Catherine is a registered dietitian (BSc Human Nutrition & Dietetics DIT/ TCD), accredited high performance sports and exercise nutritionist (INDI SENG, BDA, SENr), Level 1 Anthropometrist (ISAK) with 15 years’ experience in nutrition service provision across health care, the pharmaceutical industry, professional sport, teaching and research (PhD, UL). She has extensive research experience in food for health and human performance with particular interest in optimising training adaptations and performance with optimised nutrient support (quantity, quality, distribution and timing relative to a training stimulus). She is also investigating technologies for dietary data collection and assessment, with a particular focus on athletic and active populations. Catherine returned to the Physical Education & Sport Sciences Department at UL in 2016 and holds the first national appointment in Sport & Exercise Nutrition.  She is a principal investigator on collaborative research funded by the Food for Health Ireland 2 (FHI2) programme to investigate the efficacy of nutrient supplementation with proteins mined from milk to provide metabolic outcomes, which support Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN). Catherine is also a principal investigator  on an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme entitled Bone health in adult men and women aged 50-70y.


Carson, B., Davies, R., Bass, J., Norton, C., Patel, B., Amigo-Benavent, M., Murphy, S., Kiely, P., & Jakeman, P. (2018). PL - 033 A translational model of muscle protein synthetic bioactivity in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo. Exercise Biochemistry Review. 1:1.

Davies, R., Bass, J., Carson, B., Norton, C., Kozior, M., Brook, M., Wilkinson, D.J. & Atherton, P.J. & Jakeman, P. (2018). The Effect of Whey Protein Supplementation on the Recovery of Contractile Function following Resistance Training: 3369 Board #. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 50. 839. DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000538761.88432.64.

Norton, C., Toomey, C., McCormack, W.G., Francis, P., Saunders, J., Kerin, E. and Jakeman, P. (2016) 'Protein supplementation at breakfast and lunch for 24 weeks beyond habitual intakes increases whole-body lean tissue mass in healthy older adults', Journal of Nutrition, 146(1): 65-69.

Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W., Toomey, C., Norton, C., Saunders, J., Kerin, E., Lyons, M. and Jakeman, P. (2016) 'Twelve weeks’ progressive resistance training combined with protein supplementation beyond habitual intakes increases upper leg lean tissue mass, muscle strength and extended gait speed in healthy older women', Biogerontology, 1-11.

Norton, C., Jakeman, P. (2013). A method to estimate dietary total antioxidant capacity among elderly Irish women. Proceedings of The Nutrition Society. 72 (OCE4).