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Professor Philip Calder BSc(Hons), PhD, DPhil, RNutr, FSB, FAfN

Head of Human Development & Health, Professor of Nutritional Immunology

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Professor Philip Calder is Head of Human Development & Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

My work aims to understand how nutrition affects the functioning of the human body. Better understanding is key to developing strategies to improve human health and well-being, to lower disease risk and to treat nutrition-related illnesses

I have broad research interests in nutritional modulation of immunity, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease risk. Much of my work has been devoted to exploring the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids. I have over 500 scientific publications and I am listed as a Highly Cited Researcher. I have been awarded the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal by the Nutrition Society (1995), the Belgian Danone Institute Chair (2004), the Nutricia International Award (2007), the ESPEN Cuthbertson Lecture (2008), the New Zealand Nutrition Society’s Muriel Bell Award (2009), the Louisiana State University Chancellor’s Award in Neuroscience and Medicine (2011), the German Society for Fat Science Normann Medal (2012), the American Oil Chemists’ Society Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Pennington Lecture (2015), the British Nutrition Foundation prize (2015), the Danone International Prize in Nutrition (2016) and the DSM Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Nutrition (2017). I have served on many committees of professional societies and was for three years President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) (2009-2012) and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) (2012-2015). I am currently President of the Nutrition Society and President-Elect of the Federation of European Nutrition societies. I was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition from 2006 to 2013 and I am currently an Associate Editor of Clinical Science, of Journal of Nutrition, of Clinical Nutrition, of Lipids, and of Nutrition Research. I am a member of the several other Editorial Boards of journals in the nutrition, clinical science and lipidology fields. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology, the Association for Nutrition, the Higher Education Academy and ISSFAL.


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Research interests

Current projects investigate:

  • The effect of chemical and physical formulation of marine n-3 fatty acids on their bioavailability and incorporation into blood pools in humans
  • The effect of marine n-3 fatty acids on adipose tissue inflammation in lean and obese humans
  • In vitro effects of fatty acids on epithelial and endothelial cell inflammatory responses
  • In vitro effects of micronutrients on immune function
  • The effect of probiotics on immune responses in older people living in care homes

Research group

Human Development and Health

Affiliate research group

Human Development and Physiology

Research project(s)

An investigation of the effects of moderate fish oil intake

Postgraduate student supervision

1996 Nicola Jeffery DPhil

1997 Peter Sanderson DPhil

1998 Emma Sherrington DPhil

2000 Chris Donnellan PhD

2000 Fiona Wallace PhD

2001 Jennifer Garry PhD

2001 Samantha Kew PhD

2008 Caroline Childs PhD

2008 Hayati Yusof PhD

2010 Stella Kremmyda PhD

2011 Amy Lomax PhD

2011 Alison Fear PhD

2011 Maria Vlachava PhD

2011 Anna Stears DM

2014 Caroline Paras Chavez PhD

2014 David Christensen (co-supervisior)

2016       Annette West

2017       Albandri Alshathry

2018       Janna Collier

2018       Eleonora Scorletti (co-supervisor)

2018       Ella Baker

2018       Alex Kermack (co-supervisor)


Helena Fisk PhD

Carina Valenzuela PhD

Vivian Castro Herrera PhD

Michael Glaysher DM

Luke Durkin PhD

Andreea Marat PhD

Faculty of Medicine

Head of Human Development and Health

Member of the Human Development and Health Academic Leadership Team

Member of the Human Development and Health Academic Executive Group

Lead for Infrastructure, NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre

National and International responsibilities

President of the Nutrition Society

President-Elect of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies

Associate Editor of Clinical Science

Associate Editor of Journal of Nutrition

Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition

Associate Editor of Lipids

Associate Editor of Nutrition Research

Member of the Editorial Board of:

  • Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Molecular & Cell Biology of Lipids
  • European Journal of Nutrition
  • Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids

Section Editor (“Lipid metabolism & therapy”) for Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care

Member of the Board of Directors of ILSI Europe


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  • Calder, P. C., & Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) (2010). Iron and health. Norwich, GB: The Stationery Office.

Book Chapters




Personal tutor.

MMedSci. Offers laboratory projects.

BSc Biomedical Science. Co-ordinates two modules. Delivers lectures on diet and cardiovascular disease; insulin, diabetes and metabolic syndrome;  obesity and adipose tissue biology; vitamin D; ageing.


Professor Philip Calder
Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton IDS Building Mailpoint 887 Southampton SGH/C10/MP887 General Hospital Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD Email:

Room Number: SGH/CO5/MP887

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