Dr Avril Collinson
Profiles

Dr Avril Collinson

Associate Professor in Dietetics

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)

Role

As Academic Lead my role is to work with the dietetic and nutrition team to ensure we deliver high-quality academic and scholarly activity. I also have an active teaching role, leading the dietetic theory modules for Year 2 and 3 students and supervise final year undergraduate students dissertations, masters and PhD students.  

Qualifications

I graduated from the University of Surrey in 1989 with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Since then I have enjoyed working in many different dietetic specialities both in the NHS, private practice and overseas.  I have a keen interest in renal disease having worked as a specialist renal dietitian.  I was awarded my doctorate from University of Reading in 1997 which investigated eating patterns and their effects on body weight and lipid levels.   I joined the dietetic and nutrition team here at Plymouth in 2008 and now support the team in the role of Academic Lead. 

  
Qualifications
BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics 
Registered Dietitian
PhD in Human Nutrition
PgCert LTHE  

Professional membership

Member of the British Dietetic Association
Registered with the HCPC
Member of the Nutrition Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Roles on external bodies

Member of British Dietetic Association HEI sub group

Teaching interests

Nutrition and Health
Dietetics

Research interests

Research interests: 

Dietetic Practice


Research group webpage link: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/dietetics-and-health

Awards

2018      Rose Simmons Award for best publication by a dietitian, British Dietetic Association

Research degrees awarded to supervised students



PhD students supervised:

Jennifer Carroll - Development of a core outcome set for childhood epilepsy treated with ketogenic diet.  Started April 2018. 

Nicola Szostek - Assessment of ocular accommodation in humans. Awarded 2017.

Eman Saad Alamri - Factors affecting food intake and the role of nutrition education in the understanding and implementation of healthy dietary habits in Saudi adolescent girls. Awarded 2016.

Desley White - Non-transferrin-bound iron and protein glycation in Type 2 Diabetes. Awarded 2012.


Grants & contracts

Grants & contracts

British Dietetic Association project grant to scope the future profession and inform the development of a dietetic work force development strategy. July 2016-March 2017


BDA General Education Trust Project Grant to explore the first contact role of dietitians in primary care. July 2017 - August 2019.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Drew T, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ 2018 'Validation of Novel Metrics from the Accommodative Dynamic Profile' Vision , DOI PEARL
Hickson M, Child J & Collinson A 2017 'Future Dietitian 2025: informing the development of a workforce strategy for dietetics' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI PEARL
Pullen K, Collins R, Stone T, Carter H, Sadler H & Collinson A 2017 'Are energy and protein requirements met in hospital?' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI PEARL
Szostek NL, Buckhurst H, Buckhurst P, Purslow C & Collinson A 2016 'An introduction to nutrition for an optometrist' Optometry in Practice 17, (3) PEARL
Collinson A, McMullan M, Sadler H & Tse WY 2014 'Reply to 'Management of mineral metabolism in haemodialysis patients: need for new strategies’' European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 68, (7) 861-861 , DOI
Collinson A, McMullan M, Tse WY & Sadler H 2014 'Managing serum phosphate in haemodialysis patients: time for an innovative approach?' EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 68, (3) 392-396 Author Site , DOI
White DL & Collinson A 2013 'Red Meat, Dietary Heme Iron, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: The Involvement of Advanced Lipoxidation Endproducts' Advances in Nutrition 4, (4) 403-411 , DOI
White D, Shore A, Collinson A & Collard K 2013 'NON-TRANSFERRIN-BOUND IRON CORRELATES WITH LDL, AND HAEMOGLOBIN, AND ATTENUATES WITH STATINS: A CASE FOR RBC GLYCATION AND HAEMOLYSIS IN TYPE 2 DIABETES?' AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEMATOLOGY 88, (5) E232-E233 Author Site
Collinson A, Lindley R, Campbell A, Waters I, Lindley T & Wallace A 0 'An evaluation of an Internet-based approach to weight loss with low glycaemic load principles' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI
Chapters
Collinson AO & Murphy P 2018 'Minerals in nutrition support' Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Nutrition Support Wiley 155-166 , DOI
Collinson A 2010 'Renal disease' in Payne A; Barker HM Advancing Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition London Churchill Livingstone 219-240 Author Site
Conference Papers
Collinson AO, Parkin T & McMullan M 2016 'Prohealth@home: A feasibility study exploring the use of dietitians communicating with individuals at high risk of diabetes via a web based app to reduce the risk of developing diabetes' International Congress of Dietetics PEARL
Szostek N, Buckhurst H, Purslow C, Collinson A & Buckhurst PJ 2015 'Relationship between the subjective measurement of accommodative facility and the objective assessment of the dynamic accommodative response'
Alamri E, De Looy A & Collinson A 2015 'Development of an educational programme for improvement of food purchases and food intake of Saudi adolescent girls (16-18 years) and their mothers' , DOI
Kearney O, Lenderyou R, Pascoe S, Wade B, Collinson A & Sadler H 2014 'A clinical audit and service evaluation exploring fluid management and factors associated with non-adherance in haemodialysis patients' BDA Research Symposium 2013 European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety
Holloway L, Moore G, Pigeon S & Collinson A 2011 'Alcohol intake does not influence body weight or diet in the first six months of an undergraduate starting university'

Other academic activities

On the School of Health Professions Ethics Committee