Will Johnson, PhD

Will trained in human biology, with a BSc and PhD from Loughborough University (2003-2010), and in epidemiology during postdoctoral positions at the University of Minnesota’s Division for Epidemiology and Community Health (2011-2012), the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (2013-2014), and MRC Human Nutrition Research (2015-2016). He was appointed as a Lecturer (Human Biology & Epidemiology) at Loughborough University in 2016 and promoted to Senior Lecturer (Epidemiology & Population Health) in 2019.
Will’s experience and expertise are in investigating 1) the etiologic factors that regulate human growth and development, 2) the role of body size trajectories in obesity and related-disease development, and 3) secular trends in longitudinal processes and relationships.

From conducting this research, he has developed advanced skills in the design and application of statistical methods to model longitudinal data, particularly those pertaining to human physical growth and obesity development. His work is currently funded by the UK Medical Research Council, via a New Investigator Research Grant, and the USA National Institutes for Health.
He has published over 60 journals papers with over 1300 citations; serves on editorial boards for the Annals of Human Biology, Public Health Nutrition, and the European Journal of Sport Science; and sits on executive committees for the Society for the Study of Human Biology and the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology.

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Invited speakers

Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Biological models in growth
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases
  • Growth and development in educational context (in collaboration with Education and Teacher Training Agency - in Croatian)




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Important info

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone the ISGA Congress, originally planned for May 27-31 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia. Even with the vaccinations, the situation is not improving significantly and prevents us from holding the Congress in 2021.

International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), with the Institute and Anthropological Research as host, and European Anthropological Association (EAA) came to a mutual decision to hold a joint ISGA & EAA Congress in 2024 in Croatia. We look forward to this event as a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and networking!

As the planning for the 2024 Congress proceeds, we will be updating the website to keep you informed, so please check the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.