumei.hu@ucdconnect.ie

Telephone

+ 353 (0)17162471.

   
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Dr Loai Shakerdi
BSc
loai.shakerdi@ucd.ie

Dr Loai Shakerdi completed his undergraduate degree in Medicine in 1989 and postgraduate degree in Internal Medicine in 1993.  He was awarded a MSc and PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2000 and 2004 respectively.  He is currently working as a postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow with Prof Carel le Roux and Dr Neil Docherty’s group on the role of gut hormones in the development of diabetes and obesity.

Contact Details
Address:

Clinical Research Centre, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4

Email:

loai.shakerdi@ucd.ie