Athena Swan Gold Award

Section of Metabolic Medicine, Food and Macronutrients

The Section of Metabolic Medicine, Food and Macronutrients researches the metabolic origins and prevention of disease.  

An overall aim of the Section is to increase understanding of the aetiology and metabolic basis of chronic degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and to produce evidence for the health benefits of therapeutic, diet and lifestyle strategies to reduce disease risk.

Current research

Professor Bruce Griffin researches the impact of diet and lifestyle factors on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in relation to cardiovascular health. His interest is in understanding the mechanisms that underlie the origins and prevention of cardio-metabolic risk, and specifically, the roles of dietary fatty acids, cholesterol, carbohydrates and sugars.

Professor Margot Umpleby has an extensive track record in using stable isotopes for the study of human metabolism. Her research aims to understand the mechanisms that lead to insulin resistance and abnormalities in fatty acid and lipoprotein metabolism in diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Dr Denise Robertson has a research interest in the role of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, with a special interest in the role of dietary fibres and gastrointestinal metabolism.

Dr Barbara Fielding is an expert in lipid metabolism and in using stable isotopes as tracers of metabolism in studies from bench to bedside. These studies further our understanding of the interaction between macronutrients, exercise, therapeutic agents and basic metabolic pathways in health and disease.

Martin Whyte's field of interest is type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease - specifically the cardiovascular implications of insulin resistance. Martin uses stable isotopes to investigate glucose and lipid metabolism and can assess the efficacy of therapeutic and dietary interventions. He also works with colleagues using large datasets of people with diabetes, to explore outcomes on a population basis.

Research projects

Study information for participants

StudyIntroParticipants wantedInfo sheetSocial mediaContact details
RISSCI-1 StudyStudy looking at individual cholesterol responses to saturated fatHealthy males aged 30-65 yearsInfo

Meet the team

Section lead

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Professor Bruce Griffin

Professor of Nutritional Metabolism

Section members

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Dr Barbara Fielding

Associate Professor in Nutritional Sciences

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Dr Terri Grassby

Lecturer in Food Science

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Dr Denise Robertson

Reader in Nutritional Physiology

Professor Margot Umpleby

Diabetes & Metabolic Medicine Research

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Dr Martin Whyte

Associate Professor of Metabolic Medicine