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Research interests

James is Professor of Metabolic Physiology within the Department for Health at the University of Bath. His research employs randomised controlled trials to study the effects of nutrition on metabolic regulation, the findings of which have been published in scientific papers in top-ranking scholarly journals. A particular focus of his work has been to examine the links between nutrient timing and human health, for which James was awarded the Nutrition Society Cuthbertson Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine for 'excellence in clinical nutrition and metabolism research'. James contributes widely within the University, having supervised many doctoral students through their research training; his integration of research into teaching was recognised by the University's Mary Tasker Award for excellence in teaching.

Other responsibilities

Chair of the Department for Health Research Ethics Committee.

Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.

Editorial Advisory Board of the British Nutrition Foundation Nutrition Bulletin.

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.


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exercise Agriculture & Biology
carbohydrates Agriculture & Biology
ingestion Agriculture & Biology
glycogen Agriculture & Biology
proteins Agriculture & Biology
muscles Agriculture & Biology
somatotropin Agriculture & Biology
sodium bicarbonate Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

Co-ingestion of whey protein hydrolysate with milk minerals rich in calcium potently stimulates glucagon-like peptide-1 secretion: An RCT in healthy adults

Chen, Y-C., Smith, H., Hengist, A., Chrzanowski-Smith, O., Mikkelsen, U. R., Carroll, H., Betts, J., Thompson, D., Saunders, J. & Gonzalez, J., 11 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Nutrition. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Effect of acute hypohydration on glycemic regulation in healthy adults: a randomized crossover trial

Carroll, H. A., Templeman, I., Chen, Y., Edinburgh, R. M., Burch, E. K., Jewitt, J. T., Povey, G., Robinson, T. D., Dooley, W. L., Jones, R., Tsintzas, K., Gallo, W., Melander, O., Thompson, D., James, L. J., Johnson, L. & Betts, J. A., 28 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 126, 2, p. 422-430

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lipid metabolism links nutrient-exercise timing to insulin sensitivity in men classified as overweight or obese. Breakfast, exercise and metabolic health

Edinburgh, R., Bradley, H., Abdullah, N-F., Robinson, S., Chrzanowski-Smith, O., Walhin, J-P., Joanisse, S., Manolopoulos, K., Philp, A., Hengist, A., Chabowski, A., Brodsky, F., Koumanov, F., Betts, J., Thompson, D., Wallis, G. & Gonzalez, J., 1 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mobilising vitamin D from adipose tissue: The potential impact of exercise

Hengist, A., Perkin, O., Gonzalez, J., Betts, J., Hewison, M., Manolopoulos, K., Jones, K., Koulman, A. & Thompson, D., 1 Mar 2019, In : Nutrition Bulletin. 44, 1, p. 25-35 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access


Extended morning fasting, energy balance and human health

Author: Chowdhury, E., 22 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Betts, J. (Supervisor) & Thompson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Influence of hyperthermia and antioxidant supplementation on redox balance and heat shock protein response to exercise

Author: Mohd Sukri, N., 25 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Bilzon, J. (Supervisor), Turner, J. (Supervisor) & Betts, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Measured Metabolic Requirement for Septic Shock Patients Before and After Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation

Author: Lee, P. L., 19 May 2015

Supervisor: Betts, J. (Supervisor) & Lee, K. L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)


Metabolic and immune system cross-talk in human adipose tissue

Author: Travers, R., 25 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Thompson, D. (Supervisor) & Betts, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Nutrition for post-exercise recovery and training adaptation

Author: Alghannam, A., 4 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Betts, J. (Supervisor) & Bilzon, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD