Professor BAUKJE DE ROOS

Professor BAUKJE DE ROOS
MSc PhD

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Professor BAUKJE DE ROOS
Professor BAUKJE DE ROOS

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The University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/research/profiles/b.deroos

Biography

Baukje de Roos obtained her PhD in Human Nutrition at Wageningen University in January 2000, and worked as a post-doc at the Department of Vascular Biochemistry, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. She joined the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, United Kingdom in 2001, where she is currently the Deputy Director. She is an internationally recognised nutrition scientist with over 25 years of expertise in clinical and dietary intervention trials to assess how diets, foods and nutrients affect disease risk and resilience to disease development. She has >75 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international high-impact journals, and has given >75 invited oral presentations and keynote lectures at internationally established conferences and meetings. Baukje de Roos is the CEO of the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO), a network of over 28 Universities and Research Institutes across Europe, focusing on jointly developing the research area of personalised and precision nutrition. Her expertise in the area of diet and health has formed the basis of multiple contracts and consultancies with various large food companies, food levy boards, the food and drink support sector and national UK television.

Research

Research Interests

  • Clinical and dietary intervention trials assessing how diets, foods and nutrients affect disease risk and resilience to disease development.
  • Personalised and precision nutrition and biomarker discovery.
  • Modelling healthy, sustainable and affordable diets.
  • Food systems and human health outcomes, especially in relation to sea food consumption.

Current Research

Seafood and human health

  • Investigating the effects of traditional versus sustainable feeding regimes of farmed salmon on heart health, micronutrient status, inflammation, oxidative stress and gut health in the Scottish population (Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services)
  • Development of a metric for assessing the impacts on nutrition and health of agroecosystems producing farmed seafood (Immana)
  • Strategies to balance enhanced fish consumption with sustainable fish production (BBSRC)

Modelling healthy, sustainable and affordable diets

  • Modelling foods/drinks that drive healthiness, carbon footprint and costs within UK diets to identify ‘food switches’ in real-time UK diets (Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services)

 Precision nutrition

  • Modelling individual responses to healthier diets and new ways to quantify the importance of physiology and behaviour for successful dietary changes (Unilever, BBSRC)
  • Individual efficacy of anthocyanins in blueberries to affect metabolic health (ByHealth)
  • Inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved (EU COST Action POSTIVe)

Clinical and dietary intervention trials

  • Development of nutritional and exercise strategies to increase resilience and improve health outcomes (BBSRC)

 

Collaborations

  • Anne Wanders, Liesbeth Zandstra, Peter Zock (Unilever, the Netherlands)
  • Paul Fernandes (School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen)
  • Lorraine Brennan (UCD, Ireland)
  • Alan Sneddon (Rowett, University of Aberdeen)
  • Dave Little, Frances Murray, Alexandra Pounds (University of Stirling)
  • Nanna Roos (University of Copenhagen)
  • Eleanor Grieve (University of Glasgow)
  • Gulshan Ara, Santhia Ireen, Tahmeed Ahmed (icddr,b, Bangladesh)
  • Abdullah-Al Mamun (Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh)
  • Christine Morand, Claudine Manach (Université Clermont Auvergne, INRA, France)
  • Felix Zhang, Jiehua Chen (ByHealth, China)
  • Niamh O'Kennedy (SIS, UK)

 

Research Grants

  • BBSRC-DTP. Modelling individual responses to healthier diets (MI-DIET). PI. £143K. 2018-2022.
  • BBSRC EASTBIO. Strategies to balance enhanced fish consumption with sustainable fish production. Co-PI; lead PI Dr Paul Fernandes, University of Aberdeen. £70K. 2017-2021
  • Scottish Government. Healthy, affordable and sustainable diets. PI on Institute grant. ~£1M. 2016-2021 
  • Immana. Aquatic Food for Health and Nutrition (AQN): A metric for assessing the impacts on nutrition and health of agroecosystems producing farmed seafood. Co-PI; lead PI Prof David Little, University of Stirling. £250K. 2016-2019. 
  • By Health, China. Efficacy of anthocyanins in blueberries to affect precision metabolic health. PI. £157K. 2016-2020.
  • Malaysian Government. Effect of fish and omega-3 fatty acids on metabolic health in an Asian population living in Scotland. PI. £160K. 2015-2019.
  • EU COST Action. Inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved. WP leader “From emerging science to applications”, lead PI Dr Christine Morand, INRA, France. ~€600K. 2014-2019.  
  • BBSRC-CASE. Development of nutritional and exercise strategies to increase resilience and improve health outcomes in a target ageing population. PI. £95K. 2013-2018.
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Development of the on-line content for MSc "Clinicial Nutrition", MOOC on ‘Nutrition and Wellbeing’ and On Demand "North-East Scotland: History, Landscape, Culture and Economy"
  • Teaching for MSc "Human Nutrition" programme
  • Teaching for International Postgraduate courses
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • CEO NuGO (European Nutrigenomics Organisation). NuGO is an Association of over 25 Universities and Research Institutes across Europe, focusing on jointly developing the existing research area of nutrigenomics, molecular nutrition and personalised nutrition. I am responsible for a €80K annual turnover to aid the development of joint international research projects, conferences, workshops and training. 
  • Member of the International Academic Advisory Board of By-Health, the largest nutraceutical company in China.
  • Senior Editor for journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research
  • External examinor BSc Human Nutrition programme, University College Dublin

Admin Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director, the Rowett Institute, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.
  • Chair of the Human Studies Management Committee at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.
Publications

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