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Prof John Saxton

Head of Department

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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 cardiovascular disease and cancer patients.

In March 2010, he joined the University of East Anglia as a position in Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UEA 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.

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Physiology PhD June 30 1994
  • Fellow British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2014
  • Ordinary Member Physiological Society 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Role Of Self Determination In Changing Physical Activity Behaviour In People Diagnosed With Bowel Polyps, Lewis, L., Shaw, B., Banerjee, S., Dieguez, P., Hernon, J., Belshaw, N., Saxton, J. 12 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
  • Community pharmacy lifestyle intervention to increase physical activity and improve cardiovascular health of men with prostate cancer, Lemanska, A., Poole, K., Griffin, B., Manders, R., Saxton, J., Turner, L., Wainwright, J., Faithfull, S. 11 Jun 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Cross-sectional study of patient-reported fatigue, physical activity and cardiovascular status in men after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy, Ashton, R., Tew, G., Robson, W., Saxton, J., Aning, J. 10 Apr 2019, In: Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Prehabilitation for adults diagnosed with cancer, Saxton, J. 11 Mar 2019, In: European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Creating a teachable moment in community pharmacy for men with prostate cancer, Poole, K., Ogden, J., Gasson, S., Lemanska, A., Archer, F., Griffin, B., Saxton, J., Lyons, K., Faithfull, S. 1 Mar 2019, In: Psycho-Oncology
  • The Siconolfi step test: a valid and reliable assessment of cardiopulmonary fitness in older men with prostate cancer, Lemanska, A., Poole, K., Aning, J., Griffin, B., Manders, R., Saxton, J., Wainwright, J., Faithfull, S. 10 Jan 2019, In: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
  • Development of a computer-based algorithm for supporting community pharmacists in providing personalised lifestyle interventions for men with prostate cancer, Faithfull, S., Poole, K., Lemanska, A., Manders, R., Aning, J., Marshall, J., Turner, L., Saxton, J. 2019, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Epstein Barr Virus shedding in Multiple Sclerosis, Holden, D., Gold, J., Hawkes, C., Giovannoni, G., Saxton, J., Carter, A., Sharrack, B. Oct 2018, In: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
  • Interventions for promoting habitual exercise in people living with and beyond cancer, Turner, R., Steed, L., Quirk, H., Greasley, R., Saxton, J., Taylor, S., Rosario, D., Thaha, M., Bourke, L. 19 Sep 2018, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Effects of short-, medium and long-term resistance exercise training on cardiometabolic health outcomes in adults: systematic review with meta-analysis, Ashton, R., Tew, G., Aning, J., Gilbert, S., Lewis, L., Saxton, J. 22 Jun 2018, In: British Journal of Sports Medicine

PGR Supervision

  • Clare Wade Start: 22/05/2018
  • Paula Ellison Neurophysiological correlate of multiple sclerosis fatigue and the feasibility of progressive resistance exercise for ameliorating symptoms of fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis Start: 01/10/2014
  • Ruth Ashton Supported progressive resistance training for countering the adverse side effects of prostate cancer treatment Start: 01/10/2015


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