Kirsty Martin

 Kirsty achieved an honours degree in Nutrition in 2008, following which she read postgraduate Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester, qualifying as a registered dietitian in 2012. Since then she has undertaken a Master’s degree whilst working at Aintree University Hospital and joined the Walton Centre Team in 2013 to specialise in neuroscience.  Kirsty is currently working in a research role and is undertaking her PhD with the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine.  Alongside this, Kirsty volunteers as a research officer for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Neuroscience Specialist Group and the Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network (KDRN).

Kirsty is currently working with the neuro-oncology team supervised by Mr Michael Jenkinson (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Prof Tony Marson (Consultant Neurologist) and Dr Catrin Tudor Smith (Biostatistician) at The Walton Centre and the University of Liverpool.

Kirsty is undertaking a pilot study (the KEATING trial) investigating ketogenic diets alongside standard treatments, for patients with glioblastoma brain tumours.  At present it is not known if ketogenic diets cause harm or benefit to patients.  Whilst this study will not prove effectiveness, the pilot aims to compare two types of ketogenic diets to inform the design of future, larger clinical trials by assessing:

  • Protocol feasibility (how easy it is to run the trial)
  • Dietary compliance
  • Quality of life
  • Changes to the body (weight and bloods) 

Ketogenic diets should not be undertaken without the support of a trained health care professional.

Further details about the trial can be found on the ISRCTN registry, registration number ISRCTN71665562, or using the following link: http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN71665562?q=keating&filters=&sort=&offset=1&totalResults=5&page=1&pageSize=10&searchType=basic-search

Kirsty has successfully obtained 3 year PhD funding from Vitaflo (International) Ltd.

Kirsty’s publications:

Martin K, Jackson CF, Levy RG, Cooper PN. (2016). Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001903. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001903.pub3.