Senior Lecturer, University of East London

I have a first degree in physiology and biochemistry and a PhD from the University of Southampton and an MSc (distinction) in Nutrition from King’s College, London. In the early part of my career I led an obesity research group and published data which undermined the then fashionable notion that a defect in brown fat might be an important cause of obesity.

Since 1989 I have focused my efforts on writing books and review articles. Several of my articles and reviews have related to discussion of several major scientific errors and critical discussion scientific methods especially epidemiology.

My books:
• Nutrition: a Health Promotion Approach, Hodder-Arnold (1995, 2002, 2008 & 4th edition with a new title Nutrition: maintaining and improving health published in 2012 by Taylor and Francis)
• The Nutrition of Older Adults (1996), Arnold
• Teach Yourself Weight Control (1998 & 2003), Hodder & Stoughton (in the famous Teach Yourself series)
• Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods, Wiley-Blackwell (2006 & 2011).

I wrote a monthly “nutrition and health” column for a local paper newspaper for three years. I was on the editorial board of the British Journal of Nutrition for about eight years.

My recent focus has shifted from inadvertent error to deliberate research fraud. I have spent three years studying research fraud and research fraudsters and linking this with my previous work on scientific error.


  • 1975–2017
    Senior lecturer, University of EasLondon