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Dr Louise Dunford

Job: Senior Lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Research group(s): Biomedical & Environmental Health

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6498




Personal profile

I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Leader for BMedSci (Hons) Medical Science.

I am an active researcher with a special interest in obesity and weight management, including bariatric surgery. I also have some ongoing research on diet and kidney disease.

In addition, I am a DMU Teacher Fellow and have several ongoing educational research projects, including using drawing to facilitate learning of scientific concepts.

My main areas of teaching are nutrition, weight management, appetite regulation, and evidence based medicine.

Research group affiliations

Biomedical & Environmental Health

Key research outputs

Dunford L.J., Sinclair K.D., Kwong K.W., Sturrock C., Clifford B.L., Giles T.C., Gardner D.S. (2014) Maternal protein-energy malnutrition during early pregnancy in sheep impacts the fetal ornithine cycle to reduce fetal kidney microvascular development. FASEB 28 (11), 4880-4892 

Gardner D.S., Welham S.J.M., Dunford L.J., McCulloch T.A., Hodi Z., Sleeman P.,O’Sullivan S., Devonald M.A.J. (2014) Remote conditioning or erythropoietin before surgery primes kidneys to clear ischemia-reperfusion-damaged cells: a renoprotective mechanism? American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology 306 (8), F873-F884 

Lloyd L.J., Foster T, Rhodes P, Rhind S, Gardner DS. (2012) Protein energy malnutrition during early gestation blunts fetal renal vascular and nephron development and negatively impacts renal function in the adult. Journal of Physiology: 590, 377-393. 

Lloyd L.J., Langley-Evans SC, McMullen S. (2012) Childhood obesity and risk of the adult metabolic syndrome: a systematic review. International Journal of Obesity: 36, 1-

Lloyd L.J., Langley-Evans SC, McMullen S. (2010) Childhood obesity and adult cardiovascular disease risk: a systematic review. International Journal of Obesity; 34(1),18-28. 

*note, my previous surname was Lloyd*

Research interests/expertise

  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity 
  • Nutrition
  • Education

Areas of teaching

  • Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Appetite regulation
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Presentation skills


  • PhD (University of Nottingham)
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition First Class (University of Nottingham)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Educations (Distinction; De Montfort University)

Courses taught

  • Medical Science (BMedSci)


Honours and awards

DMU Teacher Fellow

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • The Physiological Society (member)
  • The Society for Endocrinology (member)

Professional licences and certificates


Conference attendance

‘The remote effects of acute kidney injury after renal ischaemia in a porcine model’, British Endocrine Societies Conference, March 2014, Liverpool, Poster presentation & invited Chair, attendance funded by the Society for Endocrinology.

Key articles information

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e.g ‘Outputs, e.g. selected publications’ produced since January 2008

Current research students

Naima Ali, MRes student, Second Supervisor

Case studies

A newspaper article about my research on childhood obesity (note my previous surname of Lloyd is used in the article):