Miss Rachael Taylor

Miss Rachael Taylor

Casual Research Assistant

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Rachael Taylor is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and an early career researcher at the University of Newcastle. After completing a BHS(N&D) at the University of Newcastle (2008-2011), Rachael worked in healthcare clinics providing dietary education and counselling to clients, before embarking on her research career. Rachael completed a PhD titled ‘Early-life nutrition and child behavioural and cognitive outcomes’ (2014-2018, University of Newcastle) at the Mothers and Babies Research Centre (MBRC), Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). In 2018, Rachael continued her research at the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRCPAN), focusing on maternal dietary intake and child cognitive development, as well as managing a research project related to cardiovascular disease prevention in women with a history of pre-eclampsia.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Wolverhampton Polytechnic

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • DNA Methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Human development
  • Nutrition
  • Postnatal
  • Pregnancy

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/07/2018 -  Casual research assistant PRC in Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Taylor R, Smith R, Collins C, Hure AJ, 'Maternal Nutrition and Cognition', Diet, Nutrition, and Fetal Programming, Humana Press, Cham, Switzerland 29-42 (2017) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60289-9_3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure

Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Taylor RM, Haslam RL, Burrows TL, Duncanson KR, Ashton LM, Rollo ME, et al., 'Issues in Measuring and Interpreting Diet and Its Contribution to Obesity.', Curr Obes Rep, 8 53-65 (2019)
DOI 10.1007/s13679-019-00336-2
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Tracy Schumacher, Lee Ashton, Megan Rollo
2019 Taylor RM, Smith R, Collins CE, Evans TJ, Hure AJ, 'Dietary intake and food sources of one-carbon metabolism nutrients in preschool aged children', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 73 1179-1193 (2019) [C1]

© 2018, The Author(s). Background:: It is hypothesised that epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation may underlie the relationship between early-life nutrition and child co... [more]

© 2018, The Author(s). Background:: It is hypothesised that epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation may underlie the relationship between early-life nutrition and child cognitive outcomes. This study aimed to identify dietary patterns associated with the intake of one-carbon metabolism nutrients in children aged 2¿3 years. Methods:: A validated 120-item semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaires at 2¿3 years of age were used to estimate the intake of one-carbon metabolism nutrients (methionine, folate, choline and vitamins B2, B6, B12) and to quantify mean number of serves consumed of the food groups specified by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE). Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the contribution of each food group and food items to the total intake of one-carbon metabolism nutrients. Linear regression was used to test for linear trends in food group servings by nutrient intake quintiles. Results:: No child (n = 60) from the Women And Their Children¿s Health (WATCH) study consumed the recommended number of serves for all AGHE food groups. Dairy and alternatives (18¿44%), discretionary foods (6¿33%) and meat and alternatives (6¿31%) were the main sources of most one-carbon metabolism nutrients. Most child intakes of one-carbon metabolism nutrients exceeded the nutrient reference values (NRVs), except for the intake of choline, for which the mean intake was 9% below the adequate intake (AI). Conclusion:: Dairy and alternatives, discretionary foods and meat and alternatives food groups contributed significantly to the children¿s intake of one-carbon metabolism nutrients. The children generally had low intakes of meat and alternative foods, which may explain their inadequate intake of choline.

DOI 10.1038/s41430-018-0376-7
Co-authors Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins
2019 Aljadani HM, Patterson A, Sibbritt D, Taylor RM, Collins CE, 'Frequency and variety of usual intakes of healthy foods, fruit, and vegetables predicts lower 6-year weight gain in young women', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (2019)

© 2019, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited. Background/objectives: We previously demonstrated that fruit and vegetable consumption, was associated w... [more]

© 2019, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited. Background/objectives: We previously demonstrated that fruit and vegetable consumption, was associated with less weight gain over 6 years in young women for all body mass index (BMI) categories. This study evaluated the relationship between diet quality and 6-year weight change, in Australian women initially in the healthy weight range (=18.5 BMI <25 kg/m2) at baseline. Subjects/methods: A total of 4083 young women (27¿31 years) in the healthy weight range (=18.5 BMI <25 kg/m2) enroled in the Australian Longitudinal study on Women¿s Health (ALSWH) were analysed. Diet quality was measured by the Australian Recommended Food Score (ARFS) and the Fruit and Vegetable Index (FAVI) using dietary data derived from a validated food frequency questionnaire. Weight change was calculated as the difference between baseline and 6-year follow-up weight (kg). Multiple linear regression models were used to analyse the association between baseline ARFS and FAVI and 6-year weight change. Results: At baseline, mean diet quality was low for both indices [ARFS (maximum 72) = 29.9 and FAVI (maximum 333) = 94.2] and women gained 3.7 kg of weight during 6 years of follow-up. Regression modelling revealed that every one point increase over 6 years in either the ARFS or FAVI score was associated with statistically significantly less weight gain over 6 years, although the amount was small (33 and 12 g, respectively). Conclusions: Higher diet quality predicts lower prospective weight gain in young women however, further research is needed over a longer follow-up period and in diverse population groups.

DOI 10.1038/s41430-019-0532-8
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Clare Collins
2019 Haslam R, Taylor RM, Whatnall M, Collins CE, 'Dietary intake in health and disease, challenges in measuring and reporting diet-disease relationships', NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 76 501-506 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1747-0080.12595
Co-authors Megan Whatnall Uon, Clare Collins
2019 Aljadani HM, Patterson AJ, Sibbritt DW, Taylor RM, Collins CE, 'Improving diet quality over nine-years is associated with less weight gain in mid-age Australian women: A cohort study.', Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis, (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.numecd.2019.10.003
Co-authors Amanda Patterson, Clare Collins
2018 Taylor RM, Smith R, Collins CE, Mossman D, Wong-Brown MW, Chan EC, et al., 'Methyl-donor and cofactor nutrient intakes in the first 2 3 years and global DNA methylation at age 4: A prospective cohort study', Nutrients, 10 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu10030273
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Roger Smith, John Attia, Alexis Hure, Clare Collins, Michelle Wong-Brown
2017 Fealy SM, Taylor RM, Foureur M, Attia J, Ebert L, Bisquera A, Hure AJ, 'Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', BMC PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH, 17 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1207-2
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia, Shanna Fealy, Lyn Ebert
2017 Taylor RM, Fealy SM, Bisquera A, Smith R, Collins CE, Evans T-J, Hure AJ, 'Effects of Nutritional Interventions during Pregnancy on Infant and Child Cognitive Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9111265
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Clare Collins, Roger Smith, Alexis Hure, Shanna Fealy
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $20,000

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20171 grants / $20,000

Quantification of genome-wide DNA methylation of 4-year-old offspring from a prospective cohort of pregnancy and childhood$20,000

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Doctor Alexis Hure, Miss Rachael Taylor, Professor John Attia
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700379
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y
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Miss Rachael Taylor

Positions

Casual Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email rachael.taylor@newcastle.edu.au
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