Dr Clare Lawton

Dr Clare Lawton

Senior Research Fellow

+44(0)113 343 5741

Summary: Clare Lawton’s research focuses on appetite and body weight control; risk factors for weight gain and predictors of weight loss; functional foods for satiety, cognitive function and wellbeing.

Location: Room 2.02, Psychology Building


Clare Lawton has a BSc in Psychology (1987) from the University of Leeds where she also gained her PhD (1991). Her PhD examined the role of serotonin receptor sub-types in carbohydrate intake. Following on from this she began her research career based in the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU) based in the Institute of Psychological Sciences.

Clare has more than 20 years experience of managing large scale research projects in the area of appetite, nutrition and body weight control, including several clinical trials of novel anti-obesity drugs (Fluoxetine, d-Fenfluramine, Xenical and Rimonabant) and 2 successive EU projects (FP5 and FP6).  The HARU conducts research which directly addresses major issues of concern to society, the impact of food on health in terms of cognitive function and wellbeing and also appetite/satiety, body weight control and obesity where she makes a particular contribution. Clare’s research focuses on key concerns of the food industry and government, specifically the evaluation of food and food components and their effects on appetite control, cognitive function and wellbeing. There are few research groups in the world who are able to examine the effects of food on appetite control concurrently with glycaemic response and cognitive function. This places her research partnership with Professor Louise Dye in a unique position with clear knowledge transfer opportunities.

During the period 2001- 2013 she has been the PI or Co-I on a total of 22 research grants plus 3 Strategic Partnerships with a total value of almost £3million:

  • The Food Industry (13)
  • BBSRC (1)
  • MRC (1)
  • ESRC/MRC fellowship (1)
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry (2, clinical trials of Rimonabant and Xenical)
  • European Commission (2, FP5, FP6)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (1)
  • Food Standards Agency (1)
  • Strategic Partnerships (3)

Her research has resulted in 44 peer-reviewed publications in quality journals.