• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 632 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
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Personal profile


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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Seychelles Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Development Medicine & Life Sciences
Mothers Medicine & Life Sciences
Unsaturated Fatty Acids Medicine & Life Sciences
Fishes Medicine & Life Sciences
Pregnancy Medicine & Life Sciences
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Medicine & Life Sciences
Mercury Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2020

  • 632 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 41 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Web publication/site

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., 23 Jan 2020, In : Neurotoxicology. 77, p. 137-144 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Development
Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Otoacoustic emissions

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

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor D
Child Development

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., 7 Jan 2020, In : Environmental Research. 183, 8 p., 109072.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
child development
Child Development
Unsaturated Fatty Acids

Minerals and Trace Elements

Strain, S., Yeates, A. J. & Cashman, K., 16 Jan 2020, Introduction to Human Nutrition Third Edition. Lanham-New, S., Hill, T., Gallagher, A. & Vorster, H. (eds.). 3rd ed. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, p. 280-338 (The Nutrition Society Textbook Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Associations of blood mercury and fatty acid concentrations with blood mitochondrial DNA copy number in the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study

Xu, Y., Wahlberg, K., Love, T. M., Watson, G. E., Yeates, A. J., Mulhern, M. S., Mc Sorley, E. M., Strain, JJ., Davidson, P. W., Shamlaye, C. F., Rand, M. D., Myers, G. J., van Wijngaarden, E. & Broberg, K., 1 Mar 2019, In : Environment International. 124, p. 278-283 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
child development
mitochondrial DNA
fatty acid


Enhancing Academic Practice in the Disciplines

Alison Yeates (Recipient), 31 May 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA)

Alison Yeates (Recipient), 31 May 2015


Supporting Learning

Alison Yeates (Recipient), 31 May 2014

Prize: Other distinction

Supporting Learning with Technology

Alison Yeates (Recipient), 31 May 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2017 2018

  • 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


Factors influencing the biological status of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA): : The role of diet and fatty acid desaturase (FADS) genes

Author: Conway, M., Jun 2019

Supervisor: McSorley, E. M. (Supervisor), Mulhern, M. S. (Supervisor), Yeates, A. J. (Supervisor) & Strain, S. J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis