• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 144 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20122019
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Personal profile

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 2012 2019

  • 144 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
Open Access
File
Vitamin B Complex
Folic Acid
Health
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2)
Neural Tube Defects

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vitamin B Complex
Agriculture
Cohort Studies
Depression
Vitamin B 6
2 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
File
Vitamin B Deficiency
Vitamin B Complex
Metformin
Hyperglycemia
Biomarkers
3 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
File
20 Citations (Scopus)

Diet, nutrition and the ageing brain: current evidence and new directions

Moore, K., Hughes, C., Ward, M., Hoey, L. & McNulty, H., 31 May 2018, In : PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY. 77, 2, p. 152-163

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
File
Depression
Diet
Vitamin B Complex
Brain
Dementia

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