• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 2145 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
1993 …2019
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Alison Gallagher is currently Head of Doctoral College (Coleraine/Magee) at Ulster University. With over 90 peer-reviewed publications, Alison contributes to the research conducted within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster. Her research interests resonate within the area of obesity and include development of risk factors for disease, low-energy/non-nutritive sweeteners and their potential impact on health, physical activity and health (including implementation of lifestyle interventions at key stages across the lifecycle).

After completing her BSc Hons Human Nutrition and PhD at Ulster, Alison worked as a Research Fellow (University of Strathclyde) then as Research Officer (Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project) before returning to Ulster as a Lecturer in 1999; being promoted to Senior Lecturer and subsequently Professor of Public Health Nutrition. A Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), she was the first Fellow of the Association of Nutrition (FAfN) on the island of Ireland. An active member of the Nutrition Society, she recently Chaired the Scientific Committee for the Federation of Nutritional Sciences (FENS) 13th European Nutrition Conference (www.fens2019.org). She is a passionate advocate for the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP), having participated in the ENLP seminar in 1997 and being involved with this international leadership programme ever since, and is the current Chair/President of the ENLP Board (www.enlp.eu.com). She is also a member of Northern Ireland Chest Heart Stroke Scientific Research Committee, the Scientific Advisory Panel on Sweeteners supported by the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Nutrition Bulletin.

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Research Output 1993 2019

Sweetening Agents
Food and Beverages
Nutritive Sweeteners
3 Citations (Scopus)

Hyperglycemia and metformin use are associated with B-vitamin deficiency and cognitive dysfunction in older adults

Porter, K., Ward, M., Hughes, C., O'Kane, M., Hoey, L., McCann, A., Molloy, A. M., Cunningham, C., Casey, M., Tracey, F., Strain, S., McCarroll, K., Laird, E., Gallagher, A. M. & McNulty, H., 1 Oct 2019, In : The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 104, 10, p. 4837-4847 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vitamin B Deficiency
Vitamin B Complex

Nutrition Education and Community Pharmacy: A First Exploration of Current Attitudes and Practices in Northern Ireland

Douglas, P., McCarthy, H., McCotter, L., Gallen, S., McClean, S., Gallagher, A. M. & Ray, S., 5 Mar 2019, In : Pharmacy. 7, 1, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Ireland
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Open Access
Physical Education and Training
Focus Groups
Northern Ireland
2 Citations (Scopus)

A Qualitative Investigation of Physical Activity Compensation Among Older Adults

Gray, P., Murphy, M., Gallagher, A. & Simpson, E. EA., 28 Feb 2018, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 23, 1, p. 208-224

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Physiological Phenomena