• Dr Marie Claire Van Hout - Doctoral Supervisor and NRCI Collaborator

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    Dr Marie Claire Van Hout is a collaborator of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland and is currently a Professor of Public Health Policy and Practice at Liverpool's John Moore University. Dr Marie Claire Van Hout has over 15 years research experience in the field of substance misuse, participatory health, pharmaco and addict-vigilance. She is an Associate Member of staff at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), Visiting Research Professor Virginia Commonwealth University, and Visiting Professor University of Lisbon. She has 111 peer-reviewed publications and secured a total of €3.5million in research funding to date. She has consulted as Training Specialist for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), as Expert Evaluator for the European Research Executive Agency (REA-EC) on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions "RISE" (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange), as Vice Chair for the ITN (Innovative Training Networks) 'Life' panel H2020-MSCA-ITN 2016-2017, and as Independent Project Evaluator for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). She is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

  • Dr David Phelan

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    Dr David Phelan is a Cambridge funded Howard Fellow and Senior Scientist with the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (www.nrci.ie). His research is focused on the origins and occurrence of macular carotenoids, specifically meso-zeaxanthin. He has 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience across a variety of roles from new product development to quality assurance and laboratory management. David received a BSc (Honours) Degree in Applied Chemistry with Quality Management in 1998. He returned to academia in 2011 to pursue a research PhD at WIT. This project focused on the fabrication of polymeric ocular drug delivery vehicles, He graduated in 2015. He is also an associate lecturer in IT Carlow.