About our research

We have combined fundamental studies in adipose tissue biology, epidemiology, and clinical studies to improve understanding and management of this important disease.  Notable achievements include:

  • Establishment of an "Obesity Clinic" for dogs and cats at the University's Small Animal Teaching Hospital, the first of its kind in the world.  Through relevant clinical research (>30 manuscripts), we have pioneered developments in diagnosis and treatment of obesity-related disorders in companion animals, and changed clinical practice.  We have demonstrated the improvements that weight management can bring, especially regarding quality of life whilst, and defined key outcomes for success.  We have also demonstrated the need for lifelong management to minimise rebound.
  • Key research demonstrating the role played by inflammatory adipokines in health and disease of dogs.
  • We were part of an international team that identified a gene associated with appetite and weight gain in obese-prone Labrador retrievers.
  • Our research identified that show dogs are frequently overweight.
  • The discovery of seasonal differences in food intake in domestic cats.
  • First study to identify early weight gain as a risk factor for future obesity in cats


Future research will continue to focus on improving quality of life for companion animals, tailoring weight management regimes, and obesity prevention.