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Biography

Dr Rebecca Power is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (MSCA) Research Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Health Promotion and a Research Masters in sedentary behaviour and physical activity. In 2019, she completed a PhD in nutrition for cognitive health at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Research Interests

Dr Power is interested in the role of dietary patterns and specific nutrients in maintaining brain health, improving cognitive performance and reducing the risk of neurological diseases, namely Alzheimer’s disease. 

To date, the research that Dr Power has been involved in has demonstrated improvements in cognitive performance in cognitively healthy older adults and individuals with mild cognitive impairment following supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids and vitamin E. Positive outcomes (e.g. in mood) have also been demonstrated in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Going forward, and as part of her MSCA fellowship, Dr Power aims to advance our understanding of the parts of the brain and neural networks that are strengthened by specific foods using state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies from the fields of nutritional epidemiology and cognitive neuroscience available at UIUC.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Institute of Project Management Association & Technological University Dublin

16 Feb 202125 May 2021

Award Date: 25 May 2021

PhD

04 Jan 201604 Feb 2020

Award Date: 04 Feb 2020

Masters Degree

14 Sep 201107 Jun 2014

Award Date: 07 Jun 2014

Bachelors Degree, Waterford Institute of Technology

12 Sep 200714 Jun 2011

Award Date: 14 Jun 2011

External positions

Marie S Curie Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

01 Feb 202201 Feb 2033

Co-Chairperson of Brain and Ocular Nutrition Early Investigator Society, Brain and Ocular Nutrition Network

Network member, Brain and Ocular Nutrition Network

Member of the British and Irish Nutrition Society, The Nutrition Society

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • Nutrition
  • Cognition
  • Brain Health
  • Prevention
  • Ageing
  • dietary patterns
  • carotenoids
  • fatty acids

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