Miguel Toribio-Mateas, MSc BSc (Hons) – Editor in Chief

Specialist Areas
Brain Health
Microbiota-Gut-Brain Communication
Patient-reported Outcome Measures

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

Specialist Areas
Mental wellness
Disordered eating and relationship with food

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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Emma is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who graduated from ION in 2015 with a top performing student award. Her previous academic career includes a BSc in Psychology and Master Practitioner training in Eating Disorders by the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED). She is currently completing a Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Derby. Emma managed Centre of Excellence for the first 2 years, then took a consultant focusing on the development of Nutrition Evidence. She’s worked as an consultant for the charity Mind in Bexley and has her own private practice. Emma currently works as a senior data analysis manager at Diabetes UK.

Dr Susan McGinty, PhD MSc – Deputy Editor

Specialist Areas
Health Promotion

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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Sue has been the author of several pieces of evidence published by the UK’s Health and Science and Technology Select Committees. Sue brings to Nutrition Evidence 15+ years of experience in the application of science to the clinical practice of nutritional therapy and an acute understanding of translational research.

Clare Grundel MSc BA (Hons) – Technical Editor / Database Manager

Specialist Areas
Database Management
Indexing / Metadata
Critical Appraisals

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

Specialist Areas
Nervous system
Inter-professional collaboration

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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Carol is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and a researcher, having completed research for a professional doctorate at the University of Westminster on the practice of nutritional therapy for people affected by cancer. She is a chartered biologist with a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology. Carol has worked in various healthcare roles throughout her career, including microbiology research, clinical diagnostics, medical technology and human tissue banking, and has published research in a number of these areas. Carol is also chair of NTEC, the accreditation body for training in nutritional therapy, having been involved in professional regulation since 2006. She and a trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.

Rick Miller, RD MSc – Editor

Specialist Areas
Musculoskeletal health
Sports nutrition
Sports supplementation

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.

Dr Eve Pearce PhD (Medicine), DipION (distinction) – Editor

Specialist Areas
Cardiovascular disease

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.

Kieran MacPhail, MSc BSc (Hons) – Editor

Specialist Areas
Chronic pain
Low back pain
Psychosomatic medicine

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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Kieran presents on a wide range of topics and has published multiple papers on chronic pain as well as contributing a chapter on the limbic system and chronic pain to a text book on the limbic system. Through his clinical practice and academic training Kieran has developed a thorough understanding of how diet and lifestyle contribute to systemic inflammation and pain. He is currently doing a PhD titled “Chronic Low Back Pain, Diet and Lifestyle and C-Reactive Protein”. His larger project is to refine an assessment and treatment algorithm for chronic low back pain, using C-Reactive protein to objectively measure systemic inflammation, and how to use diet, lifestyle and supplementation to improve chronic low back pain symptoms.

Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP – Editor

Specialist Areas
Dietary Diversity
Clinical Insight

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.

Dr Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS – Editor

Specialist Areas
Performance Nutrition
Weight, Obesity, Diabetes
High Blood Pressure & Heart Health

Dr. Marc Bubbs is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Performance Nutrition Lead for Canada Basketball Team, Speaker, and former Strength Coach. He is the author of “Peak: The new science of athletic performance that is revolutionizing sports – An integrated and personalized approach to health, nutrition, training, recovery and mindset.” Marc also hosts the acclaimed Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast, connecting listeners with world-leading experts in human performance and health. Dr. Bubbs practises in both Toronto, Canada and London, England.

Dr Rupy Aujila, BSc M.B.B.S. – Editor

Specialist Areas
Nutrient density and cooking
Condition-specific foods

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 Rupy belief’s that food is medicine led him to found “The Doctor’s Kitchen”, a multi-platform resource to inspire patients about the beauty of food and the medicinal effects of eating well. He creates delicious recipes and talks about the clinical research behind the ingredients he uses on YouTube, Instagram, and on his blog. Dr Rupy’s contribution to Nutrition Evidence is based on his aspirations to bring the concept of ‘Culinary Medicine’ to healthcare professionals around the world.

Dr Karlo Toljan, MD – Editor

Specialist Areas
Clinical neuroscience
Pain Medicine

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 Basma El Homasany, M.B.B.Ch MSc PhD – Editor

Specialist Areas
Gut-brain-adrenal axis
Hormonal imbalances
Lipid metabolism

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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Additionally, Dr El Homasany holds a Board Certification in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine in the USA and is a fellow of the Metabolic Medicine Institute (USA). Most recently Dr El Homasany completed a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy at the Irish Institute of Nutritional Therapy. Dr El Homasany’s contribution Nutrition Evidence is priceless. As a multidisciplinary health practitioner with a deep understanding of molecular medicine she also brings her focus on the clinical application of scientific findings.

Dr Kate Lawrence PhD BA (Hons) – Editor

Specialist Areas
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Microbiome influences on mental health
Interdisciplinary cognitive function assessment

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.

Benjamin Brown, ND – Editor

Specialist Areas
Nutritional Medicine
Gastrointestinal health
Food supplements

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.

Vanessa Kimbell – Editor

Specialist Areas
Health, nutrition & digestibility of long slow fermented bread
Artisanal sourdough ferments

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.

Adri Bester MSc RSCi RFAM RFoodSM MIFST – Editor

Specialist Areas
Food Microbiology
Food Law
Product Development
Research Ethics

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.

Dr Yassine Bendiabdallah, MPharm PhD IP MPharmS – Editor

Specialist Areas
Cancer research
Supplementary nutrient bioavailability

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 Bendiabdallah is a director and independent prescribing pharmacist with years of experience in retail and clinical pharmacy. His special clinical interests include pesonalised nutrition, aesthetics medical treatments, travel vaccinations, health technology and endocrine system health, areas in which Dr Bendiabdallah has published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Ticiana Criddle, BSc (Hons) M.B.B.S.S – Editor

Specialist Areas
Eye health
Diabetes and diabetic complications
Healthy ageing

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 Cirddle is part of a multidisciplinary team that cares for patients with diabetes. She delivers university lectures, participates at local and international meetings and provides training for medical students and other health professionals. Dr Criddle holds a Board Certification in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine in the USA and is a fellow of the Metabolic Medicine Institute (USA). Through her functional and metabolic medicine training Dr Criddle began to understand the impact of therapeutic nutrition approaches to eye health and as preventative measures for diabetic complications. Her contribution to Nutrition Evidence transcends the bridge between research and professional practice and focuses on the applicability of scientific findings in day to day clinical practice.