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Great Hall, Sutherland Building



9th Fuse Physical Activity Workshop

The Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Wed 8 November 2017, 9.30am - 4pm


Northumbria University will host the 9th Fuse Physical Activity Workshop in November. Fuse is the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a virtual centre that operates across five North-East universitys: Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside.

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

Confirmed speakers include Professor Adrian Taylor (Plymouth University) and Professor Greg Atkinson (Teesside University).


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.

Full event programme available soon.

Please register here.

Event Details

Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Northumbria University
City Campus West
Newcastle upon Tyne


0191 243 7079

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