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Ward, Mary Professor

Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics

Academic and Professional Qualifications
- 2001: PgC University Teaching, University of Ulster
- 1998: DPhil Human Nutrition, University of Ulster
- 1990: BSc Human Nutrition, Trinity College, Dublin
- 1990: Diploma in Dietetics, Dublin Institute of Technology

Career History
- 1999 - present: Lecturer in Human Nutrition/ Dietetics, University of Ulster
- 1998 - 1999: Research Officer, University of Ulster
- 1994 - 1998: DPhil student, University of Ulster
- 1990 - 1994: Basic Grade/ Senior II Dietitian, Altnagelvin H&SS Trust, Londonderry
- 1998: Basic Grade/ Senior II Dietitian, Altnagelvin H&SS Trust, Londonderry

Teaching & Learning Activities

Subject areas include: Biochemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry, Sports Nutrition, Therapeutic Dietetics, Clinical Nutrition

Research Interests and publications

Ward, Mary Professor

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Professor Mary Ward
Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute

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Room W2048
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Ulster
Coleraine campus
Cromore Road
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA

phone: +44 28 70123076
Email: mw.ward@ulster.ac.uk

Ward, Mary Professor - Publications

Number of items: 51.

Clarke, M., Ward, M, Strain, JJ, Hoey, Leane, Dickey, W. and McNulty, H (2014) B-vitamins and bone in health and disease: the current evidence. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. pp. 1.

McNulty, B., McNulty, Helene, Marshall, B., Ward, Mary, Molloy, A. M., Scott, J. M., Dornan, J. and Pentieva, Kristina (2013) Impact of continuing folic acid after the first trimester of pregnancy: findings of a randomized trial of Folic Acid Supplementation in the Second and Third Trimesters. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98. pp. 92-98.

Wilson, CP, McNulty, H, Ward, M, Strain, JJ, Trouton, TG, Hoeft, B, Weber, P, Roos, FF, Horigan, G, McAnena, Liadhan and Scott , JM (2013) Blood pressure in treated hypertensive individuals with the MTHFR 677TT genotype is responsive to intervention with riboflavin: findings of a targeted randomized trial. Hypertension, 61. pp. In Press.

McGlynn, Angela P, Wasson, Gillian R, O'Reilly, Sharleen R, McNulty, Helene, Downes, C. Stephen, Chang, Chin-Kuo, Hoey, Leane, Molloy, Anne M, Ward, Mary, Strain, JJ, McKerr, George, Weir, Donald G and Scott, John M (2013) Low Colonocyte Folate Is Associated with Uracil Misincorporation and Global DNA Hypomethylation in Human Colorectum. Journal of Nutrition, 143.

Ward, M, McNulty, H, McPartlin, Joseph, Strain, JJ, Weir, Donald G. and Scott, John M. (2013) Effect of Supplemental Methionine on Plasma Homocysteine Concentrations in Healthy Men: A Preliminary Study. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 71 (1). pp. 82.

Clarke, Michelle, Ward, Mary, Dickey, William and McNulty, Helene (2013) Bone Health in Coeliac Disease: Do B-vitamins have a role?., National Osteoporosis Society.

Laird, Eamon, Ward, Mary, McNulty, H, Wallace, Julie MW, McSorley, E. M., Mulhern, Maria S., McAfee, Alison, Myers, G. J, Davidson, P. W, Thurston, S. W, Shamlaye, C. F., Watson, G. E., van Wijngaarden, E. and Strain, JJ (2012) Vitamin D status in pregnancy: Data from the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study. Proceedings of The Nutrition Society , 71. pp. OCE2.

Wilson, CP, Ward, M, McNulty, H, STRAIN, JJ, Trouton, TG, Horigan, G, Purvis , J and Scott, JM (2012) Riboflavin offers a targeted strategy for managing hypertension in patients with the MTHFR 677TT genotype: a 4-y follow-up. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95 (3). pp. 766.

Wallace, JMW, McCormack, JM, McNulty, H, Walsh, PM, Robson, PJ, Bonham, MP, Duffy, ME, Ward, M, Molloy, AM, Scott, JM, Ueland, PM and Strain, JJ (2012) Choline supplementation and measures of choline and betaine status: a randomised, controlled trial in postmenopausal women. British Journal of Nutrition, 108 (7). pp. 1.

McNulty, H, Strain, JJ, Pentieva, K and Ward, M (2012) C1 metabolism and CVD outcomes in older adults. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 71 (02). pp. 213.

McDonough, Suzanne, McKenna, Hugh, Keeney, Sinead, Hasson, Felicity, Ward, Mary, Kelly, Greg, Lagan, Katie and Duffy, Orla (2011) A Delphi Study to Identify Research Priorities for the Therapy Professions in Northern Ireland - Executive Summary Report. HSC Public Health Agency Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board, Ireland. University of Ulster. 26 pp.

Tighe, Paula, Ward, Mary, McNulty, Helene, Finnegan, Owen, Dunne, Adrian, Strain, JJ, Molloy, Anne M, Duffy, Maresa, Pentieva, Kristina and Scott, John M (2011) A dose-finding trial of the effect of long-term folic acid intervention: implications for food fortification policy.. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93. pp. 11-18.

McNulty , B, Pentieva, K, Marshall , B, Ward, Mary, Molloy , AM, Scott, JM and McNulty, H (2011) Women's compliance with current folic acid recommendations and achievement of optimal vitamin status for preventing neural tube defects.. Human Reproduction, 26 (6). pp. 1530-1536.

Ward, M., Wilson, CP, Strain, JJ, Horigan, Geraldine and McNulty, H. (2011) B-vitamins, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and Hypertension. International Journal of Vitamin Nutrition Research, 81 (4). pp. 240-244.

Ward, M and McNulty, H (2011) Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) might have a clinically important impact on lowering hypertension. AgroFOOD Industry Hi-tech, 22. pp. 58-59.

Price, Ruth K., Keaveney, Edel M, Hamill, Lesley L, Wallace, Julie, Ward, Mary, Ueland, Per M, McNulty, Helene, Strain, JJ, Parker, MJ and Welch, RW (2010) Consumption of wheat aleurone-rich foods increases fasting plasma betaine and modestly decreases fasting homocysteine and LDL-cholesterol in adults. Journal of Nutrition, 140. pp. 2153-2157.

McKenna, Hugh, McDonough, S M, McDonnell, Roberta, Keeney, Sinead, Hasson, Felicity, Ward, Mary, Kelly, Greg, Lagan, Katie and Duffy, Orla (2010) The Identification of Research Priorities for Therapy Professions in Ireland. Dept of Health and Chidren, Health Research Board. http://www.hrb.ie/publications/. 45 pp.

McKenna, Hugh, McDonough, Suzanne, McDonnell, Roberta, Keeney, Sinead, Hasson, Felicity, Ward, Mary, Kelly, Greg, Lagan, Katie and Duffy, Orla (2010) The Identification of Research Priorities for Therapy Professions in Ireland - Summary Report. Department of Health and Children and managed by the Health Research Board. University of Ulster. 52 pp.

Horigan, G, McNulty, H, Ward, M, STRAIN, JJ, Purvis, J and Scott, J.M. (2010) Riboflavin lowers blood pressure in cardiovascular disease patients homozygous for the 677C-->T polymorphism in MTHFR.. Journal of Hypertension, 28. pp. 478-486.

Laird, Eamon, Ward, Mary, Duffy, E. M., STRAIN, JJ and Wallace, Julie (2010) Vitamin D and Bone Health; Potential Mechanisms. Nutrients, 2 (7). pp. 693.

Wilson, CP, McNulty, H, Scott, JM, Strain, JJ and Ward, M (2010) Postgraduate Symposium The MTHFR C677T polymorphism, B-vitamins and blood pressure. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69 (01). pp. 156.

Wilson, Carol, McNulty, Helene, Scott, JM, Strain, JJ and Ward, Mary (2009) The MTHFR C677T polymorphism, B-vitamins and blood pressure.. Proceeding of the Nutrition Society, 69.

Kerr, Maeve, Livingstone, Barbara, Bates, Christopher J., Bradbury, Ian, Scott, John M., Ward, Mary, Pentieva, Kristina, Mansoor, Mohammad Azam and McNulty, Helene (2009) Folate, Related B Vitamins, and Homocysteine in Childhood and Adolescence: Potential Implications for Disease Risk in Later Life. PEDIATRICS, 123 (2). pp. 627-635.

Ward, M and Singh - Nee Nigam, Poonam (2009) Anaerobic Treatment of Solid Agro-Industrial Residues . In: Biotechnology for Agro-Industrial Residues Utilisation . (Eds: Singh - Nee Nigam, Poonam and Pandey, A), Springer, pp. 417-430. ISBN 978-1-4020-9941-0

Whittle, C.R., Ward, M, Strain, JJ and McNulty, H (2009) Hyperhomocysteinemia, B vitamins and bone health.. Osteoporosis Review, 17 (4). pp. 18-21.

McNulty, H, Pentieva, Kristina, Hoey, Leane and Ward, Mary (2008) Homocysteine, B-vitamins and CVD. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 67. pp. 232-237.

Wallace, Julie, Bonham, Maxine P, Strain, JJ, Duffy, E. M, Robson, Paula J, Ward, Mary, McNulty, Helene, Davidson, Philip W, Myers, Gary J, Shamlaye, Conrad F, Clarkson, Tom W, Molloy, Anne M, Scott, John M and Ueland, Per M (2008) Homocysteine concentration, related B vitamins, and betaine in pregnant women recruited to the Seychelles Child Development Study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 87 (2). pp. 391-397.

Dickey, William, Ward, M., Whittle, Claire R, Kelly, Mary T, Pentieva, Kristina, Horigan, Geraldine, Patton, Sharon and McNulty, H (2008) Homocysteine and related B-vitamin status in coeliac disease: Effects of gluten exclusion and histological recovery. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 43 (6). pp. 682-688.

Wallace, JMW, Bonham, MP, Duffy, EM, Robson, PJ, Ward, M, McNulty, H, Davidson, PW, Myers, GJ, Clarkson, TW, Shamlaye, CF, Molloy, AM, Scott, JM and Strain, JJ (2007) Homocysteine and related B-vitamin concentration in pregnant women recruited as part of the Seychelles Child Development Study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 66 (Sp. Iss. SI). pp. 65A.

Whittle, C. R., Strain, JJ, Ward, M, Molloy, A. M., Scott, J. M., McCandless, A. S. and McNulty, H (2007) Is the C677T methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism a risk factor for osteoporosis? A pilot study. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 66 (Sp. Iss. SI). pp. 33A.

McNulty, B., Pentieva, Kristina, Marshall, B., Ward, Mary, Molloy, A. M., Scott, J. M. and McNulty, H. (2007) Folate status in pregnant women in relation to compliance with current folic acid recommendations for the prevention of neural-tube defects. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 66 (Sp. Iss. SI). pp. 65A.

Horigan, G, Ward, M, McNulty, H, Purvis, J, Strain, JJ and Scott, JM (2007) Riboflavin lowers blood pressure in patients with premature CVD homozygous for the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 66 (Sp. Iss. SI). pp. 95A.

McNulty, H, Pentieva, K, Hoey, L and Ward, M (2007) Folic acid and related B-vitamins in disease prevention.. Food Science and Technology, 21. pp. 41-43.

Hoey, L, McNulty, H, Askin, N, Dunne, A, Ward, M, Pentieva, Kristina, Strain, JJ, Molloy , AM, Flynn, C and Scott, JM (2007) Impact of a voluntary food fortification policy on folate, related B-vitamin status and homocysteine in healthy adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 86. pp. 1405-1413.

McNulty, Helene, Dowey, Le Roy, Strain, JJ, Dunne, A, Ward, M, Molloy, A, McAnena, LB, Hughes, JP, Hannon-Fletcher, Mary PA and Scott, John (2006) Riboflavin lowers homocysteine in individuals homozygous for the MTHFR 677C->T polymorphism.. Circulation, 113 (1). pp. 74-80.

McNulty, H, Dowey, L, Strain, JJ, Dunne, A, Ward, M, Molloy, AM, McAnena, LB, Hughes, JP, Hannon-Fletcher, Mary P.A and Scott, JM (2006) Response to Letter Regarding Article, "Riboflavin Lowers Homocysteine in Individuals Homozygous for the MTHFR 677C->T Polymorphism". Circulation, 114 (4). pp. e66.

Holmes, VA, Wallace, Julie, Alexander, HD, Gilmore, WS, Bradbury, I, Ward, Mary, Scott, JM, McFaul, P and McNulty, Helene (2005) Homocysteine is lower in the third trimester of pregnancy in women with enhanced folate status from continued folic acid supplementation. CLINICAL CHEMISTRY, 51 (3). pp. 629-634.

Kerr, Maeve, McNulty, Helene, Scott, J. M., Molloy, A. M., Ward, Mary, Sullivan, N., Putland, C. and Livingstone, Barbara (2005) Investigation of B vitamin status in lean and obese women: a pilot study. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 64 (Suppl. S). pp. 39A-39A.

Tighe, P, Ward, M and McNulty, Helene (2005) Treatment of Elevated Homocysteine: A Potential Risk Factor for Vascular Disease. Current Medicinal Chemistry-Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents, 5 (2). pp. 125.

Hannon-Fletcher, Mary P.A , Armstrong , N, Scott , JM, Pentieva, Kristina, Bradbury, I, Ward, Mary, Strain, JJ, McCreedy, R, Alexander, J, Paterson, K, Molloy , A, Kerr (Scullion) , Maeve A and McNulty, H (2004) A controlled intervention study to compare the bioavailability of synthetic folic acid with natural food folate extracts. . Proceedings of the Nutrition Society , 63 (1(Special Issue)). pp. 41A.

Hannon-Fletcher, MPA, Armstrong, N, Scott , J, Pentieva, K, Bradbury , I, Ward, M, Strain, JJ, Dunn, A, Molloy, A, Kerr, M and McNulty, H (2004) Determining bioavailability of food folates in a controlled intervention study. . Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80 (4). pp. 911-918.

Strain, JJ, Dowey, L, Ward, M, Pentieva, K and McNulty, H (2004) B-vitamins, homocysteine metabolism and CVD. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 63 (04). pp. 597.

Pentieva, K, McNulty, H, Reichert, R, Ward, M, Strain, JJ, McKillop, D, McPartlin, JM, Connolly, E, Molloy, A, Kramer, K and Scott, JM (2004) The short-term bioavailabilities of [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate and folic acid are equivalent in men.. The Journal of Nutrition, 134. pp. 580-585.

Hannon-Fletcher, Mary P.A , Armstrong, N, Scott, JM, Ward, M, Strain, JJ, Pentieva, Kristina, Dunn, Adele, Molloy, A, Kerr (Scullion), Maeve and McNulty, Helene (2003) A controlled intervention study to determine the bioavailability of food folates.. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease , 26 (Supp 1). pp. 11.

Hannon-Fletcher, Mary P.A , Armstrong NC, N, Scott , J, Ward, Mary, Strain, JJ, Pentieva, Kristina, Dunn, Adele, Molloy, A, Kerr (Scullion), Maeve and McNulty, Helene (2003) Bioavailability of food folates in a controlled intervention study. . Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 62 (Supp 1). pp. 11.

Quinlivan, EP, McPartlin, J, McNulty, H, Ward, M, Strain, JJ, Weir, DG and Scott, JM (2002) Importance of both folic acid and vitamin B12 in reduction of risk of vascular disease. The Lancet, 359 (9302). pp. 227.

McPartlin, Joe, McNulty, Helene, Quinlivan, Eoin, Ward, Mary and Scott, John (2002) Effect of supplementation with folic-acid on relation between plasma homocysteine, folate, and vitamin B12. The Lancet, 360 (9327). pp. 172.

McKinley, MC, McNulty, H, McPartlin, J, Strain, JJ, Pentieva, K, Ward, M, Weir, DG and Scott, JM (2001) Low-dose vitamin B-6 lowers fasting plasma homocysteine levels in healthy elderly persons who are folate and riboflavin replete. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 73. pp. 759-764.

Ward, M (2001) Homocysteine, Folate and Cardiovascular Disease. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 71. pp. 173-179.

McNulty, H, Cuskelly, GJ and Ward, M. (2000) Response of red-cell folates to intervention: implications for folate recommendations for the prevention of NTD’s. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71. pp. 1308-1311.

Ward, M., McNulty, H, McPartlin, J, STRAIN, JJ, Weir, DG and Scott, JM (1997) Plasma homocysteine, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is lowered by physiological doses of folic acid. QJM, 90 (8). pp. 519.

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