Dr Susan Jebb OBE

Head of Diet and Obesity Research

Dr Susan Jebb is Head of the Diet and Obesity Research Group at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research unit (HNR) in Cambridge, UK until 2013/14. In September 2013 she became Professor of Diet and Population Health in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Susan’s research interests are focused on how what we eat affects the risk of gaining weight or becoming obese and the interventions that might be effective to help people lose weight or reduce the risk of weight gain. She has also conducted a series of randomised controlled trials to study the impact of dietary changes on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  Susan has strong scientific collaborations with the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.

Alongside her research, Susan is particularly active in the translation of nutrition science into policy and practice and works with government, industry, the public health community and the media. She was the science advisor for the Foresight obesity report and subsequently chaired the cross-government Expert Advisory Group on obesity from 2007-11. She is now a member of the Public Health England Obesity Programme Board and Chairs the DH Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, developing voluntary agreements with industry to improve the food environment. She is one of the Chairs of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committees. Susan is actively involved in a number of events and media projects to engage the public in issues relating to diet and health.  In 2008 Susan was awarded an OBE for services to public health.