Dr Matthew Campbell

Dr Matthew Campbell


  • Chair of EPS Faculty Research Ethics Committee
  • School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice
  • Programme Lead for BSc & MSci Food Science and Nutrition (incl. Industry and Placement)

Research interests

Matthew is a Principle Investigator in Metabolism and Metabolic Disease within the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds and a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University (China). He obtained his PhD from the University of Northumbria and stayed on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship investigating nutritional and insulin-dose adjustment strategies to improve post-exercise and postprandial glycaemic control in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Matthew’s work has developed effective self-management strategies for the avoidance of exercise-induced hypoglycaemia and late post-prandial hyperglycaemia which informed the landmark Exercise Management in Type 1 Diabetes Consensus Statement, and the American Diabetes Association Position Statement for Physical Activity and Exercise.

Today, Matthew’s research group takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of nutrition and exercise in the prevention and management of metabolic disease from the molecular to the whole-body level. He leads a number of research programmes covering two interlinked areas, cardiometabolic health and postprandial handling in response to diet and exercise. His group is investigating which factors influence the cardiometabolic impact of food, and the food matrix, and how modulating the composition of food and diet can optimize targeted nutritional strategies to improve the management of diabetes. His research group consists of 7 PhD students and two post-doctoral researchers.

Matthew’s research has been generously supported by the NIHR, BHF, Diabetes UK, Nutricia Research Foundation, and LiverNorth, in addition to industry sponsorship for investigator-led research including Bristol-Myers Squibb and AbbVie. Matthew has published his work regularly and consistently in world-leading journals including Diabetes Care, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of the American Heart Association. 

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  • PhD, Northumbria University
  • BSc, Northumbria University
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist - American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

  • Diabetes UK
  • European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes [EFSD]
  • American Diabetes Association
  • The Physiological Society
  • The Nutrition Society
  • The American Society for Nutrition

Research groups and institutes

  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Obesity, Cancer and Metabolic Disease
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