The University of Surrey is a research-intensive university committed to teaching and research excellence. We provide a world-class experience to our students, who go on to make positive contributions to society. Our three faculties of Health & Medical Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences over a range of scholarships to attract the best talent globally.
New PhD scholarships have been launched for 2019 entry and support existing scholarships in our postgraduate taught programmes.
During my talk, I will introduce the University, it’s postgraduate opportunities and highlight some areas of research excellence.
Helen Griffiths was appointed as Executive Dean and joined the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey in December 2016. She is a member of the University Executive Board.
Helen graduated with first class BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from Bath University in 1985. During her thin sandwich degree she spent six months in the NHS at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and six months in industry with Nestle in Switzerland. She gained her PhD on “Reactive oxygen species damage in rheumatoid arthritis” from the Faculty of Medicine at Birmingham University (1989). She has previously been an academic faculty member at Birmingham University, Leicester University and Aston University where she was awarded a personal Chair in Biomedical Sciences in 2005. Helen served as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Life and Health Sciences between 2005 and 2009, was then appointed as Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University from November 2009 to November 2014. She was then appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor International Relations. She founded the Aston Centre for Healthy Ageing in 2009 and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2011.
Helen is an Editor for Redox Biology and Free Radical Research and serves on the Editorial Board of Biogerontology. She is Immediate Past Chair of the British Society for Research on Ageing and Co-Chair of the Development Board, having held the role of BSRA Chair from 2013-16. She has previously served as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Society for Free Radical Research (2008-2012) and was a member of the SFRR-E Council between 2012-2016. She chaired a European Task force for Biomarkers of oxidative damage, in the EUROfeda programme funded under framework 6.
Helen’s research has always been carried out in collaboration with clinical and industrial collaborators with the goal to develop new knowledge that has impact for health. She has worked with Unilever for over 10 years and currently partners with Mologic Ltd through a BBSRC funded CASE award. Through the EU funded Inclusilver project (2017-2020), Helen is the UK lead on dietary innovations for the over 50s.
Helen has published over 160 peer reviewed papers an dhas successfully supervised 25 PhD students. She has pursued an increase in understanding of the roles of nutrients in health, inflammatory and degenerative diseases that increase with ageing [3-5]. These studies have highlighted that a non-linear relationship exists between “vitamin E“ (alpha tocopherol) and periodontal health ; that carotenoids such as beta carotene are lower in vascular dementia in a manner even though dietary intake is adequate ; and that dietary almonds improve vascular health even when you are over 50 years of age ! Most recent studies have characterised the profile of dietary lipids  and their oxidised lipids in ageing and dementia , shedding new light of regulation of cellular metabolism.