Department for Health

Professor Dylan Thompson

Dylan Thompson
Director of Research

1 West 4.115
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3177

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Professional Associations
  • Association for the Study of Obesity
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • International Society of Exercise Immunology
  • Nutrition Society
  • Physiological Society


I joined the University of Bath in 1999 and I am currently Director of Research with responsibility for research management and performance within the department.

My research interests include physical activity, diet, adipose tissue, chronic inflammation and chronic disease. One strand of my research seeks to understand the mechanisms through which regular physical activity and diet maintain health. A second strand seeks to capitalise on technological innovation to help people make positive changes to their behaviour and thus reduce the risk of chronic disease.

I have published over 100 articles in prestigious journals such as Physiological Reviews, Journal of PhysiologyExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and International Journal of Obesity.

I am an expert for the BMJ Evidence Centre and have editorial roles with PLOS ONE and the Journal of Sport Sciences. I serve on various grant panels including BBSRC and the Academy of Finland.

I have supervised more than a dozen PhD/MD students to completion. I have attracted in excess of £3 million in external funding from agencies such as the British Heart Foundation, BBSRC, MRC (National Prevention Research Initiative), Diabetes UK and the National Institute for Health Research; and I have acted as a consultant for major multi-national companies.

Research interests

  • Physical activity, energy balance and chronic disease
  • Physical activity measurement and profiling
  • Chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity and adipose tissue function
  • Exercise and metabolic function


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