Dr Bernadette Moore is Associate Professor of Obesity and Research Group Leader of the Nutritional Sciences and Epidemiology Research Group within the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds (UoL). To date, she has raised over 1.7 million pounds in research funding and has been supported by the BBSRC, EPSRC, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, and the Universities of Surrey and Leeds. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, was the recipient of the 2018 Nutrition Society Silver Medal for Research Excellence in a Young Investigator, and her recent work on the high sugar content of yogurts received significant international media interest – notably in the top 1% of more than 13 million Altmetric tracked publications.
For the last ten years, Dr Moore’s research group has largely focused on the role of hepatic nutrient metabolism in healthy ageing, obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As recently reviewed in Dr Moore’s Silver Medal Lecture, NAFLD is now the most common cause of liver disease, affecting an estimated 25–30% of adults and 10% of children worldwide. There are currently no effective pharmaceutical therapies for NAFLD, but nutrition is a key modifiable risk factor, and weight loss underpins clinical management.
Applying a variety of genomic, proteomic, and systems biology tools alongside nutritional intervention studies, Dr Moore’s long-term vision is clinical and public health translation – ultimately addressing unmet needs for the discovery of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and the development of novel therapeutics.