Session E

Innovation, functionality, nutrition and health

Dairy consumption and metabolic health: a focus on cheese.

Assoc. Prof. Eileen Gibney (PhD), University College Dublin, School of Agriculture and Food Science, Ireland
Associate Prof Eileen Gibney (BSc, PhD, MSc) Graduating with a degree in human nutrition from Ulster University, she obtained her PhD from the Dunn Nutrition Unit, University of Cambridge. She went on to complete an MSc in Molecular Medicine (TCD). Eileen held post-doctoral positions at the University of Newcastle and Trinity College Dublin, before joining UCD. She is a Deputy Director of the UCD Institute of Food and Health and a member of the academic staff for the BSc Human Nutrition. Eileen was a Director of the Irish Association for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) from 2010 to 2019. She is currently a Trustee of the Nutrition Society of UK and Ireland. Her research interests lie in the area of personalised nutrition, where she investigates response, including inter-individual variation in response, to nutrition interventions, and develops strategies and innovative technologies for personalised dietary and lifestyle feedback. Eileen has been a lead PI on many projects including; food4me, Food for Health Ireland, Insight and FNS-Cloud. She is a lead PI in Food for Health Ireland, and leads the Work package entitled Cheese with Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health Benefits. Her work in this area has focused on human studies, examining the impact of cheese consumption on markers of metabolic health.