• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Mary Ward is a registered Dietitian having graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her PhD at Ulster University in Nutritional Biochemistry where she is currently a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics.Her research at the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) is focused on B-vitamins involved in 1-C metabolism in relation to health ( specifically CVD, cognitive health, bone health, coeliac disease and pregnancy). She has vast experience of conducting highly controlled nutrition intervention studies in different population and clinical groups.A particular interest of Mary's is the interaction between B-vitamins and a common polymorphism in the folate metabolising enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) which has led to the novel discovery (Patent EP2139488) that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) appears to be an important modulator of BP in individuals with a genetic pre-disposition for hypertension.To date Mary has published more than 80 scientific papers in top-ranked journals across several disciplines. She has attracted significant external funding (over £4M) from government agencies in the UK and Ireland, the EU, Charities and Industry.Mary is currently Deputy Director of the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility at the City Hospital Belfast and was Chair of the Nutrition Society (Irish Section) from 2009-13. Mary has over 20 years of teaching experiene at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is the Course Director for the BSc Hons Dietetics at Ulster.

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Critical review of nutrition, blood pressure and risk of hypertension through the lifecycle: do B vitamins play a role?

Psara, E., Pentieva, K., Ward, M. & McNulty, H., 30 Jun 2020, In : Biochimie. 173, p. 76-90 15 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Impact of the common MTHFR 677C→T polymorphism on blood pressure in adulthood and role of riboflavin in modifying the genetic risk of hypertension: evidence from the JINGO project

    Ward, M., Hughes, C., Strain, S., Reilly, R., Cunningham, C., Molloy, A., Horigan, G., Casey, M., McCarroll, K., O'Kane, M., Gibney, M., Flynn, A., Walton, J., McNulty, B., McCann, A., Kirwan, L., Scott, J. & McNulty, H., 10 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : BMC Medicine. 26 p.

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  • Impact of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism on one-carbon metabolites: Evidence from a randomised trial of riboflavin supplementation

    Rooney, M., Bottiglieri, T., Wasek-Patterson, B., McMahon, A., Hughes, C. F., McCann, A., Horigan, G., Strain, J. J., McNulty, H. & Ward, M., 30 Jun 2020, In : Biochimie. 173, p. 91-99 9 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Influence of Nutrients involved in One-Carbon Metabolism on DNA Methylation in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Amenyah, S., Hughes, C., Ward, M., Roxborough, S., Deane, J., Thursby, S-J., Walsh, CP., Kok, D., Strain, S., McNulty, H. & Lees Murdock, D., 31 Aug 2020, In : Nutrition Reviews. 78, 8, p. 647-666 20 p., nuz094.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    British Dietetic Association Roll of Honour

    Ward, Mary (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Honorary award