Professor Julie Lovegrove
Professor Julie Lovegrove (BSc, Diet (Dip), PhD, RNutr, FAfN) is Hugh Sinclair Professor of Human Nutrition, Director of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Reading. Professor Lovegrove graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and a PhD in Nutritional Metabolism, before becoming a founding member of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition at the University of Reading. She is a Registered Nutritionist with over 30 years of research experience in studying the role of nutrition on cardiovascular diseases, with focus on the metabolic impact of dietary fats, plant phytochemicals, nutrient-gene interactions and personalised nutrition. Her work, which includes over 280 scientific publications, has made a major contribution in establishing the relevance of dietary fat quality to the development and prevention of cardiometabolic diseases.
Professor Lovegrove serves on a number of external committees, including the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN), and previously on SACN’s ‘Saturated fats’ and ‘Carbohydrates and Health’ working groups. She Chairs an International Life Science Institute Europe (ILSI) Committee on ‘Saturated Fats and Cardiovascular Health’, and is an expert on the ILSI initiative on ‘Diet and Metabolic Syndrome’. She was Deputy Chair for the Association for Nutrition (AfN) Council (2016-2019), and Chair of the AfN Accreditation Committee (2011-2019). She was awarded Fellow of the AfN in 2014, and is President of the Nutrition Society.