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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 Will McCormack
University of Limerick
will.mccormack@ul.ie

Will graduated with a BSc in Sport & Exercise Sciences (2006) and completed a PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from University of Limerick (2014). His PhD focused on the influence of the distribution of the daily protein intake, combined with progressive resistance exercise training, on skeletal muscle mass in healthy older individuals. His main research interests lie in optimising the adaptation to exercise training through its interaction with nutrient ingestion. Will is an employee of Carbery, one of the industry partners in the FHI consortium. During FHI Phase 1 Will was secondment to FHI, working as part of the Health Ageing work-package where he managed the human intervention trial. During FHI Phase 2 he will again be involved in the Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition workpackage based in UL.

Contact Details

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

Email:

will.mccormack@ul.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0) 61 233203

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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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Sylvia Murphy
University of Limerick
sylvia.murphy@ul.ie
Sylvia spent 10 years in industry working for Pfizer (formerly Wyeth Medica) in Newbridge, Co.Kildare. She previously worked in Production, Quality Control and Environmental Health & Safety. She graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Food Science and Health from the University of Limerick. She is currently doing a PhD sponsored by FHI looking at Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition, specifically developing a cell based bioassay to study nutrient regulation of skeletal muscle growth.
Contact Details

Department of Life Science, Sr1-009, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Co.Limerick.

Email:

Sylvia.m.murphy@ul.ie

Telephone:

+ 353 (0)61 232369

     
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Beate Gillson
University of Limerick
beate.gillson@ul.ie
Beate has a clinical background in Nursing specialising in ENT and Oncology and she worked in that area for many years. In 2009 she joined the FHI Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition workpackage as Research Assistant,Phlebotomist.
Contact Details:

Dept. of Physical and Sport Science, Faculty of Education and  Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick

Email:   

beate.gillson@ul.ie

Telephone:

+353 (0)61-234779

 
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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