Dr Gail Rees
Head of School
School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)
Acting Head of School
Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health
B.Sc. (Hons) Nutrition: King's College London
PGdip Dietetics: King's College London
Ph.D Human Nutrition: South Bank University, London
PGcert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
British Dietetic Association
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, Registered Dietitian)
Association for Nutrition (Registered Nutritionist)
Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health. This programme is accredited with the Association for Nutrition.
Main teaching areas: Nutrition research methods; assessment of nutritional status; obesity and diet related disease, nutrition and the life cycle
First year: Introduction to Human Nutrition
Second year: Nutritional Science - professional issues and nutrition through the lifecycle
Final Year: Sports Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Contemporary Issues in Human Health
Current research projects focus on dietary interventions to improve nutrition in women during pregnancy and young children. Management of obesity during pregnancy and childhood are of particular interest. Other areas of interest include vitamin D status in women and children, levels of supplementation and the link between low vitamin D status and obesity. Public health nutrition, particularly school food policy, is also an on-going research interest.
Conference abstracts / posters
Brough L and Rees G (2005) Changes in iron status throughout pregnancy in an ethnically diverse population. Proc. Nut. Soc. 64, 83A.
Surujlal-Harry A, Rees GA, Bakhshi S and Baker A (2005) Ethnic differences in fruit, vegetable and cereal consumption in girls aged 14-15 years. Proc. Nut. Soc. 64, 63A
Baker, A., Bakhshi, S., Surujlal-Harry, A., and Rees, G. (2005). The efficacy of the theory of planned behaviour in predicting dietary behaviour for different foods in different groups. Psychology and Health, 20 (1), 19.
Bakhshi, S., Baker, A., Surujlal-Harry, A., and Rees, G. (2005). Gender differences in weight loss behaviour and beliefs in ethnic minority adolescents. Psychology and Health, 20 (1), 19-20.
Brough L, Rees GA, Crawford MA, Timms P, Venton T. (2006) Maternal vitamin D insufficiency during pregnancy in an ethnically diverse population. Proc. Nut. Soc. 65, 35A
Surujlal-Harry A, Rees GA, Bakhshi S and Baker A (2006) Ethnic differences between questionnaire-reported and three-day dietary recall estimations of fruit and vegetable consumption in girls aged 12-16 years. Proc. Nut. Soc. 65, 45A
Rees GA, Richards CJ and Gregory J (2007) Nutrient intake at lunchtime of primary school children in Cornwall: a comparison of school meals and packed lunches. Proc. Nut. Soc. 66, 101A
Rees GA, Brough L, Crawford MA (2008) Maternal BMI and infant anthropometrics in a multi-ethnic community. Proc. Nut. Soc. 67, on-line.
Rees G, Bennett S, Colleypriest O, Ellis L, Porter J, Stenhouse E (2009) The prevalence of overweight and obesity in early pregnancy and the incidence of gestational diabetes. Diabetes UK.
Stenhouse E, Woodhouse D, Bowden R, Wake K and Rees GA. (2010) Opportunities to diagnose type 2 diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in women with a history of gestational diabetes: the post partum oral glucose tolerance tests. Diabetes UK
Ahmed WA, Rees GA and de Looy A (2012) Seasonal variation in vitamin D status in overweight and obese people of Iraqi and Caucasian Decent. Nutrition Society, Belfast, July 2012.
Ohly H, Pealing J, Hayter A, Watt R, Rees GA (2012) Parental Food involvement predicts children’s diet quality. Nutrition Society, Belfast, July 2012.
Hazeldine, E.; Rees, G. & Stenhouse, E. (2013). Reducing the risk of gestational diabetes by controlling gestational weight gain in obese, pregnant women: using the theory of planned behaviour. Diabetic Medicine, 30(s1), 177.
Watt R, Hayter A, Ohly H, Pikhart H, Draper A, Crawley H, McGlone P, Cooke L, Moore L, Pettinger C, Rees G (2013) An exploratory randomised controlled trial of a public health nutritional intervention delivered in children's centres in Islington and Cornwall. The Lancet Public Health Science, November, p100
Alkutbe RB, Rees GA, de Looy A (2015) Energy and nutrient intake, and number of steps taken per day according to body mass index of girls aged 8-11 years in Saudi Arabia. Nutrition Society, Nottingham, July 2015.
Redfern K, Rees GA, Pinkney J, (2017) The effect of timing and composition of gestational weight gain in obese pregnant women on infant birth weight: A prospective cohort study. European Congress on Obesity 2017, Porto, Portugal, 17 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
K.M. Redfern, G.A. Rees, J.H. Pinkney. (2019) Mid-pregnancy changes in maternal upper body subcutaneous fat assessed using skinfold measurements and oral glucose tolerance test results amongst women with obesity in the UK. European Congress on Obesity 2019, Glasgow 29 April - 1 May 2019.
R.B. Alkutbe, K.M. Redfern, V. M. Cammack, G.A. Rees. (2019) The effect of nutrient-extraction blender preparation of fruit on postprandial glucose response in overweight and obese adults. European Congress on Obesity 2019, Glasgow 29 April - 1 May 2019.
Grants & contracts
2009-2012 Department of Health (in collaboration with UCL): Exploratory and developmental trial of a family centred nutrition intervention delivered in Children's Centres and the home environment
2015/16 Nestle Institute of Health Services
Dietary analysis for the Earlybird cohort study
2018/19 Fareed M. Jamjom specialist company Ltd
The effect of nutrient-extraction blender preparation of fruit on postprandial glucose response in healthy weight and obese adults
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Other academic activities
Redfern KM, Hine RS, Hollands HJ, Welch CR, Pinkney JH, Rees GA (2019) Objectively measured sleep duration and plasma glucose values following an oral glucose tolerance test amongst pregnant women with obesity in the UK. Sleep Medicine https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2019.01.017.
Solomi L, Rees GA, Redfern KM (2019) The acute effects of the non-nutritive sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame-K in UK diet cola on glycaemic response. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition DOI: 10.1080/09637486.2019.1585418
Redfern KM, Cammack VL, Sweet N, Preston LA, SoBHCS Student Team, Jarvis MA, and Rees GA (2017) Nutrient-extraction blender preparation reduces postprandial glucose responses from fruit juice consumption. Nutrition & Diabetes 7, e288; doi:10.1038/nutd.2017.36
Al-Kutbe R, Payne A, de Looy A and Rees GA (2017) A comparison of nutritional intake and daily physical activity of girls aged 8-11 years old in Makkah, Saudi Arabia according to weight status. BMC Public Health 17:592 DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4506-2
Redfern K, Rees GA and Pinkney J (2016) Maternal Lifestyle Factors and Fetal Macrosomia Risk: A Review. European Medical Journal of Reproductive Health. 2:52-58.
Hazeldine E, Rees GA, Handy R and Stenhouse E (2016) Managing Obesity In Pregnancy: Are Psychological Dimensions of Behavioural Change Important to Midwives and Women? Journal of Research in Obesity. Article ID 792362, DOI: 10.5171/2016.792362
Hayter, A.K.M., Draper, A.K., Ohly, H.R., Rees, G.A., Pettinger, C., McGlone, P., et al. (2015), A qualitative study exploring parental accounts of feeding pre-school children in two low-income populations in the UK. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 11: 371-384
Rees GA (2014) Preconception and pregnancy in Manual of Dietetic Practice, Fifth Edition. Edited by Joan Gandy. Wiley Blackwell
Watt R, Draper, A; Ohly, H; Rees, G; Pikhart, H; Cooke, L; Moore, L; Crawley, H; Pettinger, C; McGlone, P; Hayter, A (2014) Methodological development of an exploratory randomised controlled trial of an early years’ nutrition intervention: Cherry (Choosing Healthy Eating when Really Young). Maternal Child Nutrition. 10, 280–294
Ahmed WA, Al-Murrani W, Kuri V, Rees GA (2013): Vitamin D Intake and Other Risk Factors for Vitamin D Insufficiency in Middle Eastern People Living in the UK: A Comparison of Cultural and Ethnic Groups. Ecology of Food and Nutrition,52:3, 191-202
Ohly H, Hayter A, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt R, Rees GA (2013) Developing a nutrition intervention in children's centres: exploring views of parents in rural/urban settings in the UK. Public Health Nutrition. 16, 1516-1521
Ohly H, Pealing J, Hayter AK, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt RG, Rees GA (2013) Parental food involvement predicts parent and child intakes of fruits and vegetables. Appetite 69:8-14.
Ahmed W, Al-Murrani, W, Rees GA (2012) Underreporting of Energy Intake in Iraqi People Living in the UK According to Body Weight. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 3; 3; 317-321. DOI: 10.4236/fns.2012.33046
Rees G.A., Porter J., Bennett S., Colleypriest O., Ellis L. & Stenhouse E. (2012) The validity and reliability of weight and height measurements and body mass index calculations in early pregnancy. J Hum Nutr Diet. 25, 117–120
Brough L, Rees GA, Crawford MA, Morton H, Dorman, E (2010) Effect of multiple-micronutrient supplementation on maternal nutrient status, infant birth weight and gestational age at birth in a low income multi-ethnic population. British Journal of Nutrition. 104, 437–445.