Blood pressure (BP) undergoes changes throughout the day as a result of circadian rhythm, and consequently, BP is normally lower at night. Inadequate lowering of BP at night (known as “non-dipping”) strongly predicts CVD risk. Given the peaks and troughs that occur in the pattern of BP throughout the day as determined by normal human physiological reactions, and the fact that diurnal variations occur in food and nutrient intakes, it is of interest how patterns of diurnal intake of food and nutrients might impact BP. There is currently no published data investigating the potential impact of timing of sodium intake (such as high intakes later in the day) on BP and CVD risk. Therefore, this project aims to investigate the effect of timing of salt intake on 24-hour BP, with a particular focus on nocturnal BP.
Katja has a BSc. in Rehabilitation/Prevention Therapy and Fitness (Sport Science) from Chemnitz, Germany. Katja has previously worked as a Senior Biomechanist and Research Assistant in a worldwide renowned Sports Medicine department, at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin (SSC). Through this position she has extensive experience of 3D motion capture using Vicon Nexus, force plates (AMTI and ForceDecks), isokinetic dynamometry (Cybex Norm) and she has been exposed to both Electromyography (Delsys Trigno) and inertial measurement units (IMU) (TurningSense and Shimmer, Xsens) as well as analyzing and reporting back results to elite athletes and patients. Supervisors: Dr Ciarán Ó Catháin and Dr David Kelly. from Ulster University with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition. Ciara is an AfN accredited Associate Nutritionist (ANutr). As part of her undergraduate degree, Ciara completed her final year project “blood pressure and measures of vascular health in healthy individuals stratified by MTHFR genotype”. Ciara has an extreme passion for promoting health and has a goal to enhance cardiovascular health nationally.
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