Dr Pamela Dyson is Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA), a registerd charity dedicated to reducing the global impact of epidemic chronic disease by addressing the three main risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical activity. OxHA is in the process of evaluating a community-based programme of health improvement, known as Community Interventions for Health (CIH), in China, India and Mexico.
Dr Dyson has been involved with the nutritional management of diabetes and obesity for over 30 years. She began her career with the Medical Research Council at the Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge and was then appointed to posts within the NHS as a community dietitian and a diabetes specialist dietitian. Since 2003, she has been employed by the University of Oxford as a diabetes research dietitian and has been involved with both external projects (usually multi-centre diabetes trials) and in-house projects (including various educational programmes for people with diabetes and investigating dietary interventions for weight loss). The expansion of this role led to successful completion of her PhD at Oxford Brookes University.
Her main interests are in community approaches for reducing the impact non-communicable diseases (NCD), the delivery of diabetes dietary education, behavioural aspects of lifestyle change and weight management and she has a particular interest in establishing the evidence base for dietary strategies for reducing and treating NCDs .