Dr James Brown

Senior Lecturer in School of Life and Health Sciences & ARCHA

Director of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Admissions Tutor (UG Biomedical & Biological Science Programmes)

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET

Contact Details:

Email: j.e.p.brown@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 5039
Twitter: @afatscientist

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/afatscientist


Research Group

Cell and Tissue Biomedical Research

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Author of 'From Bird Ponds to Monsters: A History of Diabetes' http://amzn.to/TAEI5m

Dr James Brown

I have extensive experience in communicating science through multiple media platforms.

Broadcasting examples include:

  • Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC2, 4 episodes) - Link 1, Link 2, Link 3
  • The Truth About Fat (BBC1) - Link
  • The Truth About Healthy Eating (BBC1) - Link
  • How to Lose Weight Well (Channel 4)
  • BBC News Channel  - Link 1, Link 2
  • How To Stay Young (BBC1) - Link
  • Holding Back The Years (BBC1) - Link
  • ITV Tonight: OAP Bootcamp (ITV1) - Link
  • The Truth About Obesity (BBC1) - Link
  • Get A Holiday Body: Lose A Stone In 4 Weeks (Channel 5)
  • BBC Midlands Today (BBC1)
  • Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds, Series 2 (Channel 4, 5 episodes) - Link


In addition to these television appearances I have acted as an off camera consultant for a number of production companies on television programmes including 24 Hours Inside Your Body (Channel 4), Horizon (BBC2), Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Series 1 (Channel 4) and Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC2).

I have also represented Aston University on local and national radio, including on BBC Radio West Midlands Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 5Live Drive and BBC Radio Gloucestershire Breakfast Show. 

Beyond this television work, I have also been featured in national and international newspapers including The Independent, The Telegraph and The Metro.

Finally, through my writing for The Conversation I have accrued over 1.5 million individual reads.

  • Regulation of cellular ageing by obesity and metabolic disorders
  • Frailty in older adults
  • Geriatric care
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus in young adults (T2DMY)
  • Type 2 diabetes in older adults
  • Exercise and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Cellular senescence and metabolism
  • Drug-resistant breast and colon cancer
  • 2019 - £40,000 - INCluSilver, Horuizin 2020, EU
  • 2018 - £4876 (co-applicant) - Alzheimer’s Research UK pump priming award
  • 2018 - £12,000 (co-applicant) – Lord Dowding Fund award
  • 2018 – £36,000 – 50/50 PhD studentship, Humanity First
  • 2016 - €800,000 (Co-applicant) - Sarcopenia and physical frailty in older people: multi‐component treatment strategies (SPRINTT), IMI, EU.
  • 2016 – £9,300 - Unrestricted research donation, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
  • 2015 - £686,000 (Co-applicant) - MASS spectometry TRaining network for Protein Lipid adduct Analysis – MASSTRPLAN, Horizon 2020, EU.
  • 2015 - €2.3 million (Co-applicant) - Frailty Management Optimisation through EIP AHA Commitments and Utilisation of Stakeholders Input’ or ‘FOCUS, Horizon 2020, EU.
  • 2013 - £6,000 – PhD student support for breast cancer study, Iraqi Ministry of Science, Iraq.
  • 2012 - £10,000 – Eveson Trust, small equipment grant.
  • 2010 - £9,000 – Diabetes UK small grant
  • 2010 - £8,500 – Society for Endocrinology early career award.

Recent Publications