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

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)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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