Name/Title:   

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Younger

Qualifications:

PhD, MSc, RNutr (Public Health) FAfN, FSB

Profile:

First degree in Biology/Physiology (Hons) at the University of Durham, UK, graduating in 1979. Final-year project was an electron microscopy study of stretch receptors in (rat) muscle. Went on to do the MSc in Human Nutrition at London University (Queen Elizabeth College, now King's College). MSc research project investigated essential omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in vegans and omnivores.

This was followed by PhD research into brown adipose tissue and energy balance in mice at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Lab in Cambridge, and some post-doctoral research in Dublin into trace elements in the elderly, and then fatty acids analysis in angioplasty patients.

During this time began part-time lecturing in the DIT, leading eventually to a full-time lectureship in Nutrition and Physiology. As well as lecturing, am involved with supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects, and coordinating the human nutrition and dietetics final-year research projects.

Was one of the founding members of the Irish Section of the Nutrition Society, founded in 1989; joining the committee in 1990 and also editing the Irish Section Original Communications from 1990 to 1995. This led to taking on the Hon. Editorship of the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society from 1995 to 2001and then the Hon. Publications Officership for the Nutrition Society from 2001 to 2007, which involved overseeing the publication of 4 international journals and 2 book series. Currently Hon. Treasurer (since July 2010) of the Nutrition Society.

Research and Academic Interests:

Public health nutrition, including aspects of obesity, infant feeding, and dietary and nutrient intakes and recommendations.

Telephone:

00353 1 01 4024662

Email:

katherine.younger@dit.ie

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