Dr Alison Culkin is a consultant Dietitian in intestinal rehabilitation at St Mark’s Hospital where she has worked since 1998. She specialises in severe intestinal failure, intestinal rehabilitation and home parenteral nutrition (HPN).
She completed her PhD in 2010 investigating the manipulation of amino acids (glutamine and taurine) in HPN on patient outcomes as well as patient knowledge and behaviour change. In addition, she investigated the immune status of patients requiring HPN specifically their dendritic cell and gut homing lymphocyte function.
She has written chapters on intestinal failure for several textbooks, papers and abstracts and teaches nationally and internationally.
She is the course lead for the British Dietetics Associations parenteral and enteral specialist group (PENG) clinical update course and represents Dietitians on national and international committees.
In March 2017 she became the first registered dietitian to qualify as a non-medical prescriber.