Dr Louise Thomas

Senior Lecturer

+44 20 7911 5000 ext 64607
115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW

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I joined the University of Westminster in October 2014, I'm currently involved in the establishment of a new Research Centre for Optimal Health (ReCOH).

I studied for degree in Biochemistry from Queen Mary and Westfield College followed by a PhD looking at the effects of diet and development on adipose tissue composition using in vivo 13C NMR Spectroscopy. Following this I worked as a Post Doc at the Robert Steiner MRI Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital developing non-invasive MR imaging and spectroscopy to measure body fat content and distribution.

I subsequently became a lecturer at Imperial College, and then a Senior Scientist at the MRC's Clinical Sciences Centre with my research primarily focussed on understanding the impact visceral adipose tissue and ectopic fat (particularly liver fat content) on obesity and metabolism.

I gained my PGCert from the University of Westminster in July 2016, and became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in September 2016.

Current research projects include:

  • NutriTech: Application of new technologies and methods in nutrition research - the example of phenotypic flexibility
  • DIRECT: DIabetes REsearCh on patient stratification. Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
  • UK Biobank: Enhanced Phenotyping of Participants
  • Impact of Active Standing on Body Composition
  • Prediction of Body Composition using Anthropometric Derived Formula

2018

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: relationship with cardiovascular risk markers and clinical endpoints (2018)
Buckley, A., Thomas, E.L., Lessan, N., Trovato, F.M., Trovato, G.M. and Taylor-Robinson, S.D. 2018. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: relationship with cardiovascular risk markers and clinical endpoints. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 144, pp. 144-152.
The effects of dietary supplementation with inulin and inulin-propionate ester on hepatic steatosis in adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (2018)
Chambers, E.S., Byrne, C.S., Rugyendo, A., Morrison, D.J., Preston, T., Tedford, M.C., Bell, J.D., Thomas, E.L., Akbar, A.N., Riddell, N.E., Sharma, R., Thursz, M.R., Manousou, P. and Frost, G. 2018. The effects of dietary supplementation with inulin and inulin-propionate ester on hepatic steatosis in adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a Novel Inhibitor for Exosome and Microvesicle (EMV) Release in Cancer (2018)
Kosgodage, U., Mould, R., Henley, A., Nunn, A.V.W., Guy, G.W., Thomas, E.L., Inal, J.M., Bell, J.D. and Lange, S. 2018. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a Novel Inhibitor for Exosome and Microvesicle (EMV) Release in Cancer. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 9, p. 889.
Reference range of liver corrected T1 values in a population at low risk for fatty liver disease-a UK Biobank sub-study, with an appendix of interesting cases (2018)
Mojtahed, A., Kelly, C.J., Herlihy, A.H., Kin, S., Wilman, H.R., McKay, A., Kelly, M., Milanesi, M., Neubauer, S,, Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Banerjee, R. and Harisinghani, M. 2018. Reference range of liver corrected T1 values in a population at low risk for fatty liver disease-a UK Biobank sub-study, with an appendix of interesting cases. Abdominal Radiology.
Plasma metabolome analysis identifies distinct human metabotypes in the postprandial state with different susceptibility to weight loss–mediated metabolic improvements (2018)
Fiamoncini, J., Rundle, M., Gibbons, H., Thomas, E.L., Geillinger-Kästle, K., Bunzel, D., Trezzi, J.P., Kiselova-Kaneva, J., Wopereis, S., Wahrheit, J., Kulling, S.E., Hiller, K., Sonntag, D., Ivanova, D., van Ommen, B, Frost, G., Brennan, L., Bell, J.D. and Daniel, H. 2018. Plasma metabolome analysis identifies distinct human metabotypes in the postprandial state with different susceptibility to weight loss–mediated metabolic improvements. FASEB Journal.
Body Composition Profiling in the UK Biobank Imaging Study (2018)
Linge, J., Borger Magnus, West, J., Tuthill, T., Miller, M.R., Dumitriu, A., Thomas, E.L., Romu, T., Tunón, P., Bell, J.D. and Leinhard, O.D. 2018. Body Composition Profiling in the UK Biobank Imaging Study. Obesity.
Rifaximin in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis: An Open-Label Pilot Study (2018)
Cobbold, J.F.L., Atkinson, S., Marchesi, J.R., Smith, A., Wai, S.N., Stove, J., Shojaee-Moradie, F., Jackson, N.C., Umpleby, A.M., Fitzpatrick, J., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Holmes, E., Taylor-Robinson, S.D., Goldin, R.D., Yee, M.S., Anstee, Q.M. and Thursz, M.R. 2018. Rifaximin in Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis: An Open-Label Pilot Study. Hepatology Research. 48 (1), pp. 69-77.

2017

Impact of liver fat on the differential partitioning of hepatic triacylglycerol into VLDL subclasses on high and low sugar diets (2017)
Umpleby, A.M., Shoajee-Moradie, F., Fielding, F., Li, X., Marino, A., Alsini, N, Isherwood, C, Jackson, N.C., Ahmad, A., Stolinski, M., Lovegrove, J.A., Johnsen, S., Mendis, A., Wright, J., Wilinska, M.E., Hovorka, R., Bell, J.D., Thomas, E.L., Frost, G.S. and Griffin, B.A. 2017. Impact of liver fat on the differential partitioning of hepatic triacylglycerol into VLDL subclasses on high and low sugar diets. Clinical Science. 131 (21), pp. 2561-2573.
Cationic lipid-based nanoparticles mediate functional delivery of acetate to tumor cells in vivo leading to significant anticancer effects (2017)
Brody, L.P., Sahuri Arisoylu, M., Parkinson, J.R., Parkes, H.G., So, P-W, Hajji, N, Thomas, E.L., Frost, G.S., Miller, A.D. and Bell, J.D. 2017. Cationic lipid-based nanoparticles mediate functional delivery of acetate to tumor cells in vivo leading to significant anticancer effects. International Journal of Nanomedicine. 12, pp. 6677-6685.
Psoas major cross-sectional area: A potential marker of cardiorespiratory fitness (2017)
Fitzpatrick, J., Chambers, E.S., Parkinson, J.R.C., Frost, G., Bell, J.D. and Thomas, E.L. 2017. Psoas major cross-sectional area: A potential marker of cardiorespiratory fitness. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Physiology. 4 (1), pp. 15-20.
Characterisation of liver fat in the UK Biobank cohort (2017)
Wilman, H., Kelly, M., Garratt, S., Matthews, P., Milanesi, M., Herlihy, A.H., Gyngell, M, Neubauer, S, Bell, J.D., Banerjee, R and Thomas, E.L. 2017. Characterisation of liver fat in the UK Biobank cohort. PLoS ONE. 12 (2), p. e0172921.

2015

Sexual dimorphism in relation to adipose tissue and intrahepatocellular lipid deposition in early infancy (2015)
Gale, C., Jeffries, Suzan, Santhakumaran, S., Uthaya, S.N., Durighel, G., Alavi, Afshin, Modi, N., Thomas, E.L., Logan, Karen M., Parkinson, J.R.C. and Bell, J.D. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in relation to adipose tissue and intrahepatocellular lipid deposition in early infancy. International Journal of Obesity. 39 (4), pp. 629-32.
Circulating pancreatic polypeptide concentrations predict visceral and liver fat content (2015)
Sam Amir, H., Sleeth Michelle, L., Thomas, E.L., Daud Norlida, M., Chambers Edward, Shojaee-Moradie Fariba, Umpleby, A.M., le Roux, C.W., Bech Paul, Busbridge Mark, Laurie Rosemary Cuthbertson Daniel, J., Buckley Adam Ghatei Mohammad, A., Bloom, S.R., Frost, G.S., Bell, J.D., Murphy, K.G., Ismail Nurhafzan, Shoajee-Moradie Fariba, Goldstone, A.P., Cuthbertson, D.J. and Ghatei, M.A. 2015. Circulating pancreatic polypeptide concentrations predict visceral and liver fat content. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 100 (3), pp. 1048-1052.

2010

Resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity in metabolic syndrome (2010)
Johnston, K.L., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Frost, G.S. and Robertson, M.D. 2010. Resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity in metabolic syndrome. Diabetic Medicine. 27 (4), pp. 391-397.
Estimation of abdominal fat compartments by bioelectrical impedance: the validity of the ViScan measurement system in comparison with MRI (2010)
Thomas, E.L., Collins, A.L., McCarthy, J., Fitzpatrick, J., Durighel, G., Goldstone, A.P. and Bell, J.D. 2010. Estimation of abdominal fat compartments by bioelectrical impedance: the validity of the ViScan measurement system in comparison with MRI. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 64, pp. 525-533.

2004

Elevated fasting plasma ghrelin in Prader-Willi Syndrome adults is not solely explained by their reduced visceral adiposity and insulin resistance (2004)
Goldstone, A.P., Thomas, E.L., Brynes, A.E., Castroman, G., Edwards, R., Ghatei, M.A., Frost, G.S., Holland, A., Grossman, A.B., Korbonits, M., Bloom, S.R. and Bell, J.D. 2004. Elevated fasting plasma ghrelin in Prader-Willi Syndrome adults is not solely explained by their reduced visceral adiposity and insulin resistance. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 89 (4), pp. 1718-1726.
Links Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with compound heterozygosity for novel mutations in the LMNA gene (2004)
Savage, D.B., McFarlane, I.A., Barroso, I., Soos, M.A., Powlson, A., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Scobie, I., Belchetz, P.E., Kelly, W.F., Halsall, D.J., Schafer, A.J. and O’Rahilly, S. 2004. Links Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with compound heterozygosity for novel mutations in the LMNA gene. Diabetologia. 47 (4), pp. 753-756.
Distribution of adipose tissue in the newborn (2004)
Harrington, T.A.M., Thomas, E.L., Modi, N., Frost, G.S. and Bell, J.D. 2004. Distribution of adipose tissue in the newborn. Pediatric Research. 55 (3), pp. 437-441.

2003

Human metabolic syndrome resulting from dominant-negative mutations in the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (2003)
Savage, D.B., Tan, G.D., Acerini, C.L., Jebb, S.A., Agostini, M., Gurnell, M., Williams, R.L., Umpleby, A.M., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Dixon, A.K., Dunne, F., Boiani, R., Cinti, S., Vidal-Puig, A., Karpe, F., Chatterjee, V.K.K. and O'Rahilly, S. 2003. Human metabolic syndrome resulting from dominant-negative mutations in the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ. Diabetes. 52 (4), p. 910.
Carbohydrate-induced manipulation of insulin sensitivity independently of intramyocellular lipids (2003)
Goff, L.M., Frost, G.S., Hamilton, G., Thomas, E.L., Dhillo, W.S., Dornhorst, A. and Bell, J.D. 2003. Carbohydrate-induced manipulation of insulin sensitivity independently of intramyocellular lipids. British Journal of Nutrition. 89 (3), pp. 365-375.

2000

In vivo evaluation of the effects of continuous exercise on skeletal muscle triglycerides in trained humans (2000)
Rico-Sanz, J., Moosavi, M., Thomas, E.L., McCarthy, J., Coutts, G.A., Saeed, N. and Bell, J.D. 2000. In vivo evaluation of the effects of continuous exercise on skeletal muscle triglycerides in trained humans. Lipids. 35 (12), pp. 1313-1315.

1999

Relation of triglyceride stores in skeletal muscle cells to central obesity and insulin sensitivity in European and South Asian men (1999)
Forouhi, N.G., Jenkinson, G., Thomas, E.L., Mullick, S., Mierisová, Ŝ., Bhonsle, U., McKeigue, P.M. and Bell, J.D. 1999. Relation of triglyceride stores in skeletal muscle cells to central obesity and insulin sensitivity in European and South Asian men. Diabetologia. 42 (8), pp. 932-935.
Angiotensin-converting-enzyme gene insertion/deletion polymorphism and response to physical training (1999)
Montgomery, H., Clarkson, P., Barnard, M.L., Bell, J.D., Brynes, A.E., Hajnal, J.V., Hemingway, H., Mercer, D., Jarman, P., Marshall, R., Prasad, K., Rayson, M., Saeed, N., Thomas, E.L., Jubb, M., World, M., Dollery, C., Talmud, P. and Humphries, S.E. 1999. Angiotensin-converting-enzyme gene insertion/deletion polymorphism and response to physical training. The Lancet. 353
, pp. 541-545.

1998

Magnetic resonance imaging of total body fat (1998)
Thomas, E.L., Saeed, N., Hajnal, J.V., Brynes, A.E., Goldstone, A.P., Frost, G.S. and Bell, J.D. 1998. Magnetic resonance imaging of total body fat. Journal of Applied Physiology. 85 (5), pp. 1778-1785.

1996

Effects of n-3 fatty acids on the NMR profile of plasma lipoproteins (1996)
Bell, J.D., Barnard, M.L., Parkes, H.G., Thomas, E.L., Brennan, C.H., Cunnane, S.C. and Dagnelie, P.C. 1996. Effects of n-3 fatty acids on the NMR profile of plasma lipoproteins. The Journal of Lipid Research. 37 (8), pp. 1664-1674.
Development of a rapid and efficient magnetic resonance imaging technique for analysis of body fat distribution (1996)
Barnard, M.L., Schwieso, J.E., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Saeed, N., Frost, G.S., Bloom, S.R. and Hajnal, J.V. 1996. Development of a rapid and efficient magnetic resonance imaging technique for analysis of body fat distribution. NMR in Biomedicine. 9 (4), pp. 156-164.
Automated feature extraction for the classification of human in vivo13C NMR spectra using statistical pattern recognition and wavelets (1996)
Tate, A.R., Watson, D., Eglen, S., Arvanitis, T.N., Thomas, E.L. and Bell, J.D. 1996. Automated feature extraction for the classification of human in vivo13C NMR spectra using statistical pattern recognition and wavelets. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 35 (6), pp. 834-840.
Anin vivo 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopic study of the relationship between diet and adipose tissue composition (1996)
Thomas, E.L., Frost, G.S., Barnard, M.L., Bryant, D.J., Taylor-Robinson, S.D., Simbrunner, J., Coutts, G.A., Burl, M., Bloom, S.R., Sales, K.D. and Bell, J.D. 1996. Anin vivo 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopic study of the relationship between diet and adipose tissue composition. Lipids. 31 (2), pp. 145-151.

1995

Cirrhosis of the human liver: an in vitro 31P nuclear magnetic resonance study (1995)
Taylor-Robinson, S.D., Thomas, E.L., Sargentoni, J., Marcus, C.D., Davidson, B.R. and Bell, J.D. 1995. Cirrhosis of the human liver: an in vitro 31P nuclear magnetic resonance study. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Molecular Basis of Disease. 1272 (2), pp. 113-118.

2017

A Framework for Morphological Feature Extraction of Organs from MR Images for Detection and Classification of Abnormalities (2017)
Villarini, B., Asaturyan, H., Thomas, E.L., Mould, R. and Bell, J.D. 2017. A Framework for Morphological Feature Extraction of Organs from MR Images for Detection and Classification of Abnormalities. Proceedings of the 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS’17). Thessaloniki, Greece 22 - 24 Jun 2017 IEEE .

1999

Body fat metabolism: observation by MR imaging and spectroscopy (1999)
Thomas, E.L. and Bell, J.D. 1999. Body fat metabolism: observation by MR imaging and spectroscopy. in: Young, I.R. (ed.) Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy in medicine and biology Wiley.

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