Dr. Hannon-Fletcher Mary

Dr. Hannon-Fletcher Mary

Head of School

University of Ulster
Shore Road, Newtownabbey, United Kingdom, BT37 0QB

plus Speciality

BIOLOGY

Biography:

My current post is Head of School Health Sciences, November 2011. I returned to education in 1993 having spent 20 years working as a Biomedical Scientist in the UK and Switzerland. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) First class Biomedical Science at theUniversityofUlsterin 1995, and was awarded a PhD September 1999. I took up a post as Research Officer in September 1999 until 2003 when I was appointed a lecturer in Cellular Pathology in the School of Biomedical Science and senior lecturer in 2010. In 2004 I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching. I am currently Course Director of the undergraduate Biomedical Science Programmes in Coleraine. My teaching includes Cellular Pathology at UG and PG, study skills, professional practise research ethics and research methods. My research focuses on the role of dietary and supplemental micronutrients in health and disease (Diabetes, renal disease and obesity).  Funding has been obtained from the FSA, the Irish Nephrology Society and the Health Research Board. I have published in high impact journals such as American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Mutation Research and Circulation.

Academic positions:

2011-to date  Head of School, Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

2010-to date  Senior Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

2006-2011     Course Director BSc Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

2003-2006     Biomedical Science Placement Tutor, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

2003-2010     Lecturer, Cellular Pathology. School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

2000- 2002    Postdoctoral Research Officer- Bioavailability of folic acid and natural folates: studies using the functional marker plasma homocysteine. Professor H. McNulty & Professor J.J. Strain, Northern Ireland Centre for Diet and Health (NICHE), School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine. Professor J Scott, Trinity College Dublin.

2001-2003    e-Marker- on the postgraduate diploma course in Biomedical Sciences, The Virtual School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

2000-2003    e-Mentor- to postgraduate diploma and masters students in Biomedical Science, The Virtual School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

1999-2000    Postdoctoral Research Officer The effect of acute boron supplementation on the coagulation system of healthy volunteers. Professor J.J. Strain, Dr W.S. Gilmore and Dr J. Wallace. NICHE, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

1995-1999    Postgraduate Research Studentship- Biomolecule Damage and in vivo Antioxidant Status in IDDM. Dr Y. Barnett and Professor C. Barnett. Cancer and Ageing Research Group, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.

1974-1993    Biomedical Scientist, in Cytogenetics, Clinical Biochemistry and Cellular Pathology, in NHS laboratories in the UK and in private laboratories in Switzerland

Research interests:

My research focuses on Human Nutrition observational, case-controlled and intervention studies in disease (clinical settings) and in healthy groups. Of particular interest is oxidative stress measured by blood levels of antioxidants and macromolecule damage (DNA, lipid and carbohydrate) in Type 1 diabetes, renal disease and healthy control groups. This research also focuses on dietary intake (using food diaries and FFQ) and the relationship between the intake of micro- and macronutrients and their effect on oxidative stress in health and disease

In addition, results of a pilot study conducted with colleagues in the Western Health and Social Care Trust to investigate the effect of taking a multi vitamin supplement on renal function and nutrient status in dialysis patients in the Trust over a three month period were published recently on the University of Ulster web site and on BBC and ITV news sites and numerous Renal web news sites, indicating the impact this research has on patient health. It is hoped that this type of intervention may provide the evidence base required to introduce this type of regime into clinical care in haemodialysis patients inNorthern Ireland.

Previous work funded by the FAS focused on dietary intake in children and snacking, given the focus on the obesity epidemic.

I have keen interest in research ethics and I am a member and alternate vice Chair of the HPSS Research Ethical Committees,Northern Ireland(OREC NI).

What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral and WebmedCentral plus:

In the current climate of fast moving technological advances scientific research needs to keep pace with the modern lifestyle. So a resource such as WebmedCentral is an excellent approach to ensure peer reviewed publications are rapidly reviewed and published in an open access forum.