Nutrition and dietetics

The research group is unique in the UK as a number of the members mix a clinical role with research. The current areas of research interest are diverse and are listed below:

    • The role of nutrients in the release of gut peptides

    • The role of carbohydrates in human health and disease

    • The effect of body composition in human health and disease

    • The clinical management of obesity and Diabetes

    • The role of nutrition in the older person

The group collaborates with many other divisions including Professor Jimmy Bell in Molecular Imaging, Professor Paul Elliott, Professor Elio Riboli and Professor Azeem Majeed in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine and Professor Kooner in Cardiology.

The department has fostered strong links with the food industry over the last 5 years, developing partnerships in research areas which are of mutual interest. The group also offers a glycaemic index testing service to industry.

Over the last 10 years the international reputation and the quality of the publications have increased.

Selected Publications:

Elena Philippou, Nicola M Neary, Owais Chaudhri, Audrey E Brynes, Anne Dornhorst, Anthony R Leeds, Mary Hickson and Gary S Frost. The effect of dietary glycaemic index on weight maintenance in overweight subjects: a pilot study. Obesity 2008 (In press)

Counterweight Project Team. Evaluation of the Counterweight Programme for obesity management in primary care: a starting point for continuous improvement. Br J Gen Pract. 2008 Aug;58(553):548-54.

So PW, Yu WS, Kuo YT, Wasserfall C, Goldstone AP, Bell JD, Frost G. Impact of resistant starch on body fat patterning and central appetite regulation.PLoS ONE. 2007 Dec 12;2(12):e1309

Brynes AE, Mark EC, Ghatei MA, Dornhorst A, Morgan LM, Bloom SR et al. A randomised four-intervention crossover study investigating the effect of carbohydrates on daytime profiles of insulin, glucose, non- esterified fatty acids and triacylglycerols in middle-aged men. Br J Nutr 2003;89(2):207-18.

Brynes AE, Lee JL, Brighton RE, Leeds AR, Dornhorst A, Frost GS. A Low Glycemic Diet Significantly Improves the 24-h Blood Glucose Profile in People With Type 2 Diabetes, as Assessed Using the Continuous Glucose MiniMed Monitor. Diabetes Care 2003;26(2):548-9.

Frost GS, Leeds A, Doré CJ, Madeiros S, Dornhorst A. Glycaemic index as a determinant ofserum high-density lipoprotein. Lancet (1999), 353: 1045-1048.