Director, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, University of Reading

Professor D Ian Givens

Professor Ian Givens has background training in biochemistry and nutrition and is currently Professor of Food Chain Nutrition and Director of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of Reading. His research focuses on human nutrition with emphasis on the relationship between consumption of animal-derived foods across the key life stages, nutrient supply and chronic disease outcome with particular emphasis on vascular disease and dairy foods, saturated, trans and n-3 fatty acids. Current work includes meta-analysis of prospective studies on the association between dairy foods and cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) and research on lipids and proteins in milk/dairy products and their influence on risk factors for CMD. Work also includes factors linked to primary production that for e.g. alter the fatty acid composition and concentrations of nutrients including iodine, selenium and vitamin D in foods. Work milk proteins and glycaemic control is also ongoing.