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Dr Ilse Bloom BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Nutritionist

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Ilse Bloom is a post-doctoral researcher in nutrition and ageing at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton.

I studied at the University of Lisbon, where I completed a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition. I then went on to complete an MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Southampton. Following this, I worked with Age UK South Staffordshire on a community-based project focusing on the prevention of undernutrition in older adults.

In 2013, I joined the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and completed a PhD at the University of Southampton in 2019. My research formed part of a project funded by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre aimed at improving the diets of community-dwelling older people. Currently, the focus of my post-doctoral research is on assessing methods of early nutritional screening in this population.


BSc, Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Lisbon, 2010

MSc, Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton, 2012

PhD, University of Southampton, 2019


Appointments held

Research Nutritionist, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton (December 2013 – present)

Nutritionist, Age UK South Staffordshire (May 2013 – Nov 2013)

Research interests

I am interested in promoting healthy diets and lifestyles among older adults, with the goal of promoting their health and their quality of life as they age.

My research focuses on understanding the influences on the diets of older people; key findings of my work have highlighted the importance of social and psychological factors as influences on diet. I hope to use these findings in the development and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving the diets and health of community-living older populations. In line with this, I am currently working on a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a 'Healthy Conversation Skills' intervention in improving nutrition, physical activity and health-related outcomes in community-living older adults. Another focus of my current research is on evaluating a screening method that could detect early nutritional risk in community-dwelling older adults; this could contribute to the wider implementation/use of a simple method to detect poor diets and low nutrient intakes, and prevent the development of overt malnutrition in this population. This research is supported by the NIHR Southampton BRC and MRC.

Research group

Human Development and Health

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Dr Ilse Bloom
MRC LEU, Southampton General Hospital

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