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Iain Brownlee

Iain joined Northumbria University in 2019, having begun his lecturing career in 2010. He completed his first degree in Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University. This inspired his interest in whole-body and systems physiology that led him to pursue a PhD in dietary fibre and gastrointestinal function.

Iain's subsequent research has focused on dietary fibre, whole grains, seaweeds and their potential impacts on parameters of cardiovascular, metabolic and gastrointestinal health. His work has included the design and management of randomised, controlled trials, cross-sectional studies in infants, children and young adults, laboratory modelling of gastrointestinal function, and studies related to digestive enzyme detection and activity. A number of projects he has worked on overlap with international health claims regulations.

Iain has held full-time positions in the UK, Singapore and Australia. During his overseas tenures, Iain was involved in a number of projects that evaluated dietary habit in young Singaporeans. This included a national, cross-sectional study on dietary habit in 6 to 12 year-olds, a comparison of dietary habits across different types of educational institution in late adolescents and an on-going study on the impact of maternal habits and dietary beliefs on complimentary feeding practices in infants.