Professor Helene McNulty

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University

The Importance of Micronutrients for Public Health

In this video interview, Prof. Helene McNulty, Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food & Health at Ulster University, discusses the health impact of micronutrient deficiency and approaches for tackling this problem on a global scale, and explores how policy-making can be instrumental in affecting the relationship between nutrition and health. 

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Professor Helene McNulty
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Professor Helene McNulty

Biography

Helene McNulty is Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), a center of excellence for nutrition research at Ulster University More

Professor Helene McNulty

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University

Helene McNulty is Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), a centre of excellence for nutrition research at Ulster University. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin (BSc and PhD in Nutrition) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (Diploma in Dietetics), followed by 2 years in the food industry, Helene joined Ulster University in 1992 and was promoted to her current academic post, Professor of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, in 2001. Helene’s research programme is aimed at providing greater understanding of nutrition-related health issues and achieving impact through facilitating food and health policy. She has particular expertise in folate and related B vitamins through the lifecycle and has published extensively in this field (to date, over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 book chapters), building impacts in both early life and ageing research. She frequently delivers keynote presentations at international scientific conferences throughout the world. Helene has generated grant income for nutrition research at Ulster University to date amounting to over £13 million from 70 grant awards, and as Principal Investigator (PI) for 34 awards. She has supervised a total of 27 PhD students to successful completion to date, and has mentored numerous members of research staff. Helene is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (since 2008) and Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (since 2017). She is co-Chair of the Executive Committee, 13th FENS European Nutrition Conference, Dublin [October 2019]. Apart from leading nutrition research at Ulster, Helene is actively involved in teaching at BSc and MSc levels and related programme administration in the area of Food, Nutrition & Dietetics.