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Professor of Human Biology, Loughborough University

Noël Cameron is Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University, UK.

His post-graduate education was at Loughborough and London Universities where he initially studied for an MSc in Human Biology and then pursued a PhD in Medicine at London University under the supervision of Professor James Tanner at the Institute of Child Health. He was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and undertook research in normal and abnormal child growth. He spent from 1984 to 1997 as Associate (1987) and then Full Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology (1994) in the Department of Anatomy of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

In addition to several rural longitudinal growth studies, he initiated the Birth to Twenty (Bt20) birth-cohort study in Soweto and Johannesburg in 1991 which has become the longest running and most detailed longitudinal study of child health and growth in any developing country. Noël Cameron returned to the UK in 1997 as Professor of Human Biology at his alma mater, Loughborough University. He continues to be involved in Bt20 and the Born in Bradford Birth Cohort initiated in 2007. Longitudinal data from these birth cohort studies facilitate his research into the early determinants of risk for non-communicable disease of lifestyle such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardio-vascular disease.

Noël Cameron was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (1990), Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (2008-2010) and the William Evans Visiting Fellow at Otago University, New Zealand (2015) and is an Honorary Research Associate of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, scholarly chapters, and 7 books, is editor of the Annals of Human Biology and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.


  • –present
    Professor of Human Biology, Loughborough