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Professor Tom Sanders

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Emeritus Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics 

King's College London 
4.72 Franklin-Wilkins Building 
150 Stamford Street 
London SE1 9NH 
  • 2003-2010 Head of Nutritional Sciences Division, KCL
  • DSc, University of London 1996
  • 1995-2000 Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, KCL
  • 1994- present Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics, KCL
  • 1991-94 Reader in Nutrition, KCL
  • 1984-91 Lecturer in Nutrition, KCL
  • 1982-84 Lecturer in Nutrition, Queen Elizabeth College (QEC, former College of the University of London that merged with KCL in 1984
  • 1979-82 Postdoctoral RA, QEC
  • 1977-79 Rank Prize Funds Fellow, QEC
  • Phd, University of London 1977
  • 1973-77 Research assistant/PhD student, Kingston Hospital
  • 1971-73 UNICEF, Programme Associate, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • BSc (Nutrition) Queen Elizabeth College London, 1971

Tom Sanders graduated from Queen Elizabeth College (University of London) and worked for the UNICEF in Indonesia for two years prior to pursuing an academic career. He was appointed Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at King’s College London in 1994.

His research career has focused on the effects of dietary fat in relation to cardiovascular health and he has a long term interest in the health of vegetarians (particularly vegans) and in food safety. Much of his research has been concerned with polyunsaturated fatty acids in relation to health, although more recently he has turned attention to the effects of fatty acid chain length and triacylglycerol structure.  Besides evaluating effects on lipid metabolism, much of his research has been concerned with the effects of dietary fats on haemostatic function.

Much of his recent research has been leading large randomized controlled trials to modify risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes: these include the OPTILIP, RISCK, MARINA and CRESSIDA.

He is a regular contributor to television and radio and a commentator on issues concerned with food in the press. He has published over 250 scientific papers and written several books on food and health.

He is the honorary Nutritional Director of HEART UK and Scientific Governor and Trustee of the British Nutrition Foundation. He was a member of the expert panel of the World Health Organization/Food and Agricultural Organization Joint Expert Consultation on the role of fatty acid in human nutrition.

Research interests

  • Effect of dietary fat on haemostatic function
  • Effect of vegan and vegetarian diets on health
  • Role of omega-3 fatty acids in human nutrition


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