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Dr Kate Grimshaw PhD RD RNutr

Emeritus Fellow

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Dr Kate Grimshaw is an Emeritus Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Kate Grimshaw qualified as a dietitian in the UK in 1989 after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Her first degree was in Human Biology). She has since worked in a number of posts, mostly paediatric. In 1995 she completed her MSc in Human Nutrition and in 2003 gained a post-graduate diploma in Allergy. In 2012 she completed her PhD looking at infant feeding practices in the first year of life and the development of food allergy.

In 1999 she joined the University of Southampton, specialising in maternal and infant nutrition and paediatric food allergy. She has worked on a number of research studies investigating different aspects of paediatric nutrition. Whilst doing this she continued to work clinically, advising parents and careers on many aspects of infant and early years nutrition.

She is often asked to write articles on infant and early years nutrition and also on different aspects of food allergy and is also sought after as a speaker/lecturer internationally on such topics. She is currently resident in the USA due to her husband’s work. During this time she continues to work for the University of Southampton working on a number of their research projects and supervising a number of MSc students.


1987 BSc (Hons) Applied and Human Biology
Aston University

1989 Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics
with State Registration
Queen’s College, Glasgow

1991 Paediatric Course
British Dietetic Association

1992 Certificate in Supervisory Management Studies
Institute of Supervisory Management

1996 MSc Human Nutrition
University of Ulster

2004 Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy
University of Southampton

2012 Doctor of Philosophy
University of Southampton

Appointments held

July 2013 – Present Consultant to FARRP (Food Allergy Research Resource
Program), University of Nebraska, USA

June 2005 – Present Research Fellow/Dietitian
University Child Health
Southampton University

Feb 2010 – Dec 2011 Senior lecturer
Department of Clinical Sciences
University of Chester

June 2002 – June 2005 Research Dietitian (Band 7)
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Feb 1999 – June 2002 Research Fellow/Dietitian
University Child Health
Southampton University

July 1996 – Nov 1998 Senior I Dietitian
The Princess Mary Hospital
RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus

Sept 1994 – Oct 1995 Senior II Dietitian
Ulster Hospital, Northern Ireland

Sept 1992 – May 1994 Senior I Dietitian
Ashington Hospital, Northumberland

June 1991 – Sept 1992 Basic Grade Dietitian
Ashington Hospital, Northumberland

Oct 1989 – April 1991 Basic Grade Dietitian
Burnley General Hospital, Lancashire

Research interests

I have worked in research since 1999 and in that time have worked in all aspects of clinical research from project design, delivery, analysis, write-up and paper authorship. Additionally I have held a number of positions which promote the importance of research in clinical practice including research dietitian at the Wellcome Trust Research Facility (Southampton General Hospital), member of the British Dietetic Association research committee and I am currently research officer of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy (INDANA).

My major research interested in infant and childhood feeding and how this is affected by allergy and also how this affects food allergy development and since 2005 I have been working on the Prevalence of Infant Food Allergy (PIFA) birth cohort study (funded by UK Foods Standards Agency, PI Professor Graham Roberts). The cohort contributed data to the EU FP6 Europrevall Project (led by Professor Claire Mills) where the specific aims were to establish the prevalence and pattern of food allergy across Europe and investigate the underlying environmental, including different weaning patterns (Keil Allergy 2010). As part of this project I collected prospective food diaries from the UK mothers detailing how they fed their infants. This data has already resulted in 3 publications (Grimshaw et al Mat Child Nutr 2013, Grimshaw et al JACI 2013, Grimshaw et al Pediatrics 2013) with more anticipated. The PIFA study is being extended as the FP7 funded iFAAM Project (led by Professor Claire Mills) where I will be leading on the investigation on the effect of current diet on allergy and asthma symptoms.

My dietetic and nutritional expertise has also been sought for a number of other food allergy projects including the EAT study and work into ‘may contain’ labelling eBarnett et al, BMC Public Health 2011), allergy threshold work (Grimshaw et al, Clin Exp Allergy 2003; Hourihane et al, Clin Exp Allergy 2005) and other food allergy studies involving food challenges (Lucas et al Clin Exp allergy, 2004; Hourihane et al JACI, 2007). I also provided my dietetic knowledge to the University of Southampton Psychology department study into Food additives and behaviour (McCann D et al Lancet 2007; Stevenson et al Am J Psychiatry 2010).

Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Postgraduate Student Supervision

Minal Gandi (MSc Allergy) 2009- Present
Stephanie Wagner (MSc Allergy) 2013-Present

Melanie Wright (MSc Public Health Nutrition – Chester University 20011-2012
Debbie Grimoldby (MSc Public Health Nutrition – Chester University) 2011-2012
Anna Palmer (MSc Public Health Nutrition – Chester University) 2010-2011
Erin Oliver (MSc Public Health Nutrition) 2006-2007
Katherine Jenner (MSc Public Health Nutrition) 2007-2008
Tanya Wright (MSc Allergy) 2006-2008

Positions of Responsibility

2013 – Present
Member of Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) International Allergy Working Group

2009- Present
Steering Committee Member (Research) of International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy (INDANA)

2009 –2011
Research Member of the Food Allergy and Intolerance Specialist Group (FAISG) of the BDA

2002 – 2005
Member of Research Committee of British
Dietetic Association (BDA)

2002 – 2007
Education and Training Officer of the Food Allergy and Intolerance Specialist Group (FAISG) of the BDA

  • Module leader (Health Improvements module) for BSc in Human Nutrition, University of Chester. 2010 – 2011
  • Module leader (Developing Healthier Communities) for MSc in Public Health Nutrition, University of Chester. 2010 - 2011
  • Food Allergy Module Coordinator and Lecturer for MSc in Allergy, University of Southampton. 2002 – 2011 (2002 to 2007 module entitled ‘Dietetic management of food allergy’)
  • Lecturer on University of Surrey MSc in Nutritional Medicine 2002, 2004
  • Lecturer on Medical Training Programme, Royal West Sussex NHS Trust Chichester 2005 and 2006
  • Lecturer on London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine MSc in Maternal and Child Nutrition 2005, 2006
  • Lecturer Annual course in Paediatric Gastroenterology & Endoscopy, Royal Free Hospital, 2007, 2008
Dr Kate Grimshaw
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH/LF100/MP803

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