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Dr Helen White

About Dr Helen White

Dr Helen White is Subject Group Head for the Nutrition and Dietetic Group in the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences. She is an HCPC Registered Dietitian, HCPC Partner and a Fellow of the HEA.

Helen joined the University in 2004 and prior to this held a number of dietetic posts within the NHS, specialising in acute medicine, elderly medicine, paediatrics and cystic fibrosis. She completed her first degree in Applied Biology (University of Bradford) and Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (Leeds Beckett University). In 2008 she went on to complete an MSc (Health Research) at University Leeds and PG Certificate in Higher Education (Leeds Beckett University). Her PhD by Published Work (Leeds Beckett University) in 2015, examined nutritional interventions in an ageing population with Cystic fibrosis. Helen undertook a dual lecturing and NHS dietetic role until moving to a full time Principal lecturing post in 2012; becoming Subject Group Head for Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016.

Current Teaching

Helen provides teaching input into:

  • BSc(Hons) Dietetics
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice
  • MSc Clinical Nutrition, in the areas of respiratory disease, cystic fibrosis, and dissertation supervision.

She is a supervisor for 3 PhD students.

Research Interests

Helen’s research interests lie within three areas: the evaluation of nutritional interventions in healthy ageing and chronic disease, interventions to improve adherence in chronic disease, and the use of electronic record data and digital technology to predict disease outcomes.

Nutritional interventions in healthy ageing and chronic disease: Helen has experience in researching nutritional interventions in the areas of healthy ageing and chronic respiratory disease, including cystic fibrosis. As part of collaborative research teams at University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, she has been part of a number of studies examining essential amino acid supplementation in healthy ageing and nutritional and enteral supplementation in chronic disease.

Adherence in chronic disease: Adherence to long term medication and treatments is reported to be as low as 50%. Having led early studies to identify novel markers of clinical variation to detect and measure adherence, Helen currently leads a pharmaceutical industry funded RCT into the impact of on-line interventions in adherence. Further studies have also explored patient engagement with their electronic clinical record in chronic disease, determining their requirements for direct access to their record and the impact of inputting their own data to their ECR.

The Impact of Gut Dysbiosis on Lung Inflammation Funded by a strategic research centre grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a series of studies led and in conjunction with partners from University Leeds, University Cambridge, Sanger Institute Lausanne and Melbourne) aim to characterise the gut microbiome and the influence of diet (particularly short chain fatty acids) on the gut microbiome in cystic fibrosis.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (30)

  • Tsopra R; Peckham DG; Beirne P; Rodger K; Callister M; White H; Jais J-P; Ghosh D; Whitaker P; Clifton I (2018), The impact of three discharge coding methods on the accuracy of diagnostic coding and hospital reimbursement for inpatient medical care. International Journal of Medical Informatics, vol. 115
  • Williams G; White H; Sen M; Prestwich R (2018), Patients' experience of enteral tube feeding following (chemo) radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: A qualitative study. Clinical Nutrition
  • Ispoglou T; Deighton K; King R; White H; Lees M (2017), Novel essential amino acid supplements enriched with L-leucine facilitate increased protein and energy intakes in older women: a randomised controlled trial. Nutrition Journal, vol. 16
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  • White H; Shaw N; Denman S; Pollard K; Wynne S; Peckham DG (2017), Variation in lung function as a marker of adherence to oral and inhaled medication in cystic fibrosis. European Respiratory Journal, vol. 49 (3)
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  • White H; Gillgrass L; Wood A; Peckham DG (2016), Requirements and access needs of patients with chronic disease to their hospital electronic health record: results of a cross-sectional questionnaire survey. BMJ Open, vol. 6:e012257
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  • Ispoglou T; Deighton K; King R; White H; Lees M (2016), MON-P108: The Impact of Essential Amino Acid Supplements Enriched with L-Leucine on Appetite and Energy Intake in Elderly Women. Clinical Nutrition, vol. 35 (Supplement 1), p. S193-S193.
  • Huntriss R; White H (2016), Evaluation of a 12-week weight management group for people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes in a multi-ethnic population. Journal of Diabetes Nursing, vol. 20 (2), p. 65-71.
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  • Ispoglou T; White H; Preston T; McElhone S; Mckenna J; Hind K (2015), Double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial of L-Leucine-enriched amino-acid mixtures on body composition and physical performance in men and women aged 65-75 years. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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  • White H; Hurley P; Oliver S; Peckham DG (2015), Variation in random capillary blood glucose and HbA1C as predictors of cystic fibrosis related diabetes (CFRD). Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 14 (Suppl 1), p. S102-S102.
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  • Peckham DG; Whitaker P; White H (2015), Research in progress-electronic patient records; a new era. Thorax, vol. 70 (5), p. 473-475.
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  • White H; King L (2014), Enteral feeding pumps: efficacy, safety and patient acceptability. Medical Devices: Evidence and Research, vol. 7
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  • White H; Morton AM; Peckham DG (2014), Impact of enteral tube feeding on body fat and lean body mass. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 13 (Suppl 2)
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  • White H; Denman S; Shaw N; Wynn S; Pollard K; Peckham DG (2014), Relationship between self-reported adherence, medication collections and clinical variation in cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 13 (Suppl 2), p. S117-S117.
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  • Denman S; White H; Shaw N; Driffil A; Peckham DG (2014), Objective predictors of self-report of adherence in adults with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 13 (S2), p. S22-S22.
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  • Shaw N; White H; Denman S; Peckham DG (2014), The impact of disease severity and clinical variation on self-reported adherence. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 13 (Suppl 2), p. S117-S117.
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  • Mead L; Watson H; Cousins C; Haworth C; White H; Floto RA (2014), Hand grip strength is associated with disease severity in adults with CF. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 13 (Suppl 2), p. S101-S101.
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  • Pearson L; White H (2014), Analysis of an Online Cystic Fibrosis Forum; Common Nutritional Concerns and Quality of Information Shared. European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety, vol. 4 (3), p. 187-188.
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  • Peckham D; Etherington C; White H; Mehta A; Shaw N; Morton A; Pollard K; Lee T; Brownlee K; Taylor J (2014), The development and deployment of integrated electronic care records in a regional adult and paediatric cystic fibrosis unit. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sutherland TJT; Dwarakanath A; White H; Kastelik JA (2013), UK National Survey of Thoracic Ultrasound in Respiratory Registrars. Clinical Medicine, vol. 13 (4), p. 370-373.
  • White H; Morton AM; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2013), Enteral tube feeding in adults with cystic fibrosis: patient choice and impact on long term outcomes. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
  • Whitehead N; White H (2013), A Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials of the effects of caffeine and caffeinated drinks on Blood Glucose Levels & Insulin Sensitivity in People with Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • White H; Pollard K; Etherington C; Clifton I; Morton AM; Owen D; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2009), Nutritional decline in cystic fibrosis related diabetes: the effect of intensive nutritional intervention.. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 8 (3), p. 179-185.
  • White H; Wolfe SP; Foy J; Morton A; Conway SP; Brownlee KB (2007), Nutritional intake and status in children with cystic fibrosis: Does age matter?. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, vol. 44 (1), p. 116-123.
  • Conway SP; Wolfe SP; White H; Brownlee KG; Oldroyd B (2005), Vitamin K status in children with CF and its relationship to bone mineral density turnover. Pediatrics, vol. 115
  • White H; Morton AM; Peckham DG; Conway SP (2004), Dietary intakes in adult patients with cystic fibrosis - do they achieve guidelines?. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 3
  • White H; Wolfe SP; Conway SP; Brownlee KG (2003), Are nutritional intakes in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) adequate for weight gain and growth? - a comparison with healthy controls. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 2 (Supplement 1)
  • Etherington C; Morton A; White H; Peckham D; Conway SP (2000), Screening for CFRD - 5 years experience using the OGTT in a Regional Adult Unit. Pediatric Pulmonology, vol. 30 (Supplement 20)
  • Conway SP; Morton AM; Oldroyd B; Truscott JG; White H; Smith AH; Haigh I (2000), Osteoporosis and osteopenia in adults and adolescents with cystic fibrosis: prevalence and associated factors. Thorax, vol. 55
  • Conway SP; Morton AM; White H; Oldroyd B; Westmacott C; Haigh AH (1999), Bone mineral density status and risk factors for osteopenia and osteoporosis in an adult CF population. Pediatric Pulmonology, vol. 26 (Supplement 17)
  • Flint D; Coggrave H; Futter CE; Gardner MJ; Clarke TJ (1986), Stimulatory and cytotoxic effects of an antiserum to adipocyte plasma membranes on adipose tissue metabolism in vitro and in vivo. International Journal of Obesity, vol. 10 (1), p. 69-77.

Chapters (1)

  • MCCABE H; WHITE H (2009) How effective are nutritional interventions in children and adults with cystic fibrosis?. In: MCCABE H; WHITE H Leatte P.cystic fibrosis; aetiology, diagnosis and treatments. New York: Nova science publishers, pp. .

Conference contributions (12)

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  • White H; Gillgrass L; Wood A; Shaw N; Peckham DG; Whitaker P; Eherington C (2016) What functionality do patients want from an Electronic Clinical Record (ECR) Basel, Switzerland 20160608. : .
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  • White H; Shaw N; Gillgrass L; Wood W; Whitaker P; Etherington C; Clifton I; Peckham DG (2016) What functionality do patients want from an electronic clinical record (ECR) Basel, Switzerland 20160608. : Elsevier.
  • White H (2015) What are the best nutritional outcome measures Brussels 20150610. : .
  • White H (2015) Prevention of osteoporosis in infants and children with cystic fibrosis St Petersburg 20150514. : .
  • Smith C; Shimmin D; White H; European Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition Group (2013) Nutritional controversies in adult cystic fibrosis (CF) care - Results of a survey by European CF Nutrition Group . : Elsevier.
  • Bourke S; White H; Daniels T (2011) End stage cystic fibrosis; case studies and MDT management London 20110501. : .
  • White H (2009) Cystic fibrosis related diabetes; relevance, dilemmas and treatment. Stockholm 20091112. : .
  • WHITE H (2009) Clinical impact of cystic fibrosis related diabetes Stockholm, Sweden 20091111. : .
  • White H; Kinrade K (2009) Treatment of recurrent distal intestinal obstructive syndrome in a patient with cystic fibrosis: a case study Brest 20090601. : .
  • White H (2007) Management of CF related diabetes Birmingham 20070901. : .
  • White H (2005) Common problems and pitfalls of dietary assessment in cystic fibrosis' Crete 20050601. : .

Internet publications (1)

  • White H (2008), Cystic Fibrosis in Children and Adults: The Leeds method of management.
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