Prof. Vidya Mohamed-Ali

Deputy Director,
Centre for Metabolism & Inflammation
UCL

Professor Mohamed-Ali is Deputy Director of the Centre for Metabolism & Inflammation, University College London; Scientific Advisor for Research, Anti-Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) and a Member of the Medical & Scientific Committee, IOC, since 2015.  

The Medical and Scientific Commission’s mission is to provide a guiding reference for all other sports organisations on matters relating to the protection of the health of athletes. The Commission advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on athletes’ health, the promotion of health and physical activity, and the protection of clean athletes in support of Agenda 2020. 

Prior to joining ADLQ, Prof. Vidya Mohamed-Ali worked on reproductive endocrinology in Professor Robert G Edwards’ (Nobel Laureate 2010) team at Bourn Hall Clinic, University of Cambridge.  

She joined UCL as a Junior Research Fellow and was tenured in 2002. At UCL she had a significant teaching load which included organising a 3rd year undergraduate module, for which she received a Division of Medicine Teaching Award, serving on the teaching committee of two post-graduate courses and also initiating a non-resident PhD programme.  

Her research, since 1995, has focused on the chronic inflammation associated with obesity and specifically the endocrine nature of adipose tissue (fat). Her group was the first to show in vivo release of interleukin-6 and leptin from human adipose tissue. Formed the Adipokines and Metabolism Research Group at University College London, investigating the secretory functions of the adipocyte and its consequences. 

She served on the committee of the UK Association of the Study of Obesity, is on the editorial board of Obesity Facts, member of the American Endocrine Society and Senior Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She was recently invited, as a member, onto the Qatar University Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences’ Advisory Board (2015-2016) and of the Medical and Scientific Commission of the International Olympic Committee (2015-ongoing).  

She has contributed to over 100 conference proceedings and media output for the wider public (such as the British Nutrition Foundation Task Force publications) and attracted funding for several student stipends and has obtained grant funding of £2 million. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on obesity-associated diseases, four reviews and contributed chapters to three books and her work has been cited over 8000 times, with an H-index of 52.