Senior Lecturer

Division: Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Mary Warnock (BA, MSc, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Division for Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography. She is also associate member of Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

I graduated from Smith College, Massachusetts USA with an undergraduate degree in Biology (with minors in Economics and Art History). I then entered the Pathobiology PhD programme in the faculty of Medicine at Columbia University, New York, USA. Following completion of my PhD I held post-doctoral research positions in Glasgow at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and University of Glasgow, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. At that time I worked on the molecular pathobiology and virology of leukaemia.

I was initially employed by Queen Margaret University College as a Visiting Lecturer in Microbiology and Immunology teaching Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Nursing and Podiatry students. In 2000 I was appointed to the Microbiology and Immunology Lecturer job share role; the first to be organized by QMU. I became the Programme Leader of the only MSc course in Complementary Medicine in the UK. At this time, I forged a relationship with an International Herbal Medicine Company which resulted in QMU’s first two associate KTP (formerly TCS) project in 2001. This relationship was shortlisted to the final top projects and has been highlighted in the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Case Study Series (www.ktpcentre.com/KTP_Bioforce_3140).

My interest in the mechanism of action of phytotherapeutic products stems from this period. This relationship caused my role to naturally expanded to undertake a number of consultancy and knowledge exchange projects with a variety of therapeutic and health promoting companies. To date I have engaged in over 30 such enterprises.

I have provided supervision for five doctoral research students undertaking qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology projects. I have been Director of Studies for three students: Louise Grant – “The putative anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of Harpagophytum procumbens” (completed 2005), Jan Schyma – “An investigation of the role of homeopathy in perceived well being and quality of life in the 55+ age group” (completed 2010) and Kylie Conroy- “The effects of antioxidants on apoptotic signalling pathways in inflammatory disease”  (completed 2012) I have been Second Supervisor to two: Craig Campbell- “A study of discourses of Homeopathy” (competed 2009) and Joanne Wallace – “Investigating the effects of common dietary isoflavones on breast cancer cell proliferation, apoptosis, and potassium channel activity” (completed 2011).

I have served on a number of QMU committees (Quality Audit Committee (2005-2007), Dignity at Work Contact Officer (2009- ), The Innovation and Commercialization Division Group (2011-2013), Development Taskforce (2010-2012), QMU Knowledge Exchange Food and Drink (2011- 2013), QMU Knowledge Exchange F & D- Commercialization Strategy Group (2012-2013), Athena Swan Steering Committee (2014-) and Validation and Review Events. In addition I have served on the Genetics Education Resource Development Committee (Genetics Education NHS UK) in 2009, the Natural Products Biotechnology Conference scientific steering group (2013-14) and the Organizing Committee for the International Conference on the Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals Conference (ICMAN) 2017 (2014-).

I have published a number of papers, book chapters and abstracts and been an invited speaker on a number of occasions both nationally and internationally.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow The Royal Society (RSA)
  • Member Nutrition Society

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

My particular research interests have evolved from the molecular pathobiology of leukaemia to cover chronic diseases (particularly those with immunological and inflammatory aetiology) and to factors influencing quality of life in patients with chronic disease. I have a specific interest in the role of phytotherapeutic agents in chronic disease progression and management, and in elucidating their mechanisms of action.

I have supervised a number of PhD students to successful completion in these areas.

Throughout my career I have attracted substantial funding for a number of research projects from both the public and private sectors and have close ties with two phytotherapeutic companies.

Active Research Interests:

  • Chronic Inflammatory diseases
  • Mechanisms of action of phytochemicals in health and disease
  • Mechanisms of action of antioxidants
  • Anti-microbial (bacterial) action of organic compounds

Research Methods:

  • Tissue Culture
  • Standard Microbiological Techniques
  • Evaluation of Antioxidants
  • Organization of clinical trials

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Wicken Fen Wholesome Foods

Project: Brassica Project

Funding source: 2kT Innovation Fund

Date of award: 2010

Amount: £5000

 

Advanced Microwave Technology

Project: Feasibility of novel microwave technology in pasteurizing fruit juice

Funding source: 2kT Innovation Fund

Date of award: 2010

Amount: £5000

 

Strathmore Foods Ltd

Project: AMT- Microwave Potato Cooking with Strathmore Foods Ltd

Funding source: EDTC Feasibility Study Grant

Date of award: 2010

Amount: £ 5,000

 

Charcuterie

Project: Charcuterie: AMT- Microwave technology- black pudding production

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2010

Amount: £ 5,000

 

Flavours of Galloway

Project: Flavours of Galloway: determination of healthy local cook-in sauces

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2011

Amount: £4650

 

Genius Gluten Free

Project: Genius Gluten Free: analysis of elemental content and nutritional importance

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2011

Amount: £ 5,000

 

Acquamara

Project: feasibility of treating seawater with AMT

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2011

Amount: £ 5,000

 

Vz Premier Pet Foods

Project: Feasibility study using AMT to produce dog food

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2012

Amount: £: £ 5,000

 

Cuddybridge Apple Juice

Project: Development and analysis of Apple and Sea Buckthorn Juice

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2012

Amount: £: £ 5,000

 

Eteaket

Project: antioxidant and caffeine analysis of Eteaket product range

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2013

Amount: £:  5,000

 

Speyfruit

Project: Product development and analysis of vegetable snacks

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2013

Amount: £:  5,000

 

Caithness Biscuits

Project: Product enhancement, sensory analysis and focus group assessment

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2013

Amount: £: 5,000

 

The Chocolate Tree

Project: antioxidant and nutritional analysis of product range

Funding source: Scottish Funding Council Innovation voucher

Date of award: 2013

Amount: £: 5,000

 

2010-2016

Funded clinical projects:

Title of Project: Menoforce® and Molkosan® Investigations

Funding source: Bioforce Ag

Date of award: 2015

Amount: £4,303

 

Title of Project: Menoforce®

Funding source: Bioforce Ag

Date of award: 2016

Amount: £5,000

I teach a wide variety of biomedical subjects to Applied Pharmacology, Dietetics, Human Biology, and Nutrition students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In addition I co-ordinate the 4th year Honours Project and Research and Professional Communication modules.

I am particularly interested in quality issues surrounding the delivery of Masters Programmes offered at QMU and have been a panel member of or convened 15 validation events

Teaching: I am module coordinator for and teach on the following:

Undergraduate:

  • Genetics D1153
  • Immunology D2129
  • Molecular biology D2134
  • Interprofessional Education 2 (Professional Roles and Interprofessional teamwork) C2137; D2146; N2345; O2126; P2135; S2160
  • Current issues in cancer D4144
  • Honours Project D4154 (and project supervision)
  • Research and Professional Communication D4165

Post-graduate

  • Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology Support (HUB Module)

Undergraduate:

  • Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences D1152
  • Integrating Module 2 D2131
  • Professional Development in Scientific Analysis D2144
  • Insights into Scientific Enquiry and Evaluation D3167
  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise D4156
  • International health and nutrition D4150

Post-graduate:

  • Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics DM041
  • Masters Dissertation (project supervision) DM009
  • Principles of Nutrition Science DM026

Validation Events

Panel member: BSc Nursing, Post-reg. Diploma Nursing, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing, Pre-reg. MSc Audiology, Acting and Performance (sole panel member; review event) 2010, Performing Arts and Management (sole panel member; review event) 2010, Theatre Production (sole panel member; review event) 2010, Professional Doctorate (panel member) 2011, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management; BA (Hons) Events Management 2012, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (Athens) 2012, MSc Theoretic Podiatric Surgery 2015

Panel Convener: MA Arts and Cultural Management/MA Festival Management 2013, BA (Hons) Drama and Performance 2014, BA (Hons) Theatre and Film 2014, MA in Stage Management 2016

Conferences:

  • Invited speaker: “Coast” Food and Drink event Food & Health Innovation Service (FHIS), QMU, October 2013
  • Invited speaker: “Sea Buckthorn, a crop for Scotland”, Feast of the Commonwealth May 2014
  • Invited speaker: “New Perspectives of Osteoarthritis Treatment: are we entering a new era?” XXXI Congresso Brasileiro de Reumatologia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil 1st -4th October, 2014.
  • Invited speaker: “New Perspectives of OsteoarthritisTreatment, American College of Rheumatology, Boston, 2014
  • Scientific Steering Group Member Natural Product Biotechnology Conference, Inverness, 2014
  • Section Chair: Natural Product Biotechnology Conference, Inverness, November, 2014

QMU Committees:

  • Member QMU Knowledge Exchange Food and Drink (2011- 2013)
  • Member QMU Knowledge Exchange F & D- Commercialization Strategy Group (2012-2013 )
  • Member steering group Athena Swan Bronze Award (2013-2015)