Clinical Advisory Panel

A unique combination of talents

OMP is partnering with Southampton and Bristol University Hospitals to conduct our first studies.

All members of the Clinical Advisory Panel are independent to OMP.

Clinical Advisory Panel

Professor Jeff Brunstrom

Professor Jeff Brunstrom

Jeff Brunstrom is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. He co-leads the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit, which is one of the largest groups of its kind in the UK. Major research themes include appetite, weight control, diet, portion size, and food choice, and Jeff has published over 120 papers on these topics.

Mr James Byrne

Mr James Byrne

James is an Upper Gastrointestinal specialist surgeon, working primarily out of University hospital Southampton. James has been responsible for the creation of a multidisciplinary bariatric surgical research group in Southampton with membership of public health, health economics, diabetes and endocrinology, primary care and user involvement through this centre James has been an investigator on several small and large clinical trials. He is also a NICE advisor for Upper GI surgery and a member of the Council of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society.

Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman is a specialist obesity dietitian at North Bristol NHS Trust and an NIHR-funded Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on how people access and experience weight management services and the selection of outcomes to evaluate weight management interventions. She is the Research co-lead for Dietetics for the British Obesity and Metabolic Society (BOMSS) and a Member of the Steering Committee for the National Obesity Database. She co-authored the 2020 BOMSS nutritional guidelines (published in Obesity Reviews).

Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield

Professor Julian Hamilton-Shield

Julian is a Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology at the University of Bristol and The Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol. He has research interests in childhood diabetes, the management and complications of obesity, lipid disorders and metabolic health. His research is based in the Nutrition theme of the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (https://www.bristolbrc.nihr.ac.uk) and he is lead for industry facing research collaboration.

Dr Elanor Hinton

Dr Elanor Hinton

Dr Elanor Hinton (NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, Nutrition theme, University of Bristol) has 16 years post-doctoral research experience, after gaining her PhD at the University of Cambridge. A psychologist by background, her primary interest is in understanding the neuroregulation of appetite and obesity by conducting studies in people living with obesity, people with genetic or acquired conditions that effect energy balance, and healthy volunteers. Elanor is lead for public engagement with science for the Nutrition theme and is focussing on increasing Public and Patient involvement in research.

Ms Mary O’Kane

Ms Mary O’Kane

Mary O’Kane is an Honorary Consultant Dietitian with extensive experience supporting people with obesity in specialist weight management and bariatric surgery services. She is a member of BOMSS and chair of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders Integrated Health Committee. She has participated in many national guideline committees and led the development of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) nutritional guidelines.

Mr Dimitri Pournaras

Mr Dimitri Pournaras

Dimitri is an Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon. His research interests are outcomes of bariatric/metabolic surgery beyond weight loss with a focus on obesity associated morbidity and cardiovascular risk. Identification of how these operations work or how bariatric/metabolic surgery changes the way the gut talks to the brain. He is on the editorial board of journals Obesity Surgery and Clinical Obesity and regularly publishes his research.

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