My main research interests are in the area of diet, ageing, immune function/inflammation and vascular function. It involves human trials, often large-scale, combined with mechanistic analysis of blood cell function and markers of health and disease. Examples include studies investigating the impact of consumption of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy on the development of infant immunity, studies examining the effects of dietary fat on novel markers of vascular function, and studies investigating the effects of probiotics on the immune response to influenza vaccination.
By the time I had Aden I was already fairly well-established and held the position of Reader. I was able to return from an eight month maternity leave at 0.8FTE, and I increased this to 0.9FTE once Aden started school. I have always had primary responsibility for childcare as Philip travels very frequently. I maintained my 0.9FTE contract when I was appointed Head of School and, although challenging, a house move to be closer to work and a very supportive work environment have been critical in terms of work-life balance.