Professor Alison Gallagher

FENS 2019 Scientific Programme Committee Chair
University of Ulster

Professor Alison Gallagher is currently Head of Doctoral College (Coleraine/Magee) at Ulster University.

With over 75 peer-reviewed publications (h-index of 29 and 3479 total citations), Professor Gallagher contributes to the research conducted within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster. Her research interests resonate within the area of obesity and include development of risk factors for disease, low-energy/non-nutritive sweeteners and their potential impact on health, physical activity and health (including implementation of lifestyle interventions at key stages across the lifecycle). She also has a long-standing research interest in the effects of plants and plant components, particularly relating to glycaemic control and health.

After completing her BSc Hons Human Nutrition and PhD at Ulster, Professor Gallagher worked as Research Fellow (University of Strathclyde) then Research Officer (Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project) before returning to Ulster as Lecturer in 1999; being promoted to Senior Lecturer and subsequently Professor of Public Health Nutrition. A Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), she was the first Fellow of the Association of Nutrition (FAfN) on the island of Ireland. An active member of the Nutrition Society, she is currently Chairs the Scientific Committee for the Federation of Nutritional Sciences (FENS) 13th European Nutrition Conference ( She is a passionate advocate for the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP), having participated in the ENLP seminar in 1997 and being involved with this international leadership programme ever since, and is the current Chair/President of the ENLP Board ( She is also a member of NICHS’s Scientific Research Committee and the ISA Scientific Advisory Panel.