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Dr Alison Caswell

About Dr Alison Caswell

Dr Alison Caswell is a Principal Lecturer with a background in biochemistry. Alison's teaching involves the application of biochemistry to areas such as nutrition. She leads the Safety and Environmental Health Team.

Alison's role is primarily a combination of teaching and management activities. Her teaching interests have become quite diverse over the last few years although all tend to involve a measure of biochemistry, e.g. in relation to disease processes or the role of nutrition in the prevention of disease. She has also developed an interest in epidemiology, especially its application to the study of nutrition, and how this information complements evidence from laboratory studies.

She manages the Public Health Safety and Environment Team whose work includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Environmental Health, Health and Safety and Acoustics. There is also significant CPD and consultancy activity in the acoustics area and the team are looking to develop CPD and consultancy in other areas such as Health and Safety and Food Safety.

Furthermore she has been involved in various health and safety roles throughout her working life, and has been the Faculty coordinator since 2004 and chairs the Faculty Safety Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group.

Current Teaching

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health Studies - Anatomy Physiology and Pathology Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health Studies - Fundamentals of Science Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Nutrition and Food Sciences Module Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Clinical Nutrition Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics - Lifestyle Chronic Conditions Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (All routes) - Understanding Disease Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Human Biology and Physiology / Pharmacology routes - Human Lifespan Tutor
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Human Biology route - Human Nutrition and Health Tutor

Research Interests

Dr Caswell has completed a term as a University Teacher Fellow and has specific interests in the use of e-portfolios and tools to help students visualise biomolecules.

Historic research activity includes cartilage and bone metabolism which is relevant to both arthritis and bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (8)

  • Caswell AM; West J (2002), An investigation into the factors affecting patient selection of chronic low back management methods, with particular reference to non-utilization of the complimentary therapies, in the United Kingdom. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, vol. 16 (4), p. 121-133.
  • Shafique M; Caswell AM (2001), Evidence that P1-purinoceptors of the A1-and A2-subclassas mediate opposing effects on the proliferation of MG-63 cells. JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH, vol. 16 (6), p. 1187-1187.
  • Brown CJ; Caswell AM; Rahman S; Russell RGG; Buttle DJ (1997), Proteoglycan breakdown from bovine nasal cartilage is increased, and from articular cartilage is decreased, by extracellular ATP. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease, vol. 1362 (2-3), p. 208-220.
  • Caswell AM; Mohiti J; Walker JH (1997), Nuclear annexin V expression and bone cell proliferation. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, vol. 25 (4), p. S582-S582.
  • Mohiti J; Caswell AM; Walker JH (1997), The nuclear location of annexin V in the human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63 depends on serum factors and tyrosine kinase signaling pathways. Experimental Cell Research, vol. 234 (1), p. 98-104.
  • Caswell AM; Mohiti J; Walker JH (1997), 34 Nuclear annexin v expression and bone cell proliferation. Biochemical Society Transactions, vol. 25 (4)
  • Mohiti J; Walker JH; Caswell AM (1996), Serum-induced redistribution of annexin V into the nuclei in the human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63. FASEB Journal, vol. 10 (6)
  • Mohiti J; Caswell AM; Walkert JH (1995), Calcium-induced relocation of annexins IV and v in the human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63. Molecular Membrane Biology, vol. 12 (4), p. 321-329.

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (1)

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