Dr Athanasios Tektonidis

PhD, MSc, BSc | FHEA | RD(gr), RNutr(gr)

Lecturer in Nutrition

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Role

I re-joined OBU in 2022 as a Lecturer in Nutrition after completing a Doctorate in Nutritional Epidemiology at OBU, UK (2020), a Masters with distinction in Human Nutrition at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2014), and a Bachelors (Hons) in Nutrition & Dietetics at the Harokopio University, Greece (2012).

Professionally, I am a Registered Nutritionist and Dietitian in Greece and qualified and eligible to register with the Association for Nutrition and the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. Moreover, I hold a Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Current Roles:

- Full-time Lecturer in Nutrition teaching across the nutrition programme including BSc(Hons) Nutrition, BSc(Hons) Nutrition ScienceMSc Applied Human Nutrition and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

- Active Researcher in diet and health research, with main focus on nutritional epidemiology - see Research tab.

Course Coordinator of the Final Year Entry programme "BSc(Hons) Nutrition Science". This programme has been developed to cover food science, the clinical and social/behaviour aspects of nutrition, health/wellbeing and professional conduct to equip students for a career in the area of nutrition.

Module Coordinator of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) 20-credit bearing Level 7 module "Fundamentals of Human Nutrition".

Admissions Lead of the MSc Dietetics (pre-registration)subject to accreditation and validation.

Teaching and supervision

Courses

Modules taught

  • Scientific Skills for Health Scientists (UG - Y1/L4) - Module Lead
  • Research Methods for Nutrition and Health Sciences (UG - Y2/L5) - Module Lead
  • Energy Regulation and Obesity (UG - Y3/L6) - Module Lead
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (PG - L7) - Module Lead
  • Nutritiontal Biochemistry and Metabolism (UG - Y2/L5) - Guest Lecturer
  • Research Project (UG - Y3/L6) - Guest Lecturer
  • Health Promotion and Professional Practice across the Lifespan (PG - L7) - Guest Lecturer

Supervision

- Currently supervising one PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire "Exploring the role of diet in managing psoriasis: dietary behaviours, symptom response and potential health impacts of following popular diets without professional guidance" (2021 - 2024).

- To supervise one PhD student at OBU exploring the "Assessment of nutritional status, body composition, motor- and neurodevelopment in preterm and term children aged 3-5 years - INTERGROWTH: an international, multicentre study" (2024 - 2027).

- Internal examiner for the PhD thesis "Dietary bioactive compounds and possible health benefits of dragon fruit and star fruit", Mildred Flores Verastegui (2023).

Research

My research focuses on elucidating the role of dietary patterns and diet quality in prevention and management of chronic diseases and in promoting healthy aging. My expertise spans nutritional epidemiology, diet-health associations, dietary modelling, and statistical analysis of large cohort studies. 

Some projects I have worked are on the investigation of the relationship between adherence to healthful dietary patterns such as the Mediterranean diet or the Healthy Eating Index and outcomes including heart health, risk of heart failure, stroke, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis progression, physical functioning, and mortality. 

Research Grants - (not in Converis)

Co-applicant: "Assessment of nutritional status, body composition, motor- and neurodevelopment in preterm and term children aged 3-5 years: an international, multicentre study". (01/06/2024 - 01/06/2027), funded internally by: Nigel Groome Studentship, Oxford Institute of Applied Health Research, funded amount received by Brookes: £70,002, full-time PhD studentship. Principal Investigator: Dr. Shelly Coe

Advisor: An exploration of clinic reports on daily activity, identity, and wellbeing from carers of patients referred to the Oxford Brain Health Clinic. (23/06/2023 - 23/11/2023), funded externally by: Alzheimer's Research UK, funded amount received by Brookes: £5,000, Principal Investigator: Jackie Parsonage-Harrison

Co-applicant: "Exploring the role of diet in managing psoriasis: dietary behaviours, symptom response and potential health impacts of following popular diets without professional guidance". (15/10/2021 - 15/10/2024), funded internally by: Centre for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Management Research (CAFEM) – University of Hertfordshire, £62,145 full-time PhD studentship. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosalind Fallaize

Co-applicant: "Exploration of perceptions, knowledge and experiences regarding diet of people living with psoriasis: a qualitative study in the UK." (01/06/2021 - 01/08/2021), funded internally by: Centre for Health Services & Clinical Research (CHSCR) - University of Hertfordshire, £1,500 summer research project. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosalind Fallaize

Research impact

Centres and institutes

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Exploring the prospective relationships of Dietary Inflammatory Index scores on clinical progression in people with multiple sclerosis.(01/04/2023 - 31/03/2024), funded by: Multiple Sclerosis Society, funding amount received by Brookes: £47,870, funded by: Multiple Sclerosis Society

Publications

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