• Name
      Miss Ilse Bloom
    • Qualifications
      BSc MSc ANutr
    • Role
      Research Nutritionist

    Background:

    I studied at the University of Lisbon, where I completed a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition. I then went on to complete an MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Southampton. I have since worked with Age UK South Staffordshire on a community-based project focusing on the prevention of undernutrition in older adults.

    In 2013, I joined the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and have been undertaking a PhD at the University of Southampton since 2015. I have been working on a project funded by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, aimed at improving the diets of community-dwelling older people. Currently, the main focus of my work is on methods of early nutritional screening in this population.

    Research interests:

    I am interested in promoting healthy diets and lifestyles among older adults, with the goal of enabling them to maintain their health and their quality of life as they grow older.

    My research focuses on understanding the influences on the diets of older people; key findings of my work have highlighted the importance of social and psychological factors as influences on diet. I hope to use these findings in the development of interventions aimed at improving the diets and health of community-living older populations. My research also focuses on evaluating a screening method that could detect early nutritional risk in community-dwelling older adults; this could contribute to the wider implementation/use of a simple method to detect poor diets and low nutrient intakes, and prevent the development of overt malnutrition in this population.