I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1998 with an MSc in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. In September 1998 I came to Newcastle University to work as a Research Assistant at the Human Nutrition Research Centre and in January 1999 secured a post as a Research Associate. Most of my research to date has focused on methods of assessing dietary intake of children. In 2004 I completed my PhD on the subject of Dietary Assessment in Primary School Children under staff regulations. In 2011 I was appointed Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition.
How much Vitamin D do we actually need and what happens if we don’t achieve this?
- Is fortification with Vitamin D2 or D3 equally effective in raising wintertime serum Vitamin D levels in South Asian and Caucasian women? (the D2:D3 study)
- How much Vitamin D do UK adolescent require to achieve an adequate status? (the ODIN study)
- What is the relationship between Vitamin D status and bone turnover and how does this differ by ethnicity (South Asian and Caucasian) and menopausal status? (further analysis of the D-FINES cohort)
How can we improve the pre-conception health and pregnancy outcomes of women in the UK?
- How prevalent is pregnancy after bariatric surgery (BS) in the UK, how is this managed and what is the impact on maternal and infant outcomes? (PADOS)
- How does bariatric surgery impact on diabetes before and during pregnancy and how should gestational diabetes be screened for and managed in women with prior-BS? (PADOS)
- Can an ‘app’ improve adherence to pre-conception and pregnancy lifestyle guidelines? (the SmarterPregnancy trial)
What is the role of diet in the aetiology and pathophysiology of Paediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?
- Do the diets of children with NAFLD differ from those of weight-matched controls?
- How does diet and dietary change impact on NAFLD progression?
How can we classify and optimise the role of diet in healthy ageing?
- What is the role of diet in the onset and progression of dementia?
- What factors affect malnutrition in the older adult population and how do these differ by care setting (freeliving/care home/hospital) and country (Malaysia/UK)?
Dr Margo Barker completed her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, and began her research career in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Ulster. After a period working as a Public Health Nutritionist with Industry, Margo joined the University of Sheffield and helped establish postgraduate programmes in Human Nutrition. She represents Public Health Nutrition interests on the Council of the UK Nutrition Society. Dr Barker's research program embraces the broad area of Public Health Nutrition. Current studies with the Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism at the University of Sheffield addresses research questions as to the role of vitamin D in obesity, whilst epidemiological work with Professor Hilary Powers of the Human Nutrition Unit focuses on vitamin B nutrition. Other research has investigated the effect of flavonoid-rich drinks on cardiovascular risk, and recent study has examined hydration in schoolchildren. Dr Barker has also carried out a portfolio of study into the psychological, social and policy influences on food choice and dietary adequacy. An on-going study sponsored by the Jamie Oliver Foundation evaluates school-based interventions to improve food literacy, whilst other work focuses on school meals. A Leverhulme funded study, which examined representation of food, nutrition, and slimming advice in women’s magazines, has led to a focus on how nutritional and dietary issues are portrayed in the media.