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Professor Christine Williams


Professor Williams' responsibilities as Director of 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 including her membership of the government's Food Research Partnership, chairmanship of the BBSRC Food Security Advisory Panel and the Institute of Food Research (Norwich) Governing Body.

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.


Research Grants 2008 - 2013

Williams CM for the University of Reading consortium. 2010. BBSRC. Food Quality and Health: A high level skills training and research programme for the food industry. £3.4M

Williams CM for the University of Reading consortium. 2009. The Biopharma skills project. Funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. £1.9M.

Spencer JPE, Butler L, Williams Claire, Williams CM. BBSRC 2009. Enhancement of learning and memory by flavonoids: £485,357

Williams CM, Minihane AM. BBSRC Industry Interchange Programme 2008. Development of mathematical models of lipid metabolism in the fed state. £32,500

Williams CM, Minihane AM, Fry M, Jackson KG. BBSRC 2010. In vivo and in vitro studies of dietary fatty acids, eNOS polymorphisms and insulin resistance in the endothelium. £408,000.


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.


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


Externally, Professor Williams is member of the Food Research Partnership Committee (Government Chief Scientist Office), member 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 Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 2014.


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