Miguel Toribio-Mateas, MSc BSc (Hons) – Editor in Chief
Miguel brings to Nutrition Evidence 20 years of expertise in online research, having worked for some of the world’s top scientific, technical and medical publishers in a variety senior roles, from product development to education and training.
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Miguel’s academic background features postgraduate degrees in Nutritional Medicine (BSc Hons) and Clinical Neuroscience (MSc) as well as previous studies in International Business (MSc) and Systems Complexity (Environmental Decision Making) (PgDip). He is a CNHC-Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from 2009, a member of BANT and of the Royal Society of Biology. He holds a US Board Certification in Ageing Science, having completed a fellowship at the Metabolic Medicine Institute and training at the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). In 2016, Miguel was awarded a first class in his Master’s research project on neuroprotection in neural stem cells at Roehampton University, and later that year he received a Santander Bank scholarship for transdisciplinary doctoral research on gut-brain communication and neuroprotection, focusing particularly on patient-reported outcome measures and their clinical application by healthcare professionals to support their patients’ brain health upstream from the gut. Apart from this carrying out this research at the Faculty of Health and Education at Middlesex University, Miguel is also working as Innovation Consultant at the Bowels and Brains™️ Lab at the London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic (LAFIC). LAFIC is a European Regional Development Fund-sponsored research programme where Miguel is lead investigator in a series of human interventions to assess the effects of food-based sources of probiotic microbes on mood, alertness and cognitive function. The Bowels and Brains™️ Lab and LAFIC are hosted by London South Bank University, where Miguel is a visiting scholar and guest researcher in psychobiotics.
Miguel’s focus as Editor in Chief of Nutrition Evidence is akin to that of his doctoral research, i.e. to bridge the translational bridge to cross between research and clinical practice. Professional practice demands continuing professional development to remain up-to-date. The transdisciplinarity of the Editorial team at Nutrition Evidence brings richness of worldviews into the content we curate. With clinical applicability and translation at the highest priority, Miguel aims to provide health practitioners who apply nutritional therapeutic approaches in clinical practice with the best available scientific evidence to supports their clinical decisions. Miguel has held the voluntary role of Chair of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).
Emma Hendricks, BSc (Hons) DipION – Managing Editor
Having worked for the Police force as a senior researcher, Emma brings to Nutrition Evidence expertise in applied social inquiry, information management and analysis, and technical tool development. She is published in the Journal of Psychology, Public Policy and Law.
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Dr Susan McGinty, PhD MSc – Deputy Editor
Susan (Sue) holds a PhD Nutrigenomics and Health Promotion, as well as a MSc Food Safety and Control, both from London South Bank University. She is also a graduate from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and a foundational member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), where she’s held the position of Policy Officer since 2006.
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Clare Grundel MSc BA (Hons) – Technical Editor / Database Manager
Indexing / Metadata
Following a career in international development and finance, Clare studied for an MSc in Nutritional Therapy, starting her private practice in 2014. She brings to Nutrition Evidence skills in project management developed over 20 years and more recent experience of critical appraisal of nutrition research.
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Clare is a practising Registered Nutritional Therapist based in Cambridge and focuses her nutrition practice on inflammatory arthritis and chronic pain. She joined the BANT team in 2017 as Centre of Excellence Manager, and is responsible for bringing up-to-date nutrition science to members through the provision of education and resource tools. This includes management of all aspects of the Nutrition Evidence database.
Dr Carol Granger, DProf BSc (Hons) MSc MRSB CBiol – Editor
Carol brings to Nutrition Evidence her experience from a health and life sciences career over 30 years and a personal commitment to evidence-based practice, professional regulation and inter-professional collaboration.
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Rick Miller, RD MSc – Editor
Rick Miller is a consultant clinical and sports performance dietitian. He is also guest senior lecturer in Dietetics and Nutrition at various Universities across London and the UK.
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After graduating from the University of St Andrews in Human Biology, he obtained his Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University. After a working as a sports nutritionist, Rick qualified as a registered Dietitian from Leeds Beckett University and spent several years in the National Health Service rotating through various specialities such as: orthopaedic and general surgery recovery, gastroenterology, diabetes, paediatrics and obesity management – including bariatric surgery. Alongside his NHS post, Rick upheld his passion as a sports performance dietitian, supporting athletes up to Olympic standard and continues to do so today at several clinics across central London and Harley Street.
Rick has undergone further training as a Functional Medicine practitioner and is passionate in using an integrative, Functional Dietetics approach to his nutrition treatment. His research and interest areas are in musculoskeletal tissue recovery and orthopaedic trauma, sports performance nutrition and supplementation.
Kieran MacPhail, MSc BSc (Hons) – Editor
Kieran is a CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and HCPC-registered Physiotherapist and exercise specialist who has been working in the rehabilitation field since 2004.
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Dr Karlo Toljan, MD – Editor
Dr Toljan graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb. During his medical training Karlo was placed at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital. Karlo is active in multiple areas of medicine, particularly pathophysiology and clinically orientated neuroscience, with a tendency of an integrative and translational approach. He is Editor of the Gyrus journal, a scholarly journal that publishes peer reviewed articles from different fields of biomedicine and public health, with an emphasis on fields that deal with nervous system. Karlo particularly enjoys reviewing papers on the microbiota-gut-brain axis (gut-brain connection).
Dr Kate Lawrence PhD BA (Hons) – Editor
Dr Lawrence is a lecturer of psychology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Her research specialises in neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on dietary and microbiome influences on mental health and cognitive function. Dr Lawrence takes an interdisciplinary approach, using nutritional and genetic studies, neuroimaging and psychological techniques, to understand psychological function and impairments across the life course.
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Dr Lawrence obtained her Psychology B.A. Hons (First-class) from St Anne’s College, Oxford and her PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from UCL, where she worked for 10 years at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health. She has collaborated with many researchers across the globe, including teams at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, MIT and Harvard. She is dedicated to the public communication of science, working as research editor for Foods Matter, writing for Frontiers for Young Minds (science journal for children) and speaking at schools, patient support groups and radio shows.
Dr Lawrence is also one of the Expert Reviewers for Nutrition Evidence.
Adri Bester MSc RSCi RFAM RFoodSM MIFST – Editor
Adri is Senior Food Technologist at the London Food Centre, London South Bank University, and lead academic at the London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic. She has a MSc in Food Standards Safety and Control and is a graduate of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Adri is currently working on her PhD Human Sciences in Psychobiotics.
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Adri is a registered analytical scientist working across a broad range of investigative technologies, from microbiology to biological terrain analysis. She consults in the food industry and is an Ethics Committee member for the School of Applied Sciences, LSBU. Adri lectures on food safety, food product development, food microbiology, analytical techniques in food science, research ethics and food law.
Adri is also one of the Expert Reviewers for Nutrition Evidence.
Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP – Editor
Deanna has a MS in Human Nutrition and a PhD in Medical Sciences with a focus on science and application in nutrition and lifestyle. One of her passions is bringing forth a colourful whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine.
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Dr. Deanna Minich is a functional medicine-trained clinician and researcher with a unique approach to clinical medicine that combines physiology and psychology. She has served on the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, in addition to being an educator, teaching nutrition for the Advanced Practice Module for Detoxification. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Dissertation: Essential Fatty Acid Absorption and Metabolism) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Minich has over fifteen years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries. In addition, she spends her time as a Board member for the American College of Nutrition and as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. She is the author of six books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.
Dr Minich is also one of the Expert Reviewers for Nutrition Evidence.
Vanessa Kimbell – Editor
Vanessa is the founder of The Sourdough School, situated in rural Northamptonshire, the UK’s only centre for education and research into sourdough and the relationship with gut microbial health and wellness.
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An award-winning author and regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme, Vanessa is currently studding towards a PhD in Nutrition & Digestibility of Bread. Her unique approach is in understanding the role of microbes in sourdough in gut health. Her classes at The Sourdough School put the fermentation of bread and nurturing this symbiotic microbial relationship at the centre of her ethical and inspirational bakery courses.
Dr Basma El Homasany, M.B.B.Ch MSc PhD – Editor
Dr El Homasany is a medical doctor qualified with an interest in molecular medicine. Following completion of her medical degree in Egypt, Dr El Homasany was awarded a Masters in Science and a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the Molecular Medicine Centre of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2000-2005).
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Dr Yassine Bendiabdallah, MPharm PhD IP MPharmS – Editor
Dr Yassine Bendiabdallah holds a PhD from the School of Pharmacy of the Cancer Research Centre of the University of London where his specialist area was anticancer chemistry. He also holds a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing from King’s College London.
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Dr Ticiana Criddle, BSc (Hons) M.B.B.S.S – Editor
Diabetes and diabetic complications
Dr Criddle graduated as a Medical Doctor in Brazil and has been working in the United Kingdom for over 12 years. She is Clinical Lead for the Liverpool Diabetic Eye Screening Programme and works at a large teaching and research NHS hospital.
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Dr Rupy Aujila, BSc M.B.B.S. – Editor
Dr Aujila (Dr Rupy) is a NHS General Practitioner with a degree in medicine from Imperial College London who acts as clinical adviser to the Royal College of GPs (UK).
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Dr Eve Pearce PhD (Medicine), DipION (distinction) – Editor
Eve Pearce is experienced in medical biochemistry and genetics and is a practicing clinician in private and in clinical environments. She gained a PhD from University of Wales College of Medicine, later working at Southampton University Human Genetics laboratories as a Research Fellow in projects focused on cardiovascular disease and cancer.
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Eve’s passion for wellness subsequently led her to complete an ION diploma in Nutritional Therapy, graduating with Distinction. She works with an NHS weight management service and delivers bespoke nutrigenomic and biochemistry education to undergraduate and CPD audiences. Eve is also currently a scientific consultant with a leading provider of genetic testing.
Benjamin Brown, ND – Editor
Ben is a science writer, speaker and author specialising in nutrition and functional medicine who has worked as technical director for world-leading practitioner-grade food supplement manufacturers, so he brings to Nutrition Evidence a wealth of experience in the science surrounding quality and clinical application of supplementary nutrients.
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Ben contributes regularly to industry publications and scientific journals and is on the Advisory Board of a leading training provider in nutrition science education in the UK. He also runs a successful health podcast. He is an in-demand speaker and regularly features at public speaking events and international conferences.