Dr Sophia Amenyah
- samenyah at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Bournemouth Gateway Building BG504, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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Dr Sophia D. Amenyah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bournemouth University. She is a co-lead on the evaluation team of the European Regional Development Fund project, Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions (ASPIRE). Her research focuses on multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to understanding the determinants of healthy ageing throughout the life course. She is committed to co-production, inclusiveness and involving experts-by-experience in all stages of the research cycle ensuring research that translates into impactful policies. She contributes regularly to teaching on Nutrition modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Amenyah is a Registered Nutritionist (UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, Association for Nutrition) with a strong background in Public Health Nutrition. She has a PhD in Nutrition and Genomics Medicine (Ulster University, United Kingdom), a MSc in Nutrition & Rural Development - Public Health Nutrition (Ghent University, Belgium) and a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (University of Ghana, Ghana)... She has expertise in epigenetics, realist synthesis & evaluation, systematic reviews & meta-analysis, nutrition assessment and research using quantitative methods. Her key research interests include healthy ageing, global nutrition, public health policies, nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition.
Dr Amenyah is an early-career member of the Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC), the Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and the BUiWell Research Centre at Bournemouth University (BU). She co-organises and facilitates the ADRC Virtual Research Coffee Mornings, where researchers and practitioners engage with members of the public socially to share research. She is passionate about inspiring young scientists and is a registered member of the STEM Ambassador programme in South West England. As part of this, she collaborates with different organisations to deliver STEM activities for schools, the general public and to other initiatives promoting Public Engagement in Science.more
- Amenyah, S.D., Waters, D., Tang, W., Fenge, L.-A. and Murphy, J.L., 2022. Systematic realist synthesis of health-related and lifestyle interventions designed to decrease overweight, obesity and unemployment in adults. BMC Public Health, 22 (1), 2100.
- Dahodwala, H., Amenyah, S.D., Nicoletti, S., Henry, M.N., Lees-Murdock, D.J. and Sharfstein, S.T., 2022. Evaluation of site-specific methylation of the CMV promoter and its role in CHO cell productivity of a recombinant monoclonal antibody. Antib Ther, 5 (2), 121-129.
- Amenyah, S.D., Murphy, J. and Fenge, L.A., 2021. Evaluation of a health-related intervention to reduce overweight, obesity and increase employment in France and the United Kingdom: a mixed-methods realist evaluation protocol. BMC Public Health, 21 (1).
- Amenyah, S.D. et al., 2021. DNA methylation of hypertension-related genes and effect of riboflavin supplementation in adults stratified by genotype for the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. International Journal of Cardiology, 322, 233-239.
- Amenyah, S.D. et al., 2020. Influence of nutrients involved in one-carbon metabolism on DNA methylation in adults-a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews, 78 (8), 647-666.
- Amenyah, S.D. et al., 2020. Riboflavin supplementation alters global and gene-specific DNA methylation in adults with the MTHFR 677 TT genotype. Biochimie, 173, 17-26.
- Amenyah, S.D., Ward, M., Strain, J.J., McNulty, H., Hughes, C.F., Dollin, C., Walsh, C.P. and Lees-Murdock, D.J., 2020. Nutritional epigenomics and age-related disease. Current Developments in Nutrition, 4 (7), 1-16.
- Michels, N. and Amenyah, S.D., 2017. Body size ideals and dissatisfaction in Ghanaian adolescents: role of media, lifestyle and well-being. Public Health, 146, 65-74.
- Amenyah, S.D. and Michels, N., 2016. Body size ideals, beliefs and dissatisfaction in Ghanaian adolescents: sociodemographic determinants and intercorrelations. Public Health, 139, 112-120.
- Amenyah, S. et al., 2020. DNA methylation of hypertension-related genes is influenced by the MTHFR 677TT genotype and riboflavin supplementation. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 79 (OCE2), E237.
- Amenyah, S.D. et al., 2018. Epigenetic effects of riboflavin supplementation on hypertension in adults screened for the MTHFR C677 T polymorphism. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 77 (OCE3), E62.
- Amenyah, S.D. and Michels, N., 2015. Role of diet, physical activity and media in body size and dissatisfaction in Ghanaian adolescents. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 67, 402.
- The interconnection between lifestyle factors and dementia risk in minority ethnic communities in the UK (Alzheimer's Research UK, 01 Nov 2022). Awarded
- Healthy Brain Healthy Life (Alzheimer's Research UK, 02 May 2022). Awarded