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Nicholas Norwitz

Postgraduate Student

Hello! My name is Nick! I’m Boston born and bred, the oldest of three siblings, a lover of animals, a culinary adventurer, and passionate n = 1 self-experimenter. When I graduated Dartmouth College last year with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry, my plan was to immediately attend Harvard Medical School and realize my life-long dream of becoming a medical doctor. 

I put that dream on hold when I became aware of the emerging literature on ketones -- amazing little half-metabolite half-hormone molecules that I believe hold the potential to positively change the way we all think about health and wellbeing. Currently, I’m excited to be pursuing my DPhil (PhD) under the supervision of Professor Kieran Clarke. My project is centred around a set of human clinical trials aimed at exploring the medical applications of ketones in patients with neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson’s disease.   

In my free time, I do my best to disseminate my passion for ketone science beyond my academic bubble. You could call me a side project fanatic! I freelance as a nutrition coach, run a modest low-carb cheesy bread baking operation, regularly write short scientific interest pieces for the lay public on various platforms, and develop content for Celebrity Health and Nutrition Coach Thomas DeLauer's increasingly popular YouTube channel. Most recently, in collaboration with the brilliant head chef at Oxford’s own QUOD restaurant, Rohan Kashid, blogger and author, Martina Slajerova, and Thomas Delauer, we've started work on a new species of science-based, nerdy fun fact-filled, health cookbook! If macademia-pecan hot chocolates, crispy avocado fries, creamy salad salads, big fat omelettes, washboard abs, and a scalpel-sharp brain sound good to you... stay tuned. Sorry, that was a shameless plug :).     

Don’t be a stranger. I’d love to hear from you!

Recent peer-reviewed publications:

LRP5, Bone Density, and Mechanical Stress: A Case Report and Literature Review (March, 2019):

The Mechanisms by Which the Ketone Body D-β-Hydroxybutyrate May Improve the Multiple Cellular Pathologies of Parkinson's Disease (May, 2019): 

Multi-Loop Model of Alzheimer Disease: An Integrated Perspective on the Wnt/GSK3β, α-Synuclein, and Type 3 Diabetes Hypotheses (July, 2019):  

My author’s page on MDlingo:

Thomas DeLauer’s YouTube Channel: