Professional background

Rachel Batterham is professor of obesity, diabetes and endocrinology. She established and leads the UCLH Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery. She is internationally renowned for her expertise in the clinical management of people with obesity and obesity-related diseases and for her obesity research. She is the obesity theme lead for the UCLH/UCL National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre and she was holds a highly prestigious NIHR Research Professorship (2016-2021).

Rachel plays a key national and international role in determining best care for people with obesity and related disorders and is a trustee for the Association for Study of Obesity, a member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society council, a National Bariatric Surgery Registry Committee member, she Chairs the Royal College of Physician Advisory Group on Nutrition, Weight and Health and Weight and a clinical expert for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Professor Batterham is passionate about empowering people affected by obesity to ensure that the patient’s voice is heard and established the charity Obesity Empowerment Network UK.

She studied at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School Imperial College and qualified with distinction in 1989. She then specialised in diabetes and endocrinology and developed a specialist interest in obesity. She obtained an MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and then a PhD in body weight regulation. She was appointed as a consultant at UCLH in 2005 and she set up the UCLH obesity services in 2007.

Research interests

Professor Batterham is the head of the Centre for Obesity Research, Department of Medicine, University College London. Her research expertise is broad ranging including cutting-edge basic science research, lifestyle interventions, clinical trials and influencing health-care policy. Her work has played a key role in identifying gut hormones as tractable therapeutic targets for obesity.

She has received several prestigious awards including the Andre Mayer award from the World Obesity Federation (2016), the Diabetes UK Rank Fund Nutrition Prize (2015), the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society (2014), and the Linacre Medical from the Royal College of Physicians (2010). Professor Batterham was awarded the Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research (2017-2022) and her programme of research will be focused on maximising the health benefits obtained from bariatric surgery.

Publications

Last 25 publications:

  • Makaronidis J, Mok J, Balogun N, Magee CG, Z Omar RZ, Carnemolla A, Batterham RL Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in people with an acute loss in their sense of smell and/or taste in a community-based population in London, UK: an observational cohort study (PLOS Medicine in Press)
  • Williams R, Aithal G, Alexander GJ, Allison M, Armstrong I, Aspinall R, Baker A, Batterham R, Brown K, Burton R, Cramp ME, Day N, Dhawan A, Drummond C, Ferguson J, Foster G, Gilmore I, Greenberg J, Henn C, Jarvis H, Kelly D, Mathews M, McCloud A, MacGilchrist A, McKee M, Moriarty K, Morling J, Newsome P, Rice P, Roberts S, Rutter H, Samyn M, Severi K, Sheron N, Thorburn D, Verne J, Vohra J, Williams J, Yeoman A. Unacceptable failures: the final report of the Lancet Commission into liver disease in the UK. Lancet 2020;395:226-239
  • Rubino F, Puhl RM, Cummings DE, Eckel RH, Ryan DH, Mechanick JI, Nadglowski J, Ramos Salas X, Schauer PR, Twenefour D, Apovian CM, Aronne LJ, Batterham RL, Berthoud HR, Boza C, Busetto L, Dicker D, De Groot M, Eisenberg D, Flint SW, Huang TT, Kaplan LM, Kirwan JP, Korner J, Kyle TK, Laferrere B, le Roux CW, McIver L, Mingrone G, Nece P, Reid TJ, Rogers AM, Rosenbaum M, Seeley RJ, Torres AJ, Dixon JB. Joint international consensus statement for ending stigma of obesity. Nat Med 2020;26:485-497.
  • Rubino F, Cohen RV, Mingrone G, le Roux CW, Mechanick JI, Arterburn DE, Vidal J, Alberti G, Amiel SA, Batterham RL, Bornstein S, Chamseddine G, Del Prato S, Dixon JB, Eckel RH, Hopkins D, McGowan BM, Pan A, Patel A, Pattou F, Schauer PR, Zimmet PZ, Cummings DE. Bariatric and metabolic surgery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: DSS recommendations for management of surgical candidates and postoperative patients and prioritisation of access to surgery. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2020;8:640-648.
  • Di Lorenzo N, Antoniou SA, Batterham RL, Busetto L, Godoroja D, Iossa A, Carrano FM, Agresta F, Alarcon I, Azran C, Bouvy N, Balague Ponz C, Buza M, Copaescu C, De Luca M, Dicker D, Di Vincenzo A, Felsenreich DM, Francis NK, Fried M, Gonzalo Prats B, Goitein D, Halford JCG, Herlesova J, Kalogridaki M, Ket H, Morales-Conde S, Piatto G, Prager G, Pruijssers S, Pucci A, Rayman S, Romano E, Sanchez-Cordero S, Vilallonga R, Silecchia G. Clinical practice guidelines of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) on bariatric surgery: update 2020 endorsed by IFSO-EC, EASO and ESPCOP. Surg Endosc 2020;34:2332-2358.
  • Pucci A, Tymoszuk U, Cheung WH, Makaronidis JM, Scholes S, Tharakan G, Elkalaawy M, Guimaraes M, Nora M, Hashemi M, Jenkinson A, Adamo M, Monteiro MP, Finer N, Batterham RL. Type 2 diabetes remission 2 years post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy: the role of the weight loss and comparison of DiaRem and DiaBetter scores. Diabet Med 2018;35:360-367.
  • Pucci A, Batterham RL. Mechanisms underlying the weight loss effects of RYGB and SG: similar, yet different. J Endocrinol Invest 2019;42:117-128.
  • Stahel P, Nahmias A, Sud SK, Lee SJ, Pucci A, Yousseif A, Youseff A, Jackson T, Urbach DR, Okrainec A, Allard JP, Sockalingam S, Yao T, Barua M, Jiao H, Magi R, Bassett AS, Paterson AD, Dahlman I, Batterham RL Dash S. Evaluation of the Genetic Association Between Adult Obesity and Neuropsychiatric Disease. Diabetes 2019;68:2235-2246.
  • Pucci A, Batterham RL. Mechanisms underlying the weight loss effects of RYGB and SG: similar, yet different. J Endocrinol Invest 2019;42:117-128.
  • Miras AD, Perez-Pevida B, Aldhwayan M, Kamocka A, McGlone ER, Al-Najim W, Chahal H, Batterham RL, McGowan B, Khan O, Greener V, Ahmed AR, Petrie A, Scholtz S, Bloom SR, Tan TM. Adjunctive liraglutide treatment in patients with persistent or recurrent type 2 diabetes after metabolic surgery (GRAVITAS): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2019;7:549-559.
  • Leitch VD, Brassill MJ, Rahman S, Butterfield NC, Ma P, Logan JG, Boyde A, Evans H, Croucher PI, Batterham RL, Williams GR, Bassett JHD. PYY is a negative regulator of bone mass and strength. Bone 2019;127:427-435.
  • Dorling JL, Clayton DJ, Jones J, Carter WG, Thackray AE, King JA, Pucci A, Batterham RL, Stensel DJ. A randomized crossover trial assessing the effects of acute exercise on appetite, circulating ghrelin concentrations, and butyrylcholinesterase activity in normal-weight males with variants of the obesity-linked FTO rs9939609 polymorphism. Am J Clin Nutr 2019;110:1055-1066.
  • Zakeri R, Batterham RL. Potential mechanisms underlying the effect of bariatric surgery on eating behaviour. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 2018;25:3-11.
  • Zakeri R, Batterham RL. Obesity: when is specialist referral needed? Br J Gen Pract 2018;68:264-265.
  • Wang FF, Wu Y, Zhu YH, Ding T, Batterham RL, Qu F, Hardiman PJ. Pharmacologic therapy to induce weight loss in women who have obesity/overweight with polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Obes Rev 2018;19:1424-1445.
  • Tymoszuk U, Kumari M, Pucci A, Cheung WH, Kirk A, Tschiala A, Carr-Rose K, Kingett H, Doyle J, Jenkinson A, Hashemi M, Adamo M, Elkalaawy M, Stafford M, Batterham RL. Is Pre-operation Social Connectedness Associated with Weight Loss up to 2 Years Post Bariatric Surgery? Obes Surg 2018;28:3524-3530.
  • Smith OJ, Hachach-Haram N, Greenfield M, Bystrzonowski N, Pucci A, Batterham RL, Hashemi M, Mosahebi A. Body Contouring Surgery and the Maintenance of Weight-Loss Following Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass: A Retrospective Study. Aesthet Surg J 2018;38:176-182.
  • Puthucheary ZA, Astin R, McPhail MJW, Saeed S, Pasha Y, Bear DE, Constantin D, Velloso C, Manning S, Calvert L, Singer M, Batterham RL, Gomez-Romero M, Holmes E, Steiner MC, Atherton PJ, Greenhaff P, Edwards LM, Smith K, Harridge SD, Hart N, Montgomery HE. Metabolic phenotype of skeletal muscle in early critical illness. Thorax 2018;73:926-935.
  • Pucci A, Tymoszuk U, Cheung WH, Makaronidis JM, Scholes S, Tharakan G, Elkalaawy M, Guimaraes M, Nora M, Hashemi M, Jenkinson A, Adamo M, Monteiro MP, Finer N, Batterham RL. Type 2 diabetes remission 2 years post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy: the role of the weight loss and comparison of DiaRem and DiaBetter scores. Diabet Med 2018;35:360-367.
  • McGlone ER, Wingfield LR, Munasinghe A, Batterham RL, Reddy M, Khan OA. A pilot study of primary care physicians' attitude to weight loss surgery in England: are the young more prejudiced? Surg Obes Relat Dis 2018;14:376-380.
  • Makaronidis JM, Batterham RL. Obesity, body weight regulation and the brain: insights from fMRI. Br J Radiol 2018;91:20170910.
  • Koppe U, Nitsch D, Mansfield KE, Mathur R, Bhaskaran K, Batterham RL, Smeeth L, Douglas IJ. Long-term effects of bariatric surgery on acute kidney injury: a propensity-matched cohort in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020371.
  • Jassil FC, Carnemolla A, Kingett H, Paton B, O'Keeffe AG, Doyle J, Morris S, Lewis N, Kirk A, Pucci A, Chaiyasoot K, Batterham RL. Protocol for a 1-year prospective, longitudinal cohort study of patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy: the BARI-LIFESTYLE observational study. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020659.
  • Dorling J, Broom DR, Burns SF, Clayton DJ, Deighton K, James LJ, King JA, Miyashita M, Thackray AE, Batterham RL, Stensel DJ. Acute and Chronic Effects of Exercise on Appetite, Energy Intake, and Appetite-Related Hormones: The Modulating Effect of Adiposity, Sex, and Habitual Physical Activity. Nutrients 2018;10.
  • Chaiyasoot K, Sarasak R, Pheungruang B, Dawilai S, Pramyothin P, Boonyasiri A, Supapueng O, Jassil FC, Yamwong P, Batterham RL. Evaluation of a 12-week lifestyle education intervention with or without partial meal replacement in Thai adults with obesity and metabolic syndrome: a randomised trial. Nutr Diabetes 2018;8:23.

Guidelines:

  • British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society 'Guidelines on perioperative and postoperative biochemical monitoring and micronutrient replacement for patients undergoing bariatric surgery' 2014.
  • NICE Guideline CG189 'Obesity-Identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults' November 2014.