Niamh O'Kane

Niamh O'Kane
Queen's University Belfast | QUB · Institute for Global Food Security

BSc (Hons) Human Biology; PhD Medicine (Public Health)

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Introduction
Research Fellow and Science Communication and Research Impact Officer at the Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast. PhD from Centre for Public Health, Queen's University on the use of social media in public health communciation; Human biology graduate.
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - June 2017
Queen's University Belfast
Position
  • Anatomy Demonstrator
Description
  • Human biology level 2 module Topographical Anatomy (BMS2001); demonstrated cadaveric dissection techniques, invigilated anatomy spot tests.
October 2016 - May 2017
Queen's University Belfast
Position
  • Tutor
Description
  • Medicine module Concepts in People and Populations (MED2015); marking of critical appraisal assignment on qualitative research, teaching tutorials on global health and sustainability.
October 2015 - May 2018
Queen's University Belfast
Position
  • Physiology Demonstrator
Description
  • Physiology module within Biomedical Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses; demonstrated a range of human physiological experiments.
Education
September 2012 - July 2015
Queen's University Belfast
Field of study
  • BSc Human Biology

Publications

Publications (10)
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Background: Schools provide opportunities to improve the quality of children's diet, whilst reducing inequalities in childhood diet and health. Evidence supports whole school approaches, including consistency in food quality, eating culture and food education. However, such approaches are often poorly implemented due to the highly complex environm...
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Background Instagram’s popularity among young adults continues to rise, and previous work has identified diffusion of unhealthy messages and misinformation throughout the platform. However, we know little about how to use Instagram to promote health messages. This study aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of using Instagram to engage p...
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Food choice has the potential to influence our health, community, social status and self-efficacy. Food involvement is a previously established concept, however, newer areas of focus in the food system (i.e. sustainability and advocacy) are not included in its assessment. To encompass these new aspects, a new “food chain engagement” measure is prop...
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Cooking interventions are emphasised as promising methods for changing children's food-related preferences, attitudes and behaviours. However, criticisms remain, including relatively weak intervention designs; lack of validated tools, and limited underpinning theory. Therefore, this research aimed to assess the effectiveness of a theory-driven co-c...
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Social media (SM) offer huge potential for public health research, serving as a vehicle for surveillance, delivery of health interventions, recruitment to trials, collection of data, and dissemination. However, the networked nature of the data means they are riddled with ethical challenges, and no clear consensus has emerged as to the ethical handl...

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WeValueFood (3 yr project) will enhance consumer health and support the European Agri-food economy by improving future generations’ knowledge of, and engagement with, food. Novel approaches will be used to engage with next generation audiences: students from primary school to university. Following a pan-European inventory of current tools and resources; novel engagement and education approaches (e.g. gamification, txokos, food interest groups/collectives, “twinning”, science meets food) will be used to produce our future food champions who will communicate food values through digital media platform(s) of their choosing. WeValueFood will be supported by a pan European network of high profile "food stars" and stakeholders. Industry will "relearn" to engage with our youth on food values. The project will be scaled-up across Europe, targeting regions where a greater engagement and understanding of food is needed in order for the next generations to make the best choices of the food they eat.