Research Projects

Here you can view all past, present, and future research projects conducted by The Noakes Foundation. All of our research is co-funded and accessible by the public.

At The Noakes Foundation, our research is guided by a set of key questions that we thought would highlight our intentions for and give everyone a clear idea of our vision and where we stand in the pursuit of a better, healthier world.

How do we correct the dietary errors of the past fifty years?

  • How do we determine the optimal diet for individuals?
  • How do we change individual eating and exercise patterns to prevent type 2 diabetes & minimise the effects of insulin resistance?
  • How can we help everyone eat better to feel better and live better lives?


Here are our future endeavours that require funding in order for us to begin research on these projects.

Insulin-Resistance, Metabolism and Diet-Related Factors in Middle-Aged Overweight ...

James Smith, David Leith, Prof Noakes

Background Health guidelines over recent decades have advised the public to exercise regularly and eat a “prudent, balanced diet” that is high in carbohydrate and low in fat. Similarly, the status quo for people engaging in endurance exercise has been to prioritise carbohydrate consumption before, [...]

Comparing weight loss in a female population of mixed race ancestry following LCHF and ...

Hassina Kajee

A group of Banting naive subjects have shown an interest in a LCHF intervention; their primary goal being weight loss. Their weight, blood work and vital signs will be monitored and documented over the course of 6 weeks. Once this pilot study has been completed, it is expected to be repeated with a larger sample size.

Carbohydrate restriction and high fat diet to improve insulin resistance, weight-loss, ...

Salih Solomon

Background Insulin resistance in the context of a high carbohydrate diet is associated with obesity, atherogenic dyslipidaemia, hypertension, and T2DM. Numerous studies report that a restricted carbohydrate/high fat (LCHF) diet can improve some of these conditions. However, there is often considerable variation in how different [...]

Glucose production during exercise in athletes on a very low or high carbohydrate diet

Christopher Webster

Background The value of a high carbohydrate low fat (HCLF) diet for endurance athletes, like competitive cyclists, has been under contention since the merits of a low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) diet, for both athletes and non-athletes have been observed. Traditionally, athletes favour high carbohydrate [...]

Launching Project REASONED – a comprehensive online database of patient case-reports ...

Simon Spoor

Research problem Much of the current dogma in nutritional science is based solely on evidence derived from cross-sectional epidemiological studies. This type of research is, however, unsuited for establishing causal relationships between observations and outcomes and, as such, should not form the basis for drawing [...]

Our Research Team

These scientists have joined an international health revolution by working to show the effects of LCHF on general health and wellbeing.

Dr Jamie Smith
Dr Jamie Smith

Christopher Webster
Christopher Webster

Georgina Pujol-Busquets Guillén

Tamzyn Murphy Campbell
Tamzyn Murphy Campbell

Dr Hassina Kajee
Dr Hassina Kajee

Kate Larmuth

Research Disclaimer

Our team’s research methods adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity. All findings are relevant and authentic, and will therefore be published on this site regardless of outcome.