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About Dr Tom Butler

My PhD was funded from grants from the Hull and East Riding Cardiac Research Trust Fund and the Clinical Biosciences Institute at the University of Hull, and examined the role of dietary fat and carbohydrate on cardiac functional and metabolic remodelling in response to hypertension and obesity. During my PhD I also completed a post-graduate certificate in research training, and worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, delivering lectures as part of the PG modules Nutrition in Health and Disease, Human Metabolism, and Physiology and Biochemistry of Metabolism.

Following my PhD, I studied nutrition and dietetics at the University of Chester. I am both a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA), and registered nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), specialising in nutritional science. I am an elected council member of the British Association for Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and I am currently the programme leader for the undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics


Tom’s primary area of teaching is nutrition for primary and secondary CVD prevention, teaching into both undergraduate and postgraduate dietetics, Human Nutrition, and Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation programmes. He also leads modules covering Physiology and Genetics, Diet and Clinical Nutrition, as well and Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology.


My research expertise is broadly in the area of nutrition in both the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. I have more specific interests in the role of dietary manipulation and interventions to improve cardiac morphology following hypertension, and the role of diet in the management of Heart Failure.

My current research topics include understanding the value of the Mediterranean Diet in secondary prevention of myocardial infarction, and novel ways to improve uptake of this dietary pattern in this patient group.

Published Work

The ICON (Integrating Care Opportunities across the NHS) CVD Secondary Prevention Working Group (2019) A UK consensus on optimising CVD secondary prevention care: perspectives from multidisciplinary team members. Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal. 4(9). Available from

TJ. Butler, EN. Georgousopoulou, and D. Mellor (2018). Dietary approaches for patients with heart failure and diabetes. Practical Diabetes, 35(4), pp.127-130a.

TJ. Butler, D. Ashford, A-MS. Seymour (2017). Western diet increases cardiac ceramide content in healthy and hypertrophied hearts. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 27(11), pp.991-998.

TJ. Butler (2016). Dietary management of heart failure: room for improvement? British Journal of Nutrition. 115(07), pp.1202-1217.

TJ. Butler (2014). Food + Fun = Fat. Dietetics Today; 40: 24-27.

TJ. Butler (2013) Dietary fat and heart disease – time for a rethink? Dietetics Today; 39: 24-27.

Conference Proceedings

TJ Butler, C. Confue, J. Guild, S. Mushtaq (2018) Effect of a single serving of pecan nuts on blood lipids and weight: a single blind randomised control trial. In: Proceedings of The Nutrition Society; 77 (OCE4). Doi 10.1017/S0029665118001702

B. Barlow, TJ Butler (2018) Child- and adult-orientated breakfast cereals: a cross sectional analysis of nutrient profile. In: Proceedings of The Nutrition Society; 77 (OCE4). Doi 10.1017/S0029665118002033

TJ. Butler, TTD Van, K. Gabrysch, HL. Tudball, A Bhatkande & A. Woodall (2017). Mediterranean diet adherence and the presence of inflammation in cardiac support groups: a cross sectional study. Clinical Nutrition. In: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 30:(suppl. 1), A3.

K. Harris, S. Mushtaq, TJ. Butler (2017) A double-blind randomised study investigating the effect of 4 weeks of cheese intake on blood lipids. Public Health. In: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 30:(suppl. 1), C2.

S. Kudzin, TJ. Butler, A. Woodall (2017). The attitudes to and awareness of the Mediterranean Diet in cardiac support group attendees. Clinical Nutrition. In: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 30:(suppl. 1), A9.

TJ. Butler, KJJ. Gabrysch, HL. Tudball, A. Bhatkande, A. Woodall (2016). Mediterranean diet adherence and blood lipids in a very high cardiovascular risk group. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society; 75:(OCE3), E80.

KJJ. Gabrysch, TJ. Butler (2016). Educational level and adherence to a Mediterranean Diet in a very high risk group. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 75:(OCE3), E103.

E. Pringle and TJ. Butler (2016) Paediatric overweight and obesity, dyslipidaemia and hypertension: a systematic review. Paediatrics. In: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 29:(suppl. 1), AB18. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12364.

TJ. Butler, A-MS. Seymour, D. Ashford (2012) Alterations in the myocardial ceramide pool following dietary intervention in an experimental model of cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiovascular Research; 93:(suppl. 1), S95.


TJ. Butler, D. Ashford, A-MS. Seymour. Western diet and the hypertrophied heart: the sugary path to failure?

Poster presented at the Society for Heart and Vascular Metabolism, Brussels, Belgium (2011), and Oral presentation at The Northern Cardiac Research Group Meeting, Hull, UK (2011).

TJ. Butler, D. Ashford, A-MS. Seymour. Impact of dietary fat upon myocardial ceramide species in cardiac hypertrophy.

Poster presented at the Society for Heart and Vascular Metabolism, Kananaskis, Canada (2010).

TJ. Butler, A-MS. Seymour. Impact of obesity on left ventricular hypertrophy.

Poster presented at the Society for Heart and Vascular Metabolism, Padova, Italy (2009) and the Mammalian Myocardium, Manchester, UK (2010).

Invited roundtable discussions

I have been involved in round table discussions with the meat advisory panel and the association of cereal food manufacturers regarding product reformulation. No payment was accepted for these meetings.

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

Reviewer for Nutrients and the British Journal of Nutrition

Consultancy and advisory roles

I hold the position of an International Review Panel Member for the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) Cardiovascular Disease Care Pathway. I am also a programme accreditor for the Association for Nutrition (AfN).


  • RD, RNutr, FHEA.
  • PGDip Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Chester
  • PhD, University of Hull
  • PG Certificate in Research Training, University of Hull
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology, University of Hull