• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 1684 Citations
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19972019
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Biography

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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Vitamin B Complex Medicine & Life Sciences
Folic Acid Medicine & Life Sciences
Homocysteine Medicine & Life Sciences
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Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2) Medicine & Life Sciences
Vitamin B 12 Medicine & Life Sciences
Vitamin B 6 Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomarkers Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1997 2019

Vitamin B Complex
Folic Acid
Health
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
File
Residential Facilities
British Columbia
Riboflavin
Vitamin B 12
Glutathione Reductase

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, 20, 5, p. 551-557

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vitamin B Complex
Agriculture
Cohort Studies
Depression
Vitamin B 6

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., 28 Mar 2019, In : The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Vitamin B Deficiency
Vitamin B Complex
Metformin
Hyperglycemia
Biomarkers
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2)
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Pressure
Serum
Genotype

Prizes

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, ...