Lecturer in Nutrition

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

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta (BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), RG, PhD) is a Lecturer in Nutrition in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. She is also a full member of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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

After graduating in Dietetics in 2011, I was granted a summer studentship from the Society for Endocrinologist to perform a study looking at whether consumption of green coffee, rich in chlorogenic acid, had a role in the prevention of cardiovascular risk factors. Following this, I commenced a PhD in QMU and in collaboration with Edinburgh University, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Ninewell’s Hospital, Dundee. For my PhD, I investigated the effects of cancer on the nutritional status of children and young people and looking at potential factors that may contribute to the short and medium term poor nutritional status in this population. During this time, I also investigated the use of complementary and alternative therapies in paediatric cancer patients and their families as well as the effects that these therapies have on their quality of life during cancer therapy. I also gained experience in paediatric oncology dietetics, gave courses on paediatric anthropometry at international Paediatric Oncology Dietetic meetings and taught infant feeding to Medical students at University of Edinburgh. I have also worked on three systematic reviews looking at worldwide prevalence of malnutrition, prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy and ω-3 and ω-6 fatty acid levels in paediatric cancer patients and how all of these contribute to clinical outcomes. I have recently finalised my PhD and have taken a post as a lecturer in Nutrition in Queen Margaret University where I mainly teach research methods, applied nutrition statistics and nutrition modules. Recently, I have started a project with view to develop and implement nutritional standards for paediatric cancer patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and I have developed a research interest on the effects of vitamin D on cardiovascular markers and exercise performance.    

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Health Professions Council Registration N : DT26136
  • The Nutrition Society Membership N: 119987496 
  • Society for Endocrinology N: 123457 
  • American Society of Nutrition: 44359CV

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Active Research Interests:

  • Nutritional issues in paediatric cancer care
  • Effects of paediatric cancer and its treatment on the nutritional status of children
  • Vitamins and minerals levels of paediatric cancer patients
  • Vitamin D levels in paediatric cancer patients
  • Vitamin D and exercise performance
  • Anthropometry and body composition in infants, children and in adulthood; reference ranges and growth charts.
  • Effects of functional foods, particularly coffee and green coffee on cardiovascular markers
  • The use of complementary and alternative therapy in paediatric cancer patients and their families.
  • Epidemiology

Research Methods:

  • Quantitative research
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical research
  • Clinical trials

Teaching:

  • BSc(Hons) Dietetics  
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Food Science
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmacology
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology
  • PgDip/MSc Dietetics 
  • PgDip/MSc Public Health Nutrition

Module Coordinator

  • D2132 Key Investigative Skills (UG)
  • D2142 Nutrition: Energy and Macronutrients (UG)
  • D2143 Nutrition (UG)
  • DM012 Evaluation of Practice (PG)
  • DM026 Principles of Nutrition Science (PG)

Modules Taught

  • D1137 Key Investigative Skills, level 1 (Human Biology, Applied Pharmacology, Nutrition, Food science and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D1142 Introduction to Food and Nutrition, level 1 (Nutrition) (UG)
  • D1155 Health and Society, level 1 (Human Biology, Applied Pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D2132 Key Investigative Skills, level 2 (Human Biology, Applied Pharmacology, Nutrition and Psychology) (UG)
  • D2142 Nutrition: Energy and Macronutrients, level 2 (Human Biology, Applied Pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D2143 Nutrition, level 2 (Human Biology, Applied Pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D3165 Clinical Science 1, level 3 (Human Biology, Applied pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D3135/DM030 Therapeutic Interventions, level 3 and MSc (Dietetics and MSc Dietetics) (UG)
  • D3168 Professional Module, level 3 (Human Biology, Applied pharmacology, Nutrition and Dietetics) (UG)
  • D4164 Research process, level 4, supervision x 10 students (Nutrition, human biology and applied pharmacology) (UG)
  • D4165 Research and professional communication students, level 4 (Nutrition, human biology and applied pharmacology) (UG)
  • DM009 Masters Dissertation, MSc Public Health Nutrition and MSc Dietetics (PG)
  • DM012 Evaluation of Practice, MSc Public Health Nutrition and MSc Dietetics (PG)
  • DM026 Principles of Nutrition Science, MSc Public Health Nutrition and MSc (PG)
  • University of Edinburgh Research Grant  

January 2016 £15.000                                                                                                      

  • Edinburgh Nutritional Research in Childhood Cancer (ENRICC)                                                        

Fergus Maclay Leukaemia Trust Research                                                                                      

Oct 2013 – Oct 2014 (final PhD year)                                                                                                                                                    

£19.000

  • Leukaemia Research Fund                                                                                

Oct 2012-Oct 2013 (second PhD year)                                                                                                                              

£19.000

  • Queen Margaret University                                                                                 

Oct 2011-Oct 2012 (first PhD year)                                                                                                                                        

£19.000

  • Princess Alice Award                                                                                                                        

June 2014 Support funding to attend the 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology in Toronto (Oct 2014Nutritional status of paediatric cancer patients in the UK: a prospective cohort study. Plasma 25-Hydroxycholecalciferol before and after supplementation in paediatric oncology patients in the UK: A time-series cross sectional study                                                                                                                                      

£400

  • The Society for Endocrinologist                                                                                                      

April 2014              

Support funding to attend BES International Congress of Endocrinology in Liverpool.                                                

Plasma 25-hydroxycholecalciferol before and after supplementation in paediatric oncology patients from Scotland: a time-series cross-sectional study.                                                                                                                                          

£500

  • Santander Award                                                                                                                              

April 2013              

Support funding to attend the International Congress of Nutrition in Granada in Sep 2013                                                                                                                                  

Potential impacts on nutritional management in cancer: complementary and alternative therapy usage in a Scottish paediatric cohort   

£726                              

  • The Society for Endocrinologist                                                                                                      

March 2012              

Support funding to attend BES International Congress of Endocrinology in Harrogate.                                                          

Consumption of ground green coffee influences 11B-HSD1 activity and improves blood pressure and body composition in healthy individuals                                                                                                                                                    

£800

  • The Society for Endocrinologist                                                                            

Jun-Sep 2011 – summer studentship                                                                                                                                                                    

Consumption of ground green coffee influences 11B-HSD1 activity and improves blood pressure and body composition in healthy individuals                                                                                                                                                      

£3000