Catherine Norton

Lecturer Below The Bar PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences
University of Limerick
Limerick
Ireland
T: +35361234780
E: catherine.norton@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Performance nutritionist and registered dietitian Dr. Catherine Norton works at the University of Limerick, Human Research Institute. She teaches on the BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences and MSc Sports Performance courses as well as researching in both food for health and performance nutrition.  She is a graduate of DIT / TCD (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) and UL (PhD Nutrition), and an accredited Sport & Exercise Nutritionist (SENr High Performance).

Catherine spent three seasons as fulltime lead performance nutritionist to Munster Rugby and has also consulted with a wide range of sports disciplines at national, international and Olympic levels. She previously held  Lead Performance Nutritionist role with the swimmers at the High Performance Centre in UL and with Rowing Ireland. Dr. Norton has also provided nutrition support to both junior and senior athletes with Athletics Ireland, Triathlon Ireland, Inter-County GAA and AIL rugby clubs.

Dr Norton's research interests investigate optimising nutrition for athletic training and competition, with a particular emphasis on peri-training nutrition (PTN). She is also involved in research considering appropriate protein intakes (quantity, quality and timing) for the prevention of age related losses in both muscle (sarcopaenia) and bone (osteopaenia).

Research Interests

My research interests investigate optimising nutrition for athletic training and competition, with a particular emphasis on peri-training nutrition (PTN). I am also involved in research considering appropriate protein intakes (quantity, quality and timing) for the prevention of age related losses in both muscle (sarcopaenia) and bone (osteopaenia).

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'Towards a Sustainable Dairy Sector: The underappreciated role of dairy protein in the preservation of lean tissue mass in the elderly'
Norton, C,Jakeman, P (2013) 'Towards a Sustainable Dairy Sector: The underappreciated role of dairy protein in the preservation of lean tissue mass in the elderly'. International Journal Of Dairy Technology, 66 :317-320 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Protein Supplementation at Breakfast and Lunch for 24 Weeks beyond Habitual Intakes Increases Whole-Body Lean Tissue Mass in Healthy Older Adults'
Norton, C,Toomey, C,McCormack, WG,Francis, P,Saunders, J,Kerin, E,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'. The Journal of nutrition, 146 :65-69 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Twelve weeks’ progressive resistance training combined with protein supplementation beyond habitual intakes increases upper limb lean tissue mass, muscle strength and extended gait speed in healthy older women'
Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W.G., 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 limb lean tissue mass, muscle strength and extended gait speed in healthy older women'. Biogerontology, [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2015 BSRA Annual Scientific Meeting
Francis, P., Mc Cormack, W., Toomey, C., Norton, C., Saunders, J., Kerrins, E., Lyons M. & Jakeman, P. (2015) Progressive Resistance Training Combined with Adequate Protein Intake Increases Lean Tissue Mass, Strength and Performance in Healthy 50 – 70y Women BSRA Annual Scientific Meeting London, [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2013 A method to estimate dietary total antioxidant capacity among elderly Irish women.
Norton, C,Jakeman, P (2013) A method to estimate dietary total antioxidant capacity among elderly Irish women. Meeting Abstract [DOI] [Details]
2015 Effect of 6 month supplemental milk protein intake on lean tissue mass in healthy adults aged 50 to 70 years.
Norton, C,Toomey, C,McCormack, W,Francis, P,Jakeman, P (2015) Effect of 6 month supplemental milk protein intake on lean tissue mass in healthy adults aged 50 to 70 years. Meeting Abstract [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2015 A Review of Body Composition Measurement in the Assessment of Health.
Toomey, CM,Cremona, A,Hughes, K,Norton, C,Jakeman, P (2015) A Review of Body Composition Measurement in the Assessment of Health. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Sports Nutrition Interest Group (INDI) Member (past Chair) /
Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (High Performance) Member /
Nutrition Society Member /
British Dietetic Association Member /
Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Roche Products Ireland Ltd. Clinical Nutritionist / Dietitian 05-MAR-01 / 28-JUL-06
Fresenius Kabi Ireland Ltd. Clinical Nutrition Specialist 03-JUL-06 / 31-AUG-07
Danone Infant Nutrition Specialist 03-JAN-10 / 23-DEC-10
Mid West Dietetic Clinic Lead Clinical & Performance Nutritionist 01-JUN-07 /
Irish Institue of Sport Performance Nutrition Service Provider (Consultant) 01-OCT-08 /
Munster Rugby Head of Performance Nutrition 01-MAY-14 / 01-DEC-16
University of Limerick Casual Lecturer 01-NOV-10 / 18-NOV-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 Dublin Institute of Technology Graduate Diploma Human Nutrition & Dietetics
2001 Trinity College, Dublin BSc (Honours - 2.1) Human Nutrition & Dietetics
2013 ISAK Certificate Level 1
2014 University of Limerick PhD Nutrition

Consultancy

  Client Description
UL Beo
Performance Nutrition Service Provision
Irish Institute of Sport
Performance Nutrition Service Provision
Munster Rugby
Performance Nutrition Service Provision
Kildare GAA
Performance Nutrition Service Provision
Clare GAA
Performance Nutrition Service Provision
Limerick GAA
Performance Nutrition Service Provision

Teaching Interests

My teaching is all related to nutrition for health and performance. I teach primarily on the MSc Sports Performance where I coordinate the Endurance Sports module and contribute to Speed, Strength and Team Sports modules. I am module coordinator and facilitator for the problem-based learning modules and also manage student placements.
I also teach on the BSc Sport & Exercise Science nutrition and metabolism module.