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Professor Phil Jakeman
University of Limerick
phil.jakeman@ul.ie
Professor Phil Jakeman leads FHI’s Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN) workpackage. A metabolic biochemist, Phil is Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Human Science Research Group at UL. He is also PI to UL’s Human Body Composition Study. His principal research interest is the interaction of exercise and nutrition on the regulation of muscle, skeletal and fat mass in humans.
Contact Details:
Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick, Limerick Ireland
Email:
phil.jakeman@ul.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 61 202800
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Dr Brian Carson
University of Limerick
brian.carson@ul.ie
Dr. Brian Carson is a lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department in the University of Limerick. Brian's research interests are primarily focussed on the plasticity and metabolic adaptation of skeletal muscle in response to nutrient and exercise interventions. Brian’s role as a Principal Investigator in the FHI programme is to examine the efficacy of nutrient supplementation with proteins mined from milk to provide metabolic outcomes which support Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN). Brian’s other research projects investigate the association of physical activity and dietary behaviours with metabolic health, specifically focusing on metabolic flexibility and how physical activity and dietary interventions can modify these health outcomes.
Contact Details:

P1-046, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Email:

brian.carson@ul.ie

Telephone:

+353 (0) 61 234943

 
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Professor Sean Arkins
University of Limerick
sean.arkins@ul.ie
Professor Sean Arkins is the Head of the Lifesciences Department at the University of Limerick. His area of expertise is in cytotoxicity and immunocompetence and the measurement of immune function. He is a lead PI in the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition workpackage and he is working on the role of immunonutrition in sports performance.
Contact Details
Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick
Ireland
Email:
sean.arkins@ul.ie
Telephone
+ 353 (0) 61213101
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Dr Patrick Keily
University of Limerick
patrick.keily@ul.ie
Dr Patrick Keily is a lecturer in biology at the Department of Lifesciences at the University of Limerick. His is a lead PI on the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition workpackage and he is developing a cell based bioassay to study nutrient regulation of skeletal muscle growth.
Contact Details
Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick
Ireland
Email:
patrick.keily@ul.ie
Telephone:
+ 353 (0) 61 202811
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Dr Catherine Norton
University of Limerick
catherine.norton@ul.ie
Performance nutritionist and registered dietitian Dr. Catherine Norton works at the University of Limerick, Human Research Institute. She teaches on the BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences and MSc Sports Performance courses as well as researching in both food for health and performance nutrition.  She is a graduate of DIT / TCD (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) and UL (PhD Nutrition), and an accredited Sport & Exercise Nutritionist (SENr High Performance). Catherine spent three seasons as fulltime lead performance nutritionist to Munster Rugby and has also consulted with a wide range of sports disciplines at national, international and Olympic levels. She previously held  Lead Performance Nutritionist role with the swimmers at the High Performance Centre in UL and with Rowing Ireland. Dr. Norton has also provided nutrition support to both junior and senior athletes with Athletics Ireland, Triathlon Ireland, Inter-County GAA and AIL rugby clubs. Dr Norton's research interests investigate optimising nutrition for athletic training and competition, with a particular emphasis on peri-training nutrition (PTN). She is also involved in research considering appropriate protein intakes (quantity, quality and timing) for the prevention of age related losses in both muscle (sarcopaenia) and bone (osteopaenia).  
Contact Details:

PG-060, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Email:

catherine.norton@ul.ie

Telephone:

+353 (0) 61 234780

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Dr Miryam AmigoBenavent
University of Limerick
Miryam.AmigoBenavent@ul.ie
Miryam is currently working within the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition workpackage in UL. She holds a BSc degree in Biology and Food Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a PhD, working on Functional Foods from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Miryam spent 5 years as a Post-doc in different Food Science Research Institutes of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She conducts research on the oxidative damage to macromolecules using cell-based and non-cell based assays in vitro and ex vivo, and evaluates the efficacy of novel food products on their ability to moderate oxidative stress.

Contact Details:

PG-059, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick

Email:

Miryam.AmigoBenavent@ul.ie

Phone:

+353 (0) 61233203
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Dr Bijal Patel
PhD
Bijal.Patel@ul.ie
Dr Patel is currently working within the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition work package in UL. She holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Western Australia, an MSc in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research from King’s College London, and a PhD in Physiology (Cardiovascular Research) from King’s College London.  Her PhD was supported by a grant from the British Heart Foundation. Dr Patel graduated with a PhD in 2014, and her thesis focussed on the effects of a naturally occurring isothiocyanate in regulating redox signalling in foetal endothelial cells of infants born to gestational diabetic mothers.  She conducts research on the effects of bioactive peptides in regulating protein synthesis using cell-based assays and ex vivo samples.
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Dr Joseph Bass
University of Limerick
joseph.bass@ul.ie

Dr Bass is currently working within the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition work package in UL. He holds a BSc in Human Bioscience from the University of Northampton and a PhD in Medicine and Health (Muscle protein metabolism research) from the University of Nottingham. His PhD was funded through a Medical Research Council studentship, and graduated in 2017. His thesis focused upon the role the Vitamin D receptor has within skeletal muscle health and protein metabolism. Joseph undertakes research utilising stable isotope tracer techniques, investigating the effects bioactive peptides have upon muscle protein synthesis. 

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Robert Davies
University of Limerick
robert.davies@ul.ie
Robert is an Exercise Physiologist completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Bangor University (North Wales), conducting research in skeletal muscle physiology, tissue metabolism and appetite regulation in response to exercise and nutrient feeding. Robert joined the Healthy Ageing and Performance workpackage towards the end of 2013. Robert will be implementing a nutrient feeding paradigm in the athletic population, which modulates the acute recovery of muscle function post-exercise while augmenting the chronic adaptive and immune response over repeated bouts.
Contact Details
Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Email:
robert.davies@ul.ie
Telephone:
+353 (0)86 0022 0542
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Marta Kozior
University of Limerick
marta.kozior@ul.ie
Marta is currently working within the FHI’s Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN) work package at University of Limerick (UL). Marta is a Dietician completing the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Dietetics at Poznan University of Life Sciences in Poland. She is a PhD candidate in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at UL. She is currently conducting research to investigate the efficacy of different nutritional supplements on the recovery of muscle function post-exercise in resistance trained athletes and post-exercise glycogen resynthesis in endurance athletes. Contact Details: Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Email: marta.kozior@ul.ie Telephone: +353 (0) 61 234 779
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Roisin McGinley
University of Limerick
Roisin.McGinley@ul.ie
Roisin is currently working within the FHI’s Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN) work package at University of Limerick (UL). Roisin is a Chartered Physiotherapist, having undertaken an MSc in Physiotherapy at University College Dublin (UCD). Roisin also holds a BSc (Hons) Radiography and worked clinically as a therapeutic radiographer. Her research interests are investigating how sarcopenia and osteopenia can be prevented by exercise and diet.