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Dylan Thompson is Professor of Human Physiology in the Department for Health at the University of Bath and Co-Director of the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism (CNEM).

Professor Thompson is internationally recognised for his research in physical activity, exercise and nutrition. Recent and ongoing research projects include, (1) a BBSRC-funded project in partnership with the European Space Agency examining the impact of bed rest and a nutritional ‘countermeasure’ on adipose tissue function, (2) an MRC-funded project examining the impact of exercise and weight loss on metabolism, including the gut microbiota, (3) a BBSRC-funded project examining whether exercise helps to mobilise vitamin D from adipose tissue and (4) an NIHR funded project examining whether an intensive exercise and dietary intervention can reverse Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

Professor Thompson has authored over 100 original articles and various reviews. He has held editorial roles with several academic journals and he has served on grant panels in the UK (e.g., BBSRC, MRC) and internationally (e.g., Finland, Norway). He was an expert member for the Chief Medical Officer’s 2019 update to UK physical activity guidelines and he was a member of panel C24 in REF2021. He is a Fellow of The Physiological Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Professor Thompson has supervised more than twenty PhD/MD students to completion and he has attracted in excess of £7 million in external funding to support his research.

Professor Thompson strongly supports public engagement activities through articles and interviews for mainstream newspapers (e.g., The New York Times, Le Figaro) and television programmes (e.g., BBC, Channel 4). He has acted as a consultant for several major multi-national companies.

Research interests

  • Physical activity, energy balance and chronic disease
  • Physical activity assessment, measurement and feedback
  • Nutrition, physical activity and adipose tissue function
  • Exercise, nutrition and metabolism (including immunometabolism)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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