Imperial College London

Dr Suzanne Barr

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow



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Dr Suzanne Barr joined Imperial College in 2011 as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow and is current lead for the Human Nutrition pathway of the MRes Clinical Research programme, for both on-campus and online streams. She completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, Masters degree in Dietetics at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and PhD in Human Nutrition at Roehampton University, London (formerly University of Surrey). Suzanne worked clinically within the NHS for several year and maintains her Healthcare Professional clinical registration through the Health Care and Professions Council. She has clinical research interests in non-communicable diseases, women’s health and healthcare technologies. She undertook a PhD investigating dietary management strategies for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with a focus on lifestyle strategies to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent type 2 diabetes. Following this she undertook a Post-Doc at King's College London on a large multi-centre gestational diabetes prevention trial (UK Better Eating and Pregnancy Trial (UPBEAT)). Suzanne previously was involved with the MSc Preventive Cardiology programmes within NHLI, and moved to join the MRes Clinical Research programme in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction in 2018. 

Suzanne has also recently completed an MEd degree in University Learning and Teaching (distinction), with research focussing on improving the student experience for under-represented groups in postgraduate Higher Education. 


A Dougkas, S Barr, S Reddy, CD Summerbell. A critical review of the role of milk and other dairy products in the development of obesity in children and adolescents. Nutrition Research Reviews 2019; 32(1): 106-127. (Nutrition Society 'Paper of the Month' May 2019). 

R Maitland, N Patel, S Barr, et al. A Slow-Digesting, Low-Glycaemic Load (SD-LGL) Nutritional Beverage improves glucose tolerance in obese pregnant women without Gestational Diabetes. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics 2018 Oct;20(10):672-680.

Mittal TK, Cleghorn CL, Cade JE, Barr S, Grove T, Bassett P, Wood DA, Kotseva K. A cross-sectional survey of cardiovascular health and lifestyle habits of hospital staff in the UK: Do we look after ourselves? European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2018 Mar;25(5):543-550. doi: 10.1177/2047487317746320. Epub 2017 Dec 4.

Flynn AC, Dalrymple K, Barr S, et al; i-WIP (International Weight Management in Pregnancy) Collaborative Group. Dietary interventions in overweight and obese pregnant women: a systematic review of the content, delivery, and outcomes of randomized controlled trials. Nutr Rev. 2016 May;74(5):312-28. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw005. Review.

Flynn AC, Seed PT, Patel N, Barr S et al. Dietary patterns in obese pregnant women; influence of a behavioral intervention of diet and physical activity in the UPBEAT randomized controlled trial. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2016;13:124. doi:10.1186/s12966-016-0450-2.

Poston L, Bell R, Croker H, Flynn AC, et al; UPBEAT Trial Consortium. Effect of a behavioural intervention in obese pregnant women (the UPBEAT study): a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2015 Oct;3(10):767-77. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00227-2. Epub 2015 Jul 9.

Briley AL, Barr S, Badger S, Bell R, Croker H, Godfrey KM, Holmes B, Kinnunen TI, Nelson SM, Oteng-Ntim E, Patel N, Robson SC, Sandall J, Sanders T, Sattar N, Seed PT, Wardle J, Poston L. A complex intervention to improve pregnancy outcome in obese women; the UPBEAT randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Feb 18;14:74. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-74. Erratum in: BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15:111.

Gibson EL, Barr S, Jeanes Y. Habitual fat intake predicts memory function in younger women. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 2013; 7:838.  doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00838

Jones J, Barr S, Jennings C, Grove T, Kotseva K, Connolly S, Dornhorst A, Frost G, Bassett P, Wood DA. Training opportunities in preventive cardiology: MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Preventive Cardiology. Br J Cardiol 2013;20(suppl 3):S1–S19doi:10.5837/bjc.2013.s09

Poston L, Briley AL, Barr S, Bell R, Croker H, Coxon K, Essex HN, Hunt C, Hayes L, Howard LM, Khazaezadeh N, Kinnunen T, Nelson SM, Oteng-Ntim E, Robson SC, Sattar N, Seed PT, Wardle J, Sanders TA, Sandall J. Developing a complex intervention for diet and activity behaviour change in obese pregnant women (the UPBEAT trial); assessment of behavioural change and process evaluation in a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 Jul 15;13:148. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-148.

Rowlands G, Khazaezadeh N, Oteng-Ntim E, Seed P, Barr S, Weiss BD. Development and validation of a measure of health literacy in the UK: the newest vital sign. BMC Public Health. 2013 Feb 7;13:116. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-116.

Barr S, Reeves S, Sharp K, Jeanes YM. An isocaloric low glycemic index diet improves insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Nov;113(11):1523-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2013.06.347. Epub 2013 Aug 30

Gardner B, Croker H, Barr S, Briley A, Poston L, Wardle J; UPBEAT Trial. Psychological predictors of dietary intentions in pregnancy. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2012 Aug;25(4):345-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2012.01239.x. Epub 2012 Mar 2.

Barr S, Hart K, Reeves S, Sharp K, Jeanes YM. Habitual dietary intake, eating pattern and physical activity of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Oct;65(10):1126-32. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.81. Epub 2011 Jun 1.

Jeanes YM, Barr S, Smith K, Hart KH. Dietary management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome in the United Kingdom: the role of dietitians. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2009 Dec;22(6):551-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2009.00988.x.

Book chapters:

Jeanes, YM & Barr, S. entitled ‘Metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)’. Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Duncan, A & and Barr, S. Disorders associated with insulin resistance. Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Diabetes. 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Editor(s): Louise Goff, Pamela Dyson