Dr Tanefa A. Apekey
RNutr (Public Health)
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
+44 114 222 0789
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Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
I am a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a PhD in Human Nutrition, MPhil in Food Science and BSc in Food Science and Nutrition. I worked at the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, from 2009 to 2010, and as a Researcher on a clinical trial in the Leeds Institute of Health Science from 2010-2013. I joined Leeds Trinity University as a Lecturer in 2014, where I taught undergraduates on the Nutrition and Food course. Prior to joining ScHARR, I worked in the Nutrition and Dietetics team at Leeds Beckett University as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and a Reader (2022).
- PhD Human Nutrition
- MPhil Food Science
- BSc Food Science & Nutrition
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Research interests
My research takes a multidisciplinary approach and involves collaborations with Health and Social Care Third Sector Organisations, and their Service Users. My current research interests include:
- Community-based co-development of healthy eating and lifestyle resources and interventions to reduce health inequality, and raise the health profile of minority ethnic groups, and people from socio-economically disadvantage communities [e.g. Co-produced culturally appropriate multi-ethnic healthy eating resources | Migrant Health Research Group | Leeds Beckett University
- Modified Caribbean Fish Curry | FoodWise (foodwiseleeds.org)
- Co-produced Culturally Appropriate Healthy Eating Recipe Resources for People of Black Ethnicity Living in Leeds | Doing Good Leeds
This person does not have any publications available.
- ‘Health Connections’: study protocol for the development of a coproduced, community-based diet, physical activity, and healthy weight intervention for UK black and Asian adults. BMJ Open, 13(9), e073750-e073750.
- Diet and nutritional status of West African and Caribbean adults in the United Kingdom: perspectives to inform community-based approaches to healthy eating. Sustainability, 15(8).
- Nutrient intake of African and Caribbean adults in the United Kingdom. A cross- sectional study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 81(OCE5).
- Co-developing multicultural recipe resources: an academic - third sector partnership approach. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 81(OCE5).
- Acceptability and feasibility of healthy diet, physical activity, and hygiene intervention components. European Journal of Public Health, 31(Supplement_3).
- Methods of producing new nutrient data for popularly consumed multi ethnic foods in the UK. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 78, 9-18.
- Gamma-glutamyltransferase and risk of hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, 33(12), 2373-2381.
- Association of serum total osteocalcin with type 2 diabetes and intermediate metabolic phenotypes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational evidence. European Journal of Epidemiology, 30(8), 599-614.
- Factors that influence commitment to breastfeeding: A pilot study. Journal of Health Visiting, 3(4), 216-223.
- Gamma glutamyltransferase and metabolic syndrome risk: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 69(1), 136-144.
- Gamma glutamyltransferase, alanine aminotransferase and risk of cancer: Systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Cancer, 136(5), 1162-1170.
- Liver enzymes and risk of cardiovascular disease in the general population: A meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Atherosclerosis, 236(1), 7-17.
- Liver enzymes and risk of all-cause mortality in general populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(1), 187-201.
- Liver Aminotransferases and Risk of Incident Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(2), 159-171.
- Ferritin levels and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective evidence. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, 29(4), 308-318.
- Vitamin D and risk of future hypertension: meta-analysis of 283,537 participants. European Journal of Epidemiology, 28(3), 205-221.
- Benefits of moderate-intensity exercise during a calorie-restricted low-fat diet. Health Education Journal, 71(2), 154-164.
- Room for improvement? Leadership, innovation culture and uptake of quality improvement methods in general practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 17(2), 311-318.
- Patients' and clinicians' experiences of consultations in primary care for sleep problems and insomnia: a focus group study. British Journal of General Practice, 60(574), e180-e200.
- Low‐fat diet: case study of a cardiology patient. Nutrition & Food Science, 40(2), 235-242.
- Effects of low‐fat and low‐GI diets on health. Nutrition & Food Science, 39(6), 663-675.
- Strategies for improving patient recruitment to focus groups in primary care: a case study reflective paper using an analytical framework. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 9(1).
- Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an educational intervention for practice teams to deliver problem focused therapy for insomnia: rationale and design of a pilot cluster randomised trial. BMC Family Practice, 10(1).
- Feasibility of a Community Healthy Eating and Cooking Intervention Featuring Traditional African Caribbean Foods from Participant and Staff Perspectives. Nutrients, 15(17), 3758-3758.
- Informing Diet and Physical Activity Interventions with Family Involvement in an Urban Setting: Views of Children and Adults in Lagos, Nigeria. Sustainability, 15(10), 7850-7850.
- Comparison of the Effectiveness of Low Carbohydrate Versus Low Fat Diets, in Type 2 Diabetes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients, 14(20), 4391-4391.
- Improving Vitamin D Intake in Young Children—Can an Infographic Help Parents and Carers Understand the Recommendations?. Nutrients, 13(9), 3140-3140.
- Nutrient Composition of Popularly Consumed African and Caribbean Foods in The UK. Foods, 8(10), 500-500.
- Aspartate Aminotransferase â€“ Risk Marker for Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus or Red Herring?. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 5.
- General practitioners' preferences for managing insomnia and opportunities for reducing hypnotic prescribing. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16(4), 731-737.
Conference proceedings papers
- O8 Dietitian-led webinars for IBS and coeliac disease: a positive impact on patient symptoms, knowledge and behaviour. Oral presentations
- OP53 Exploring views on potential components of a diet and physical activity intervention with parental involvement among children in Nigeria. SSM Annual Scientific Meeting
- 7.1-O5Views on risk, prevention and management of type 2 diabetes among UK Black Caribbean. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28(suppl_1)
- Research group
PhD Students at Leeds Beckett University
- Lauren Senior
- Haddy Badjan Jallow
Collaboration with Leeds Beckett University
- Obesity Institute, Tackling Disparities Theme - Tackling Disparities and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) | Obesity Institute | Leeds Beckett University
- Re:Mission Study - Meet the Team - Re:Mission (remission.study)
- Heart Research UK - Co-developing multicultural healthy eating resources. An academic - third sector partnership.
- Research England - Addressing health inequalities in Leeds: A pilot healthy eating intervention evaluation with a Third Sector Community Organisation and people from African Caribbean communities.
- MRC Public Health Intervention Development, PHIND - Coproduction of ‘Health Connections’ – a community-based diet, physical activity and healthy weight intervention for UK Black and South Asian adults.
- WHO Europe Region - Impacts of the COVID-19pandemic on ethnic and migrant inequalities. A rapid evidence review.
- Public Health England (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities) - A coproduced mixed method evaluation of the NHS England low calorie diet implementation pilot.
- Teaching interests
I have experience of:
- Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and across disciplines.
- PhD supervision
- Different modes of teaching (e.g. distance learning) that support active learning.
- Enhancing employability of students by through placement, volunteering, participation in real life projects etc.
- Teaching activities
- Nutritional Epidemiology (module lead)
- Dissertation (module lead)
- Professionalism and Practice in Nutrition (module lead)
- Nutritional Biochemistry (contributor)
- Professional activities and memberships
- Trustee for Feel Good Factor Charity in Chapeltown, Leeds.
- Reviewer for Nutrients and Nutrition journals, 2018-present.
- Collaborations with Third Sector Organisations (e.g. Heart Research UK, Feel Good Factor Leeds, Touchstone Leeds) to design and delivery health and nutrition awareness raising events in socio-economically deprived communities (e.g. Community healthy eating event in Leeds - Heart Research UK