John Edward  Blundell

John Edward Blundell

Professor – Chair in PsychoBiology

Summary: Professor John Blundell (JB) is a highly cited investigator in the science of appetite regulation, energy balance and physical activity, with more than 25,000 total citations of his work.


JB has an h-index of 92, and over 25 years experience of in the management of interdisciplinary interventions involving simultaneous measurements in metabolism, physiology, energy balance, behaviour and psychology. JB was the Founder Director of the Institute of Psychological Sciences, and served for 9 years in the post. 

JB’s early study was in Psychology and Philosophy, and his later training was in Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology in London. He has been active in research on the mechanisms of appetite control for more than 30 years. 

The early research was concerned with the operation of brain centres then known as the hunger and satiety centres. During the upsurge of pharmacological and neurochemical investigations during the 1970s John Blundell was instrumental in establishing a role for the neurotransmitter serotonin in appetite control. One landmark paper from that period (Blundell JE (1977). "Is there a role for serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) in feeding?" International Journal of Obesity, 1: 15-42) has since become a citation classic. Research on the effect of serotonin on human food intake and eating patterns is still continuing and involves work on obese patients and anti-obesity drugs. 

In 1990 JB founded the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU) at Leeds University. The purpose of this unit is the investigation of mechanisms underlying the control of human appetite, physical activity and energy balance