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

Please be patient as we rework the website with new dates and information regarding the XVth International Congress of Auxology which will be held in Zagreb and online. 

The pandemic of Covid-19 has forced us to postpone the XVth International Congress of Auxology until 2021.

We are now planning to hold the Congress in Zagreb from the 3rd to 6th June 2021.

Zagreb is an international city with a variety of excellent accommodation and places of historic and cultural interest.

The website will be revamped soon to reflect the change of dates and venue and we look forward to hosting you in Zagreb in 2021! As the planning for the 2021 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.