Department for Health

Dr James Betts

Reader in Nutrition & Metabolism


Reader FACSM

1 West 4.124
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3448

Research funding
Professional Societies
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Physiological Society


Dr Betts joined the University of Bath in 2005 having completed his PhDat Loughborough University and is currently a Reader in Nutrition & Metabolism. Since joining the University he has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials to explore how components of energy balance interact to regulate human health and physiological function.

The complex nature of energy balance regulation requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates both basic and applied science methodologies. The findings of Dr Betts’ research have therefore been widely published in many invited and peer-reviewed papers across >25 leading journals spanning the broad scientific disciplines of: human physiology (Journal of Physiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, AJP); obesity/health (International Journal of Obesity, BMJ); nutrition (AJCN, British Journal of Nutrition, European Journal of Nutrition); and exercise science (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Sports Medicine).

Externally, Dr Betts is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, member of the Physiological Society and an Associate Editor of two journals (Trials and International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism).

Within the University, Dr Betts convenes one of our three research themes (Lifelong Health and Wellbeing), is an undergraduate admissions tutor and Chair of the Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH).

Research interests

  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Intermittent fasting/feeding patterns
  • Metabolic requirements in skeletal dysplasia


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