Professor Jonathan Pinkney
Professor of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)
Jon Pinkney is Professor of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentisty, University of Plymouth, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Weight Management at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. He undertook speciality training at University College London and the University of Bristol, and was Wellcome Travelling Fellow at Pennington Research Centre, Louisiana State University. He held Senior Lecturerships at the University of Liverpool and Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentisty before taking up his present post in 2010.
His clinical interests include all general adult endocrinology and diabetes, within which he has special interests in hypothalamic and pituitary endocrinology, obesity and bariatric surgery, reproductive endocrinology transitional care of children, and inherited endocrine tumour syndromes such as MEN. His outreach activities have included work for the Pituitary Foundation, and support of pituitary and endocrine patients. He has longstandng interests in the treatment of obesity and has been at the forefront of effort to improve the recognition of obesity as an important and treatable clinical problem.
His portfolio of research interests include both biomedical and health services research on aspects of obesity, its environmental and molecular origins, its metabolic and social complications, the impact of obesity on people with diabetes and other endocrine conditions, and developing new approaches to treatment. He writes and speaks widely on these subjects. Current research activities include leading an NIHR programme grant investigating group-based behavioural treatment for severe obesity (Progroup), and Earlybird Study which is a longstanding cohort study of children designed to identify early predictors of obesity and metabolic disease in adults.
BSc (hons) 2:1 University of London King's College, 1982.
MB BS University of London, 1985.
MD University College London, 1997.
Royal College of Physicians (Fellow)
Association for the Study of Obesity
Roles on external bodies
Association for the Study of Obesity (Trustee)
Pituitary Foundation (Medical Committee Member)
Medical and behavioural interventions for severe obesity in Tier 3 weight management services:
I am co-PI, together with Dr Mark Tarrant, for an NIHR funded programme grant "How are treatment outcomes for people with severe obesity ImPROved by GROUP-based behavioural intervention? This major 5 year project examines how Tier 3 services can be optimised, and tests a new group based behavioural intervention. The programme grant is also supported by PenARC.
Early life origins of obesity and metabolic disease:
The Earlybird study was originally developed by Professor Terry Wilkin and has been continued by Dr Joanne Hosking and myself The study has followed a cohort of Plymouth children through to adult life, in order to identify potential early predictors of adult health. This important cohort study continues to provide numerous insights into the origins of weight gain and obesity, and how factors such as puberty affect health risks. Recent findings show how weight gain and puberty interact with genetic predisposition to affect the long term risks of developing diabetes. We are currently investigating metabonomic biomarkers are potential early indicators of risk, and to investigate the mechanisms that give rise to long term risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Other research interests:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Antenatal and early life nutrition
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Annual Plymouth Symposium on Obesity, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome