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Dr Helen Parretti

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School

Obesity; physical activity; behavioural interventions in primary care

Helen started at the University of Oxford studying chemistry, gaining a 2:1 in 1995. She continued working in chemistry, completing a PhD in solid state chemistry in 1998 at the University of Birmingham and then going to become a postdoctoral research fellow (University of Birmingham and then Imperial College, London). During this time she published 15 papers (5 first author).

In 2002 she decided to change careers and retrain as a doctor and completed a graduate entry medical degree at St George’s, University of London in 2006.  After foundation training she chose to train as a GP and returned to research when she completed her GP training in Birmingham as an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in 2013. During her ACF she was awarded a RCGP Midlands Faculty AiT excellence award and completed a MSc in Clinical and Primary Community Care with distinction.

She was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in primary care at the University of Birmingham on completing her GP training in 2015. While in Birmingham Helen was a postgraduate research lead for her institution and module lead for the dissertation module for the MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care.

She moved to UEA in 2019 as a clinical senior lecturer in primary care. She works one day a week as a salaried GP and spends the rest of the week conducting research into obesity and weight management within the Health Services and Primary Care research group in Norwich Medical School. She teaches medical students and GPs in training, and supervises postgraduate students.