Dr Adam Collins
I have been a qualified nutritionist for nearly 20 years, completing my undergraduate degree in 1996 before going on to complete an MSc in Nutrition & Metabolism and a PhD focusing on energy expenditure and body composition. My on-going interests lie in exercise nutrition, body composition and energy metabolism all as can be applied to weight loss/maintenance and metabolic health. Current research includes exercise intensity and energy balance, intermittent fasting and timing of food around exercise.
I have been committed to undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition education for over 12 years, joining the University of Surrey in 2006. As programme director for BSc and MSc Nutrition, I am heavily involved in the management and delivery of nutrition education at Surrey.
In 2005, I started a private nutrition consultancy (NutrifficTM) undertaking one-to-one nutritional consultations, as well as commissioned lectures and workshops. I was employed as nutrition consultant for a commercial weight management company (EurodietTM) from 2006 until 2007, and continue to develop external links and collaborations whilst fulfilling a full-time role at Surrey.
I have recently taken on the role of programme director for a new BSc programme in Sport & Exercise Sciences, proposed to run from October 2014.
Body Composition / Nutritional Assessment
Previous work has focussed on the validation of Air Displacement Plethysmography (the BODPOD), for the assessment of body composition in a range of individuals. This has also extended into the nutritional assessment of different groups, from professional dancers, professional footballers, the obese and work with the London Fire Brigade. Recent work has included the use of a 3D whole body scanner as a nutritional assessment tool, in collaboration with the London College of Fashion.
I have recently collaborated with Professor Jimmy Bell and the team at the MRC imaging Unit, Imperial College, validating a new bioimpedance method of measuring abdominal adipose tissue compartments (ViScan) against MRI. In addition to ongoing research into the assessment of visceral adiposity in lean and obese individuals and identifying those individuals who may be classed as TOFI (thin on the outside, fat on the inside).
Previous research has involved nutritional assessment of professional football players and other athletes. I have also been involved in studies looking at the effects of marathon training on bone density. I have built research interests in sports nutrition here at the University of Surrey in collaboration with the new Surrey Sports Park. In particular, with regard to fitness assessment and the effects of nutrition intervention on training and performance.
Current research involves investigating the efficacy of bespoke protein supplementation on exercise training. In addition, examination of longitudinal changes in diet and body composition in young gymnasts.
Other areas of interest include the measurement of body composition, metabolic rate and energy expenditure, particularly in relation to obesity and weight loss. I am currently interested in the interaction of nutrition and exercise training on energy metabolism for application to weight loss/maintenance. For example:
- The independent effects of exercise intensity of appetite and energy metabolism
- Timing of nutrition around exercise for improved energy and fat metabolism
I am also investigating the metabolic effects of intermittent fasting (recently manifested as the 5:2 diet) in collaboration with LighterLife UK.
Professor Jimmy Bell, Imperial College London (MRI imaging) John McCarthy, University of Bedford (Exercise Physiology) Dr Kelly Johnston – LighterLife Tom Bulgin & Ben Moser – Mitonics.
BSc Nutrition MSc Human Nutrition New for 2014: BSc Sports & Exercise Science
BMS3056 Advances in Nutrition: Energy & Lipid Metabolism BMS3069 Sports & Exercise Nutrition MHUM02 – Nutritional Evaluation & Assessment MHUM07 – Sports & Exercise Nutrition Module 11 (MSc Nutritional medicine) – Nutrition for Sports and Exercise Performance
Teaching contributions to a variety of modules:
Physiology, Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, Key Skills for Nutrition & Dietetics, MSc Health & Clinical Sciences, Metabolic Nutrition
I also frequently visit Nutrition and Nutrition/Food Science students whilst on industrial Professional Training Placement, as well as Dietetic students on clinical placement.
Typically, I supervise numerous dissertations a year, on a variety of nutrition topics.