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Lecturer featured in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Dr Claire Macdonald-Clarke Thursday 22 September 2016

Research conducted by Lecturer in Nutrition Dr Claire Macdonald-Clarke has been highlighted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).

A paper outlining findings from a study Dr Macdonald-Clarke worked on during her time as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, was named ‘Editor’s Pick’ by the journal. 

Dr Macdonald-Clarke was one of several contributors to Bioavailability of potassium from potatoes and potassium gluconate: a randomized dose response trial, alongside Dr Berdine Martin, Dr George McCabe, Dr Linda McCabe, Ms Pam Lachcik, Dr Meryl Wastney and Dr Connie Weaver.

In its August issue, the AJCN highlighted the study alongside another, noting they collectively suggest potatoes are good for you.  The study shows that potatoes are a good source of potassium and could be beneficial for healthy blood pressure.

Talking about the study, Dr Macdonald-Clarke said: “I am very pleased that the hard work and gruelling schedule working on this study has paid off. It is an honour to have our work published in such a well-respected journal, and for the article to be selected as "Editor’s Pick" was the icing on the cake. Working with Dr Connie Weaver and her team was inspirational. I learned a great deal about clinical research and she continues to be a great support. In fact, we are making plans to send some Nutrition students from Liverpool Hope to work with Dr Weaver and her team on their latest project for work experience. Their $8.8 million National Institutes of Health-funded project will investigate blood pressure in teenagers, in specially-designed summer camps over the next three years.”

AJCN is the highest-rated peer-reviewed journal in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read the journal abstract here.

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