Elizabeth Williams

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science

e.a.williams@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9065

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Elizabeth Williams
Department of Oncology and Metabolism
Human Nutrition Unit, GU29
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
Profile

I trained in Physiology at The University of Sheffield and continued at Sheffield for my postgraduate studies investigating the role of riboflavin deficiency on gastrointestinal development. I was awarded my PhD in 1996 and was then appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge and worked at a 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 returned to Sheffield and joined the Human Nutrition Unit as a Lecturer. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010.

Research interests

I have a long-standing research interest in diet and intestinal health and, in particular, biomarkers of colorectal cancer, and the role of butyrate and folate on colorectal carcinogenesis.

I also have a research interest in the nutrition, health and wellbeing of older adults. This includes an interest in the relationship between diet, immune function and ageing, and the assessment of dietary intake in older adults.

The work has developed through collaboration with colleagues in Sheffield (Profs Pockley, Powers and Parker) and beyond (University of St Andrews, Reading University and Bath Institute of Mechanical Engineering).

Current projects

I am the Sheffield principal investigator on the NANA project. Novel assessment of Nutrition in Ageing. The NANA project is a multidisciplinary study funded by ESRC as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) programme.

Publications

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  • 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

Theses / Dissertations

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

My primary teaching responsibilities are within the Human Nutrition Unit. The Unit runs a 12-month MMedSci and a 9-month Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition. The Masters programme consists of 6 taught modules and a 5-month research project. I am responsible for the design, delivery and assessment of the 15 credit Nutritional Physiology module on the course.

Professional activities

Nutritional Genomics Theme Leader, The Nutritional Society.