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Research interests


John joined the Department for Health in 2016 as a 50th Anniversary Prize Fellow and is developing a research programme investigating the anti-cancer properties of exercise. John is collaborating with the Bath Royal United Hospital, as well as national and international collaborators, to investigate how exercise and other lifestyle factors influence cancer development.

Prior to undertaking his role as a Prize Fellow, John completed his PhD in 2010 at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham UK. During his PhD, John investigated the benefits of exercise on immunological competency, whereby he conducted randomised-controlled trials to determine how exercise improves vaccination responses in humans. Following his PhD, John undertook 6 years of post-doctoral training at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Birmingham Medical School. During this time, John was involved in the development of the world’s first near-patient test for measuring free light chains (Seralite, Abingdon Health Ltd) - biomarkers for diagnosing and monitoring monoclonal gammopathies including MGUS and multiple myeloma. John has received principle / co-investigator funding from the MRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, NASA, the Physiological Society and other funding streams.

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Haematology
  • British Society for Immunology
  • The Physiological Society UK
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Active collaborative links

  • Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia
  • School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, USA

Research interests

  • Exercise oncology and immunology
  • Lifestyle and cancer prevention
  • Biomarker and assay development

Supervision of early career researchers

Supervision of early career researchers John is happy to be contacted to discuss supervision of research projects in the area of exercise and cancer prevention.


  • Exercise
  • Cancer
  • Immunology
  • Physical Activity
  • Tumour
  • Blood
  • Haematology

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2008 2019

Analytical validation of new ELISAs for the quantitation of polyclonal free light chains and comparison to existing assays for healthy and patient samples

Heaney, J. L. J., Campbell, J., Goodall, M., Plant, T., Shemar, M., Hand, C. & Drayson, M. T., 26 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Immunological Methods. 112713.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

B-cell homeostasis is maintained during long duration spaceflight.

Spielmann, G., Agha, N., Kunz, H., Simpson, R. J., Crucian, B., Mehta, S., Laughlin, M. & Campbell, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 126, 2, p. 469-476 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Free light chains as an emerging biomarker in saliva: biological variability and comparisons with salivary IgA and steroid hormones

Rapson, A., Collman, E., Faustini, S., Yonel, Z., Chapple, I. L., Drayson, M. T., Ritcher, A., Campbell, J. & Heaney, J. L. J., 23 Sep 2019, In : Brain Behavior and Immunity. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Type 1 diabetes impairs the mobilisation of highly-differentiated CD8+T cells during a single bout of acute exercise

Curran, M., Campbell, J., Drayson, M., Andrews, R. & Narendran, P., 31 Jan 2019, In : Exercise Immunology Review. 25, p. 64-82 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access