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Michaela Noreik

Health Behaviours Trial Manager

I am a registered Dietitian (HCPC) and Nutritionist (Association for Nutrition) working both at the Clinical Trials Unit and in the Health Behaviours Team at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

My research interests are 1) understanding how what we eat affects health and developing interventions to improve it, and 2) understanding how weight stigma and weight-based discrimination impact on the physical and mental health of people with overweight and developing interventions to increase understanding and compassion.

After finishing my university studies with a German and Dutch Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, I took on a dual position as a research assistant and senior dietitian at St. Marien’s, an academic teaching hospital of the University of Cologne. I then moved to Oxford to set up phase 1-3 clinical trials and to administer a rolling research portfolio at the Early Phase Research Hub of the Department of Oncology.

My recent projects include a trial that tested the feasibility of a behavioural and dietary intervention aiming to promote weight loss and improve glycaemic control (Diamond), an experimental online supermarket study (OLS), a shopping intervention study for cardiovascular disease prevention (PCShop) and a systematic review on the effect of weight-loss interventions on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

I am currently working on two studies, one that is looking at changes in respiratory exchange ratio during dietary interventions (CReDDI) and another study testing the short-term effectiveness of three online weight-loss programmes (OWL).