Professor John Mathers is the Director of the cross-Faculty Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC) established in 1994. The HNRC was designated as a University Research Centre in November 2008. Professor Mathers is the Principle Investigator for a portfolio of research projects in the areas of nutrition and the prevention of complex diseases including colon cancer and cardiovascular disease. This work includes studies on the biological basis of ageing, and ranges from molecular and cell biological studies through investigations in human volunteers to nutritional epidemiology and large-scale intervention studies.
Professor Mathers is a past president of the Nutrition Society and current Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition.