Programme Lead – Food behaviours and public health interventions,
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR),
MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Professor Martin White is the Programme Lead for Food behaviours and public health interventions, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge and he will lead a research programme focused on understanding the determinants of behaviour and the development and evaluation of interventions that impact dietary behaviours. He recently joined the Unit from Newcastle University, where he was the professor of Public Health at the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University and lead their Public Health Research Programme. He was also the Director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research. As Professor of Public Health, co-director of the public health and applied health interventions research programme and honorary consultant in public health with the North East Strategic Health Authority, he shares responsibility for stategic development and management of academic public health within Newcastle University and North East England.
He is a clinical academic, trained in medicine and public health, with broad experience of public health research and practice, and a national and international reputation for his research and leadership. He has an interest in developing research on the influence of the food industry, the impact of social and policy interventions on diet, and the population impact of individual level interventions.
He trained in medicine at Birmingham University and, after working in child health for 3 years, moved to north east England to train in public health. He joined Newcastle University as a lecturer in 1990 became senior lecturer in public health in 1992. He was Director of the Health Promotion Research Group from 1996 and became Director of the Public Health Research Group in 2004. He was appointed to the Chair in Public Health in May 2005 and formed the Public Health Research Programme within the newly founded Institute of Health & Society (IHS) at Newcastle University in August 2006. In 2008 he was awarded funding for and became director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. In May 2011, the Public Health Research Programme was expanded to form the Public Health and Applied Health Interventions Research Programme within IHS.