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Ana-Paula Agrela, MSc, BSc (Hons)

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Ana is a Nutrition Consultant, and Health Coach who graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Nutritional Science from Middlesex University and holds a Health Coaching certificate from Zest for Life. She completed her Master’s degree in Holistic Health and Nutritional Education through Hawthorn University in the United States. Ana has over 20 years’ experience in researching and developing health supplements for the nutraceutical industry. She also offers group education programs and private consultations to help clients make healthier food choices and lifestyle habits.

Kirsty Baxter, MSc, DipION, mBANT

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Kirsty is a BANT and Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, who has been in practice since 2016, having completed research for a Master of Science in Nutrition (Advanced Research and Practice) at the London South Bank University to support a nutritional therapy approach harnessing psychological aspects of obesity weight loss. Kirsty is currently in the process of publishing her research. She works collaboratively with a wide range of GPs and doctors, frequently giving presentations on metabolism to support awareness around the nutritional intervention for metabolic conditions.

Sarah Beecroft, MSc, PGDip, RNutr, mBANT, CNHC, RNT, RVN

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Sarah is an MSc Registered Nutritional Therapist. Following a ten-year career in internal medicine nursing in the veterinary industry, Sarah decided to make the switch to human health care and retrained as an RNT. Her special interest lies in the gut-brain-axis and how the gastrointestinal microbiome may affect mental health. Her nutrition clinic in North Yorkshire, Food Body Mind, offers support to those experiencing mental health issues through nutrition. Sarah is also a lecturer and Module Leader at the Northern College of Acupuncture on the MSc Nutrition Science & Practice programme and BSc Personalised Nutrition.

Dr Yassine Bendiabdallah, MPharm, PhD, IP, ABAAHP

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Dr Yassine Bendiabdallah is a Functional Medicine Specialist and an expert in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. His previous academic degree as an anticancer research scientist at Cancer Research UK at University College London, has earned him various distinctions and publications in peer-reviewed academic journals. His specialist clinical interests include personalised nutrition, aesthetics, medical treatments, travel vaccinations, health technology and the endocrine system. Yassine co-founded ZEN Healthcare, a health and wellness centre with sites in Knightsbridge, Holborn and Baker Street and is currently the managing director.

Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS

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Dr. Marc Bubbs is a Naturopathic Doctor, the Director of Performance Nutrition for Canada Basketball and consultant performance nutritionist for a portfolio of professional and Olympic athletes. Marc is the author of the highly-acclaimed and best-selling book PEAK – The New Science of Athletic Performance That Is Revolutionizing Sports which highlights the tactics and strategies of elite athletes and performance staff in pro sport for achieving world-class success. Marc also hosts of the Performance Nutrition Podcast, connecting listeners with world-leading experts in human performance, and the short-form podcast PEAK40 which provides tips and strategies for living your best life in midlife. Marc consults with clients around the world and is based out of Toronto, Canada and London, UK.

Marek Doyle, MSc

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Marek is a functional nutritional therapist who has spent the last 16 years building a model of personalized nutrition, based on the data of over 3,000 individual outcomes, 11,000 test results and extensive use of the scientific literature. Based in London, he offers one-to-one consultations for clients as well as training for practitioners. He holds an MSc in Personalised Nutrition.

Carol Granger, DProf BSc (Hons) MSc MRSB CBiol

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Carol is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and microbiologist. She completed research for a professional doctorate at the University of Westminster on the practice of nutritional therapy for people affected by cancer. She is a chartered biologist with a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology and brings to Nutrition Evidence her experience from a health and life sciences career over 30 years, and a personal commitment to evidence-based practice, professional regulation and inter-professional collaboration. Carol is co-chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM), a director of the British Society for Integrative Oncology, and participates in the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration on nutrition and cancer.

Miranda Harris, MSc, FHEA

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Miranda is a CNHC and BANT registered nutritionist with over 10 years clinical experience, specialising in endurance sport as well as lifestyle-related chronic health conditions. She is a senior lecturer (FHEA) focusing on research methods, dissertation supervision and sports nutrition on the Nutritional Therapy MSc course at the University of Worcester. She has recently started publishing in the field of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. She is a keen triathlete and British Cycling level 3 coach.

Vanessa Kimbell, PhD

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Vanessa is the founder of The Sourdough School, situated in rural Northamptonshire, the UK’s only centre for education and research into sourdough and the relationship with gut microbial health and wellness. An award-winning author and regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme, Vanessa is currently studding towards a PhD in Nutrition & Digestibility of Bread.

Kieran MacPhail, MSc, BSc Hons

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Kieran is a CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and HCPC-registered Physiotherapist and exercise specialist who has been working in the rehabilitation field since 2004. He presents on a wide range of topics and has published multiple papers and books on chronic pain. He has been practicing in Marylebone, London since 2010.

Dr Yiannis Mavrommatis, RD, RNutr, SFHEA

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Yiannis is a registered dietitian (HCPC), a registered Nutritionist (AfN) and a senior lecturer at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. At St Mary’s, he is the Programme Director of the MSc Nutrition and Genetics, which he developed in 2016 and he is also the Lead of the research theme “Health of Individuals and Populations”. His expertise is in nutrition genetics and personalised nutrition. He is a Senior Fellow to the Higher Education Academy and he sits on the members’ board of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO).

Jennifer McCarthy, PhD(c), MSc, MA

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I'm a PhD candidate based in the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute in TU Dublin and a freelance Scientific Editor. My research integrates the areas of Environmental Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Food Science, Public Health, Agriculture, Microbiology, Food Safety, Risk Assessment, Mathematical Modelling and Statistics. In addition, I'm a graduate member of The Nutrition Society and an associate member of the International Academy of Nutrition Educators. I hold a MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health from UCD and an MA in Translation Studies from DCU (scientific and technical writing/translation, translation technology, editing, etc.). Moreover, I'm a former third level Mathematics, Statistics and EAP Lecturer.

Alison Pearson, Anutr., MSc., BSc (Hons)

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Alison is a registered Associate of Nutrition (Anutr) with AfN having completed her master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she researched and conducted a study into emotional eating during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology, also from Manchester Metropolitan University. Since qualifying as a nutritionist, she has founded her freelance nutritionist business where she has worked with diabetic patients in the management and hopeful reverse of their condition. Alison brings to Nutrition Evidence experience in food and health sectors, with special interest towards metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, gut microbiota, food challenges in autism, and the impact of mental health on eating patterns and behaviours.

Daniel Quinones, MSc

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Daniel Quinones is a BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapist. He obtained his nutritional therapy diploma from the College of Naturopathic Medicine and MSc in Personalised Nutrition from CNELM, Middlesex University. Daniel contributes to Nutrition Evidence through his clinical experience working with weight loss clients and research into the drivers of obesity.

Mary Uyoga, PhD

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Mary Uyoga is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at the north-West University in South Africa. She holds a Masters in Epidemiology (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya) and Doctorate in Human Nutrition (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland). Mary’s research focusses on iron nutrition in African settings where she has previously conducted several clinical trials to improve iron uptake in iron deficient infants through fortified complementary foods. She is currently expanding her research interests into women of reproductive age where she’s investigating omega-3 fatty acids as an approach to improve iron absorption and status in obese South African women.

Manja M. Zec, PhD

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Manja is a post-doc scientist at the University of Arizona, who received her graduate and PhD degree from the University of Belgrade. During the last decade, she pursued nutrition research focused on lipid metabolism, by use of in vitro, via animal, to RCT and epidemiological studies. She is passionate about precision nutrition relying on nutrigenetics and microbiota in diverse populations. So far, she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications, original articles and book chapters.