Dr Nigel Hoggard

Dr Nigel Hoggard
PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Overview
Dr Nigel Hoggard
Dr Nigel Hoggard

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Dr. Nigel Hoggard,
Obesity & Metabolic Health Theme,
University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health,
Greenburn Road,
Bucksburn,
Aberdeen, Scotland,
AB21 9SB  UK.
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http://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/research/nigel-hoggard.php

Research

Research Interests

Diet and metabolic health

The group’s research interests are in the mechanisms involved in the regulation of energy balance and body weight, and to determine how dysregulation leads to obesity and its associated pathologies. In particular we study the endocrine and physiological role of factors secreted by adipose tissue. A combination of in vivo and cell culture approaches is employed, integrating molecular and protein techniques into whole-organism physiology.

In particular we are interested in dietary strategies for alleviating the metabolic complications such as type 2 diabetes associated with obesity as alternatives to pharmaceutical interventions.

The genus Vaccinium (e.g. blueberry, blaeberry), has been used traditionally as a source of folk remedies for established diabetic symptoms. Berries from this family such as blueberries and blaeberries are enriched in polyphenolics recognized for their ability to provide cellular antioxidant protection, inhibit inflammatory genes, and consequently protect against oxidant-induced and inflammatory cell damage and cytotoxicity. The association of obesity with the expression of genes in the fat which cause a low level of inflammation in this tissue suggests that eating edible berries from this genus might provide a supplementary intervention to reduce this obesity- associated inflammation and the associated insulin resistance which this low level of inflammation may be causing.

Current Research

I am investigating the idea that there are foods, or components of foods, which could be used as an alternative to drugs to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes (T2D) associated with obesity.

The research we are doing could help the food industry to make their products healthier and encourage people to eat a healthier diet.

Publications

Publications 

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