Jim Mann has been Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 28 years. Previously he was a University lecturer at Oxford and a Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary and John Radcliffe Hospital. He is Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago and principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.
His research has been in the fields of lipids and carbohydrates as they relate to diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity. He has been involved with national and international government and non-governmental organisations in guideline development relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and nutrition.
He has been author and co-author of over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, written and edited textbooks and popular books.
In 2004 he received the Sir Charles Hercus Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Medicine in 2003 and in 2012 the first recipient of the Himsworth Award given by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD/DNSG) for his contribution to nutrition research in diabetes.