Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta
Lecturer in Nutrition
Richards Building 20
Richard's Building, 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.
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
- 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
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
NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration: Nutrition in children, teenagers and young adults with cancer (CTYA)
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Editorial member of the open access journal EC Nutrition
- International Journal of Environment Research in Public Health
- Journal of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology
- 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.
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.
- Health Professions Council Registration
- The Nutrition Society Membership
- Society for Endocrinology
- Association for Nutrition (RNut)
Course Director for BSc Nutrition programme
PhD supervisor; Miss Dominique Glatt