Prof Julian Mercer is Leader of the Obesity and Metabolic Health Theme at the Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health, part of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
He is a biological scientist with research interests in food-gut-brain signalling and has worked in obesity research for over 20 years. He is also coordinator of the EU FP7 Full4Health project, which is investigating mechanisms of hunger and satiety, and is a partner in the SATIN (novel food processing for satiety) and NeuroFAST (stress, addiction and eating behaviour) projects, all funded by KBBE. These three projects share common themes which potentially address the issue of food composition and reformulation for satiety and control of caloric intake. Food is often overlooked when we consider gut-brain signalling in the context of energy balance and body weight, but is now the focus of research programmes aiming to adjust diets and reformulate individual foods for enhanced satiety properties. If food is to become part of the solution for the future, rather than just a major part of the problem, collaboration will be required between academic researchers and the food and drink industry.
The University of Aberdeen, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health