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Rachel Gillings


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Personal profile


  • Research Associate in Nutrition: University of East Anglia (2015-present)
  • Research Assistant in Nutrition: University of East Anglia (2012-2015)
  • Research Assistant: St George’s Medical School, London (2011-2012)
  • Research Nutritionist: TNS-BMRB / School Food Trust, London (2010-2011)
  • Dietary Assessment Assistant: Medical Research Council, Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge (2008-2009)



  • MSc Nutrition and Food Science: University of Reading, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Nutrition: University of Bedfordshire, 2007

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I joined the UEA in 2012 to work within the Department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine. During my time at UEA I have worked on a number of human randomised control trials, with a focus on research within the area of diet and healthy aging, in particular cognition and cardiovascular health.


  • MedEx-UK (Alzheimer’s Research UK funded): A Randomised Controlled Trial investigating the feasibility of a multi-domain intervention to increase Mediterranean Diet (MedDiet) Score and Physical Activity (PA) of older UK adults who are at above average risk of dementia. (2018-2020)
  • CANN (Centre of Nutrition Memory and Learning, CNLM, University of Illinois funded): A Randomised Controlled Trial in ‘At Risk’ Humans investigating the Cognitive Benefits of Combined Flavonoid/Fatty Acid and Underlying Mechanisms of Action: The Cognitive Aging Nutrition and Neurogenesis (CANN) trial. (2015-2017)
  • NU-AGE (EC-funded European project): New dietary strategies addressing the specific needs of the elderly population for healthy ageing in Europe. (2012-2015)



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