Professor Jim Mann (CNZM) is an expert in human nutrition, diabetes and obesity. He has been Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for 25 years. He is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, Co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, and Principal Investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence.
Professor Mann has been involved in guideline development for numerous international and national organisations concerned with nutrition, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, several of which he has chaired or continues to chair. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed journal articles and written and edited several textbooks and popular books, including the Essentials of Human Nutrition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Through his work with the WHO, Professor Mann has been visiting China since the 1970s for scientific meetings.
Professor Jim Mann in China in 1982 (front row, 4th from left)