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Simon Bowles

Simon Bowles MMedSci, MRes

Lecturer in Nutrition

Summary

I was appointed as a full-time Lecturer in Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University in June 2018.

My research interests are nutrition and bone health, with particular interest in vitamin D. I was Chief Investigator on a National Osteoporosis Society funded clinical trial at the University of Sheffield that investigated why some people fall more frequently after receiving a large one-off dose of vitamin D.

Previously, I have worked on a Department of Health funded project which aimed to understand the potential causes and consequences of low vitamin D levels in obesity. I have also worked as a Research Project Manager and Bone Densitometry Technician at the University of Sheffield.

  • About

    I have taught at Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer since October 2014 and in June 2018 was appointed as a full-time Lecturer in Nutrition.

    My research interests are nutrition and bone health, with particular interest in vitamin D. I was Chief Investigator on a National Osteoporosis Society funded clinical trial at the University of Sheffield that investigated changes to vitamin D metabolites in postmenopausal in response to bolus doses of vitamin D. The study aimed to elucidate the underlying mechanism for why some people fall more frequently after receiving a large dose vitamin D. This study formed the basis of my PhD.

    Previously, I have worked on a Department of Health funded Policy Research Program (PRP) project which aimed to understand the potential causes and consequences of low vitamin D levels in obesity.

    I have also worked as a Research Project Manager and Bone Densitometry Technician at the University of Sheffield. In this role I was responsible for several research studies which aim to better characterise the rare bone disease hypophosphatasia.

  • Teaching

    Food.

    I teach on a wide range of modules:

    • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Level 5)
    • Physiology and Biochemistry of Health and Disease (Level 5)
    • Academic Research Skills (Level 5)
    • Physical Activity and Health (Level 5)
    • Issues in Nutrition (Level 6)
    • Research methods (Level 7)
    • Work-related Learning (Level 7)
    • Life-Course Approach to Nutrition (Level 7)
  • Research

    I am currently involved in a number of research projects:

    • Vitamin D levels in football players
    • The effect of perceived socioeconomic status on energy intake
    • The effect of bolus dose vitamin D on vitamin D metabolites and calcium metabolism

    My recent publications are:

    Schwartz, J. B., Gallagher, C., Jorde, R., Berg, V., Walsh, J., Eastell, R., Evans, A.L., Bowles, S., Naylor, K. E., Jones K. S., I. Schoenmakers, M. Holick, E. Orwoll, C., Nielson, M. Kaufman, G., Jones, R., Bouillon, J. Lai, D. Verotta, D., & Bikle D. (2018) Determination of free 25(OH)D concentrations and their relationships to total 25(OH)D in multiple clinical populations. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, DOI: 10.1210/jc.2018-00295

    Walsh, J. S., Bowles, S., & Evans, A.L. (2017). Vitamin D in Obesity. Current Opinions in Endocrinology Diabetes & Obesity, 24, 389-394.

    Walsh, J. S., Evans, A.L., Bowles, S., Naylor, K .E., Jones, S. I., Schoenmakers, R. M. Jacques &. Eastell R. (2016). Free 25-hydroxyvitamin D is low in obesity, but there are no adverse associations with bone health. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103, 1465-1471.

  • Publications

    Key Publications

    Schwartz, J.B., Gallagher, C., Jorde, R., Berg, V., Walsh, J., Eastell, R., ... Bikle, D. (2018). Determination of free 25(OH)D concentrations and their relationships to total 25(OH)D in multiple clinical populations. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. http://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-00295

    Walsh, J.S., Bowles, S., & Evans, A.L. (2017). Vitamin D in obesity. Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes and Obesity, 24 (6), 389-394. http://doi.org/10.1097/med.0000000000000371

    Walsh, J.S., Evans, A.L., Bowles, S., Naylor, K.E., Jones, K.S., Schoenmakers, I., ... Eastell, R. (2016). Free 25-hydroxyvitamin D is low in obesity, but there are no adverse associations with bone health. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103 (6), 1465-1471. http://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.115.120139

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