Staff Profile

Dr Roger Hurst
Principal Scientist, Nutrition & Health
Food Innovation

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Dr Roger Hurst


BSc (Hons), Applied Life Sciences, University of Wales, United Kingdom
PhD, Biochemistry, University of Keele, United Kingdom

Research Interests & Activities

Research expertise in the health and food area with an emphasis on oxidative stress/antioxidant/inflammatory mechanisms. Heavily involved in programmes investigating the health benefits of fruit-derived compounds. This work involves cell culture modelling of various tissues, animal and human intervention trials, determination and monitoring of inflammatory signals, evaluation of antioxidant levels, enzymatic antioxidant systems and modulatory pathways, evaluation of oxidative stress status, analysis and identification of fruit-derived compounds.

Key Publications

Hurst RD, Lyall KA, Wells RW, Sawyer GM, Lomiwes D, Ngametua N, Hurst SM (2020). Daily consumption of an anthocyanin-rich extract made from New Zealand blackcurrants for 5 weeks supports exercise recovery through the management of oxidative stress and inflammation. A randomized placebo controlled pilot study. Frontiers in Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Nutrition. In Press.

Peng Y, Cordiner SB, Sawyer GM, McGhie TK, Espley RV, Allan AC, Hurst RD (2020). Kiwifruit with high anthocyanin content modulates NF-kB activation and reduces CCL11 secretion in human alveolar epithelial cells. Journal of Functional Foods 65: 103734. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2019.103734.

Hurst RD, Lyall KA, Roberts JM, Perthaner A, Wells RW, Cooney JM, Jensen DJ, Burr NS, Hurst SM (2019). Consumption of an anthocyanin-rich extract made from New Zealand blackcurrants prior to exercise may assist recovery from oxidative stress and maintains circulating neutrophil function: A pilot study. Frontiers in Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Nutrition 6: 73. DOI: 10.3389/fnut.2019.00073.

Lomiwes D, Ha B, Ngametua N, Burr NS, Cooney JM, Trower TM, Sawyer G, Hedderley D, Hurst RD, Hurst SM (2019). Timed consumption of a New Zealand blackcurrant juice support positive affective responses during a self-motivated moderate walking exercise in healthy sedentary adults. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 16:33. DOI: 10.1186/s12970.019.03000.

Shaw O, Nyanhanda T, McGhie T, Harper J, Hurst RD (2017). Blackcurrant anthocyanins modulate CCL11 secretion and suppress allergic airway inflammation. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 61(9). DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201600868.

Power S, Williams M, Semprini A, Munro C, Caswell-Smith R, Pilcher J, Holliday M, Fingleton J, Harper J, Hurst R, Weatherall M, Beasley R, Braithwaite I (2017). RCT of the effect of berryfruit polyphenolic cultivar extract in mild steroid-naive asthma: a cross-over, placebo-controlled study. British Medical Journal Open 7(3): 1–7.

Shaw OM, Hurst RD, Harper JL (2016). Boysenberry ingestion supports fibrolytic macrophages with the capacity to ameliorate chronic lung remodeling. American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular Molecular Physiology 311(3): L628–38. DOI: 10.1152/ajplung.00309.2015.