Professor Atul Singhal

Atul Singhal

Professor of Paediatric Nutrition at University College London (UCL), Institute of Child Health and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Speaker Biography

Atul Singhal is a Professor in Paediatric Nutrition at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, and is an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Great-Ormond Street Hospital. He has broad interests in paediatric nutrition but his research focuses on the influence of early nutrition for long-term health, the effects of nutritional interventions to reduce long-term cardiovascular risk, and nutritional interventions for obesity.

The Keynote Closing Address will be delivered by Professor Singhal.

‘Prevention is better than cure – and dietitians hold the key!
Moderated by Catherine Collins, Principal Dietitian at St George’s Hospital.

From cradle to ….

~ The role of the maternal/child nutrition in the prevention of chronic disease.
~ New evidence about the importance of getting protein right in the first 6-12 months and its subsequent impact on obesity and long term conditions.

Professor Singhal will address
‘The impact of early nutrition on long-term health’


The idea that nutrition may act during a critical window early in development to permanently affect, or ‘program’, long-term health, first demonstrated in animals, is highly relevant for humans. Nutrition and growth in infancy, in particular, have been shown to influence the later risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This presentation will review the latest evidence for nutritional programming of chronic disease focusing on the role of protein intake, the mechanisms involved and the implications for public health and nutritional practice.