||DR LAURA JOHNSON
Human biology; childhood obesity; dietary patterns; appetite; genetic/nutritional epidemiology;
Current research involving the GEMINI, TEDS and ALSPAC studies includes analysis of the:
- heritability of eating behaviour and weight gain in infancy
- the relationship between eating behaviour and diet
- gene-diet interactions in the causation of obesity
GEMINI Study: A longitudinal study of eating behaviour and weight gain in twins from birth to 5 years. Recruitment and data collection are currently underway.
Analysis of existing prospective data on genetics, diet, eating behaviour and adiposity from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).
2008 PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology, University of Cambridge
2003 MSc in Genetic Epidemiology, University of Sheffield
2002 BSc in Human Biology, Loughborough University
Member of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity
Member of the Nutrition Society
- Johnson L, Luke A, Deng HW, Mitchell BD, Comuzzie AG, Cole SA, et al. Meta-analysis of five genome-wide linkage studies for body mass index reveals significant evidence for linkage to chromosome 8p. Int J Obes 2005 Feb 1;29(4):413-9.
- Rennie KL, Johnson L, Jebb SA. Behavioural determinants of obesity. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2005 Sep;19(3):343-58.
- Johnson L, Mander AP, Jones LR, Emmett PM, Jebb SA. Is sugar-sweetened beverage consumption associated with increased fatness in children? Nutrition 2007;23(7-8):557-63.
- Johnson L, Mander AP, Jones LR, Emmett PM, Jebb SA. A prospective analysis of dietary energy density at age 5 and 7 years and fatness at 9 years among UK children. Int J Obes 2007 Oct 2;advance online publication 2 October 2007:doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803746.
- Johnson L, Mander AP, Jones LR, Emmett PM, Jebb SA. An energy dense, low fibre, high fat dietary pattern is associated with increased fatness in childhood. Am J Clin Nut 2007 (In press).
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