Dr Angela Donin is a Lecturer in Epidemiology in the Population Health Research Institute. Her research focuses on diet and nutrition in childhood and their impact on long term health.
Dr Donin has been investigating the dietary data collected in a large cross sectional survey (the CHASE study) to examine associations between dietary intakes and risk markers for chronic diseases in children. She is also interested in identifying ethnic differences in dietary intakes and how these might explain the large ethnic differences in disease risk makers in children, particularly children of South Asian and black African Caribbean origins.
Dr Donin's work also focuses on developing specific nutritional interventions in children, and testing their efficacy on early risk markers for type 2 diabetes. To reduce long term risk, it is important to investigate the role of early dietary intakes, particularly in childhood and adolescents where habits and taste preferences are formed, and to develop effective targeted interventions in these age groups.
Dr Donin joined St George’s in 2006 as a research assistant collecting dietary data for the Child Heart And health Study in England (CHASE) and then moved on to coordinate an extension of this study, in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital, investigating early markers of vascular disease in childhood.
She then acquired a British Heart Foundation studentship to complete her PhD, which investigated the ethnic differences in the nutritional composition of diets on children and how these relate to the emerging differences in risks of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Prior to joining St George’s, Dr Donin completed an MSc in International Public Health Nutrition at the University of Westminster, gaining a merit.
Donin AS*, Dent JE*, Nightingale CM, Sattar N, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, Stephen AM, Jebb SA, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Vitamin C intakes and plasma vitamin C: associations with insulin resistance and glycaemia in a multi-ethnic population of 9-10 year-old children. Diabetic Medicine (In press).
Whincup PH, Donin AS. Cereal fibre and type 2 diabetes – time now for randomised controlled trials? Diabetologia 2015; 58: 1383-85.
Nightingale CM, Rudnicka AR, Owen CG, Newton SL, Bales JL, Donin AS, McKay CM, Steer PJ, Lawlor DA, Sattar N, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Birthweight and risk markers for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in childhood: the Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE). Diabetologia 2015; 58: 474-84.
Donin AS, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, Stephen AM, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Not eating breakfast is associated with type 2 diabetes risk in children. PLoS Medicine 2014; 11(9): e1001703.
Donin AS, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, Jebb SA, Ambrosini G, Stephen AM, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Dietary energy intake is associated with type 2 diabetes risk in children. Diabetes Care 2014; 37(1): 116-23.
Nightingale CM, Rudnicka AR, Owen CG, Donin AS, Newton SL, Furness CA, Howard EL, Gillings RD, Wells JC, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Are ethnic and gender specific equations needed to derive fat free mass from bioelectrical impedance in children of South Asian, black African-Caribbean and white European origin? Results of the assessment of body composition in children study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e76426.
Thomas C, Nightingale CM, Donin AS, Rudnicka AR, Owen CG, Cook DG, et al. Ethnic and socioeconomic influences on childhood blood pressure: the Child Heart and Health Study in England. Journal of Hypertension 2012; 30(11):2090-7.
Whincup PH, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rapala A, Bhowruth DJ, Prescott MH, Ellins EA, Donin AS, Masi S, Rudnicka AR, Sattar N, Cook DG, Deanfield JE. Ethnic Differences in Carotid Intima-Media Thickness between UK Children of Black African-Caribbean and White European Origin. Stroke 2012; 43: 1747-54.
Thomas C, Nightingale CM, Donin AS, Rudnicka AR, Owen CG, Sattar N, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Socio-economic position and type 2 diabetes risk factors: patterns in UK children of South Asian, black African-Caribbean and white European origin. PLoS One 2012; 7:e32619
Donin AS, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, McNamara MC, Prynne CJ, Stephen AM, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Nutritional composition of the diets of South Asian, black African-Caribbean and white European children in the UK: the Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE). British Journal of Nutrition 2010; 104: 276-85.
Donin AS, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, McNamara MC, Prynne CJ, Stephen AM, Cook DG, Whincup PH. Ethnic differences in blood lipids and dietary intake between UK children of black African, black Caribbean, South Asian, and white European origin: (CHASE). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010; 92: 776-83.
Whincup PH, Nightingale CM, Owen CG, Rudnicka AR, Gibb I, McKay CM, Donin AS, Sattar N, Alberti KGMM, Cook DG. Early emergence of ethnic differences in precursors of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in the UK: evidence from the Child Heart And health Study in England (CHASE Study). PLoS Medicine. 2010; 7:e1000263
Within St George’s, Dr Donin collaborates with her research group (see previous tab). She also collaborates with Professor Michael Ussher and Dr Michael Perkin. External collaborations include Professor Susan Jebb (University of Oxford), Professor Naveed Sattar (University of Glasgow), Professor Peymane Adab (University of Birmingham) and Professor Chris Seal (University of Newcastle).
Dr Donin has received research funding from the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and the NIHR CLAHRC South London.
Dr Donin teaches epidemiology and population health on the Medicine MBBS course and also on the postgraduate Research Methods module.