Dr J Bernadette Moore
Dr. J. Bernadette Moore is Associate Professor of Obesity in the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida, Dr Moore earned the prestigious Christine Mirzayan Science Policy fellowship to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Her interest in childhood obesity was fostered during this fellowship where she contributed to the landmark Institute of Medicine report ‘Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance’. Subsequently she completed an intramural post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), prior to earning a Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Fellowship that permitted her to return to her home country, Ireland, in 2005. Prior to her appointment at the University of Leeds, Dr. Moore was previously Senior Lecturer in Molecular Nutrition at the University of Surrey for eight years. Her research to date has largely focused on understanding the molecular basis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is now the most common cause of liver disease affecting an estimated 30% of adults and 10% of children worldwide, linked closely to obesity. The long-term vision of her work is clinical and public health translation, addressing unmet needs for discovery of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers (stratified medicine) and development of novel therapeutics. The prevention of maternal and childhood obesity is her public health passion.