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I completed my both my undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science and my PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Bath, with a couple of years in between spent as an applied sports scientist and then as a research assistant. My PhD research focussed on muscle health and ageing. Specifically, I examined exercise interventions to maintain and improve muscle function (power and strength), and muscle size, in healthy older adults both in everyday life and during short periods of dramatically reduced physical activity. This work on exercise snacking was featured in the BBC’s ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ TV series in 2018.
I balanced my PhD research with a general teaching assistant role, teaching on physiology and biomechanics modules of our BSc and MSci degree programmes.
I spent 1 year as a research associate managing an industry funded clinical trial investigating the impact of micronutrients on blood lipids after a high fat meal.
I am now working on a BBSRC-funded project with Prof Dylan Thompson, Prof James Betts, and Dr Javier Gonzalez. This novel and exciting work will examine whether exercise helps to mobilise vitamin D from adipose tissue, and potentially alleviate vitamin D deficiency in overweight adults to improve health.
Alongside this, I am working with Dr Max Western and Dr Tom Welsh (Research Institute for Care of the Elderly) on a project to explore the use of exercise snacking in a clinical population of older adults.
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1/08/21 → 31/07/22
Project: Central government, health and local authorities
Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on energy expenditure and postprandial metabolism in healthy menChen, Y. C., Davies, R. G., Hengist, A., Carroll, H. A., Perkin, O. J., Betts, J. A. & Thompson, D., 31 Jan 2022, In: Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 47, 1, p. 27-33 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Feasibility and acceptability of home-based exercise snacking and tai-chi snacking delivered remotely to self-isolating older adults during COVID-19.Liang, I-J., Perkin, O., McGuigan, P., Thompson, D. & Western, M., 31 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 30, 1, p. 33-43 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile51 Downloads (Pure)
Glucose control upon waking is unaffected by hourly sleep fragmentation during the night, but is impaired by morning caffeinated coffee: Sleep fragmentation and caffeinated coffeeSmith, H., Hengist, A., Thomas, J., Walhin, J-P., Heath, P., Perkin, O., Chen, Y-C., Gonzalez, J. & Betts, J., 28 Nov 2020, In: British Journal of Nutrition. 124, 10, p. 1114-1120 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (SciVal)108 Downloads (Pure)
Perkin, O. J., McGuigan, P. M. & Stokes, K. A., 3 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Aging Research. 2019, p. 1-9 9 p., 7516939.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access4 Citations (SciVal)
Hengist, A., Perkin, O., Gonzalez, J., Betts, J., Hewison, M., Manolopoulos, K., Jones, K., Koulman, A. & Thompson, D., 1 Mar 2019, In: Nutrition Bulletin. 44, 1, p. 25-35 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen Access10 Citations (SciVal)
Data set for 'Habitual physical activity levels do not predict leg strength and power in healthy, active older adults'
Perkin, O. (Creator), University of Bath, 22 Jun 2018
Perkin, O., 2018
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › PhDFile