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Marie Conway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests

My main research interests are:

  • Sustainable and healthy diets
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA),
  • Genetic factors influencing PUFA
  • Risks and benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy
  • Maternal and child health

Current Projects

SuHeGuide Project – Food based dietary guidelines for sustainable and healthy lifestyles


PhD in Nutrition (Ulster University, 2019)

BSc Human Nutrition with Diploma in Professional Practice (Ulster University, 2015)

Professional Membership

  • The Nutrition Society
  • International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL)
  • Association for Nutrition

Conway MC, Yeates AJ, Love TM, Weller D, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Wesolowska M, Watson GE, Myers GJ, Shamlaye CF, Henderson J, Davidson PW, van Wijngaarden E, Strain JJ (2023) “Maternal fish consumption and child neurodevelopment in Nutrition 1 Cohort: Seychelles Child Development Study” British Journal of Nutrition, Feb 10:1-21. doi: 10.1017/S0007114523000375.


Feehan O, Magee PJ, Pourshahidi LK, Armstrong DJ, Slevin MM, Allsopp PJ, Conway MC, Strain JJ, McSorley EM. (2023) “Associations of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids with bone mineral density and bone turnover in postmenopausal women”. European Journal of Nutrition, 62(1):95-104. doi: 10.1007/s00394-022-02933-9.


Delahunt A, Conway MC, Callaghan SL, O'Brien EC, Geraghty AA, O'Reilly SL, McDonnell CM, Mehegan J, McAuliffe FM. (2022) “Maternal dietary quality during pregnancy and child appetitive traits at 5-years-old: Findings from the ROLO longitudinal birth cohort study”. Appetite, 179:106291. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2022.106291.


Spence T, Zavez A, Allsopp PJ, Conway MC, Yeates AJ, Mulhern MS, van Wijngaarden E, Strain JJ, Myers GJ, Watson GE, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Thurston SW, McSorley EM. (2022) “Serum cytokines are associated with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and not with methylmercury measured in infant cord blood in the Seychelles child development study”. Environmental Research, 204(Pt A):112003. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112003.


Conway MC, Cawley S, Geraghty AA, Walsh NM, O'Brien EC, McAuliffe FM. (2022) “The consumption of low-calorie sweetener containing foods during pregnancy: results from the ROLO study”. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Feb;76(2):227-234. doi: 10.1038/s41430-021-00935-0.


Conway MC, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, van Wijngaarden E, Davidson PW, Wahlberg K, Pineda D, Broberg K, Shamlaye CF, Myers GM, Strain JJ, Yeates AJ. (2021) “Maternal and child FADS genotype as determinants of cord blood polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) concentrations in the Seychelles Child Development Study”. British Journal of Nutrition, 126(11), 1687-1697. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114521000441


Conway MC, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Spence T, van Wijngaarden E, Watson GE, Wahlberg K, Pineda D, Broberg K, Hyland BW, Cobice DF, Strain JJ, Yeates AJ (2020) “The influence of fish consumption on serum n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) concentrations in women of childbearing age: a randomised controlled trial (the iFish Study)”, European Journal of Nutrition, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-020-02326-w



McSorley EM, Edwin van Wijngaarden E, Yeates AJ, Spence T, Mulhern MS, Donald Harrington D, Thurston SW, Love T, Jusko TA, Allsopp PJ, Conway MC, Davidson PW, Myers GJ, Watson GE, Shamlaye CF, Strain JJ “Methylmercury and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with immune dysregulation in young adults from the Seychelles Child Development Study” Environmental Research 183:109072. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2019.109072


Conway MC, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Strain JJ, van Wijngaarden E. The influence of fatty acid desaturase (FADS) genotype on maternal and child polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) status and on child health outcomes: a systematic review. Nutrition Reviews, nuz086, https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuz086


Conway MC, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, van Wijngaarden E, Strain JJ, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Yeates AJ (2018) Dietary Determinants of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA) Status in a High Fish-Eating Cohort during Pregnancy. Nutrients 10, 927