Staff Profile:Professor Christine Williams

Name:
Professor Christine Williams
Job Title:
Professor of Human Nutrition
Responsibilities:

Professor Williams' university responsibilities as External Director (Food, Agriculture and Health) are to strengthen and develop further relationships between the university and key stakeholders in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and food security. These are supported through her external committee work, non-executive director roles and work with government, industry and charitable foundations.

Areas of Interest:

Professor Williams' research is primarily concerned with understanding the impact of diet on human health, particularly in relation to cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. She also has particular interest in enhancing population health through food chain approaches to nutrition from agriculture, manufacturing and food innovation, marketing and communication.

Declaration of interests:

Pecuniary Interests: Employee, University of Reading; Personal pension University Superannuation Scheme; Non-executive Director Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) Board;

Non pecuniary interests: Chair of the Board of Trustees and Governor, British Nutrition Foundation; Member Rank Prize Nutrition Advisory Panel; Chair, BBSRC Agriculture & Food Security Strategy Panel; Member, BBSRC Research Advisory Board; Member Governing Body of the Institute of Food Research, Norwich; Member Scientific Advisory Council for Wales; Member PHE Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, Lipid subpanel; Member European Food Information Council Scientific Advisory Group; Member Mars Scientific Advisory Group, UK (university contract); Expert Advisor Mars Inc. Health and Wellbeing workshop 2015 (university contract).

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Qualifications:
BSc Nutrition, King's College, University of London
PhD (Medicine), Guys Hospital Medical School

Prizes:

  • Royal Society Nestle Gold Medal in Nutrition, December 1999
  • British Nutrition Foundation Prize, November 2001
  • The Nutrition Society Gold Medal. December 2011
  • Alimentation Y Salud, November 2012

Honours:

  • Fellow of the Society of Biology
  • Fellow of the Association for Nutrition
  • Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences
  • OBE for services to Higher Education and Nutritional Science, Honours List May 2013

External Activities:

Externally, Professor Williams is member of the Food Research Partnership Committee (Government Chief Scientist Office), chair of the BBSRC Food Security Strategic Advisory Panel, Governor of the British Nutritional Foundation and member of the Rank Prize Trustees Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Professor Williams was chair of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science).

Professor Christine Williams

Contact Details

Email:
c.m.williams@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8476
Building:
GU13, Agriculture Building

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