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Theme lead: Professor Sadaf Farooqi

Theme lead: Professor Sadaf Farooqi

Sadaf Farooqi is Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

She is an internationally leading Clinician Scientist who has made seminal contributions to understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie obesity and its complications.

The work of Sadaf Farooqi and her colleagues has fundamentally changed our understanding of how body weight is regulated. With colleagues, she discovered and characterised the first genetic disorders that cause severe childhood obesity and established that the principal driver of obesity in these conditions was a failure of the control of appetite.

Her work is often cited as an exemplar of how the translation of research into the mechanisms of disease can lead to patient benefit. Her research has informed the development of diagnostic tests and new treatments for people living with obesity. She has received a number of awards for her research. In 2021, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her contribution to science.


Co-theme lead - Professor Nita Forouhi

Theme co-lead: Professor Nita Forouhi

Nita is Director of Organisational Affairs for the School of Clinical Medicine and NIHR Senior Investigator, and works at the MRC Epidemiology Unit where she leads a research group in nutritional epidemiology. Her research interests are focused on finding modifiable factors for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders, and the links between diet, nutrition and the development of diabetes, obesity and cardio-metabolic disease.


Name Job title Email
Mike Allison
Consultant Hepatologist
Soren Brage
Programme Leader and MRC Investigator
Ruth Casey
Consultant Endocrinologist
Krishna Chatterjee FRS,
Director, NIHR CCRC, Professor, Endocrinology Inherited thyroid disorders

Tony Coll
Associate Professor, MRC Investigator

Mark Evans
Professor, Diabetic Medicine and PPIE champion Diabetes
Fiona Gribble
Professor, Endocrine Physiology Peptidomics
Simon Griffin Professor, General Practice Diabetes prevention
Mark Gurnell Professor, Clinical Endocrinology, Training champion Molecular imaging and endocrine tumours
Roman Hovorka Professor, Metabolic Technology Artificial pancreas, diabetes treatment
Albert Koulman
Scientific Director of the NIHR BRC Metabolomics and Lipidomics Facility Nutritional biomarkers
Claudia Langenberg
MRC Investigator Diabetes and related molecular disorders in later life
Claire Meek Investigator Gestational diabetes
Ken Ong
Professor, Paediatric Endocrinology, Programme Leader and MRC Investigator Paediatric endocrinology
Stephen O’Rahilly FRS
Co-director, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Inherited metabolic disorders
John Perry
Professor, Molecular Endocrinology, Chair of Molecular Endocrinology, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science Childhood growth, puberty
Ken Poole
HEFCE Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease and Rheumatology Bone disease
David Savage
Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow Lipodystrophies
Nadia Schoenmakers
Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow Thyroid disease
Esther van Sluijs
Programme Leader and MRC Investigator Behavioural epidemiology and interventions in young people
Antonio Vidal-Puig
Professor, Molecular Nutrition and Metabolism, Associate Director of MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit Molecular mechanisms of energy balance and fatty liver disease
Nick Wareham Director, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Co-Director, IMS Diabetes aetiology, obesity
Name Job title Email address
Prof Krishna Chatterjee Professor of Endocrinology
Prof Tim Cox Consultant Physician
Dr Mark Evans Reader in Diabetic Medicine
Prof I. Sadaf Farooqi Professor of Metabolism and Medicine
Professor Mark Gurnell Professor of Clinical Endocrinology
Professor Roman Hovorka Professor of Metabolic Technology
Professor David Savage Professor of Molecular Metabolism
Dr Ken Poole Reader in Metabolic Bone Disease and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Nadia Schoenmakers Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow
Prof Sir Stephen O’Rahilly Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine