• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 175 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
20122020

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Biography

Dr Catherine Hughes is currently a lecturer in Public Health Nutrition within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health at Ulster University. She was awarded her PhD in Human Nutrition from Ulster University in 2010 having previously graduated from Liverpool John Moores Unviersity with a degree in Biomedical Science and PGCE in Secondary Teaching (Science). 

 

Dr Hughes’s research is focused on B-vitamins involved in one-carbon metabolism, cognition, mental health and other age-related diseases. She has extensive experience of research study design and conducting highly controlled nutrition studies in different population and clinical groups. Dr Hughes is involved in the coordination of the Trinity Ulster and Department of Agriculture (TUDA) Ageing Cohort Study which is designed to investigate nutritional factors in ageing and is one of the largest and most comprehensively characterised cohorts for ageing research internationally. She is also interested in the interaction between B-vitamins and a common polymorphism in the folate metabolising enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and currently coordinates the RIBOGENE project, a large industry funded project investigating a novel gene-nutrient interaction between B-vitamins and blood pressure. Dr Hughes has also supervised a number of PhDs in the to successful completion.  She has published in the area on B-vitamins in health and disease and has attracted considerable external grant income. 

 

Teaching Interests

Human nutrition across the Lifecycle; Biochemistry; Research Design and Biostatistics; Food Regulatory Affairs; Consumer Behaviour; Health Inequalities.  

 

Administrative Roles

Assistant Research Group Leader Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health

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Research Output

  • 175 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 19 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    B-vitamins in Relation to Depression in Older Adults Over 60 Years of Age: The Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) Cohort Study

    Moore, K., Hughes, C., Hoey, L., Ward, M., Cunningham, C., Molloy, A. M., Strain, S., McCarroll, K., Casey, M., Tracey, F., Laird, E., O'Kane, M. & McNulty, H., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 20, 5, p. 551-557

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    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.

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    Assessing biomarker status of vitamin B12 in the laboratory: no simple solution

    Hughes, C. & McNulty, H., 1 Mar 2018, In : Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. 55, 2, p. 188-189 2 p.

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    Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    A Strategic NICHE Research Collaboration Meeting

    William Snelling (Organiser), Helene Mc Nulty (Participant), James Dooley (Participant), Nigel Ternan (Participant), Leane Hoey (Participant), Catherine Hughes (Participant), Paul Cotter (Participant), Roy Sleator (Participant)
    2 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Thesis

    B-vitamins and the ageing brain: human studies incorporating novel technologies

    Author: Moore, K., May 2018

    Supervisor: Mc Nulty, H. (Supervisor), Hughes, C. (Supervisor), Hoey, L. (Supervisor) & Ward, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis