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Research interests

I joined the University of Bath in 1999 and I am currently Director of Research with responsibility for research management and performance within the department.

My research interests include physical activity, diet, adipose tissue, chronic inflammation and chronic disease. One strand of my research seeks to understand the mechanisms through which regular physical activity and diet maintain health. A second strand seeks to capitalise on technological innovation to help people make positive changes to their behaviour and thus reduce the risk of chronic disease.

I have published over 100 articles in prestigious journals such as Physiological Reviews, Journal of PhysiologyExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and International Journal of Obesity.

I am an expert for the BMJ Evidence Centre and have editorial roles with PLOS ONE and the Journal of Sport Sciences. I serve on various grant panels including BBSRC and the Academy of Finland.

I have supervised more than a dozen PhD/MD students to completion. I have attracted in excess of £3 million in external funding from agencies such as the British Heart Foundation, BBSRC, MRC (National Prevention Research Initiative), Diabetes UK and the National Institute for Health Research; and I have acted as a consultant for major multi-national companies.

Research interests

  • Physical activity, energy balance and chronic disease
  • Physical activity measurement and profiling
  • Chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity and adipose tissue function
  • Exercise and metabolic function 

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Projects 2006 2023

Research Output 1999 2018

Adipose Tissue Dysfunction

Trim, W., Thompson, D. & Turner, J. E. 2018 Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, U. S. A.: Springer, p. 1-5

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Adipose Tissue
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Can evolutionary mismatch help generate interest in health promotion messages?

Grey, E., Gillison, F. & Thompson, D. 1 Aug 2018 In : Health Education Journal. 77, 5, p. 515-526

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Health Promotion
health promotion
health information
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strength (mechanics)
physical activity
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