Course details


  • Date: 13 - 17 January 2020
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Fees:
    -  Medical Doctors -  £985
    Nurses and AHPs - £750

      Assessment (optional) - £250

 Registration process

Step 1: Email us your qualifications and/or a short CV to

Step 2: Register Online (for those accepted on the course)

Teaching Faculty/ The Presenters

The Course Directors (Professor Martin Wilkins and Professor Gary Frost) deliver key teaching sessions.

Professor Martin Wilkins (Course Director) Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Vice Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine

Martin R. Wilkins is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Imperial College London. He is Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, a role he combines with Director of the British Heart Foundation Imperial College Centre of Research Excellence and Director of the National Institute of Health Research Imperial College Clinical Research Facility at Hammersmith Hospital.

His BHF-funded Travelling Fellowship to St Louis USA in 1987 provided the platform for his subsequent career in cardiovascular research. For the past 25 years he has led a bench-to-bedside programme investigating the molecular basis of pulmonary hypertension and evaluating new treatments. His work, supported throughout by the British Heart Foundation, contributed to the development of two new classes of drug for pulmonary hypertension, namely phosphodiesterase inhibitors and soluble guanylate cyclase stimulators, and has more recently provided insights into the roles of iron and zinc in pulmonary vascular homeostasis. His current work uses genetics, proteomics and metabolomics to define disease pathways in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with the aim of identifying novel druggable targets and personalised medicines. He was elected to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015. He holds a Liebig Professorship at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (since 2014). He was awarded honorary membership of the Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences (2013). He is Past-President of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, a global network of experts in the field (


Professor Gary Frost, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics

I am currently head of the Section for Nutrition Research and lead the Imperial Nutrition and Food Network.  I qualified as a dietitian in 1982 and have always maintained a clinical input throughout my career.  Was appointed to Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Imperial College Jan 2008.  Prior to this, for 18 years Gary had work at Hammersmith Hospital.  Over his time at Hammersmith he gained his PhD in Nutrition and was appointed Honorary Reader in Nutrition at Imperial College, then joined the University of Surrey as Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2005.  My research interests are very diverse and some are listed below:

Dietary Carbohydrates: These are a major focus of my work has been on the role of dietary carbohydrates on appetite regulation, insulin resistances and lipid metabolism in particular the glycaemic index as a model of the physiological effects of carbohydrates.  We were the first to demonstrate the impact of low glycaemic diets on adipocyte metabolism.  More recently in partnership with Professor Jimmy Bell we have used an integrative physiological approach to investigating the role of dietary carbohydrates on body composition and appetite regulation. 

Short Chain Fatty Acids: These are produces of microbial fermentation of dietary carbohydrate in the gastrointestinal track.  Our research program in partnership with the University of Glasgow has lead to the new understanding of the role for these molecules in appetite regulation. 

Food Structure:  Over the last five years in partnership with colleagues at the Quadram Institute, John Innes Centre and the University of Glasgow we have had a major interest in how food structure influences human metabolism   

Obesity Management:  My group is part of the section of Division Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism which is headed by Professor Bloom where we have been part of the team that demonstrated the importance of a number of gut peptides in appetite regulation peptides in appetite regulation.  We also have an on going project investigating the role of nutrients in the secretion of appetite regulating peptides and a major interest in the basic nutritional physiology involved in energy balance.

Dietary intake:  One of the major nutritional challenges  is the actuate assessment of food intake in free living people.  With Prof Holmes, Dr Garcia, Dr Posma and Prof Nicholson with had made a significant contribution by using metabolic profiling to improve dietary reporting.  Also  with Prof Yang and Dr Lo we are developing new camera technology to improve dietary reporting

Nutrition in the Elderly:  My research group are interested in the relationship between food, the gastrointestinal tract and appetite regulation during aging.  Over recent years we have demonstrated that anorexic hormones released from the gut higher than in young people.