Dr James Brown

James Brown
Senior Lecturer in Biology 
School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

James is a lecturer in biology and biomedical science and a researcher into obesity, diabetes and healthy ageing. He is a Trustee of the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA), the world's oldest biogerontology research society. 
His PhD was on the role of fat-secreted hormones in pancreatic function and James now works in the related field of body fat and how excess adiposity affects health and disease. 
His research areas are obesity, type 2 diabetes, frailty, cancer and ageing.
Media experience
  • James has extensive media experience, notably BBC television's Trust Me I'm a Doctor, How to Stay Young and The Truth About... and Channel 4's How to Lose Weight Well.  He was interviewed live on BBC News about new guidance to curb obesity.  James also contributes frequently to BBC local radio, print and social media.  His articles for The Conversation achieved over a million 'reads' in 2016/17 and have been republished widely, including by the Spanish and French press. 
Areas of expertise
  • Obesity and adipocyte function
  • Diabetes and frailty in older adults
  • The biology of ageing
  • Exercise and nutrition in older adults
  • Muscle hormones and health.
Social media
To book an interview, contact Rebecca Hume on 0121 204 5159 or r.hume@aston.ac.uk