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    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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Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2) Medicine & Life Sciences
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Research Output 1997 2020

DNA Methylation
Folic Acid
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Vitamin B Complex
Folic Acid
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2)
Neural Tube Defects

Adequate vitamin B12 and riboflavin status from menus alone in residential care facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia

Whitfield, K. C., da Silva, L., Feldman, F., Singh, S., McCann, A., McAnena, L. B., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Barr, S. & Green, T., 1 Apr 2019, In : Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 44, 4, p. 414-419 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Residential Facilities
British Columbia
Vitamin B 12
Glutathione Reductase
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Open Access
Vitamin B Complex
Cohort Studies
Vitamin B 6
Open Access
Third Pregnancy Trimester
Second Pregnancy Trimester
First Pregnancy Trimester
Folic Acid
Randomized Controlled Trials


British Dietetic Association Roll of Honour

Mary Ward (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Honorary award

Activities 2010 2018

HEE/NIHR ICA Programme Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme Review Panel (External organisation)

Mary Ward (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Ribogene Participant Update PPI events Belfast-Coleraine-Derry: a series of 3 participant feedback events delivered across N.Ireland

Mary Ward (Organiser)
Jan 2018 → …

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

Elsie Widdowsen Lecture Series - Riboflavin and blood pressure: it's a personal matter

Mary Ward (Speaker)
4 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


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