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About Tracey Kelly

  Tracey Kelly

Biography Summary

Tracey is a research assistant in the Food and Nutritional Sciences Department in UCC. She is currently assisting Dr. Aoife Ryan of the Clinical Nutrition research group in UCC, and will soon undertake an MSc by research in Appetite Modulation, with a focus on patients suffering from cancer cachexia anorexia.

Theme / Team

Cancer & Nutrition, Cancer Cachexia

Cancer type(s)

Lung cancer, Prostate cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Colorectal cancer, Oesophageal cancer, Gastric cancer, Kidney cancer


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Biography Detailed

Tracey completed a BSc in Biochemistry from UCC, and went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science also from UCC. Having developed an interest in the links between cancer and nutrition, she began a post graduate work placement with the Clinical Nutrition team at UCC, assisting in an award-winning project led by Louise Daly investigating muscle wasting in cancer patients and the subsequent impact this loss has on the patients quality of life and ability to tolerate treatment, as well as their actual survival.


Tracey will soon be undertaking a research masters funded by UCC and Food for Health Ireland with a view to investigating the role of ghrelin and possible agonists to increase appetite, thus creating a new possible avenue of treatment for patients with cancer cachexia anorexia.