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Dr Ian Tennant

Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Faculty of Engineering, Agri-tech and the Environment
ARU Peterborough

Ian joined ARU Peterborough in January 2023 as a lecturer in Biomedical Sciences. Outside of ARU he is a well-recognised therapist and health mentor with a rich background in laboratory-based human health research and management of environmental projects. Drawing from over two decades of experience spanning academic, corporate, and non-profit spheres, Ian specialises in lifestyle and body-focused approaches to enhance health and mental wellbeing. His research interests are aimed at understanding how health can be impacted by a form inner body awareness, known as interoception, as well as the impacts of our environment, including cultural aspects.

Email: [email protected]

Ian’s YouTube channel focuses on interoception 


Twitter @IanTennant_PhD

Personal website: https://restoringbalance.life/


With a career established at the Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research, Dr Ian Tennant has built a portfolio of roles including researcher, corporate trainer, writer, and therapist. His interest in understanding the nuanced relationship between human and environmental health has seen him evolve from focusing on one discipline of study to a respected practitioner and researcher seeking to integrate and therapeutic perspectives with the latest academic insights. His contribution to the field of human health is underscored by publication in the journal Nature Cell Death and Differentiation and a patent pertaining to cell detection methods. Not just confined to research, he has showcased expertise internationally, evident from being a bronze medal finalist at the 2017 World Massage Championships in Copenhagen.

In recent years, Ian developed a combined approach to health mentoring, running group sessions, and one-on-one consultations. As a proponent of body-focused therapies, he develops research to harness the power of interoception to promote overall well-being. He is an active board member of the Somatic Practice and Chronic Pain Network and committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive community for somatic practice enthusiasts and professionals. He has served in pro-bono directorship roles in non-profit organisations and currently serves as a Health Advisor for Onvy HealthTech, where he continues to champion an integrative approach to health.

Research interests
  • Lifestyle Interventions for Improved Health Outcomes
  • Synchrony between living organisms for aiding in therapeutic interventions and team dynamics.
  • Interoceptive awareness
  • Novel techniques in biomedical Sciences
  • Active Inference Framework
  • Pain perception
  • Biomedical Sciences
Selected recent publications

Tennant I, Pound JD, Marr LA, Willems JJ, Petrova S, Ford CA, Paterson M, Devitt A, Gregory CD. Innate recognition of apoptotic cells: novel apoptotic cell-associated molecular patterns revealed by crossreactivity of anti-LPS antibodies. Cell Death Differ. 2013 May;20(5):698-708. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2012.165. Epub 2013 Feb 8. PMID: 23392124; PMCID: PMC3619235.