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Professor Gareth Lavery Inaugural Lecture

Too much, too little, too late? How hormones and vitamins work together to sustain health

Gareth Lavery
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This lecture will focus on how Gareth and his research team has developed a new understanding of the important roles played by ‘cortisol’- a hormone central to mammalian physiology. Gareth will explore cortisol's functions, the specific vitamins required for cortisol to be made in specific cells and tissues, and inevitably what happens when cortisol production becomes deranged and leads to disease. Gareth will explore how the teams work has led to new discoveries in cortisol biology that have the potential to generate new therapies for a range of disorders. The lecture will also story how different experiences have shaped the research journey, and the critical importance of mentors and collaborators to help guide the way.

  • From: Wednesday 8 June 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 8 June 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 3, Teaching and Learning Building, Clifton Campus, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Monday 6 June 2022, 1.00 pm
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Gareth was awarded his BSc in Genetics from the University of Wales in 1998 and received a PhD in Medicine from the University of Birmingham in 2003. He then accepted a postdoctoral position in the department of Endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas, USA, establishing models to investigate redox regulated glucocorticoid hormone metabolism. In 2009 he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips fellowship to further his work on understanding how redox regulated glucocorticoid action impacts metabolic energy homeostasis. In 2014 he was made a Welcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and established The Molecular Metabolism Research Group. The MMRG seeks to understand mechanisms by which hormones, nutrients and exercise interact to regulate adaptive physiology in health and disease. By developing capacity for cell and animal bioenergetic analysis, coupled to expertise in experimental medicine and clinical trials the group decode metabolic signals and processes to support a mission to deliver research impact for combating age-related metabolic decline.

From 2015 Gareth was appointed as Deputy Director to co-lead a major initiative to establish the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research at the University of Birmingham, and embedded early career scientist development at the heart of its mission. He has held senior positions administering graduate research studies- establishing improved mentoring provision and annual review processes, being committed to ensuring that graduates have excellent science foundations.  Gareth works extensively with the Society for Endocrinology and currently sits on Council, specifically supporting and developing opportunities for junior members looking to establish their careers in Endocrinology and Metabolism. In recognition of his research and contributions he received the 2016 Society for Endocrinology Starling Medal.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Teaching and Learning Building
Clifton Campus
NG11 8NS


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