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Nutrition research

Southampton’s nutrition research focusses on diet and lifestyle throughout the whole life-course – from before birth into older age – to help people make healthier life choices and prevent diseases.

Theme lead: Professor Keith Godfrey

  • How would I be involved?
    Opportunities to help shape our research are varied and will depend on your interests. Activities include: completing surveys or voting in online polls (this can be done remotely/at home) attend group meetings and share your ideas and opinions, or help write and comment on information sheets for participants work directly with our researchers and advise them on how to talk or write about their research findings in a way that is easy to understand
  • How much time will it take?
    We understand people have different amounts of free time they’re able to give to PPI so we are very flexible in terms of how often you get involved. We will invite you to contribute to projects that match your interests – some may be one-off activities that could take an hour whilst others will require more commitment, such as attending group meetings every couple of months. However, you can decide which opportunities fit your schedule.
  • What’s in it for me?
    There are many reasons why people choose to get involved with our PPI activities. You may want to share your health experiences, or give back to the NHS to help improve the lives of others. Or, you may want to develop your own skills or are just passionate about healthcare issues. People who are considering a career in healthcare find interacting with researchers and staff particularly useful.
  • How are young people involved?
    We have a PPI group for young people aged 8-18 and another for young adults aged 16-24. We meet regularly with both groups to get their ideas and opinions on research projects directly aimed at young people.
  • Will I get paid?
    We are grateful for the time and effort our PPI members give and are able to reimburse costs of taking part in our PPI activities – for example, travel and carer or childcare costs.
  • How do I find out more?
    The PPI team can provide more information, including how to become a PPI member, and answer any questions you have. You can contact the team by calling 023 8120 4989 or emailing You can also join our mailing list (if you’re aged 16 years and over) to receive updates on our PPI activities and opportunities to get involved. If your child is interested in joining one of the PPI groups for young people, contact us to find out more.

Impact case studies

Image by Michele Blackwell

Largest ever omega-3 study for early non alcoholic fatty liver disease

Image by Josh Olalde

Tackling surging alcoholic
liver disease

Image by Nathan Dumlao

BRC research part of national Big Challenge on obesity


The cost of malnutrition in the UK economic report

Current BRC-supported Early Career Researchers

Title of PhD research
Faidra Laskou
Med Doctor
Understanding the relationship between muscle and bone in older adults: a possible pathway to improved musculoskeletal health in later life
Prof Elaine Dennison
Natalie Cox
Med Doctor
Appetite and aging (the microbiome, appetite, nutrition and aging)
Prof Helen Roberts
Ravita Taheem
Public Health Practitioner
Optimising the Role of Local Government Policy in Tackling Childhood Obesity
Prof Mark Hanson
Declan McDonnell
Med Doctor
Dietary and nutritional assessment in Pancreatic cancer patients undergoing surgical intervention
Mr Zaed Hamady
Jean Zhang
Med Doctor
Does a participant-led behaviour change intervention in community-dwelling, older adults lead to changes in lifestyle factors associated with poor musculoskeletal health and improved muscle outcomes?
Prof Elaine Dennison
Aneurin Young
Med Doctor
Clinical, Nutritional, Genomic and Metabolomic influences on growth and body composition in very preterm infants.
Dr Mark Johnson
Elizabeth Taylor
Associations of change in modifiable maternal characteristics between successive live pregnancies with birth outcomes and childhood overweight/obesity in the second sibling
Dr Nisreen Alwan
Chandni Jacob
Medical Doctor
Life course approach to public policy for prevention of non-communicable diseases
Prof Mark Hanson
Imogen Stafford
Integration of health informatics 'big data' for clinical translation in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Prof Sarah Ennis
Sarah Shaw
Public Health Nutritionist
The influence of the physical food environment and social networks on adolescents’ food purchasing and dietary quality.
Dr Christina Vogel
Ruth Durdin
Cardiometabolic phenotyping and bone health in midlife and older age: A comparison across ethnic groups
Dr Kate Ward
Vicky Cracknell
Placental lipid flux in gestational diabetes and the effects of myoinositol
Prof Rohan Lewis
Josh Bilson
Role of adipose tissue function in fatty liver disease
Dr Jazz Sethi
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