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Duane Mellor

Duane Mellor

Duane Mellor is an award winning registered dietitian and science communicator (BDA Media Spokesperson of the Year 2021), who is the Aston Medical School lead for Nutrition and Evidence Based Medicine. Having a background in clinical dietetics supporting people living with diabetes he moved into medical education when joining Aston University. He is also the Associate Dean for Education (Quality Enhancement) in the College of Health and Life Sciences. where he works to support innovative teaching practice alongside engaging students as fellow professionals on the first steps of their careers.

After initially working in the areas of clinical trials, Duane's current research interests focus on improving nutrition and health by working with communities to celebrate their heritage through food and help tackle barriers resulting from societal inequalities. Alongside this Duane has a keen interest in science communication and developing scientifically accurate messages to help individuals make informed decisions about their own food choices and health.

After initially working in the areas of clinical trials, Duane's current research interests focus on improving nutrition and health by working with communities to celebrate their heritage through food and help tackle barriers resulting from societal inequalities. Alongside this Duane has a keen interest in science communication and developing scientifically accurate messages to help individuals make informed decisions about their own food choices and health.

Duane is a regular contributor to the Science Media Centre and is a British Dietetic Association spokesperson having contributed to online, print, radio and television stories about food and nutrition. He is a member of the British Dietetic Association Healthier You magazine editorial board which aims to promote healthy food stories to the public as well as being an Associate Editor of the academic Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a member of a number of scientific committees including British Nutrition Foundation.

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Sep 18, 2023 05:56 am UTC| Economy

Former prime minister Tony Blair has called for more taxes on junk food to tackle the UKs obesity crisis. This includes extending sugar taxes beyond just soft drinks, as well as taxing food that is high in salt and fat....

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Jun 14, 2021 00:38 am UTC| Health

Since the beginning of the pandemic, its been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention...

What exactly is a disease?

Jul 28, 2019 11:11 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

There is an ongoing lively debate among healthcare professionals about whether or not obesity is a disease. Differences between those who argue that its a disease and those who argue that its just a risk factor for...

Christmas leftovers: how long is it safe to keep them?

Dec 27, 2018 10:14 am UTC| Life

There are usually plenty of food leftovers from Christmas dinner, often enough to last for days. But food spoils some of it faster than others. If you dont want to spend the festive break in bed with a bout of food...

The big BBQ debate: how best to fuel your outdoor feast

Aug 16, 2018 20:15 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

The smoky aroma of a barbecue is a familiar smell on warm sunny evenings around the world. In countries like Australia, the barbie is such an intrinsic part of the culture that open public spaces are often equipped with...

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