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Louisa Ells

01642 342936
Job title:
School of Health & Social Care
Research institute:
Health and Social Care Institute

About Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells
Reader, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 342936
Research institute: Health and Social Care Institute

Louisa has a BSc (Hons) in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Bath, and a PhD in clinical nutrition from Newcastle University. Whilst completing her PhD Louisa developed a keen interest in obesity and its impact on public health. Louisa undertook her first postdoctoral position working in obesity research at Teesside University in 2004 before taking a post as obesity lead for the North East Public Health Observatory, based at Durham University in 2007. In 2007 Louisa also helped to establish the National Obesity Observatory (now Public Health England (PHE) obesity Knowledge and Intelligence), and has since spent two days a week as one of their specialist advisors. Louisa returned to Teesside University as a Reader in Public Health and Obesity in 2012, and continues to work closely with policy and practice partners to develop her translational public health research programme.

Louisa is an associate member of Fuse, editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity and was a member of the NICE PH27 expert review group.

Research interests

Louisa's research interests focus on the management of obesity, public health policy, service evaluation, systematic reviewing and the development of novel tools to support the public health agenda.

Current projects:

  • Evaluating the North Yorkshire tier 2 adult weight management service.
  • An NPRI funded trial: How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children?
  • A series of Cochrane reviews examining the treatment of child and adolescent obesity through surgery, bariatric medication and lifestyle interventions
  • A number of Joanna Briggs Institute reviews registered to the Teesside Affiliate Centre
  • A work of work examining the relationship between pain and obesity
  • Examining BMI tracking in primary school age children
  • Two day/week academic secondment to Public Health England


Four selected publications since 2008

  • Surgery for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents'. Ells L J, Mead E, Atkinson G, Corpeleijn E, Roberts K, Viner R, Baur L, Metzendorf M, Richter B. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015; 10.1002/14651858.CD011740
  • A cluster randomised trial testing an intervention to improve parents' recognition of their child's weight status: study protocol. BMC Parkinson KN, Jones AR, Tovee M, Ells LJ, Pearce MS, Araujo-Soares V, Adamson A.J. Public Health. 2015;15:549.
  • eHealth interventions for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Hutchesson M. Ells L.J, Rollo ME, Krukowski R, Harvey J, Morgan PJ, Callister R, Plotinkoff R, Collins CE Obes Rev. 2015;10.1111/obr.12268
  • Prevalence of severe childhood obesity in England; 2006-2013. Ells LJ, Hancock C, Copley VR, Mead E, Dinsdale H, Kinra S, Viner RM, Rutter H. Arch Dis Child. 2015;100(7):631-6

View Louisa Ells' Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • More Research Needed to Determine Best Treatment for Childhood Obesity, 20/12/2016; Yahoo! Finance, 20/12/2016; PR Newswire UK, 20/12/2016:The Telegraph India (web) 20.12.16: Finanzen Web20.12.16
    Researchers at Teesside University have been examining drug interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity.

  • Government proposed 'sugar tax' informed by Teesside University research
    Fuse online, 23/03/2016
    The Health and Social Care Institute worked in collaboration with Public Health England on the sugar reduction evidence review