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Helen White


About 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 (28)

  • White H; Shaw N; Deman S; Pollard K; Wynne S; Peckham DG (In press) Variation in lung function as a marker of adherence to oral and inhaled medication in cystic fibrosis
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  • Bourne D; White H; French JJ; Leeds JS (In press) A retrospective cohort study of nutritional status, nutritional interventions and hospital admissions in patients with chronic pancreatitis managed at a tertiary referral centre
  • Caley L; Smith L; White H; Peckham DG (2020) Average rate of lung function decline in adults with cystic fibrosis in the United Kingdom: Data from the UK CF registry
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2020.04.008
  • Jones B; Till K; Emmonds S; Hendricks S; Mackreth P; Darrall-Jones J; Roe G; McGeechan SI; Mayhew R; Hunwicks R (2019) Accessing off-field brains in sport: An applied research model to develop practice
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-097082
  • Williams G; White H; Sen M; Prestwich R (2019) Patients' experience of enteral tube feeding following (chemo) radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: A qualitative study
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2018.06.958
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.03.015
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1186/S12937-017-0298-6
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  • White H; Gillgrass L; Wood A; Peckham DG (2016) The requirements and access needs of patients with chronic disease to their hospital electronic health record: results of a cross-sectional questionnaire survey
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012257
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012257
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  • 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 populationhttp://www.thejournalofdiabetesnursing.co.uk/journal-content/view/evaluation-of-a-12-week-weight-management-group-for-people-with-type-2-diabetes-and-pre-diabetes-in-a-multi-ethnic-population
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  • Ispoglou T; White H; Preston T; McElhone S; Mckenna J; Hind K (2016) 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
    https://doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2015.91
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  • Peckham DG; Whitaker P; White H (2015) Research in progress-electronic patient records; a new era
    https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-206573
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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
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2014.03.002
  • White H; King L (2014) Enteral feeding pumps: efficacy, safety and patient acceptability
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  • Sutherland TJT; Dwarakanath A; White H; Kastelik JA (2013) UK National Survey of Thoracic Ultrasound in Respiratory Registrars
    https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.13-4-370
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2013.05.003
  • Whitehead N; White H (2013) Systematic review of randomised controlled trials of the effects of caffeine or caffeinated drinks on blood glucose concentrations and insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes mellitus
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12033
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12033
  • 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.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2008.12.002
  • Philpot U; White H; Wild D; Pearson D (2009) An integrated approach to teaching health behaviour change skills
  • WHITE H; POLLARD K; ETHERINGTON C; CLIFTON I; MORTON A; OWEN D; CONWAY S; PECKHAM D (2009) Nutritional decline in cystic fibrosis related diabetes: the effect of intensive nutritional intervention
  • 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?
    https://doi.org/10.1097/01.mpg.0000237929.45846.78
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1136/thorax.55.9.798
  • White H; Morton AM; Peckham DG; Conway SP (2004) Dietary intakes in adult patients with cystic fibrosis - do they achieve guidelines?
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(03)00027-4
  • 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
  • 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
    https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-0496(199810)26:17+<346::AID-PPUL15>3.0.CO;2-0
  • 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

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 (36)

  • Sawant AP; Chadwick HK; White H; Whitaker P; Etherington C; Clifton I; Peckham DG (2019) ePS5.02 The effect of providing patient online access to Electronic Health care Records (EHR) in cystic fibrosis Liverpool, UK 05/06/2019. ScienceDIrect.
  • White H; Shimmin D (2019) Impact of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) pump use for cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) Liverpool 05/06/2019. Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(19)30591-0
  • Chadwick H; White H; Shaw N; Etherington C; Clifton IJ; Pollard K; Whitaker P; Peckham D (2018) Aztreonam lysine inhalation solution (AZLI, Cayston®, Gilead) stabilises lung function decline in patients with cystic fibrosis and moderate to severe lung disease 17/10/2018. Wiley.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10990496
  • White H (2018) Optimising nutrition in adults with cystic fibrosis Belgrade 06/06/2018.
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  • Greig N; White H; Chadwick HK; Cartwright A; Peckham DG (2018) Cardiovascular risk in an adult CF population: a 10-year retrospective analysis Belgrade 06/06/2018. Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(18)30507-1
  • Ispoglou T; Deighton K; King R; White H; Lees M (2016) THE IMPACT OF ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENTS ENRICHED WITH L-LEUCINE ON APPETITE AND ENERGY INTAKE IN ELDERLY WOMEN Copenhagen, Denmark 17/09/2016.
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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 . Elsevier.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261561416307427
  • 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 08/06/2016.
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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) Brussels 10/06/2015. Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(15)30348-9
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  • White H (2015) Preventative treatment of osteoporosis in children with Cystic Fibrosis St Petersburg 14/05/2015.
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  • White H; Denman S; Shaw N; Pollard K; Peckham D (2014) Do longitudinal measures of clinical variation correlate with adherence in cystic fibrosis . Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/ppul.23108
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  • White H; Morton AM; Peckham DG (2014) Impact of enteral tube feeding on body fat and lean body mass Gothenburg 11/06/2014. Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(14)60347-7
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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 . Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(14)60408-2
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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 . Elsevier.http://www.cysticfibrosisjournal.com/article/S1569-1993(14)60069-2/pdf
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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 . Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(14)60407-0
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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 . Elsevier.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(14)60350-7
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  • Pearson L; White H (2014) Analysis of an Online Cystic Fibrosis Forum; Common Nutritional Concerns and Quality of Information Shared Birmingham . ScienceDomain International.http://www.sciencedomain.org/issue.php?iid=438&id=30
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  • 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.
  • Dwarakanath A; Daniels S; Morton AM; White H; Conway SP; Peckham DG; Etherington CE (2012) Reduction in prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in adult patients attending a Regional UK centre Dublin 01/06/2012.
  • White H; Metcalfe R; Peck K; Latchford G; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2011) Adaptation to cystic fibrosis related diabetes - ´I´ll get to that page when I´m ready´. Hamburg 01/06/2011.
  • Smith A; White H (2011) Assessment of nutritional knowledge of learning disability support workers . John Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2011.01175_37.x
  • Morton D; McElhone S; White H (2011) The impact of weight loss competition in the workplace . John Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2011.01175_24.x
  • Ellison C; White H; McElhone S (2011) A content analysis of magazine diets in relation to the Eatwell Plate . John Wiley.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2011.01175_7.x
  • White H; Conway SP (2010) Meeting the criteria for enteral tube feeding; patient choice and impact on long term outcome Baltimore, USA 01/10/2010.
  • Philpot U; White H; Wild D; Pearson D (2009) An integrated approach to teaching health behaviour change skills Manchester 01/09/2009.
  • Peckham DG; White H; Morton AM; Etherington C; Pollard K; Conway SP; Whittaker P; Brownlee K; Lee T; Tau (2009) Implementation, uptake and impact of a cystic fibrosis electronic patient record system Brest, France 01/06/2009.
  • White H; Pollard K; Etherington C; Morton AM; Clifton I; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2008) Impact of aggressive nutritional intervention on early and late acquisition of CFRD in an adult population Prague 01/06/2008.
  • White H; Morton AM; Pollard K; Etherington C; Clifton I; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2007) Does an integrated clinical and nutritional approach prevent pre-diabetic decline in cystic fibrosis? Anaheim, California 01/10/2007.
  • White H; Pollard K; Etherington C; Morton AM; Clifton I; Conway SP; Peckham DG (2007) Does an integrated clinical and nutritional approach prevent pre-diabetic decline Belek, Turkey 01/06/2007.
  • Morton AM; Oldroyd B; White H; Truscott J; Conway SP (2006) Altered body composition in males homozygous for the delta F508 mutation Copenhagen 01/06/2006.
  • Morton AM; White H; Peckham DG; Conway SP (2004) Effects of enteral tube feeding on clinical and nutritional status in adults with cystic fibrosis Birmingham 01/06/2004.
  • Conway SP; Wolfe S; White H; Brownlee K; Oldroyd B (2003) Vitamin K status in children with CF and its relationship to bone mineral density turnover Belfast 01/06/2003.
  • Morton A; White H; Peckham DG; Conway SP (2001) Dietary intakes in adult patients with cystic fibrosis - do they meet recommended guidelines Vienna 01/06/2001.
  • 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 09/11/2000.
    https://doi.org/10.1002/1099-0496(2000)30:20+<304::AID-PPUL12>3.0.CO;2-A
  • 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 Stockholm 04/06/2000.
  • Conway SP; Morton A; White H; Oldroyd B; Westmacott C; Smith AH (1998) Bone mineral density status and risk factors for osteopenia and osteoporosis in an adult CF population Berlin 18/06/1998.

Conference proceedings (2)

  • Jaynes E; Killips J; White H (2018) An analysis of the dietary intake of a cohort of women with gestational diabetes. In: British Dietetic Association Conference Birmingham 04/07/2018 00:00:00. : Wiley, pp. 23-24.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/1365277x
  • White H; Morton A; Pollard K; Etherington C; Clifton I (2007) Does an integrated clinical and nutritional approach prevent pre-diabetic decline?. In: . : , pp. 397-397.

Internet publications (1)

Patents (1)

  • Ispoglou T; White H; King R (2013) Essential amino acid nutritional product enriched with L-Leucine as means to combat age-related sarcopenia and frailty in older men and women

Presentations (10)

  • White H (2018) Assessment of Nutritional intake: how to investigate intake and what to ask
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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)
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-1993(16)30154-0
  • White H (2015) What are the best nutritional outcome measures. European CF Conference Brussels June 2015
  • Bourke S; White H; Daniels T (2011) End stage cystic fibrosis; case studies and MDT management
  • White H (2009) Cystic fibrosis related diabetes; relevance, dilemmas and treatment.
  • WHITE H (2009) Clinical impact of cystic fibrosis related diabetes
  • White H; Kinrade K (2009) Treatment of recurrent distal intestinal obstructive syndrome in a patient with cystic fibrosis: a case study
  • White H (2007) Management of CF related diabetes
  • White H (2005) Common problems and pitfalls of dietary assessment in cystic fibrosis'
  • Morton A; White H; Wolfe S; Peckham D; Conway SP (2000) Nutritional status of adult patients attending a regional cystic fibrosis unit
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