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Professor Kevin Whelan

Professor of Dietetics

  • Head of Department, Nutritional Sciences

Research interests

  • Nutrition

Biography

Kevin Whelan is the Professor of Dietetics and Head of Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London, United Kingdom. Following a BSc in Biochemistry, Kevin completed an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (awarded with Distinction) and worked as a clinical dietitian specialising in the management of patients with gastrointestinal disease requiring nutritional support. This was followed by completion of a PhD at King’s College London investigating prebiotics and the gut microbiome.

Professor Whelan has undertaken extensive research on probiotics, prebiotics, fibre and dietary interventions in gastrointestinal health and disease, funded through national agencies such as the Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research and charities such as Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He has published over 100 full papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the Series Editor of the Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics book series from the British Dietetic Association. He has a particular interest in education and completed his MA in Academic Practice Teaching and Learning at King’s (awarded with distinction). He has twice received the College Teaching Excellence Award and in 2007 was awarded a College Teaching Fellowship. He has previously served as academic advisor to the National Genetics Education and Development Centre and was a member of the Health Education England Advisory Group.

Professor Whelan is widely involved in national and international advisory groups, including previous membership of the ILSI Expert Panel on Prebiotics, the NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Awards Panel and the NICE Quality Standards Group for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2012 he was awarded the Nutrition Society Sir David Cuthbertson Medal in recognition of research that has advanced clinical nutrition and impacted on patient care, and in 2017 was appointed a Fellow of the British Dietetic Association.

    Research

    herogastro
    Diet & Gastrointestinal Health Research Group

    The Diet and Gastrointestinal Health Research Group aims to understand the molecular, cellular, whole person and population-level mechanisms involved in gut health and the development and treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

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    FruGut study

    The FruGut Study: Physiological, Microbiological and Metabolomic Effects of Fruit Products.

    Project status: Ongoing

    NutrImmune Study Logo 780×440
    The NutrImmune Study

    Investigating how diet can optimise our immune response to flu vaccines. We're recruiting healthy adults, aged 40-64 years old, who consume 2+ snacks per day.

    Project status: Ongoing

    pg23-pg-aq-fodocs-gut-microbiome
    Diet and gut health

    Maintaing gut health, and preventing gastrointestinal disease are important features of health and well being

    sustainable environment leaf plant
    Carbohydrates & Biopolymers

    Biopolymers refers to natural polymers that are produces produced by cells of living organisms. Of particular interest to our group and nutritional sciences in general are carbohydrate polymers from plant sources such as starch, cell wall matrices (including non-starch polysaccharides or ‘dietary fibre’) and polyphenolics.

    COVID Mental Health
    Diet and mental health

    This research group aims to explroes the (1) mechanisms of food compounds, nutrients, foods, and whole diets on mental health and illness, and (2) the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of such nutritional interventions.

    Diet and Ageing
    Dietary & Food-related guideline development

    While a lot of research evidence exists on the link and effect of nutrition in health and disease, however translation of these is often limited. We, therefore, aim to translate a vast amount of evidence into dietary and food-related guidelines using standardised methodology, such as GRADE and Delphi approaches.

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Diet in irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are common gastrointestinal disorders that have a significant impact on patients' quality of life, and are associated with comorbidieties.

    News

    Snacking on almonds boosts gut health

    Eating a handful of almonds a day significantly increases the production of butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that promotes gut health.

    almonds-health-diet

    Professor Kevin Whelan appointed to government nutrition advisory committee

    Professor Kevin Whelan from the School of Life Course & Population Sciences has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

    Prof Kevin Whelan

    Department of Nutritional Sciences excels at British Dietetic Association annual awards

    Nutritional Sciences academics take home awards for digital innovation, best research publication and best published educational work.

    Fermented foods

    Features

    Spotlight on nutrition: Research into the impacts of our diets

    From beans, to berries to new types of bread, our researchers have been doing a range of work to help us better understand how you are what you eat.

    Nutrition 101

    Six ingredients to make a nutritious Christmas meal

    We've pulled together the perfect recipe for a hearty and healthy Christmas meal to get you through the holiday season

    Christmas Apple

      Research

      herogastro
      Diet & Gastrointestinal Health Research Group

      The Diet and Gastrointestinal Health Research Group aims to understand the molecular, cellular, whole person and population-level mechanisms involved in gut health and the development and treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

      frugutlogo_white
      FruGut study

      The FruGut Study: Physiological, Microbiological and Metabolomic Effects of Fruit Products.

      Project status: Ongoing

      NutrImmune Study Logo 780×440
      The NutrImmune Study

      Investigating how diet can optimise our immune response to flu vaccines. We're recruiting healthy adults, aged 40-64 years old, who consume 2+ snacks per day.

      Project status: Ongoing

      pg23-pg-aq-fodocs-gut-microbiome
      Diet and gut health

      Maintaing gut health, and preventing gastrointestinal disease are important features of health and well being

      sustainable environment leaf plant
      Carbohydrates & Biopolymers

      Biopolymers refers to natural polymers that are produces produced by cells of living organisms. Of particular interest to our group and nutritional sciences in general are carbohydrate polymers from plant sources such as starch, cell wall matrices (including non-starch polysaccharides or ‘dietary fibre’) and polyphenolics.

      COVID Mental Health
      Diet and mental health

      This research group aims to explroes the (1) mechanisms of food compounds, nutrients, foods, and whole diets on mental health and illness, and (2) the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of such nutritional interventions.

      Diet and Ageing
      Dietary & Food-related guideline development

      While a lot of research evidence exists on the link and effect of nutrition in health and disease, however translation of these is often limited. We, therefore, aim to translate a vast amount of evidence into dietary and food-related guidelines using standardised methodology, such as GRADE and Delphi approaches.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      Diet in irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease

      Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are common gastrointestinal disorders that have a significant impact on patients' quality of life, and are associated with comorbidieties.

      News

      Snacking on almonds boosts gut health

      Eating a handful of almonds a day significantly increases the production of butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that promotes gut health.

      almonds-health-diet

      Professor Kevin Whelan appointed to government nutrition advisory committee

      Professor Kevin Whelan from the School of Life Course & Population Sciences has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

      Prof Kevin Whelan

      Department of Nutritional Sciences excels at British Dietetic Association annual awards

      Nutritional Sciences academics take home awards for digital innovation, best research publication and best published educational work.

      Fermented foods

      Features

      Spotlight on nutrition: Research into the impacts of our diets

      From beans, to berries to new types of bread, our researchers have been doing a range of work to help us better understand how you are what you eat.

      Nutrition 101

      Six ingredients to make a nutritious Christmas meal

      We've pulled together the perfect recipe for a hearty and healthy Christmas meal to get you through the holiday season

      Christmas Apple