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Simon Langley-Evans

Professor of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Professor Simon Langley-Evans graduated from the University of London in 1986 with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry with Microbiology. He studied for his PhD in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Dr David York. He graduated in 1990 and after a period of postdoctoral work at both Southampton and the United Medical and Dentist School in London he obtained a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship. He has subsequently held lectureship positions at the University of Southampton, University College Northampton and University of Nottingham.

Professor Langley-Evans was awarded a personal Chair in Human Nutrition in 2005. His research expertise lies in the area of the Developmental Origins of Adult Disease, where he has conducted pioneering work in the development of experimental models of nutritional programming. He is the author of over 140 peer reviewed papers and in 2009 published an undergraduate textbook entitled, "Nutrition: A Lifespan Approach." The second edition, "Nutrition, Health and Disease" was published in 2015 and the third edition was published in August 2021. In 2005 he was awarded the Nutrition Society Silver Medal and in 2012 received his DSc from the University of Nottingham. Professor Langley-Evans is the Editor of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Teaching Summary

Professor Langley-Evans has over 20 years experience of undergraduate teaching experience. He is not teaching during his tenure as Head of School of Biosciences (ends October 2021, followed by a… read more

Research Summary

Professor Langley-Evans' research focuses on the early life origins of adult disease. A wide range of epidemiological evidence suggests that there is a strong and significant relationship between… read more

Selected Publications

Professor Langley-Evans external roles include:

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

In the last few years Professor Langley-Evans has been a member of the Nutrition Society Council , the BBSRC Pool of Experts (and Committee RMA member) and the Medical Research Council College of Experts. He was a member of the RERAD Mid Programme Review Panel for the Scottish Government, 2008-2009.

Professor Langley-Evans has over 20 years experience of undergraduate teaching experience. He is not teaching during his tenure as Head of School of Biosciences (ends October 2021, followed by a period of sabbatical leave). He has been an assessor for the Association for Nutrition course accreditation scheme and has been an external examiner for undergraduate and PGT courses at the University of Sheffield, Robert Gordon University and the University of Plymouth.

Current Research

Professor Langley-Evans' research focuses on the early life origins of adult disease. A wide range of epidemiological evidence suggests that there is a strong and significant relationship between impairment of fetal growth and risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension and non-insulin-dependent diabetes in later life. The work in the Langley-Evans laboratory has focused on the contribution of maternal nutritional status to this programming of adult disease risk. Manipulation of the protein content, amino acid composition or fatty acid balance within the diets of pregnant rats has been demonstrated to induce lifelong hypertension in their offspring and to establish a wide range of physiological and metabolic abnormalities. Professor Langley-Evans current work in this area focuses on the elucidation of molecular and physiological mechanisms that underpin the association between maternal nutrition and altered functions in the adult offspring.

Orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1969-8416

Broad research areas

Early life origins of disease

Pregnancy nutrition

Animal models of healthy ageing

Infant feeding

Obesity and the metabolic syndrome

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