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Professor Mike Lean trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Barts Hospital, London, before taking up the position of MRC Clinical Scientist in the Cambridge University Dunn Nutrition Unit. In his present position at the University of Glasgow, since 1993, he established the Department of Human Nutrition. It is based on a ‘broad-focus’ strategy toward translational, integrative, research and teaching, encompassing the full range of scientific disciplines within Human Nutrition: basic sciences, epidemiology, clinical studies and community/population-directed interventions. As well as scientific work, outputs include regular writing for the general public in newspapers and TV for Public Understanding of Science.


In this seminar he will discuss the rationale for, and results of, the DiRECT trial which was supported by the biggest research grant ever awarded by Diabetes UK. DiRECT was conducted in primary care and compared an intensive weight loss programme to best-practice care in patients with type 2 diabetes. Remission of diabetes occurred in nearly half the patients allocated to the weight loss programme.

Forthcoming events

Exploiting electronic health records to improve infection management

Monday, 03 June 2024, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI/OxPop Building LG seminar rooms

Title TBC

Tuesday, 04 June 2024, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF

Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease Progression

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF

Festival of Global Health - Survivors

Wednesday, 12 June 2024, 4pm to 8pm @ Curzon Oxford, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford OX1 1NZ

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit (IDEU) Symposium 2024

Friday, 14 June 2024, 9.30am to 4.15pm @ Big Data Institute LG seminar rooms