Professor Iain Broom

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Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE)
Robert Gordon University
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Iain Broom is Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE) at Robert Gordon University (RGU). He is also currently Medical Director of LighterLife, holds a Professorial Research Fellowship at the Rowett Research Centre and is a founding European SCOPE Fellow.

Although now retired from clinical work he was responsible for Nutrition support for NHS Grampian and was the lead clinician for the lipid and nutrition clinics (including obesity) for NHS Grampian for 25 years and also had responsibility for the care of diabetes within this region in association with other consultant clinical staff. He was R&D Director for NHS Grampian and Chair of the Scottish R&D Directors.

His research interests have always been within the nutrition field, starting with his Wellcome Fellowship (University of Glasgow) to investigate protein kinetics after injury and sepsis, including the effects of nutrition support.  This work was continued in Aberdeen where he moved in 1979 and was further supported by an MRC Programme Grant to investigate the energy costs of protein deposition in man in health and disease.  He has been involved in obesity research at both from a molecular perspective as well as the clinical management of the disease. 

He has been responsible, along with several colleagues around the UK, for the development of the Counterweight Programme of which he is Chairman. Counterweight is one of the few weight loss programs that have been successfully rolled out across a health system after research. The Counterweight Program has been commissioned by over 30 Primary Care Trusts and directly by the Scottish Government to implement Counterweight in 13 out of their 14 Health Boards as the weight management program of choice.

He has published over 200 papers in metabolic disease and sits on a number of expert panels in the UK and in Europe.