Maryke Gallagher is a registered dietitian with 11 years combined experience in private practice, research and consulting to industry. She has a special interest in sport, allergies, insulin resistance / diabetes, as well as nutritional genomics.
She is the immediate past president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) and the chair of the management committee for the International Congress of Dietetics, ICD2020, that will be held in Cape Town South Africa, from 2016-2018.
Maryke is actively involved in nutrition education and development, and has lectured to specialised trainers on sports nutrition, medical representatives on lactose intolerance, the public on healthy eating in sport, and food technologists on health and wellness trends. She is involved in creating curriculum support material on nutrition for primary school children in South Africa and also creates monthly content and recipe analysis for Food and Home magazine, South Africa.
She received her BsC Dietetics degree (cum laude) and Masters degree in Nutrition (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. She has presented her research findings at the IUFoST congress in August 2010 and published in the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010;23(3). She has also presented on the South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines at the ICD2016 congress in Granada, Spain.
Besides her passion for healthy sustainable eating, Maryke has many other interests ranging from cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing and acting, and has appeared in various radio and TV programs. Her greatest sporting achievement was doing three multiday mountain bike stage races (including the Absa Cape Epic) within 7 months, after less than a year of cycling experience!