Alison Gallagher

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


Alison Gallagher

Professor Alison Gallagher is currently Head of Doctoral College (Coleraine/Magee). After completing her BSc Hons Human Nutrition and PhD at Ulster, Alison 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 in 2014.

As a research-active member of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) within the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute 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). As a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and Fellow of the Association of Nutrition (FAfN), she is an active member of the UK/Ireland Nutrition Society and was Honorary Programmes Secretary for UK Nutrition Society from 2010-2017 and is co-editor of the Nutrition Society text book Introduction to Human Nutrition (3rd edition).

Alison co-Chaired the Scientific Committee for the Federation of Nutritional Sciences (FENS) European Nutrition Conference held in Dublin, 2019. 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 also Chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the Nutrition Bulletin and is a member of the Scientific Research Committee of NI Chest Heart and Stroke, the Scientific Advisory Panel on Sweeteners supported by the ISA, and was previously a Faculty-elected member of University Senate.