Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Staff



  • Dr Helen Lightowler

    PhD

    Programme Lead, Nutrition / Director of the Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health (OxBCNH)

    Department of Sport and Health Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0) 1865 483245

    Email: hlightowler@brookes.ac.uk

    Location: Headington, Gipsy Lane, GIP - S3.09

    I am the Programme Lead for Nutrition and Director of the Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health (OxBCNH).  I am also the Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW).

    Academic background

    I have a first class honours degree in Home Economics and Resource Management from South Bank University, London. I completed my PhD in nutrition, from the same University, focusing on iodine in the vegan diet. I was a member of the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Nutrition (2008-2012) and I am a reviewer for several international nutrition and health journals. I am a Registered Nutritionist and was a member of the Accreditation Committee for the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

     

    Areas of expertise

    My work to date has particularly focused on energy metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism. My research has included the influence of the menstrual cycle on basal metabolic rate and food intake, the effect of food structure on the glycaemic response of foods and the effect of low-glycaemic index ingredients on 24-hour glucose profile. I have extensive experience of conducting intervention studies and randomised control trials (RCTs), in particular in the area of weight loss, body weight regulation and glycaemic control.