Human Nutrition Research Centre

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor Chris Seal

Emeritus Professor



1983 – 2018 Newcastle University
1983 – 1986 Demonstrator, Department of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition.
1986 – 1992 Research Associate, Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences.
1993 – 1994 Senior Research Associate, Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences.
1994 – 1998 Lecturer (Grade B), Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences.
1998 – 2005 Lecturer (Grade B) in Food Studies, Department of Biological and Nutritional Sciences; then School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development (AFRD).
2005 – 2008 Senior Lecturer in Food Studies, AFRD.
2008 – 2017 Professor of Food & Human Nutrition, AFRD.
2017 – 2018 Present Professor of Food & Human Nutrition, Institute of Cellular Medicine (ICM)
2018 – present Emeritus Professor


Nutrition Society
Institute of Food Science and Technology
American Association of Cereal Chemists

Citations to my papers in Google Scholar can be found through this Link Here

Citations to my papers in Scopus can be found through this Link Here [Scopus id 7003779645]


Research Interests

Effect of diet on health and disease, with a particular focus on the role of wholegrain foods, fruits and vegetables in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Impact of production systems (organic v Conventional) of food quality and health.

Understanding consumer behaviours in the context of food choice and adoption of healthy, sustainable diets.

Determining whole grain consumption in the UK population.

Behavioural studies have also been completed on the acceptability of whole grains and barriers to their consumption.

Nutrient content of organic and conventional foodstuffs, and the effect of organic farming practices on food product composition and quality; impact of organic diets on health.

Previous research included large-scale dietary interventions funded by the Food Standards Agency (a) to investigate effects of increased consumption of wholegrain foods on cardiovascular risk [joint project with the MRC-Human Nutrition Research Group, Cambridge], (b) to assess the usefulness of alkylresorcinols and mammalian lignans and metabolomics as potential biomarkers of whole grain-intake and (c) to investigate the effect of increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables and beetroot on cardiovascular risk factors.

Research Roles

In addition to leading a number of research projects, and supervising postgraduate students, I was a member of the steering committees of another projects in collaboration with members of the Human Nutrition Research Centre.

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor/joint supervisor of 29 successful postgraduate research students (27 PhD, 2 MD); all submitted in less than 4 years (3 years for MD). The following completed in the past 5 years:

·         Liangkui Li (2018) ‘Nutritional properties of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) and its effects on cardiometabolic risk and gut microbiota‘.  Chinese Government Scholarship.  Joint supervisor (50%) with Prof Georg Lietz.

·         Nuno Mendonça (2018) Dietary intake, B vitamins and health outcomes in the very old: Analysis of the Newcastle 85 Study.  Newcastle University SAgE Faculty Studentship (Swales Scholarship).  Joint supervisor (33%) with Dr Tom Hill and Prof Carol Jagger [Institute of Health and Society].

·         Kay Mann (2017) Whole grain intake, diet quality and cardio-metabolic health in two UK cohorts.  Staff Self-Funded and Cereal Partners Worldwide Sponsorship.  Joint supervisor (50%) with Prof Mark Pearce [Institute of Health and Society].

·         Othman Qadir (2017) Growth of lettuce with different content of inorganic nitrate as a feeding strategy for placebo-controlled nutritional interventions to test the effects of inorganic nitrate on human health.  Joint supervisor (10%) with Dr Kirsten Brandt and Dr Mario Siervo.

·         Karin Tan (2017) ‘Health Claims on food products in South East Asia: a comparative study of the regulatory framework and consumer understanding’ Singapore Economic Development Board/Danone studentship.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Dr Iain Brownlee [NUIS].

·         Hasan Iessa (2016) ‘Concentrating Food Materials Using Electrokinetically Enhanced Filtration (EKEF): Impact on Filtration Efficiency, Quality Compounds and Power Consumption.’ Syrian Government Scholarship. Joint Supervisor (50%) with Mr Karl Christensen and Dr Jean Hall [School of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences].

·         Rosie Dew (2015) ‘Improvement of fruit product quality and shelf life by changing temperature conditions during transport and storage.’  ASDA funded.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Dr Kirsten Brandt.

·         Diky Ramdani (2014) ‘Evaluation of tea and spent tea leaves as additives for their use in ruminant diets Malaysian Government Scholarship.  Joint Supervisor (10%) with Dr Abdul Chaudhry.

·         David Houghton (2014) ‘Modulation of fat digestion using bioactive alginates’.  BBSRC studentship.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Prof Jeff Pearson [Institute for Cell & Molecular Biosciences].

·         Noha Almoraie (2014) ‘Dietary patterns in Saudi Arabian adults residing in different locations in Saudi Arabia and in the UK in relation to heart disease risk’.  Saudi Government Scholarship.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Dr Georg Lietz.

·         Peter Chater (2014) ‘Bioactive alginates and macronutrient digestion’.  BBSRC studentship.  Joint Supervisor (30%) with Prof Jeff Pearson [Institute for Cell & Molecular Biosciences].

·         Hsu Ching-Yu (2013) 'Evaluation of antioxidant properties of some commercially available culinary and medicinal mushrooms from Taiwan'.  Taiwan Government Scholarship.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Dr Ed Okello.

·         Helen Kendall (2013) ‘Food provisioning and the domestic food handling practices of the over 60s in the North East of England’.  Food Standards Agency Studentship.  Joint Supervisor (27%) with Dr Mary Brennan and Dr Sharron Kuznesof.

·         Salah Ali Al-Hebeil (2013) ‘Quantification of bread crust crispness including the effects of selected additives’.  Libyan Government Scholarship.  Joint Supervisor (50%) with Dr Kirsten Brandt.

 Learned Society and professional bodies

  • Honorary Treasurer, The Nutrition Society, 2016 – present
  • Honorary Scientific Development Officer, The Nutrition Society, 2006 – 2012
  • Honorary Programmes Secretary, The Nutrition Society, 1998 – 2004
  • Member of Council of the Nutrition Society, 1994 – 2004; 2006 - 2012

Other ‘Esteem Indicators’

  • Member of organising committee of the Whole Grain Global Summit, 13-17th November 2017.
  • Organiser of Rank Prize Funds Mini Symposium on Wheat in Diet and Health, April 2017.
  • Member of MRC Confidence in Global Nutrition and Health Panel 2017.
  • Member of MRC Global Health Foundation Call Expert Panel 2016.
  • Chair of RCUK-CONACYT (Mexico) Newton Fund Assessment Panel May 2016.
  • Invited expert member of Barilla Centre for Nutrition Stakeholder Forum “A tour around the Mediterranean Diet: the carbohydrates”, September 2016.
  • Member of BBSRC Panel of Experts 2015 – Present.
  • Member of Healthgrain Forum (Network developed from Healthgrain EU FP6 Integrated Project); Board Member since March 2018.
  • Supplements Editor, British Journal of Nutrition 2004 – 2011.
  • External Assessor, South African National Research Foundation, 2001 – Present.
  • Referee of grant applications to the BBSRC, MRC, European Research Advisory Board, The Wellcome Trust, Diabetes UK.
  • Previously member of Food Standards Agency Assessment panels for research calls in cardiovascular health and micronutrient status.
  • Regular reviewer of articles for many international Journals.

International presentations and activities (last 5 years)

  • Invited speaker, Korean Food Science and Nutrition Society Annual Meeting, Busan South Korea, November 2018
  • Invited speaker AACC Annual Meeting, London, October 2018
  • Invited speaker European Federation of Associations for Dietetics, Rotterdam, October 2018
  • Plenary Speaker Whole Grain Global Summit, Vienna, November 2017.
  • Invited Speaker British Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, March 2017.
  • Invited Speaker, Food Matters Live (industry sponsored event), November 2016.
  • Invited speaker, Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, May 2016.
  • Invited speaker, British Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, March 2016 [Cereal Partners UK Sponsored Symposium].
  • Invited speaker, British Dietetic Association Research Meeting, November 2015 [Cereal Partners UK Sponsored Symposium].
  • Invited speaker, Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Glasgow, July 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Heart UK Annual Conference, Warwick, July 2014.
  • Invited speaker, Healthgrain Symposium, IUNS Congress, Granada, September 2013.
  • Invited speaker, Nutrition Society, Belgian Nutrition Society, French Nutrition Society Joint Meeting, Lille, 2013 [Cereal Partners Worldwide Sponsored Symposium].
  • Invited speaker, Royal Society of Medicine, London, March 2013.
  • Round Table participant, Whole Grain Definitions, Cereal Partners Worldwide, Chicago, December 2012.
  • Invited speaker, Heart UK Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2012.
  • Opening Plenary Lecture, Nordic Nutrition Conference, Gothenburg, May 2012.
  • Organising Committee, Invited speaker and Workshop Panel member, Whole Grain Global Summit, Minneapolis, May 2012.
  • Invited speaker, Royal Society of Medicine, London, March 2012.
  • Invited speaker, Nutraformulate Meeting, Birmingham, March 2012.