Jim Mann, CNZM, PhD, DM, FRACP, FRSNZ has been Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 30 years. Previously he lectured at the University of Oxford and was a Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary.
He is Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre and; co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR). He is principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.
His clinical work has mainly been in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His research has principally related to epidemiological and nutritional aspects with a special interest in diabetes prevention. He has been author and co-author of over 300 publications and has written and edited textbooks and popular books.
He has been involved with national and international, government and non-governmental organisations (including the WHO, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the World Cancer Research Fund) in guideline development relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and nutrition. He has chaired a range of professional organisations and advisory groups to the Ministry of Health and NGOs in New Zealand.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been awarded the Hercus Medal of the Royal Society and the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal. He was appointed a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Medicine and medical research.