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Dr Paul Clayton


Visiting Fellow, Dept Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Research Interests:

Dr Paul Clayton graduated summa cum laude in Medical Pharmacology from Edinburgh University, prior to obtaining his PhD.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine and a former Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government's Committee on the Safety of Medicines. Other posts he has held include a Visiting Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University, Scientific Directorship of the Szent Gyorgi Institute of Clinical Pharmaconutrition in Budapest - and has contributed as a speaker to several of FAB's UK events.

Dr Clayton's book 'Health Defence' provides a highly accessible explanation of what good nutrition really means - along with evidence-based dietary guidance for improving both physical and mental health and performance.

His subsequent book 'Pharmageddon' was one of the first 'textbooks' in the emerging science of pharmaco-nutrition. It takes the small step from nutritional biochemistry to the pharmacological and therapeutic application of nutritional programmes, and does so in an accessible and intensively referenced format.

You can also follow his open commentaries on issues nutritional, pharmacological and medical / public health on his personal blog site here:


Recent Publications:

KEY PUBLICATIONS presented at FAB Research events include

  • a remarkable series of papers on the diet, lifestyle, health and longevity of the UK population in the mid-Victorian period - and how starkly this contrasts with the health and wellbeing of the UK population in the 21st century

Clayton P, Rowbotham (2009) How the mid-Victorians worked, ate and died. J. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 6(3):1235-53. Epub 2009 Mar 20.PMID: 19440443

Rowbotham J, Clayton P., (2008) J R Soc Med. Sep;101(9):454-62. PMID: 18779247

Clayton P, Rowbotham J, (2008) An unsuitable and degraded diet? Part two: realities of the mid-Victorian diet.J, R Soc Med. Jul;101(7):350-7. PMID: 18591688

Clayton P, Rowbotham J, (2008) An unsuitable and degraded diet? Part one: public health lessons from the mid-Victorian working class diet. J R Soc Med. Jun;101(6):282-9. Erratum in: J R Soc Med. 2008 Aug;101(8):390. PMID: 18515775