Dr Laura O’Connor receives prestigious funding to research fluid intakes and cardio-metabolic disease


Dr Laura O’Connor has received the prestigious 2016 BNF Drummond Pump Priming Award for her research on fluid intakes and cardio-metabolic disease.

Laura is a lecturer in Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Health Professions. Her expertise and research interests are in population health nutrition and nutritional epidemiology of obesity and diabetes.

As part of its management of the Drummond Memorial Fund, the British Nutrition Foundation provides two grants every year, to university lecturers and research fellows in human nutrition to undertake pilot research.

This year, Laura was the recipient of one of these grant awards for her work in water intakes and obesity and related metabolic disorders. The award was presented to her by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (pictured) during the British Nutrition Foundation Annual Meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in London, earlier this week.

Laura said “Given the mounting evidence for an association of water intake and health and the current lack of data, I am very grateful to receive the 2016 BNF Drummond Pump Priming Award to enable me to take the first steps in conducting a thorough investigation of fluid intakes.”

You can read more about her award winning research proposal here or her broader research activities here.