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Alastair Duncan
Alastair Duncan

Dr Alastair Duncan BSc MSc PgDipD PhD RD

Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences

Research interests

  • Nutrition

Biography

I am a UK registered dietitian combining clinical, teaching and research roles at King's College London and at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham in the 1980s and worked in research and public service science roles before embarking on a second career as a chef. In the 1990s at King's I completed an MSc in Nutrition prior to being awarded a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics. I have been a registered dietitian working in the NHS for over 20 years. I have been involved with clinical research for much of this time, and in 2013 was awarded a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from the NIHR. I investigated why type 2 diabetes has become so prevalent in people living with HIV, and proved that a diet and physical activity intervention can reduce diabetes risk in this patient group. I completed my PhD in Nutrition and Infectious Diseases at King's in 2016. Continuing in HIV-related research, I am exploring people’s experiences of ageing with HIV, as well as the clinical response to their emerging needs. Finally, I am clinical lead for a large pilot project across South East London testing lifestyle interventions aiming to improve the health of those living with morbid obesity.

Research subject areas

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • HIV / infectious diseases
  • Ageing
  • Behaviour Change
  • Care pathways and quality of care

Teaching

  • Module lead for Professional Practice for Dietitians
  • Lead for IPE for Dietetics

Research

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Nutrition in HIV and metabolic comorbidities

HIV infection leads to a chronic low-grade inflammatory state, even in those where the virus is effectively controlled by antiretrovirals.

Diabetes weight examination
Experience of weight management programmes

The majority of the UK's population are living with overweight or obesity. Weight management programmes provided by the NHS and local authorities deliver limited outcomes

Research

hiv aids blood test hero 1903x558
Nutrition in HIV and metabolic comorbidities

HIV infection leads to a chronic low-grade inflammatory state, even in those where the virus is effectively controlled by antiretrovirals.

Diabetes weight examination
Experience of weight management programmes

The majority of the UK's population are living with overweight or obesity. Weight management programmes provided by the NHS and local authorities deliver limited outcomes