led by Professor Julian Hamilton Shield

Our aim is to identify practical nutrition and physical activity related interventions that improve long-term health for people with chronic disorders of childhood.

Some specific studies include:

  • Developing a group of participants (cohort) to study the impact of early infections and feeding patterns on immune responses of children with Down’s syndrome (FADES study).
  • The dietary management of Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes in adolescence and early adult life.
  • Diet and exercise intervention to improve blood lipid and lipid fractions (fatty substances in the blood) in young people with familial hypercholesterolaemia.
  • Improving the care of children with urea cycle defects through breath testing to measure their ammonia levels.
  • Investigating the accuracy and tolerability of near-patient devices to improve the care of children with diabetes.
  • Altering eating behaviours and choices to improve weight loss in young people with obesity.
  • Other areas of interest and research include type 1 and 2 diabetes in young people, the food environment in hospitals and studying the role of genetic factors in determining childhood obesity across families and in populations.