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Dr. Caroline Childs

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Dr Caroline Childs is a Registered Nutritionist and a lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research includes nutrients such as dietary fatty acids, probiotics, and prebiotics. Dr Childs’ experimental approaches have encompassed assessment of tissue composition, immune function, inflammatory status, immunosenescence, and the gut microbiota.

Education and career

Dr Childs completed her BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences (1st class) from the University of Southampton. Following this, she pursued PhD research on “The effect of gender, pregnancy and diet upon tissue fatty acid composition and immune function”.

She is currently a member of the ILSI Europe Expert Group on Immune Competence and Co-Chair of ILSI Europe’s Nutrition, Immunity and Inflammation Task Force.

Dr Childs’ area of expertise includes flow cytometry and she led a working group responsible for the development of flow cytometry facilities at the University of Reading. On the conduct and interpretation of analytical flow cytometry, she was appointed as a specialist advisor to the Food Standards Agency.

Work and awards

During Dr Childs’ postdoctoral nutrition research, she undertook two projects in the Department of Food Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading. The International Society for the Study of Fatty acids and Lipids conference named her as one of the top three young investigators in Lipids and Nutrition.

Dr Childs received the student-nominated SUSU Faculty of Medicine most engaging lecturer award (2018) and best pastoral support award (2020) and the staff-nominated Faculty of Medicine teaching award (2018).

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