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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
  • Prehabilitation for adults diagnosed with cancer: a systematic review of long-term physical function, nutrition and patient reported outcomes, Saxton, J. 30 Jan 2019, In: European Journal of Cancer Care
  • Creating a teachable moment in community pharmacy for men with prostate cancer: A qualitative study of lifestyle changes, Poole, K., Ogden, J., Gasson, S., Lemanska, A., Archer, F., Griffin, B., Saxton, J., Lyons, K., Faithfull, S. 24 Jan 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
  • 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 and meta-analysis, Ashton, R., Tew, G., Aning, J., Gilbert, S., Lewis, L., Saxton, J. 22 Jun 2018, In: British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Validation of the IPAQ Against Different Accelerometer Cut-Points in Older Cancer Survivors and Adults at Risk of Cancer, Lewis, L., Hernon, J., Clark, A., Saxton, J. 31 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
  • Critical research gaps and recommendations to inform research prioritisation for more effective prevention and improved outcomes in colorectal cancer, Lawler, M., Alsina, D., Adams, R., Anderson, A., Brown, G., Fearnhead, N., Fenwick, S., Halloran, S., Hochhauser, D., Hull, M., Koelzer, V., Mcnair, A., Monahan, K., Näthke, I., Norton, C., Novelli, M., Steele, R., Thomas, A., Wilde, L., Tomlinson, I., Wilson, R., Saxton, J. 1 Jan 2018, In: Gut
  • A qualitative investigation of exercise perceptions and experiences in people with multiple sclerosis before, during and after participation in a personally-tailored exercise program, Crank, H., Carter, A., Humphreys, L., Snowdon, N., Daley, A., Woodroofe, N., Sharrack, B., Petty, J., Saxton, J. 1 Dec 2017, In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Vigorous intensity aerobic interval exercise in bladder cancer patients prior to radical cystectomy: a feasibility randomised controlled trial, Banerjee, S., Manley, K., Shaw, B., Lewis, L., Cucato, G., Mills, R., Rochester, M., Clark, A., Saxton, J. 27 Nov 2017, In: Supportive Care in Cancer


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