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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Research & Action on Salt & Obesity


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UNIT LEAD Professor Feng He and Professor Graham MacGregor

This unit is a multi-disciplinary research team which conducts translational research to reduce dietary salt, sugar and saturated fat consumption across the whole population, and so prevent hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, stroke, heart disease, heart failure and cancer.  The unit’s research findings have been instrumental in the development and implementation of the UK’s salt reduction and obesity prevention programmes, which are now being copied around the world. The unit also carries out various research and public health programmes to reduce salt intake in several low- and middle-income countries, e.g. China, Malaysia.

The unit comprises research fellows, nutritionists and PhD students, and the registered charities Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health, and Blood Pressure UK. 

  • Public health nutrition research in action.

  • Reducing salt, sugar and saturated fat consumption to prevent non-communicable diseases.

  • Prevention and treatment of raised blood pressure.


Roberta Alessandrini - PhD student

Mhairi Brown - Nutrition Policy Co-Ordinator

Harriet Burt - Policy & Communications Officer

Zoe Davies - Nutritionist

Kawther Hashem - Campaign Lead & Research Fellow

Feng He - Unit Co-Lead

Graham MacGregor - Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Unit Co-Lead

Nirmala Markandu - Hypertension Nurse 

Sonia Pombo - Campaign Manager (Nutritionist) 

Jing Song - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  

Monique Tan - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

María Isabel Valero Morales - PhD student 

Changqiong Wang - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  



Centre Manager - Craig Smith -

Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Charterhouse Square

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