Here at HolfordWatch, we are a bit puzzled as to Holford’s position at Teesside: it is no longer clear whether or not he is visiting professor of nutrition at the University. As far was we know, Holford’s appointment was in Teesside’s school of Social Sciences and law. As HolfordMyths notes, Teesside previously told Holford that he should “not use the title of “Visiting Professor in Mental Health & Nutrition”.
However, in March we saw Food for the Brain make their child survey freely available on their website – and page 4 of the survey [PDF] refers to Holford as “Visiting professor of Mental Health and Nutrition, University of Teesside”. Damian Thomson’s excellent recent Telegraph article refers to Holford as having been “made a professor of nutrition by Teesside University”.
Unfortunately, Teesside have not answered my last two e-mails to them. I certainly haven’t been able to find the details of Holford’s appointment on Teesside’s website. It’s therefore not at all clear whether or not Teesside have given Holford a visiting professorship in nutrition. If Teesside have not given Holford such a post – I think that there is now so much misinformation circulating that they need to make a statement to this effect, in order to avoid any further damage to the reputation of Teesside’s research into and teaching on nutrition.
If Teesside has made Holford visiting professor of nutrition, I suspect that the damage is already done.