Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Williams

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition

Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching.

ScHARR Staff Profile Liz Williams
e.a.williams@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9065

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Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Williams
Department of Oncology and Metabolism
Room GU29, G Floor
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
Profile

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I trained in Physiology at The University of Sheffield and continued at Sheffield for my PhD in Nutrition in the mid-1990s under the supervision of Professor Hilary Powers and Dr David Rumsey.  I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge and worked at the MRC field station in The Gambia, West Africa.  On my return to the UK I was appointed as a Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Newcastle University.   In 2003 I re-joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in Human Nutrition.  I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010.

Research interests

My research interests are the role of diet in the prevention of chronic disease, healthy ageing and diet and male fertility.  I am interested in dietary strategies to improve musculoskeletal health, diet and digestive health and in the use of technology to assess dietary intake and to support healthy behaviours. I am a member of the University of Sheffield Healthy Lifespan Institute and co-lead the lifestyle intervention work-stream.  I am also a member of the Institute for Sustainable Food. I have over 20 years’ experience of conducting nutrition intervention trials and a track record of successfully working with and leading multi-disciplinary research teams.

I am a member of the University of Sheffield’s Healthy Lifespan Research Institute and co-lead the ‘non-clinical lifestyle intervention’ workstream. 

Publications

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Journal articles

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Journal articles

Chapters

  • Astell A, Williams E, Hwang F, Brown L, Cooper S, Timon C, MacLean L, Smith T, Adlam T, Khadra H & Godfrey A (2018) NANA: a tale of ageing and technology, The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 2 (pp. 157-176). Policy Press RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Astell AJ, Andrews J, Bennion M, Clayton D, Dove E, Ellis MP, Hwang F, Mcgrath C & Williams EA (2018) COBALT, TUNGSTEN, and THAW: New tools for engaging older adults as technology experts. Gerontechnology, Vol. 17(s) (pp 76-76) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Williams CE, Williams EA & Corfe BM (2018) Efficacy and comparative uptake rates of sublingual and capsular vitamin D preparations. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 77(OCE4) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Matsell SL, Sanchez Garcia MA, Williams EA & Corfe BM (2018) Diet advice in colorectal cancer survivors - are we doing enough?. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 77(OCE1) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Roberts LD, Ashmore T, McNally B, Murfitt SA, Fernandez BO, Feelisch M, Siervo M, Williams EA, Murray AJ & Griffin JL (2017) Inorganic nitrate mimics exercise-stimulated muscular fibre-type switching and myokine and gamma-aminobutyric acid release. DIABETIC MEDICINE, Vol. 34 (pp 55-55) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Astell A, Hwang F, Williams E, Archer E, Harney-Levine S, Wright D & Ellis M (2016) Wellbeing and HCI in later life – what matters?. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 9735 (pp 455-453) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Moore C, Timon CM, Maclean L, Hwang F, Smith T, Adlam T, Astell AJ & Williams EA (2013) Use of NANA, a novel method of dietary assessment, for the longitudinal capture of dietary intake in older adults. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, Vol. 72(OCE4) (pp E267-E267) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Williams EA, Lai DYL, Bury JP, Riley SA, Plummer S, Marchesi JR & Corfe BM (2013) Cross-sectional analyses show no association between fibre intake and faecal butyrate level. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, Vol. 72(OCE4) (pp E235-E235) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bury JP, Riley S, Evans CA, Williams EA, Staton CA, Murabito E, Smallbone K & Corfe BM (2012) Why do Patients get Metachronous Colorectal Adenomas?. JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, Vol. 228 (pp S3-S3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Timon CM, Forster SE, Barker ME, Godfrey AJ, Hwang F & Williams EA (2011) A comparison of younger v. older adults' ability to estimate food portion sizes. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 70(OCE3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • McGuinness C, O'Shea D, Gunawardene AR, Williams EA & Corfe BM (2011) The relationship between dietary micro and macronutrients intake and cell proliferation in the colon. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 70(OCE3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Forster SE, Flower DJ, Foulds G, Jones L, Powers HJ, Saxton JM, Parker S, Pockley AG & Williams EA (2010) Factors associated with inflammation in older adults. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 69(OCE3) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Flower DJ, Foulds G, Hopkinson K, Forster SE, Williams EA & Pockley AG (2008) A strategy for concurrently profiling multiple parameters of human innate and adaptive immune function. IMMUNOLOGY, Vol. 125 (pp 31-31) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Forster S, Fould G, Flower D, Booth C, Cheung S, Bhanushali S, Jones L, Hopkinson K, Williams EA & Pockley AG (2008) A comparison between measures of innate immunity in young and old human subjects. IMMUNOLOGY, Vol. 125 (pp 83-83) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Forster S, Flowers D, Foulds G, Jones L, Young T, Hopkinson K, Saxton J, Powers H, Pockley G & Williams E (2008) Relationship between plasma zinc and antibacterial innate immune function in the elderly. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Vol. 67(OCE8) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hopkinson K, Williams EA, Forster S, Flower DJ, Saxton JM & Pockley AG (2007) A MitoTracker (R) Green-based flow cytometric assay for natural killer cell activity. IMMUNOLOGY, Vol. 120 (pp 86-86) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Waltham KJ, Williams EA & Mathers JC (2006) Reduced maternal folate supply decreases genomic DNA methylation in the offspring of C57Bl/6J mice.. P NUTR SOC, Vol. 65 (pp 114A-114A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coxhead JM, Bal W, Williams EA & Mathers JC (2006) Reactive oxygen species generation in mismatch repair-proficient and -deficient colorectal cancer cell lines exposed to butyrate.. P NUTR SOC, Vol. 65 (pp 66A-66A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Belshaw NJ, Elliott GO, Williams EA, Mathers JC, Buckley L, Bahari B & Johnson IT (2005) Methylation of the ESR1 CpG island in the colorectal mucosa is an 'all or nothing' process in healthy human colon, and is accelerated by dietary folate supplementation in the mouse. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, Vol. 33 (pp 709-711) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jarvis S, Spiers A, Duckworth Y, Welfare M, Powers HJ, Mathers JC & Williams EA (2005) Dietary characteristics of gastroenterology patients. P NUTR SOC, Vol. 64 (pp 99A-99A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coxhead JM, Bal W, Shenton BK, Williams EA & Mathers JC (2005) Effect of butyrate on induction of aneuploidy in colorectal carcinoma cell lines. P NUTR SOC, Vol. 64 (pp 70A-70A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hill MH, Mathers JC, Williams EA, Spiers A, Duckworth Y, Welfare M & Powers HJ (2005) Colon mucosal folate is responsive to folic acid supplements and correlates with plasma folate. P NUTR SOC, Vol. 64 (pp 90A-90A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Garg DK, Coupe A, Williams EA, Bradburn M & Mathers JC (2004) Use of gene hypermethylation in stool samples for detection of colorectal cancer: early results. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SURGERY, Vol. 91 (pp 92-92) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Astell AJ, Brown L, Hwang F, Adlam TD, MacLea L, Forster S, Timon C & Williams EA () Working with older adults to develop NANA: Novel assessment of nutrition and ageing. Gerontechnology, Vol. 11(2) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Astell AJ, Adlam TD, Hwang F, Khadra H, MacLean L, Smith T, Timon C & Williams EA () Validating NANA: Novel assessment of nutrition and ageing. Gerontechnology, Vol. 11(2) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Williams EA (2010) The structural and cytokinetic responses of the rat small intestine to riboflavin deficiency.. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

The majority of my teaching is at postgraduate MSc level.   I teach on the MSc in Human Nutrition (led from SchARR) and the MRes in Healthy Musculoskeletal Ageing and deliver the following modules: 

  • Nutritional Epidemiology (HAR6212) – module lead
  • Nutritional Physiology (HAR6213) – module lead
  • Research Methods (HAR6030) – module tutor
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity (OCP61001) – module co-lead

I am also the Departmental Director of Learning & Teaching for the Department of Oncology and Metabolism.

Professional activities

I am a UK Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (Registration Number: 0999).

I was a member of the scientific programme organising committee for the Nutrition Society Winter Meeting in December 2019 on Diet and Digestive Disease, held in collaboration with the British Society of Gastroenterology and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

I am on the organising committee for the upcoming Nutrition Society Summer Meeting that will be held in Sheffield in June 2022.

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Association for Nutrition Course Accreditation Assessor.

External Examiner, Leeds University.

Manuscript reviewer for: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing; Geriatrics; Public Health Nutrition; British Journal of Nutrition; International Journal of Cancer; Human Fertility.

Current students

PhD Students

Claire Williams – Vitamin D and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Sabeen Zahra – Vitamin D and musculoskeletal health in older South Asian women living in the UK

Abeir El Mogassabi – Dietary intake and dietary patterns in patients with colorectal adenoma

Esme Tuttiett – Protein supplementation and musculoskeletal health in middle-older age.

MD Students

Heather Parr – PEG feeding