Medicine and Health

Weaning Infants to Solid Foods among Disadvantaged Parents in Ireland

Weaning Infants to Solid Foods among Disadvantaged Parents on the Island of Ireland: Emerging Influences on Practices

The seminar will be presented by Eleni Spyreli, Louise Tully, and Virginia Allen-Walker. Eleni Spyreli completed her undergraduate course in the department of Dietetics and Nutritional Science of Harokopio University Athens, Greece and later an MSc in Nutrition awarded by King’s College London, UK. Following her studies she got involved in research: she worked as a Research Assistant in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in Greece (H-NHANES) and then as Research Dietitian in an RCT investigating the effect of Mediterranean diet in the risk of preeclampsia (ESTEEM trial). Eleni is now a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast looking at parental attitudes and practices in relation to introduction of solid foods in infancy. Louise Tully is a Research Assistant at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at National University of Ireland, Galway. She works on the research study ‘Weaning Practices on the Island of Ireland: A Qualitative Approach’, a Safefood funded, cross-border study with Northern Ireland, under the supervision of Dr Colette Kelly. She is a registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr), with an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow. Dr Allen-Walker is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast, and works on the Safefood funded study ‘Weaning Practices on the Island of Ireland: A Qualitative Approach’, under the supervision of Professor Jayne Woodside. She was recently awarded her PhD from Queen’s University, which explored the issue of weight management before, during and after pregnancy. She has a BSc in Psychology (Cardiff University) and an MSc in Health Psychology (Cardiff Metropolitan University), and has worked within smoking cessation services at Public Health Wales, and as a Research Assistant at Queen’s University on a Safefood funded study investigating folate status in pregnant women.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 1:15-2pm
Location: Room 405, 4th Floor, Western Gateway Building
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Fiona Riordan
021 4205532

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