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Apr 2017 A recent BBC TV programme hosted by Professor Rachel Batterham, a world leading expert in obesity, highlighted the problems associated with obesity prejudice in the NHS.


Feb 2017 The Endocrine Society have just issued new Clinical Practice Guidelines advising healthcare professionals on how to assess, prevent and treat childhood obesity.


Where we work


We work at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.


The Institute of Metabolic Science is a purpose built centre accommodating those involved in research and clinical care for children and adults with Diabetes, Endocrine disorders and Obesity. We co-ordinate the GOOS study from here and have access to world class laboratory facilities in the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, where we work closely with other research groups, in particular with Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly with whom we share a longstanding interest in the genetic, molecular and physiological basis of obesity.  

We undertake clinical studies in the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge which is a dedicated unit for research where volunteers and patients come to take part in studies into many different diseases.


We have recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award to fund the building of new bespoke Clinical Research Facilities in Metabolism, which will significantly enhance our capabilities to undertake internationally leading translational research. See below for an artist's impression of the new building, plus progress so far.

Some of our research involves brain scans called functional MRI scans which are performed at a specialist facility called the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre.


New Building - May 2016