Rebecca is a 3rd year PhD candidate at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland in Waterford Institute of Technology. Rebecca has a keen interest in the role of nutrition for optimising health and wellbeing, with a specific interest in the potential role of nutrition in maintaining cognitive health and reducing the risk of neurological diseases, namely Alzheimer’s disease.
Her current project, the Cognitive impAiRmEnt Study (CARES), is investigating the role of nutrition supplementation on cognitive function among individuals with mild cognitive impairment in comparison to age-matched controls.
This research is being performed under the supervision of Professor John Nolan, Professor Stephen Beatty and Professor Riona Mulcahy, and support from Dr Robert Coen. Rebecca has previously worked as a Research Technician on the European Research Council-funded Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST), which investigated the impact of enrichment of macular pigment on visual performance.
Rebecca holds a BA (Honours) in Health Promotion. She has also completed an MSc (by Research) in sedentary behaviour, which involved characterising the habitual physical activity and sedentary patterns of individuals with peripheral arterial disease.
In 2018, Rebecca was awarded the School of Health Science student of the year award in WIT, as well as Early Investigator of the Year at the Brain and Ocular Nutrition Conference in Cambridge, UK.
Outside of her academic interests, Rebecca enjoys keeping fit (swimming and walking), reading and attending sporting events, namely the Irish sport known as hurling.