Dr Claire McEvoy
Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Ageing Research
Place of work / study:
Queen’s University Belfast
Area of Research:
Diet / Lifestyle behaviours and dementia
How is your work funded?
Current projects are funded by UKRI [BBSRC-MRC], European INTERREG VA programme and NIHR.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a Dietitian and Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and Senior Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute. I investigate the role of nutrition (particularly plant-based diets) and other lifestyle behaviours in age-related disease, with a special interest in cognitive decline. My research involves epidemiologic investigation of diet and dementia risk across the life-course, and the design and evaluation of interventions targeting behaviour change to improve cognitive health and well-being.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m a chocoholic!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
While we have learned a lot about risk and protective factors for the ageing brain, I find it exciting that there is much to discover about how we can modify behaviours for delaying or preventing dementia in later life.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Two things – do what excites you and get a great mentor
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
‘Educated’ by Tara Westover – yes