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Professor James Goodwin

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Visiting Professor

Environmental and Ergonomic Research Centre

Professor Goodwin is the Director of Science and Research Impact at the Brain Health Network in London and Visiting Professor in the Environmental and Ergonomic Research Centre. He is a Special Advisor to the Global Council on Brain Health, Washington DC and was one of its founders.   

He is an expert in knowledge translation and research impact, serving on the HEFCE REF panel of 2010 which developed the research impact assessment for REF 2014.  He was an impact assessor on UoA4 (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience). He advised 8 universities in their impact submission for REF 2021.

Dr Goodwin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Keele University, UK. After graduation he became a short service commissioned officer in the British Army.  He was a member of the Army Reserve international shooting team.  On leaving the Army, he came to Loughborough to read for a master’s in Human Biology. He then studied for a PhD in Medical Physiology in Professor Sir John Tooke’s department at the University of Exeter Medical School, where he now holds a honorary chair. He was appointed Head of Research at the Help the Aged in 2002, Director of Research at Age UK in 2009 and then Chief Scientist until September 2018.

Dr Goodwin has been a member of numerous expert bodies, including a UK Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research, the UN Research Agenda for Ageing panel, the UN Digital Health Group, a WHO Advisory Group and was a user involvement advisor for the EC funded FUTURAGE project.  He presented evidence to the House of Lords Inquiry on the Scientific Aspects of Ageing (Select Committee on Science and Technology) in 2005 and 2009, and to a US Congressional hearing in 2006. He has chaired a WHO expert advisory group on knowledge translation. In March 2014 Dr Goodwin was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) for his contribution to the impact of research on important social issues affecting older people. 

His new book, “Supercharge Your Brain” was published by Penguin Random House in April, 2021.



Research group: Environmental and Ergonomic Research Group

Principal research activities: Environmental physiology of ageing. I’m an investigator on the H2020 research project HEATSHIELD.

I’m a member of the University LUSTRE committee (Loughborough University Submission to the REF) and a member of the SDCA REF 2021 Group.

I’m an international advisor to many groups on knowledge translation and research impact.