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Associate Professor Farzad Amirabdollahian


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Nutrition and Food Science
0151 291 3799
amirabf@hope.ac.uk

Dr Amirabdollahian is an Associate Professor (Reader). He previously served as the Deputy Head and Assistant Head of the School of Health Sciences and Subject Head for Nutrition at Liverpool Hope University. He has a first-class BSc in Nutrition, postgraduate teaching qualification with distinction and a PhD in Nutrition. He has worked as a health promotion officer, nutritionist and teacher in the private and public sectors. He has also previously worked as a research assistant and lecturer in several British universities. He has a wide range of teaching and research experiences, has published extensively and is a member of the Nutrition Society, Institute of Food Science and Technology, Zinc UK Scientists and the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Dr Amirabdollahian is a trustee and elected member of the Council, and the Chair of the Certification Committee of the Association for Nutrition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Institute of Food Sciences and Technology, a Chartered Scientist and a Registered Nutritionist.    

Selected Research Outputs:

2021

1.    Kirk B, Mooney K, Vogrin S, Jackson M, Webb R, Duque G, Khaiyat O and Amirabdollahian F (2021) Effects of 16 weeks of leucine-enriched whey protein supplementation alone and combined with resistance exercise on cardiometabolic health in older adults. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (doi: 10.1002/jcsm.12805).


2.    OBrien L, Doran D, Malone S,
Amirabdolhian F and Collins K (2021) The reliability of a Gaelic football simulation protocol developed to replicate the movement and physiological demands of elite Gaelic football match-play. Sport Sci Health (doi: 10.1007/s11332-021-00834-8).


3.    Hassannejad R, Sharrouf H, Haghighatdoost F, Kirk B, and Amirabdollahian F (2021) Diagnostic power of inflammatory biomarkers in detection of Metabolic Syndrome amongst older adults. Nutrients (doi: 10.3390/nu13072275).

4.   Trahearn M, Merryweather D, and Amirabdollahian F (2021) Dietetic students’ drivers and barriers to healthy eating while studying to be a healthcare professional (a pilot study). Healthcare (doi:10.3390/healthcare9050579).

5.    OBrien L, Collins K, Webb R, Davies I, Doran D and Amirabdolhian F (2021) The effects of pre-game carbohydrate intake on running performance and substrate utilization during simulated Gaelic football match play. Nutrients (doi: 10.3390/nu13051392).

6.    Koehn S and Amirabdollahian F (2021) An investigation into the reliability, validity, and gender invariance of the Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale. International J Envir Res Public Health (doi: 10.3390/ijerph18073516).

7.     OBrien L, Collins K and Amirabdolhian F (2021) Exploring sports nutrition knowledge in Gaelic footballers. Nutrients (doi: 10.3390/nu13041081).

2020

8.     Roche DM, Jackson MJ, Amirabdollahian F, and Khaiyat OA (2020) Clustered Cardiometabolic Risk and Arterial Stiffness in Recreational Adult Tennis Players. J Sports Med Phys Fitness (doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.20.11674-8).

9. Jackson MJ, Roche DM, Amirabdollahian F, Koehn S, and Khaiyat OA (2020) The Musculoskeletal Health Benefits of Tennis. Sports Health (doi.org/10.1177/1941738119880862).

10. Kirk B, Mooney K., Cousins R., Angell P., Jackson M., Pugh JN, Amirabdollahian, F and Khaiyat OA (2020) Effects of exercise and whey protein on muscle mass, fat mass, myoelectrical muscle fatigue and health-related quality of life in older adults: a secondary analysis of the Liverpool Hope University—Sarcopenia Ageing Trial (LHU-SAT). Eur J Appl Physiol (doi:10.1007/s00421-019-04293-5).

11. McCullough D, Harrison T, Lane K, Boddy L, Amirabdollahian F, Schmidt M, Enright K, Stewart C and Davies, I. (2020) The effect of a low carbohydrate high fat diet on emerging biochemical markers of cardiometabolic risk. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665120004796).

12. Wilson H, Amirabdollahian F, Farhat G and Macdonald-Clarke C (2020) Association between mental health and nutritional status in university students aged 18–24 years. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665120005431).

13. McCullough D, Harrison T, Lane K, Boddy L, Amirabdollahian F, Schmidt M, Enright K, Stewart C and Davies I (2020) The effect of a low carbohydrate high fat diet on apolipoproteins and cardiovascular risk. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi: 10.1017/S0029665120006266).

2019

14. Madden AM, Mashanova A, Amirabdollahian F, Ghuman S, Makda M, Collinson A, Cowie R, Dean F, Hirsz M, Lennie S, Maynard M and Power B (2019) Improved prediction equations for estimating height in adults from diverse backgrounds. Clin Nutr (doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.06.007).

15. OBrien L, Collins K, Doran D, Khaiyat, O and Amirabdollahian F (2019) Energy and Macronutrient Intake, Energy Expenditure and External Training Load Assessed During a Pre-Season Period in an Elite Gaelic Football Squad. Sports (doi.org/10.3390/sports7030062).

16. Kirk B, Mooney K, Amirabdollahian F, Khaiyat O (2019) Liverpool Hope University-Sarcopenia Ageing Trial (LHU-SAT): A randomised controlled trial investigating the effects of multimodal exercise intervention with or without protein supplementation on skeletal muscle functioning. Frontiers in Physiology (doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.00445).

17. McCullough D, Harrison T, Lane KE, Boddy LM, Stewart CE, Enright KJ, Amirabdollahian F, Schmidt MA and Davies IG (2019) The effect of dietary carbohydrate manipulation on low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and its associated cardiometabolic risk. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi.org/10.1017/S002966511900020X).

18. Mooney K, Kirk B, Khaiyat O and Amirabdollahian F (2019) Effects of protein supplementation alone and in combination with exercise on cardiometabolic health markers in older adults. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665119000430).

19. Rashidi Pour-Fard N, Amirabdollahian F and Haghighatdoost F (2019) A systematic review and meta-analysis of dietary patterns and frailty. Nutr Reviews (doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuz007).

20. Farhat G, Lees E, Macdonald-Clarke C and Amirabdollahian F (2019) Inadequacies of micronutrient intake in normal weight and overweight young adults (18-25 years): A cross-sectional study. Public Health (doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2018.10.016).

2018

21. Harrison T, McCullough D, Lane KE, Boddy LM, Stewart CE, Enright KJ, Amirabdollahian F, Schmidt MA and Davies IG (2018) Dietary carbohydrate intake, visceral adipose tissue and associated markers of cardiometabolic risk. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665118001751).

22. Harrison T, McCullough D, Lane KE, Boddy LM, Stewart CE, Enright KJ, Amirabdollahian F, Schmidt MA and Davies IG (2018) The association between dietary macronutrient intake and fibrogen growth factor 21 in a sample of White UK adults with elevated cardiometabolic risk markers. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi: 10.1017/S0029665118002148).

23. Amirabdollahian F and Haghighatdoost F (2018) Anthropometric Indicators of Adiposity related to Body Weight and Body Shape as Cardiometabolic Risk Predictors in British young adults: Superiority of Waist to Height Ratio. Journal of Obesity (doi: 10.1155/2018/8370304).

2017

24. Mottaghi T, Amirabdollahian F and Haghighatdoost F (2017) Fruit and vegetable intake and cognitive impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition Eur J Clin Nutr. (doi: 10.1038/s41430-017-0005-x.).

25. Harrison T, Lane, KE, Boddy LM, Amirabdollahian F and Davies IG (2017) Macronutrient intake and prevalence of markers of metabolic syndrome in white UK adult males in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme 2008 – 2014. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. (doi:10.1017/S0029665117003603).

26. Kirk B, Mitchell J, Jackson M, Amirabdollahian F, Alizadehkhaiyat O, Clifford T. (2017) A2 milk enhances dynamic muscle function following repeated sprint exercise, a possible ergogenic aid for A1 protein intolerant athletes?. Nutrients (doi:10.3390/nu9020094).

27. Amirabdollahian, F (2017) Nutrition of University Students in the UK: A Case in Point to Demonstrate Nutritional Vulnerability in Emerging Adulthood. EC Nutrition 6.6: 187-188.

28. Lees, EK., Clark, S., and Amirabdollahian F (2017) An investigation into eating attitudes, body image satisfaction and nutritional status of dance and non-dance students. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi: 10.1017/S002966511700012X).

29. Lees, EK., Clark, S., and Amirabdollahian F (2017) Differences between dance and non-dance students for eating attitudes, body image satisfaction and nutritional status. International Journal of Sport Nutrition, 27. S5.

2016

30. O’Sullivan, N., and Amirabdollahian F (2016) ‘Loyal tongue, liberal mind: International students’ experiences on dietary acculturation in England’. Journal of International Students 6 (doi: 10.32674/JIS.V611.484).

31.   Makda M., Amirabdollahian F and Madden A.M (2016) ‘An investigation in the estimation of body height using the length of ulna in healthy adults from Indian and Pakistani ethnic groups’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665116001713).

32. Amirabdollahian F, Buczkowski B., Mushtaq S and Davies I.G (2016) ‘Estimates of fibre intake and percentage of the population with intake below the dietary reference values (DRVs) in England (1991-2015)’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665116001506).

33. Amirabdollahian F, Macdonald-Clarke C.J., Lees E.K., Harrison T and Davies I.G (2016) ‘Traditional and novel correlates of adiposity and cardiometabolic risk among young healthy adults in the North West of England’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society  (doi:10.1017/S0029665116002457).

34. Harrison T., Amirabdollahian F and Davies I. G. (2016) ‘Nutritional status, dietary intake and adiposity of normal-weight individuals with clustered metabolic risk factors in the UK population’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665116002524).

35. Macdonald-Clarke C.J., O’Hagan, D and Amirabdollahian F (2016) ‘Measurement of resting energy expenditure using novel, portable indirect calorimetry device ECAL compared with conventional measurements by QUARK RMR and prediction equation formulae’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665116001166).

2015

36. Foster, H., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation in the quality of diet and adequacy of energy and macronutrient intake amongst male and female university students’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003675).

37. Lowry, S., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘Diet quality, usage and perceived benefits of nutritional supplements in young healthy adults’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S002966511500381X).

38. Webb, J., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation into the effects of dietary supplementation of coconut oil on blood lipids and anthropometric measurements in healthy adults.’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003560).

39. Treadwell, R.L., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘Breakfast skipping: impact on health parameters and quality of diet in young adults’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003754).

40. Ockenden-White, P., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation into the adequacy and perception of benefits and barriers of physical activity in relation to the nutritional status of university students.’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003894).

41. Wing, L., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation into the variation of nutritional status of university students in relation to the level of study’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003882).

42. O’Hagan, D., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation into the cardiometabolic risk amongst young adults from different ethnic backgrounds.’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003560).

43. Glendenning, G., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘An investigation into gender variation in the nutritional status of young adults’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. (doi:10.1017/S0029665115003687).

44. Amirabdollahian F and Alaunyte, I. (2015) ‘Characteristics of British young adults underreporting dietary intake in comparison with adequate reporting counterparts’. Ann Nutr Metab. 67 (Supple 1) 179.

45. Gray, S., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘Body composition and nutritional status of female Gaelic football players in comparison to soccer players’. Ann Nutr Metab. 67 (Supple 1) 194.

46. Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘Is the use of food labels associated with better diet and health outcomes?’ Ann Nutr Metab. 67 (Supple 1) 179.

47. Pendlebury M., Paramei G. V. and Amirabdollahian F (2015) ‘Relationship between employees’ psychological wellbeing, eating behaviour and nutritional status: A self-determination theory perspective’ Ann Nutr Metab. 67 (Supple 1) 196.

2014

48. Hindley, J., Mills, L., and Amirabdollahian F (2014) ‘Energy and macronutrient intake of care assistants and nurses working alternating shift patterns in comparison to day workers’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115001135).

49. Mills, L., Hindley, J., and Amirabdollahian F (2014) ‘Variation in physical measurements and macronutrient quality of diet of care assistants and nurses working alternating shift patterns in comparison to day workers.’ Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665115001597).

2013

50. Madden, A., Parker, LJF., and Amirabdollahian F (2013) ‘Accuracy and preference of measuring resting energy expenditure using a handheld calorimeter in healthy adults’. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (doi:10.1111/jhn.12045).

51. Pendlebury, M., Lowe, N., Westaway, E., and Amirabdollahian F (2013) ‘The relationships between parenting styles and motivation orientations, body mass index and nutrition behaviour of UK university students’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665113002978).

2012

52. Ellis, J., Costa, R., and Amirabdollahian F (2012) ‘An investigation into energy balance and macronutrient intakes of university students’. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (doi:10.1017/S0029665112002200).

53. Amirabdollahian F, and Costa, R (2012) ‘An innovative approach in supervising undergraduate projects within dietetics and human nutrition courses’. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 1 (2), 1-8.

2011

54. Costa, R and Amirabdollahian F (2011) ‘Fluid intake habits of undergraduate university students an observational study’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 257.

55. Limbachia, S., Gill, S., Amirabdollahian F, and Costa, R (2011) ‘An investigation into the association between energy and macronutrient intake and the financial status of university students’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 249.

56. Waterman, J., Jones, M., Amirabdollahian F. and Costa, R (2011) ‘Does caffeine ingestion influence dietary habits of undergraduate university students?’ Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 271.

57. Kis, L., Patel, S., Amirabdollahian F, and Costa, R (2011) ‘Do dietary habits and anthropometric measurements differ according to residential settings amongst university students?’ Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 250.

58. Patel, S., Amirabdollahian F., and Costa, R (2011) ‘Do anthropometrical measures and dietary-lifestyle habits amongst vegetarian and non-vegetarian undergraduate university students differ?’ Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 271.

59. Gill, S., Amirabdollahian F., and Costa, R (2011) ‘The Dietary Habits of University Students in Accordance to Socio-Economic Status’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 269.

60. Matharu H., and Amirabdollahian F (2011) ‘An estimate of intake of Eicosapentaenoic acid in the diet of the British Adults’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 416.

61. Amirabdollahian F, and Matharu H (2011) ‘An estimate of intake n-3 long chain fatty acids in the diet of the British Adults’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 422.

62. Amirabdollahian F, and Matharu H (2011) ‘An estimate of intake of Decosahexaenoic acid in the diet of the British Adults’. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 58 (suppl 3), 423.

63. Amirabdollahian F (2011) ‘An innovative approach in teaching public health nutrition to the university students’. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 1, 1-14.

64. Ward, G., and Amirabdollahian F (2011) 'A study to investigate the knowledge of Coventry University students regarding the health risks associated with obesity'. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 24, 307-308.

65. Shah, N., Amirabdollahian F, and Costa, R (2011) 'The dietary and physical activity habits of university students on health and non-health related courses'. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 24, 303-304.

2010

66. Amirabdollahian F and Ash, R (2010) An estimate of phytate intake and molar ratio of phytate to zinc in the diet of the people in the United Kingdom. Public Health Nutrition (doi:10.1017/S1368980010000704).

2009

67. Amirabdollahian F and Ash, R (2009) Physiologic zinc requirement estimated by IZiNCG appears to be too low. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 30, 273-4. (PMID: 19927608)

68. Amirabdollahian F and Ash, R (2009) Is the zinc intake of young people in the UK adequate? Eur J Clin Nutr (doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2008.23).

2008

69. Amirabdollahian F and Ash, R (2008) The effect of supplemental zinc on the zinc intake of British adults. Public Health Nutrition (doi: 10.1017/S1368980008001730).

70. Amirabdollahian F and Ash, R (2008) Precision, Linearity, and Accuracy of the Assessment of Phytic Acid via Ion-Pair HPLC. American Laboratory, On-Line Edition, 1, 35-42.