Maria is an Associate Professor based at the University of Leeds and the Bradford Institute for Health Research. She is a NIHR fellow and a nutritionist with over 15 years’ experience in the design and delivery of trials and related methodological research in the field of diet and obesity. Her methodological interests include development and evaluation of public health interventions; trials and related methodology for obesity, diet and lifestyle interventions; implementation evaluation; and applied health research. She is passionate about partnership working and is dedicated to ensuring meaningful engagement in all aspects of her work. In addition to being the strategic lead of a portfolio of research focused around obesity, dietary intake and lifestyle within the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials, Dr Bryant is the Director of Nutrition Research for Born in Bradford, the lead for Diet and Obesity evaluation for a Better Start Bradford and the Chair of the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO).