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Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta

Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

 +44(0) 139272 4928

 Baring Court 133


Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


I was appointed as a Lecturer in Nutrition at the Sports and Health Sciences department in March 2020 and subsequently joined the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC).  

After graduating in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Dietetics, I was granted a summer studentship from the Society for Endocrinology to perform a study looking at whether consumption of green coffee, rich in chlorogenic acid, had a role in the prevention of cardiovascular risk factors. Following this, I commenced a PhD at Queen Margaret University in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Ninewell’s Hospital, Dundee under the supervision of Professor David C Wilson, Dr Jane McKenzie and Dr Mark Brougham. My PhD investigated the effects of cancer on the nutritional status of children and adolescents, while also looking at potential factors that may contribute to the short and medium term poor nutritional status in this population. During this time, I also investigated the use of complementary and alternative therapies in paediatric cancer patients and their families and gained experience in paediatric oncology dietetics, designed and delivered courses on paediatric anthropometry at International Paediatric Oncology Dietetic meetings. I was awarded with a PhD in 2015.

From 2014-2020, I worked as a Lecturer in Nutrition at Queen Margaret University where I became programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition and successfully lead the re-validation and AfN re-accreditation of the programme.

Research overview

My research interests and grants focus on the nutritional status of paediatric cancer, vitamin D in health and disease and nutritional issues of children, adolescents and young people in clinical and healthy populations. For example, I started a project with a view to develop and implement nutritional standards for paediatric cancer patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. I obtained funding from several funding bodies to investigate the effects of vitamin D on several clinical and muscle health outcomes in healthy children and whether knowledge, attitudes and perceptions determine vitamin D status in children and adults.  


2015 – PhD: Clinical Nutrition in Paediatric Oncology

2012 – Short Course in Facilitating Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

2011 – BSc (Hons) Dietetics, Queen Margaret University

2005 – BA (Hons) History of Art, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (ERASMUS 2004/05 University of Edinburgh)


2020-present – Lecturer in Nutrition, University of Exeter

2016-present – Honorary Researcher, Child Life and Health, University of Edinburgh

2014-2020 – Lecturer in Nutrition, Queen Margaret University  

2012-2015 – Honorary Research Student, Child Life and Health, University of Edinburgh

2012-present – Honorary Research Dietitian at Royal Hospital Sick Children, NHS Lothian



Research interests

  • Nutrition in children and adolescents diagnosed with chronic conditions, including paediatric cancer, cystic fibrosis and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Nutritional assessment and management of children and adolescents diagnosed with chronic conditions
  • Vitamin D status and the effects of vitamin D on physical activity, muscle recovery and other health outcomes in both health and clinical populations (children and adults)
  • Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards vitamin D in UK populations

Research projects

Nutritional Assessment and Management of Paediatric Cancer Patients during treatment

PI: Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta
Collaborators: Dr Mark Brougham, Prof David Wilson
Funding bodies: Fergus Maclay Leukaemia Trust, Cancer and Leukaemia Fund and GI-Research Fund and Queen Margaret University

The D-VinCHI Study. “25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration in School children: Effects of vitamin D3 supplementation on 25-OH-D concentration and muscle health outcomes”

PhD student: Miss Dominique Glatt
Collaborators: Dr Pamela Magee (PI), Dr Emeir McSorley, Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi (University of Ulster), Dr Jane McCluskey and Prof Nigel Gleeson (Queen Margaret University).
Funding bodies: Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Sciences Research, QMU Graduate School Training Fund, NICHE Ulster University, Fergus Maclay Leukaemia Trust and Better You Ltd.

Effects of vitamin D supplementation on human skeletal muscle vitamin D receptors expression via mTORC1 and 4E-BP1 activity

PI: Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta
Collaborators: Dr Janie McCluskey, Miss Dominique Glatt, Prof Francis Stephens, Dr Benjamin Wall and Dr Marlou Dickens
Funding bodies: Society for Endocrinology – Young Investigator Award    

The impact of vitamin D status on lung function in children and adolescents diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis

PI: Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta
Internal Collaborators: Dr Dimitris Vlachopoulos, Prof Craig Williams
External Collaborators: Dr Don Urquhart, Dr Zoe Saynor, Dr Adam Causer, Miss Emma Oversby, Dr Pelagia Koufaki, Dr Marietta van der Linden
Funding bodies: CHEARR  

Research networks

NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration: Nutrition in children, teenagers and young adults with cancer (CTYA)


Journal articles

Pavis GF, Iniesta RR, Roper H, Theobald HE, Derbyshire EJ, Finnigan TJA, Stephens FB, Wall BT (2024). A four-week dietary intervention with mycoprotein-containing food products reduces serum cholesterol concentrations in community-dwelling, overweight adults: a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Nutrition, 43(3), 649-659.
Li R (2024). The Role of Diet in the Cardiovascular Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors—A Systematic Review. Nutrients
Gharge S, Vlachopoulos D, Skinner AM, Williams CA, Iniesta RR, Unisa S (2024). The effect of the Mid-Day Meal programme on the longitudinal physical growth from childhood to adolescence in India. PLOS Glob Public Health, 4(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Lovell AL, Gardiner B, Henry L, Bate JM, Brougham MFH, Revuelta Iniesta R (2024). The evolution of nutritional care in children and young people with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: a narrative review. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 1-18. Abstract.
Holsgrove‐West RK, Revuelta Iniesta R, Abdelrahman DR, Murton AJ, Wall BT, Stephens FB (2023). Maximal sustainable energy intake during transatlantic ocean rowing is insufficient for total energy expenditure and skeletal muscle mass maintenance. Experimental Physiology, 109(2), 227-239. Abstract.
Iniesta RR, Cook S, Oversby G, Koufaki P, Van der Linden ML, Vlachopoulos D, Williams CA, Urquhart DS (2023). Systematic review and meta-analysis: Associations of vitamin D with pulmonary function in children and young people with cystic fibrosis. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 54, 349-373.
Glatt DU, McSorley E, Pourshahidi LK, Revuelta Iniesta R, McCluskey J, Beggan L, Slevin M, Gleeson N, Cobice DF, Dobbin S, et al (2022). Vitamin D Status and Health Outcomes in School Children in Northern Ireland: Year One Results from the D-VinCHI Study. Nutrients, 14(4), 804-804. Abstract.
Benson H, Beggan L, Pourshahidi K, McSorley E, Magee P, Ulrike Glatt D, Revuelta Iniesta R, Gleeson N (2021). Dietary sources of vitamin D in school children in Northern Ireland.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Gerasimidis K, Paciarotti I, McKenzie JM, Brougham MFH, Wilson DC (2021). Micronutrient status influences clinical outcomes of paediatric cancer patients during treatment: a prospective cohort study. Clinical Nutrition, 40(5), 2923-2935.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Causer A, Arregui-Fresneda I, Connett G, Allenby M, Daniels T, Carroll M, Urquhart D, Saynor Z (2021). The impact of plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D on pulmonary function and exercise physiology in cystic fibrosis: a multicentre retrospective study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Ulrike Glatt D, Slevin M, Beggan L, Pourshahidi K, McSorley E, Revuelta Iniesta R, Gleeson N, F. Cobice D, Dobbin S, Magee P, et al (2021). Vitamin D status in school children in Northern Ireland.
Glatt DU, Slevin MM, Beggan L, Pourshahidi LK, McSorley E, Revuelta Iniesta R, McCluskey J, Gleeson N, Cobice DF, Dobbin S, et al (2021). Vitamin D status in school children in Northern Ireland. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 80(OCE3).
Revuelta Iniesta R, Paciarotti I, McKenzie MJ, Brand C, Chin FMR, Brougham FHM, Wilson DC (2020). Low Plasma Vitamin D (25-Hydroxycholecalciferol) in Children and Adolescents Diagnosed with Cancer: a Case-Control Study. EC Nutrition, 3, 513-520.
Glatt D, Hughes C, McCarthy O, O'Shea F, Brougham MFH, Wilson DC, Revuelta Iniesta R (2020). Nutritional screening and assessment of paediatric cancer patients: a quality improvement project (baseline results). Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 38, 242-252. Abstract.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Wyness L, Wilson DC (2019). A systematic review of n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid concentration in childhood cancer patients and associated clinical outcomes. EC Nutrition, 14.9, 709-722.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Paciarotti I, Davidson I, McKenzie JM, Brougham MFH, Wilson DC (2019). Nutritional status of children and adolescents with cancer in Scotland: a prospective cohort study. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 32, 96-106.
O’Connor C, Glatt D, White L, Revuelta Iniesta R (2018). Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions towards Vitamin D in a UK Adult Population: a Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(11), 2387-2387. Abstract.
Brierley CK, Revuelta Iniesta R, Storrar N, Thomas AE (2017). Hyperferritinemia in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: What Does it Mean?. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 39(3), 238-238.
Iniesta RR, Paciarotti I, Davidson I, McKenzie JM, Brand C, Chin RFM, Brougham MFH, Wilson DC (2016). 5-Hydroxyvitamin D concentration in paediatric cancer patients from Scotland: a prospective cohort study. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(11), 1926-1934. Abstract.
Al-Dujaili EAS, Munir N, Iniesta RR (2016). Effect of vitamin D supplementation on cardiovascular disease risk factors and exercise performance in healthy participants: a randomized placebo-controlled preliminary study. Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 7(4), 153-165. Abstract.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Rush R, Paciarotti I, Rhatigan EB, Brougham FHM, McKenzie JM, Wilson DC (2016). Systematic review and meta-analysis: Prevalence and possible causes of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in pediatric cancer patients. Clinical Nutrition, 35(1), 95-108.
Revuelta Iniesta R, Wilson DC, Brougham MFH, Smail NF, Davidson I, McKenzie JM (2015). Assessment of Plasma Antioxidants, Oxidative Stress and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Paediatric Cancer Patients: a Prospective Cohort Pilot Study. EC Nutrition, 2.4, 412-425.
Iniesta RR, Paciarotti I, Brougham MFH, McKenzie JM, Wilson DC (2015). Effects of pediatric cancer and its treatment on nutritional status: a systematic review. Nutrition Reviews, 73(5), 276-295.
Revuelta-Iniesta R, Wilson ML, White K, Stewart L, McKenzie JM, Wilson DC (2014). Complementary and alternative medicine usage in Scottish children and adolescents during cancer treatment. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20(4), 197-202.
Revuelta-Iniesta R, Al-Dujaili EAS (2014). Consumption of Green Coffee Reduces Blood Pressure and Body Composition by Influencing 11<i>β</i>-HSD1 Enzyme Activity in Healthy Individuals: a Pilot Crossover Study Using Green and Black Coffee. BioMed Research International, 2014, 1-9. Abstract.



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External Engagement and Impact

Editorial responsibilities

Editorial member of the open access journal EC Nutrition

Member of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) High Income Countries Nutrition network


  • Nutrients
  • International Journal of Environment Research in Public Health
  • Journal of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology
  • BMJ
  • Supportive Care in Cancer              
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Insights
  • Journal of Caffeine Research
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • Child Care Health and Development

Conferences and invited presentations

Invited speaker: Research Seminar at Hope University, Liverpool; “Nutritional screening and management of paediatric cancer patients”, Dec 2019

Invited speaker at Holyrood Events “School Food and Feeding the Mind”, Edinburgh, Nov 2019

Presentation at Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Food For Thought Education Fund. Nutrition Interventions in Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders attending Scottish Specialised Primary and Secondary Schools, 2018. 

Oral presentation. Current Nutritional Issues in Paediatric Cancer Care. European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Summer School. Bari. 2017. Oral presentation.

Invited Speaker. Current Nutritional Issues in Paediatric Cancer Care. Scottish Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (SSPGHAN) Annual Meeting 2015. Invited speaker. Oral presentation. First prize to best oral presentation.

Chair and judge at the 17th Scottish Cardiovascular Forum, Edinburgh, Feb 2015.

Oral presentation. The determinants of nutritional risk in children with cancer. Nutrition Society Postgraduate Conference. Newcastle University. Conference and abstract booklet. Sep 2012.

External positions

Co-leader of the NIHR Nutrition in Children, Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (

The work performed on the effects of vitamin D supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors and aerobic exercise performance had extensive media coverage in many daily newspapers, websites, radio and magazines (EurekAlert!, Bioscientifica, ScienceDaily, Nursing Times).

The use of complementary and alternative therapy usage in paediatric cancer work was featured in Metro and Sunday.


Research networks

  • Health Professions Council Registration
  • The Nutrition Society Membership
  • Society for Endocrinology
  • Association for Nutrition (RNut)                                                                 
  • BDA                                                               
  • ESPGHAN         

Supervision / Group

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