Researchers at UCD


Aileen McGloin

Post Doctoral Fellow

School Of Public Hlth, Physio & Pop Sc

Tel: +353 1 7163438


Aileen McGloin graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster in Coleraine in 1995. She received a Vice Chancellor¿s Award for a PhD position within the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health at the University of Ulster in Coleraine and completed her PhD thesis on obesity in children in 1999.

In 1998, she took up a position as the Nutritionist with the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland. She returned to Dublin in 2000 and worked with eDiets, the online weight loss company, developing and managing all nutritional aspects of the online weight loss resource. In 2001, Dr. McGloin began a part-time lectureship in Nutrition in Trinity College and set up her own nutrition consultancy business simultaneously, also on a part-time basis. In 2005 her role in Trinity changed to include work as a network coordinator for NuGo, the European Nutrigenomics website and work as a health promotion officer for Trinity College¿s Health Service. In 2006, Dr. Aileen McGloin took up her position in UCD as a researcher in the School of Public Health and Population Science.     


Honours and Awards

Year: 1998.
Title: Vice Chancellor¿s Award for post-graduate study
Year: 2004.
Title: Winner PRCA award for consumer project under ¿20,000


Association: Completed European Nutrition Leadership Programme, Function/Role:
Association: PRII, Function/Role:

Conference Contributions

McGloin, A.F., Livingstone, MBE, Greene, L.C, Webb, SE, Gibson, JMA, Jebb, SA, Cole, J., Coward, W.A., Wright, A and Prentice; Energy expenditure and its components in relation to body fatness and risk of obesity in primary school children. [Other], Nutritional Society, * .


Committee : ENLPAA committee
Committee : Nutrition Society



Other Activities

1993 - 1994 University of Vermont/University of Alabama U.S.A.
Research assistant, obesity in children
1995 Medical Research Council The Gambia
Research assistant, vitamin B1 requirements and Beri-beri
1998 - 2000 Dairy Council for Northern Ireland Belfast
2000 - 2001 eDiets, online weight loss company Dublin
Nutrition Manager
2001 - 2006 Wilson Hartnell Public Relations Dublin
Nutrition consultant, part-time
2000 - 2005 Trinity College Dublin Dublin
Part-time lecturer in Human Nutrition

2004 - 2005 Trinity College Dublin
Part- time network coordinator for NuGO, The European Nutrigenomics Organisation

2005-2006 Part-time Health Promotion Officer, TCD (1 day per week)

2006 - Post-doctoral researcher, UCD, School of Public Health

1. Public health nutrition research experience including one year as a research assistant in the U.S., Ph.D research project, undergraduate thesis supervision.
2. Extensive teaching experience through my lectureship at TCD
3. Short period working on an energy metabolism study in a low income country (the Gambia, West Africa)
4. Scientific and lay writing experience through research and public relations activities including i) developing educational materials for a wide range of audiences ii) writing press releases and articles, editing newsletters iii) managing web-site materials and iv) writing or contributing to scientific papers, v) report writing.
5. Specialisation in communications since 1998
6. International network experience from working with NuGO and the European Nutrition Leadership Programme, including liaison and workshop organisation with the African Nutrition Leadership Programme.
7. Planning and implementing nutrition and public relations programmes

8. Project management



Book Chapters

Goran, M.I., Figueroa, R, McGloin, A., Nguyen, V., Treuth, M.S., Nagy, T.R.; (1995) 'Obesity in children - recent advances in energy metabolism and body composition' In: Obesity research. *: *. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Rennie KL, Livingstone MB, Wells JC, McGloin A, Coward WA, Prentice AM, Jebb SA.; (2005) 'Association of physical activity with body-composition indexes in children aged 6-8 y at varied risk of obesity'. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 82 (1):13-20. [Details]
McGloin AF, Livingstone MB, Greene LC, Webb SE, Gibson JM, Jebb SA, Cole TJ, Coward WA, Wright A, Prentice AM; (2002) 'Energy and fat intake in obese and lean children at varying risk of obesity'. International Journal of Obese Related Metabolic Disorders, 26 (2):200-207. [Details]
Goran, M.I., Carpenter, W.H., McGloin, A.F, Johnson, R., Hardin, J.M., Weinsier, R.L.; (1995) 'Energy expenditure in children of lean and obese parents'. American Journal of Physiology- Endochrinology and Metabolism, 31 (5):E917-E914. [Details]


Research Interests

Research Interests:  My main area of work is on food risk perception and communication. I am a co-manager of a research project funded by The Dept of Agriculture under FIRM. More details can be found at This research aims to enhance understanding of the mismatch between attitudes and perceptions of food safety and nutrition and food behaviour.  

My work at the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre involves several projects commissioned by the HSE. These include a feasibility study on the measurement of children in schools, an assessment of achievement of the recommendations of the National Obesity Task Force and the implementation of the WHO childhood obesity surveillance project.

Bsc. Human Nutrition and Ph.D Human Nutrition (Obesity)
Five years teaching experience (TCD)
Undergraduate research supervision
Assistant co-ordinator on NuGO 
Eight years experience as a nutrition communications consultant, including 5 years in a public relations environment