• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Alison Yeates is a Research Fellow in Nutritional Biochemistry within the School of Biomedical Sciences. She graduated with BSc Hons Human Nutrition with Diploma in Industrial Studies and received both a Masters in Research and PhD, in the area of human nutrition, from Ulster University.

Within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Alison leads all research activities of the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS); an international consortium studying the impact of toxicants and nutrients from fish consumption during pregnancy on child development. The SCDS is a partnership with the University of Rochester, USA, the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Seychelles and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. This research program has, to date, attracted significant external funding (over £1.5 million) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), European 6th Framework Programme and Swedish Research Council.

Alison has vast experience in the biochemical analysis of nutritional biomarkers, dietary analysis and in conducting nutrition intervention studies. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and contributes to teaching and learning activities within the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Research Interests

Nutrition during pregnancy

Risks and benefits of fish consumption for child development

Nutritional contribution of red meat and cow’s milk to human health

Specific interests in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids,  iodine and selenium for human health

Nutritional modulation of the immune system.


External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading

12 Oct 201731 Oct 2020

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Research Output

Association of Audiometric Measures with plasma long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in a high-fish eating population: The Seychelles Child Development Study

Orlando, M., Dziorny, A., Love, T., Harrington, D., Shamlaye, C., Watson, G., van Wijngaarden, E., Zareba, G., Davidson, P., Mulhern, M. S., McSorley, E. M., Yeates, A. J., Strain, S. & Myers, G., 31 Mar 2020, In : Neurotoxicology. 77, p. 137-144 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Associations between maternal inflammation during pregnancy and infant birth outcomes in the Seychelles Child Development Study: Maternal inflammation and birth outcomes

    Yeates, A. J., McSorley, E. M., Mulhern, M. S., Spence, T., Crowe, W., Grzesik, K., Thurston, S., Watson, G., Myers, G., Davidson, P., Shamlaye, C., Edwin, V. W. & Strain, S., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 137, 6 p., 102623.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Maternal long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid status, methyl mercury exposure and birth outcomes in a high fish-eating mother-child cohort

    Yeates, A. J., Zavez, A., Thurston, S. W., McSorley, E. M., Mulhern, M. S., Alhamdow, A., Engstrom, K., Wahlberg, K., Strain, S., Watson, G. E., Myers, G. J., Davidson, P. W., Shamlaye, C. F., Broberg, K. & van Wijngaarden, E., 20 May 2020, In : Journal of Nutrition.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Methylmercury and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with immune dysregulation in young adults from the Seychelles child development study.

    McSorley, E. M., van Wijngaarden, E., Yeates, A. J., Spence, T., Mulhern, M. S., Harrington, D., Thurston, S., Love, T., Jusko, T., Allsopp, P. J., Conway, M., Davidson, P., Myers, G., Watson, G., Shamlaye, C. & Strain, S., 1 Apr 2020, In : Environmental Research. 183, 8 p., 109072.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Enhancing Academic Practice in the Disciplines

    Yeates, Alison (Recipient), 31 May 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

    Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA)

    Yeates, Alison (Recipient), 31 May 2015


    Supporting Learning

    Yeates, Alison (Recipient), 31 May 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

    Supporting Learning with Technology

    Yeates, Alison (Recipient), 31 May 2016

    Prize: Other distinction


    • 2 Invited talk

    An update on iodine in the UK diet: The role of milk

    Alison Yeates (Speaker)

    28 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Maternal methylmercury exposure and the immune response in pregnancy

    Alison Yeates (Speaker)

    17 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk