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Dr Kate A Ward PhD, BSc(Hons)

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I am Associate Professor at MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology and seconded part-time to the NIHR Southampton Global Nutrition Research Group.  In 2019, I became the University of Southampton World Universities Network Public Health Representative.

My research programme focusses on Global Musculoskeletal Health, with a particular emphasis on how nutrition impacts adolescent growth and the effects of this on future health of the individual through adulthood and their offspring.  The focus is on the contribution of environment to the healthy development, maintenance and ageing musculoskeletal system. I work across the life course and in different populations, both within and outside the UK, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.  The objectives are to gain a better understanding of how to achieve potential through adolescent growth into adulthood and then understanding how to maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system through mid-life, importantly identifying opportunities for intervention for healthy ageing. I have published 105 peer-reviewed original research communications; 8 invited reviews, 12 edited book chapters and have 50 invited speaker presentations.  

I am an elected member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Council (2017-2020). I currently sit on the Membership Engagement and Education Committee as Council liaison, and in 2017 was liaison for the Womens Committee. In 2018, I was appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. I was Honorary Secretary of the Bone Research Society (2015-2018) and served as a committee member since 2011. I was Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual meeting hosted by University of Southampton at Winchester University and led the initiation of the now established BRS Muscle and Bone Working group and re-design of the website. I also serve on several Royal Osteoporosis Society committee’s and is a member of the Research Grants Committee, Nutrition and Lifestyle Forum and Scientific Programme Committee.  I have served as an expert member and author of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry Paediatric Task Force, for DXA and QCT guidelines. 

I am Associate Editor of the editorial board of Frontiers in Bone Endocrinology, and act as a peer reviewer for many other journals including Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, Osteoporosis International, Bone, Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, BMJ, American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Clinical Densitometry and Calcified Tissues International. She has provided peer reviews for major grant funders including The Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Canada Research Chairs, South African Medical Research Council, National Osteoporosis Society and Arthritis Research UK.  I was an External Examiner for the BMedSci course at the University of Sheffield 2015-17.  She is a reviewer of European Calcified Tissues Society Scientific Programme abstracts and fellowships.

I have given invited lectures/ meet the Professor sessions at the following meetings: National Osteoporosis Society; Bone Research Society; International Conference for Children’s Bone Health; Nutrition and Growth; Rank Foundation Ethnicity and diet-related diseases in the UK; Osteoporosis Dorset; Rank Foundation Vitamin D Mechanisms Symposium; All Parties Parliamentary Group – Implementing Vitamin D guidelines; International Society for Clinical Densitometry Paediatric Guidelines Task Force Meeting.



BSc(Hons) Biomedical Technology, Sheffield Hallam University, 1995

PhD, University of Leeds, 1999


Appointments held:

2008-2015 Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, UK

2008-2011 Honorary scientist, University of Manchester

1999-2008 Senior Scientist (04-08), Research Associate (99-04),  Clinical Radiology, Imaging Science & Biomedical Engineering,  University of Manchester

1993-1994 Research assistant, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester

Research group

Human Development and Health

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MRC Nutrition and Bone Health Research Group, Clifford Allbutt Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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Dr Kate A Ward
MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, SO16 6YD

Tel: 02380 777624

Room Number: SGH/MRC/MP95

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