Diet, Obesity and Gestational Diabetes
I am a dietitian interested in developing and evaluating dietary and behaviour change interventions for people with obesity-related diseases in primary care.
Currently, I am a DPhil candidate in Primary Health Care under the supervision of Professor Susan Jebb, Dr Nerys Astbury and Dr Lucy Mackillop. My project will explore the feasibility of delivery in routine practice of a reduced-carbohydrate intervention for pregnant women with obesity. The intervention aims to attenuate gestational weight gain, improve glycaemia and reduce the incidence of Gestational Diabetes. My research is funded by the Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.
Prior to my DPhil, I worked as a research assistant in a theory-based behaviour change intervention for diet and lifestyle in cancer survivors, within the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (Advancing Survival after Cancer Outcomes Trial, ASCOT).
In 2015, I completed an MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at UCL. As part of my MSc Research Project, I assisted in a trial of healthy eating and physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors (Diet and Exercise in Uterine Cancer Survivors, DEUS), led by Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis.
In 2014, I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from Harokopio University of Athens.
Adapting a food frequency questionnaire to assess dietary intake of people living with and beyond cancer
Esser S. et al, (2020), Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 79
Use of online dietary recalls to assess adherence to dietary guidelines in people living with and beyond cancer: Feasibility and process requirements for ASCOT
Conway R. et al, (2020), Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 79
Diet, physical activity, and health-related outcomes of endometrial cancer survivors in a behavioral lifestyle program: The Diet and Exercise in Uterine Cancer Survivors (DEUS) parallel randomized controlled pilot trial
Koutoukidis DA. et al, (2019), International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 29, 531 - 540
Gender-specific, Lifestyle-related Factors and 10-year Cardiovascular Disease Risk; the ATTICA and GREECS Cohort Studies.
Kouvari M. et al, (2019), Curr Vasc Pharmacol, 17, 401 - 410
Recruitment, adherence, and retention of endometrial cancer survivors in a behavioural lifestyle programme: The Diet and Exercise in Uterine Cancer Survivors (DEUS) parallel randomised pilot trial
Koutoukidis DA. et al, (2017), BMJ Open, 7