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9th Fuse Physical Activity Workshop

  • Venue: The Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • Start: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:30:00 GMT
  • End: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

This event focused on physical activity for the prevention and management of long term conditions.

Event prgramme: 9th Fuse Physical Activity workshop

Research and Workshop presentations


Keynote speakers:

Exercise on Referral: past, present and the future
Prof Adrian Taylor, Professor of Health Services Research, University of Plymouth

After completing his PhD at the University of Toronto in 1989 Adrian worked in the field of physical activity and health, at three UK Universities (Brighton, De Montfort, Exeter). For the past four years he has been a Professor of Health Services Research in the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry, and has recently taken on the role as Associate Dean for Research. He is the founding co-Editor in Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, now in its tenth year, and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has published over 100 academic papers and book chapters, and has been invited to speak around the world. For 12 years he contributed to an evidence-base for how single sessions of physical activity (compared with sedentary behavior) influence and affect mood, and self-regulation of smoking, and alcohol use. This experimental work has been used to inform interventions to facilitate the treatment of depression, and support smokers to reduce their smoking. After conducting the first UK RCT on the effectiveness of exercise referral schemes (ERS) in 1995, he published a systematic review in the British Medical Journal on their effects in 2011, and currently leads a multi-site RCT to test the effects of adding web-based support to ERS for inactive patients with one or more chronic conditions. He currently leads three RCTs with NIHR funding of over £3.5m, and is involved in several other projects including a review of published and grey literature on the role of sport, exercise and physical activity in preventing and treating alcohol and substance misuse.


Pitfalls in Precision medicine: How do we know individuals differ in their response to a health intervention?
Prof Greg Atkinson, Professor of Health Sciences and Biostatistics Research, Teesside University

Professor Atkinson has over 27 years’ experience of publishing peer-reviewed tutorial-type papers on research design and statistics. His total career citation count is 5000 and his H-Index is 48. He has papers on the analysis of measurement errors and on ethical issues in exercise science that have been cited 800 and 300 times respectively. He has extensive experience in most types of health research, encompassing a broad range of study designs from basic/mechanistic human sciences in a laboratory setting through to Cochrane and Prospero-registered evidence syntheses that incorporate meta-analyses. Professor Atkinson has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has led Research-Council funded projects, for example, the project on shift-work and health, funded by the National Prevention Initiative (administered by the MRC). In 2010, he won the Bupa Prize for excellence in Occupational Medicine Research. In the same year, he was also awarded the Presidents Medal by the Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics for research on the human body clock. Professor Atkinson’s has particular competencies in measurement error, diagnostics and method comparison studies, having published 10 papers on this topic over the years, including most recently, his work on the analysis of individual differences in the responses to health interventions.


Exercise as medicine: an old fashioned remedy for the health challenges of the 21st century

Prof John Saxton, Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University

John Saxton graduated from Loughborough University in 1990 before embarking upon PhD research in skeletal muscle physiology at the University of Wolverhampton and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Following a period of post-doctoral work, he undertook lectureships at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Sheffield, before working as a research physiologist in Health and Safety Executive research laboratories in Sheffield. He then spent 10 years at Sheffield Hallam University, where he led the Active Health Research Group and was Principal Investigator for several randomised controlled exercise trials with clinical populations, including patients with cancer and cardiovascular disease. In March 2010, he joined the University of East Anglia as a Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and held the leadership positions of Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) and Post Graduate Research Director for the School of Health Sciences. He has held the position of Head of the Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation at Northumbria University since October 2014, and is Co-Chief Investigator for an NIHR-HTA funded multi-centre randomised controlled exercise trial in colorectal cancer patients undergoing curative-intent surgical treatment (PREPARE-ABC Trial:


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