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Professor Peter Emery

Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism               Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division                   King's College London                                             
Fourth Floor Franklin-Wilkins Building                  
150 Stamford Street                                               London SE1 9NH         
Tel:      +44 020 7848 4415



  • Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, King’s College London, 2002-present
  • Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism, since 2005
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College / King’s College London, 1983-2005

Research interests

Professor Emery's current research interests relate to the response of skeletal muscle and other tissues to various forms of injury, including surgical trauma and oxidative stress. The main focus is on protein metabolism, particular the rates of protein synthesis and degradation, as well as the formation of protein adducts. Protein synthesis has been shown to increase during the healing of a surgical wound and this increase appears not to be affected by mild or moderate malnutrition, although severe malnutrition is known to inhibit wound healing. Further work remains to be done to define the interrelationships between nutritional status, wound healing and the metabolic response to trauma. 

The main experimental approaches being used at present are proteomic techniques including 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis to separate proteins and mass spectrometry to identify the separated proteins. A method is currently being developed to measure the rate of synthesis of individual proteins in vivo.

In addition, Professor Emery leads a group of staff who are interested in the detection, prevention and management of malnutrition in hospital patients. It is estimated that 28% of patients are at risk of malnutrition when they are admitted to hospital and nutritional status often deteriorates during the patient’s stay in hospital. More routine screening for risk of malnutrition and improved nutritional care for those identified at risk is needed to counteract this problem.

Key Publications

  • Majid HA, Emery PW, Whelan K. Faecal microbiota and short-chain fatty acids in patients receiving enteral nutrition with standard or fructo-oligosaccharides and fibre-enriched formulas (2011) J Hum Nutr Diet 24:260-8
  • Weekes CE, Spiro A, Baldwin C, Whelan K, Thomas JE, Parkin D, Emery PW. (2009)A review of the evidence for the impact of improving nutritional care on nutritional and clinical outcomes and cost. J Hum Nutr Diet 22:324-35.
  • Weekes CE, Emery PW, Elia M. (2009) Dietary counselling and food fortification in stable COPD: a randomised trial. Thorax 64:326-31
  • Costarelli V, Emery PW. (2009) The effect of protein malnutrition on the capacity for protein synthesis during wound healing. J Nutr Health Aging 13:409-1

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