Professor Helene McNulty

Professor of Nutritional Science

School/Department
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Campus
Coleraine campus
Telephone
+44 28 7012 4583
Email
h.mcnulty@ulster.ac.uk
Location
Room W2097
Cromore Road
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Helene McNulty graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition and from Ulster University with a PhD in Nutrition where she is currently Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) and Professor of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Her research at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) is focused on Folate and B vitamins. The purpose of Helene’s research is to provide a greater understanding of B vitamin-related health issues, to achieve tangible impact to facilitate related food and health policy aimed at disease prevention, and to drive innovation activities.

A recent priority for Helene’s research team involves a novel gene-nutrient interaction within one-carbon metabolism (i.e. MTHFR genotype-riboflavin) and its role in blood pressure.

To date Helene has published >120 journal articles and 10 book chapters; publications which reflect internationally recognised research, in journals including (but extending beyond) her discipline of nutrition. Helene has also generated grant income for nutrition research at Ulster University amounting to over £13 (€15) million from 70 grant awards.

Helene is currently a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee, 13th FENS European Nutrition Conference, Dublin [October 2019] and Member of the European Advisory Board for Nestlé Nutrition Institute: Infant & Toddler Nutrition

Research Interests

  • B-vitamins
  • Folate

Teaching Interests

  • Diet Therapy
  • Nutritional Biochemistry

Administrative Roles

  • Course Director, MSc in Human Nutrition / MSc Dietetics

Women's compliance with current folic acid recommendations and achievement of optimal vitamin status for preventing neural tube defects. / McNulty, B; Pentieva, K; Marshall, B; Ward, Mary; Molloy, AM; Scott, JM; McNulty, H.

In: Human Reproduction, Vol. 26, No. 6, 2011, p. 1530-1536.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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The effect of B-vitamins on hyperhomocysteinemia in patients on antiepileptic drugs. / Apeland, Terje; Mansoor, Mohammad A; Pentieva, K; McNulty, H.; Seljeflot, Ingebjørg; Strandjord, Roald E.

In: Epilepsy Research, Vol. 51, No. 3, 2002, p. 237-247.

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Dairy intakes in older Irish adults and effects on vitamin micronutrient status: Data from the TUDA study. / Laird, E.; Casey, M. C.; Ward, Mary; Hoey, L.; Hughes, Catherine; Mccarroll, K.; Cunningham, C.; Strain, JJ; McNulty, Helene; Molloy, A. M.

In: The journal of nutrition, health & aging, Vol. na, 18.11.2016.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Gene-specific DNA methylation in newborns in response to folic acid supplementation during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy: epigenetic analysis from a randomized controlled trial. / Caffrey, Aoife; Pentieva, Kristina; Irwin, Rachelle E; McNulty, Helene; Walsh, Colum; Strain, JJ; Lees Murdock, Diane; Ward, Mary; McNulty, Briege.

In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 107, No. 4, 08.12.2017, p. 566-575.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Studies of biomarker responses to intervention with vitamin B-12: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. / Hoey, Leane; Strain, JJ; McNulty, Helene.

In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 89, No. 6, 06.2009, p. 1981S-1996S.

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Consumption of wheat aleurone-rich foods increases fasting plasma betaine and modestly decreases fasting homocysteine and LDL-cholesterol in adults. / Price, Ruth K.; Keaveney, Edel M; Hamill, Lesley L; Wallace, Julie; Ward, Mary; Ueland, Per M; McNulty, Helene; Strain, JJ; Parker, MJ; Welch, RW.

In: Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 140, 27.10.2010, p. 2153-2157.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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An insertion/deletion polymorphism of the dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) gene is associated with serum and red blood cell folate concentrations in women. / Stanisławska-Sachadyn, Anna; Brown, Karen S.; Mitchell, Laura E.; Woodside, Jayne V.; Young, Ian S.; Scott, John M.; Murray, Liam; Boreham, Colin A.; McNulty, H.; Strain, JJ; Whitehead, Alexander S.

In: Human Genetics, Vol. 123, No. 3, 2008, p. 289.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Nature or nurture; BMI and blood pressure at 90. Findings from the Belfast Elderly Longitudinal Free-living Ageing Study (Belfast). / Rea, I. Maeve; Myint, Phyo K.; Mueller, Heiko; Murphy, Anne; Archbold, G. Pooler R.; McNulty, H.; Patterson, Chris C.

In: AGE, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2009, p. 261.

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Riboflavin offers a targeted strategy for managing hypertension in patients with the MTHFR 677TT genotype: a 4-y follow-up. / Wilson, CP; Ward, M; McNulty, H; STRAIN, JJ; Trouton, TG; Horigan, G; Purvis, J; Scott, JM.

In: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 95, No. 3, 2012, p. 766.

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Choline supplementation and measures of choline and betaine status: a randomised, controlled trial in postmenopausal women. / Wallace, JMW; McCormack, JM; McNulty, H; Walsh, PM; Robson, PJ; Bonham, MP; Duffy, ME; Ward, M; Molloy, AM; Scott, JM; Ueland, PM; Strain, JJ.

In: British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 108, No. 7, 2012, p. 1.

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