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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

Methodological Issues in Nutritional Epidemiology and the Assessment of Preventable Mortality

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 2pm to 3pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Mini-Symposium: Large prospective studies of diet and health: research in the Nuffield Department of Population Health

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 3.30pm to 5pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Ethox/WEH Seminar - Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease in Tanzania: Understanding ethical, social and resource based implications

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Oxford-Peking University Joint Symposium on Precision Medicine

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 10am to 6pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

CKB Workshop - Infections, immunity and cancer: aetiology and beyond

Friday, 20 September 2019, 1pm to 5pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF