Peter Aggett became interested in the
metabolism of trace elements in human health and disease including Inborn
Errors of Metabolism when training as a Paediatrician. After research at the
Institute of Child Health at London University, he worked at the University of
Aberdeen and Rowett Research Institute as a Senior Research Fellow, The
Institute of Food Research as Head of Department and Assistant Director, and as
Head of the Lancashire School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health, which he
left in 2008.
He currently has an Honorary Chair in the School of Medicine and
Health at Lancaster University. He is Vice Chair of the UK Government Scientific
Advisory Committee on Nutrition and is on its Subgroup on Maternal and Child
Nutrition, having been on the UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy.
He has also been Vice Chair of the UK Committee on Toxicity, and a member of
the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, and is or has been
involved with other Ministerial, Food Standards Agency, Research Councils, Department
of Health and cross agency panels on practice, policy and research development
and integrity in areas related to nutrient reference values, risk assessment,
food safety including adverse reactions and toxicology, and overall FSA science
He has worked similarly for the European Commission (Scientific
Committee on Food, Research Panels), WHO, IAEA and FAO expert groups and was
actively engaged in leading the EU Concerted Actions that
addressed Functional Food Science (FUFOSE), and the Assessment of Scientific
Support for Claims (PASSCLAIM) on foods.