Professor Hilary J Powers

Head of the Human Nutrition Unit
Year Fellowship awarded: 
University of Sheffield

Hilary's research is concerned with the mechanisms for involvement of B vitamins in the pathophysiology of disease, including cancer, and in the development of functional biomarkers of micronutrient status. Her team is currently examining the role of dietary methyl donors as modulators of epigenetic change and gene expression, in cancers of the cervix and the breast.

She is a Member of the Expert Panel for WCRF/AICR Report into links between diet, physical activity and cancer and subsequent Policy Report, and a member of the Department of Health Project Board for the National Diet and Nutrition Surveys of the UK population. She sits on the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and is Chair of the DoH working group reviewing the vitamin D requirements of the UK population.