Dr Laura Wyness, RNutr
Laura studied for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Aberdeen, during which time she also undertook an internship at the WHO in Copenhagen where she contributed to a report on the Challenges of Obesity. Laura has a strong background in reviewing scientific evidence and translating the findings into clear messages. She worked as a Senior Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation in London and more recently, was Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation where she led on a variety of food innovation projects.
Laura is now based in Edinburgh, where she runs her own consultancy business in Nutrition Research & Communications. Her work includes providing advice to food companies, delivering nutrition workshops in the workplace and regularly writing and speaking about nutrition and food innovation in the media. Laura is also the Regional Rep for Scottish AfN members.
Laura loves trying out new food products and is working her way round the cafes and restaurants in the city!
Lynn Burns, RNutr
Lynn has a BSc(hons) in Food and Nutritional Science and worked for various government departments including the Food Standards Agency and Department of Health in both nutrition and food allergy teams. Her roles included managing government funded nutrition research (with particular focus on healthy aging and bone health), supporting the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, working with other government departments and stakeholders on nutrition policy and working with the communications team handling press enquiries and maintaining web content.
As a independent nutritionist, Lynn has worked with providers of school meals ensuring nutrition standards were met and developing menus for children with food allergies and has written numerous articles and delivered presentations for older people or people with long term health conditions, such as MS and Parkinson’s Disease, and their carers on eating well in spite of the challenges that frailty and illness can bring.
Lynn was also a Trustee for The Caroline Walker Trust, a registered charity whose aim is to improve public health through good food.
Lynn is currently living near Paris, discovering French markets and boulangeries and sharing British cookery with many different nationalities. As a Scout Leader with British Scouts Overseas, she takes every opportunity to get young people cooking for themselves and learning about food – if that can be done outside on a fire then all the better, especially when toasted marshmallows can be on the menu!
Dr Suzanne Zaremba, ANutr
Suzanne has a sound science background having completed an Honours degree in Applied Pharmacology and later turned her focus to completing a MSc in Public Health Nutrition in 2013.
Suzanne completed her PhD in October 2018 in the department of Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences at Queen Margaret University, where her research focussed on the influence of oat beta-glucan on acute appetite and energy intakes in both normal and overweight individuals. Suzanne has collaborated with DSM Nutritional Products Ltd. and Nairn’s Oatcakes Ltd. to carry out her Doctoral studies.
During her time undertaking her PhD, Suzanne has worked as a Visiting Lecturer, where she delivered a wide range of lectures, seminars and computer workshops for students studying Health Sciences degrees. Suzanne became an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy in July 2015.
Suzanne is passionate about public engagement and has volunteered at Orkney International Science Festival and local Midlothian schools where she has delivered nutrition and health focussed sessions to primary school children.
Suzanne enjoys travelling (and trying out local cuisine!), debunking diet & nutrition myths and is a self-confessed gut health nerd! She hopes to continue her research by undertaking a post doc.
Vicki Pyne, RNutr
Vicki has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She subsequently stayed at the school to perform a systematic literature review update for World Cancer Research Fund International.
Since then Vicki has worked as a nutritionist within different Governmental organisations. She worked closely with the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition on the draft Carbohydrates and Health report from its inception to publication. Vicki has also been involved in work aimed at translating evidence into practice to support local authorities in tackling their population’s excess weight. More recently she has been involved in working with the food industry on sugar and calorie reduction.
Vicki is experienced in evaluating scientific evidence to inform public health policy and communicating complex information to both scientific and lay audiences.
Vicki likes to take a holistic, balanced and compassionate view of nutrition and health. Most of all, she loves her food!
Vicki’s involvment with @AfNutr is in a personal capacity and any views expressed during the chats are strictly her own.