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Tatiana Alafouzo

PhD Student

Tatiana Alafouzo

About Research

Biography

Tatiana completed her MSc in Human Nutrition with Distinction at St Mary’s University, Twickenham where her dissertation focused on the Association between the MnSOD gene rs4880 SNP, 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) as a marker of oxidative stress and cancer, and, dietary antioxidant capacity in healthy postmenopausal women.

Prior to this Tatiana graduated from New York University with a first-class honours BA in Film and Television and spent a number of years working in film distribution before changing careers.

Her research interests lie within different nutrition and lifestyle interventions as a way to manage chronic diseases, specifically in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.


Research

Research profile

PhD Title: Complementary and alternative strategies for the management of symptoms in UK females with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Tatiana's research is focused on complementary and alternative therapies, in particular mindfulness-based interventions, as a form of management for the physiological and psychological symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS (a chronic endocrine disorder that afflicts 8-12% of women of reproductive age). PCOS is difficult to diagnose due to the fact that it remains poorly defined and is even more difficult to treat comprehensively.

Though PCOS is at the forefront of current research, many lifestyle interventions, such as mindfulness, remain vastly under-researched, especially in the UK. In-depth studies of these complementary and alternative methods based on substantive samples of women with PCOS are almost non-existent.

Tatiana's proposed research fills a gap in the literature and would open up new knowledge in assessing the effects of mindfulness on certain symptoms of women with PCOS, and in doing so also compares and contrasts these effects with those of diet, exercise, and other medical interventions.

Supervisors

  • Dr Kyriaki Myrissa
  • Dr Eirini Kelaiditi
  • Dr Kate Lawrence
  • Dr Jamie North

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