Personal profile

Research Interests

Communication of science in nutrition, with a particular focus on how research is translated into public messages

Causality in nutrition

Epidemiology of chronic disease

Principles of evidence based practice in nutrition

Bioactives in food and nutritional claims


Duane has worked clinically as a dietitian, mainly in diabetes management and education and then as a researcher in clinical trials. However, reflecting back on the first 2 decades of his career he has begun to question a number of aspects of nutrition and dietetic practice. He is now interested in looking at evidence in nutrition, both in terms of causality and quality along with how this is communicated to the public by the media. Looking to challenge thinking in this area, to consider aspects of benefit and the risks of harm, ultimately looking at how the public can be best supported to eat food they enjoy that also supports good health.

Duane previously taught nutrition and dietetics at the Universities of Canberra, Chester and Nottingham. This followed a research post at the University of Hull where he completed his PhD investigating the effects of polyphenol rich chocolate on cardiovascular risk factors in Type 2 Diabetes.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Hull

Postgraduate Certificate, University of Leicester

Postgraduate Diploma, University of Lincoln

Degree, University of Surrey

External positions

Editorial Board member, International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Wiley

Editorial Board member, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Wiley, UK

Associate Editor, Nutrition and Health Journal, SAGE

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Research Output 2010 2018

Diabetes UK evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes

Dyson, P., Twenefour, D., Breen, C., Duncan, A., Elvin, E., Goff, L., Hill, A., Kalsi, P., N, M., McCardle, P., Mellor, D., Oliver, L. & Watson, K. 7 Feb 2018 In : Diabetic Medicine. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nutrition Policy
Non-Nutritive Sweeteners
Lactation Disorders
Prenatal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena

Role of Dietitians in the Leadership of Evidence Based Practice, Quality and Audit

Mellor, D., Naumann, E., Matthys, C., Steiber, A. & Hassapidou, M. 9 Jan 2018 In : Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 72, 1, p. 72-73

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access
Evidence-Based Practice
Patient Care Team

Authors’ reply to comments on tocotrienols, health and ageing

Georgousopoulou, E., Panagiotakos, D. B., Mellor, D. & Naumovski, N. 1 Mar 2017 In : Maturitas. 97, p. 21 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Bioactive compounds in agricultural and food production waste

Naumovski, N., Ranadheera, S., Thomas, J., Georgousopoulou, E. & Mellor, D. 21 Aug 2017 Utilisation of Bioactive Compounds from Agricultural and Food Production Waste. Vuong, Q. V. (ed.). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

agricultural wastes
food waste
food production
waste utilization

Cocoa and Chocolate their clinical benefits: Insights in study design

Mellor, D., Georgousopoulou, E. & Naumovski, N. 3 Jul 2017 In : CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources. 12, 018, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
cardiovascular disease
cardiovascular diseases

Activities 2010 2017

Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Journal)

Mellor, D. (Editorial Board Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

British Dietetic Association (External organisation)

Mellor, D. (Chair)
1 Aug 2017 → …

Activity: Membership of board

International Journal of Food Science and Technology (Journal)

Mellor, D. (Editorial Board Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Nutrition and Health (Journal)

Mellor, D. (Associate Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Press / Media

Eight foods that (nearly) last forever

Duane Mellor, Daniel Amund & Isabella Nyambayo


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Which type of chocolate is best for your health? Here’s the science

Duane Mellor


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

Health Check: are microgreens better for you than regular greens?

Duane Mellor


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities