Dr. Áine Hennessy

Dr. Aine Hennessy
Postdoctoral Researcher, DMAT.

Dr. Áine Hennessy is a graduate of University College Cork, earning a BSc(Hons) in Nutritional Sciences in 2010 and completing her PhD (Nutritional Sciences) in 2013 under the supervision of Professor Albert Flynn, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC.

Her thesis investigated the nutritional impact of fortified foods on the diets of young children and adults in Ireland using data from multiple national dietary surveys.

In 2014 Áine joined the Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research as a post-doctoral researcher working on the DMAT Study (Determination of the dietary requirement for vitamin D during pregnancy), where she refined and validated a dietary assessment method to assess habitual vitamin D and calcium intake. Áine’s other research interests include examination of the nutritional quality of the diets of young children, and the role of nutrition during pregnancy on health outcomes.

Career Profile:

  • 2014-present Post-doctoral Researcher, Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, University College Cork
  • 2010-2013 Research Assistant, Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork
  • 2010-2013 Ph.D, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork
  • 2006-2010 B.Sc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork

Professional Activities/Achievements:

  • Áine is a member of the Nutrition Society and regularly attends national and international nutrition conferences. In 2012 Áine won the Nutrition Society Postgraduate Review Competition and published her invited review in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.
  • Áine is a reviewer for a number of international nutrition journals.

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