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Research interests

Since arriving at the University of Bath in 2005, Professor Betts has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials to explore metabolic regulation in response to various dietary stimuli, with a particular interest in the links between nutrient timing (i.e. chrononutrition) and human health. This work was formally recognised in 2015 when James was presented the Nutrition Society Cuthbertson Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine for 'excellence in clinical nutrition and metabolism research'. Professor Betts has supervised many PhD students through their doctoral research training and welcomes interest from prospective applicants for study within the field of nutrition and metabolism. In 2018 he received the University's Mary Tasker Award for excellence in teaching.

Other responsibilities

Professor Betts is Chair of the Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.

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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 2021

Research Output 2004 2019

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

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
1 Citation (Scopus)

Adipose tissue responses to breaking sitting in men and women with central adiposity

Chen, Y-C., Betts, J., Walhin, J-P. & Thompson, D., 5 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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