About Laura

I believe it's vital to communicate clear, scientifically-sound information and so make it accessible to as wide a range of audiences as possible. My particular strength lies in reviewing scientific evidence and translating the findings into clear messages. I've had extensive experience working in nutrition communications and, in particular, with Scottish Food and Drink companies on new product development and consumer messages. Through working closely with industry, charities and policy makers I've gained considerable research experience and expertise in many areas of nutrition. These include: diet around pregnancy and infant feeding, healthy ageing, red meat and food innovation.

I've reviewed the content of TV programs and have been interviewed on TV and radio on various nutrition and food topics.  I appeared several times on BBC2’s ‘The Food Detectives’.

 

More recently, I was Senior Research Fellow for three years in the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, Edinburgh. There I led a range of research projects to help companies reformulate or develop new healthier products. I also provided guidance on appropriate consumer messages and food label information.  I love exploring food innovation and in particular, how it can benefit the population’s diet and health. 

I obtained a BSc degree in Health Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, where I also achieved a distinction in my MSc Public Health Research and completed my PhD in 2006. I was subsequently awarded a place on the prestigious Scottish Crucible.

My interest in health policy led me to an Internship at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen and to work in global health and health policy and management at Trinity College, Dublin.  Following this, I was Senior Researcher at the Women’s Health Council in Ireland where I led evidence-based reviews on various women’s health issues.  The information booklet on ‘Managing Menopause’ that I helped prepare was awarded the Crystal Clear Health Literacy Award.

I'm passionate about communicating the role of food and nutrients towards positive health and well-being. I'm proud to be a member of the Guild of Food Writers.   Having grown up on a farm, I'm keen to help consumers become more connected with the food they eat. My independent nutrition consultancy offers a wide range of services to support individuals, businesses and media. 

Voluntary work

  • Association for Nutrition (AfN) Scottish Representative

  • Co-Founder and Moderator of the #AfNutrChat

  • Scottish Food and Drink Federation; Food and Drink Skills Ambassador

  • STEM Ambassador

  • Business in the Community Scotland's Food for Thought Programme volunteer

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