Research Assistant – Dietary Assessment
Innovation in the Measurement of Diet, Physical Activity and Nutrition, NIHR Cambridge BRC Dietary Assessment Platform
Current work and interests
Kirsty joined the unit in October 2018 as a Research Assistant – Dietary Assessment with the NIHR Cambridge BRC Measurement Platform. She is currently assisting in the development of a new automated tool (Intake24) for capturing dietary intake to assess the diet of the UK population using a standardised approach for the reviewing and rationalisation of the food codes in the food composition database, adapting Intake 24 to appropriately represent the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). Kirsty also provides support, working in conjunction with Public Health England, to ensure that the food composition database is maintained and kept up to date.
Part of Kirsty’s role also involves working closely with the interviewers, providing feedback on the quality of the four day diet diaries received, to enable us to obtain better quality data, including face to face interviewer briefings.
Background and experience
Prior to joining the Unit Kirsty completed a BSc(Hons) in Nutrition and Human Health in 2009 and shortly after completing her degree started working at MRC-Elsie Widdowson Laboratory. Kirsty firstly started as a dietary Assessment Assistant; working on a few different studies; enabling her to obtain a vast knowledge of dietary coding practices and styles, then she was promoted to the NDNS Research Assistant at the beginning of 2014. She has a passion for food and nutrition and this is reaffirmed by her current role and her previous career as a chef, which has become very useful over the years working on the NDNS and other dietary assessment studies.