Children's Health and Exercise


Academics in the group collaborate widely with colleagues from across the university, industry and other academic institutions.

Industry partners

Within the Cardiovascular Health theme, current partners include:

  • Toshiba
    Toshiba Medical Systems UK as collaborators on this exercise echocardiography project to determine atrial and ventricular function of young healthy, well trained and those children and adolescent patients with congenital heart disease.
  • Heart Research UK
    The Helping Little Hearts project is funded by the Leeds-based charity Heart Research UK, with the main objective of developing a comprehensive set of advice and recommendations to enable children with a heart defect to safely engage in sports and other physical activities.

Within the Cystic Fibrosis theme, current partners include:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust
    The Cystic Fibrosis Trust have awarded a Strategic Research Centre (SRC) award for a 4 year project which will be led form CHERC. The project Promotion of Physical Activity, Exercise, Sport, Recreation and Leisure with collaborators at Swansea, London, Toronto and Melbourne will develop a series of physiological, psychological and social studies to better understand responses of physical activity for adolescents with CF and to translate this into best practice.
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital
    The RD&E have been at the fore of the collaborative work between Professor Williams and Dr Oades since 2005. Work with the patients at the hospital has resulted to enhancements in exercise testing and prescription for these youngsters.

Within the Health of Young Athletes and Sports Performance theme, current partners include:

  • Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
    We have been working with this charity based in Weymouth at the national sailing centre to investigate the benefits for health and well-being in youngsters participating in dinghy sailing.
  • England Athletics
    We have been working to understand young runner’s reasons for participation in middle to long distance running, reasons for retention and drop out.
  • Exeter City Football Academy
    This collaborative partnership started in 2000 and has provided sports science support to youngster form 8-16 years.
  • Manchester United Football Club
    Through our collaboration with Toshiba, young soccer players through Manchester United Academy are involved in our atrial and ventricular heart study.

The following sports clubs are involved in one of our bone studies of young athletes:

  • In cycling; North Devon Wheelers, Sulis Scorpions Bath, Team Tor 2000.
  • In swimming; Exeter City Swimming Club, Exmouth Swimming Club, Newton Abbot Swimming Club, Dawlish Swimming Club, Plymouth Leander Swimming Club and Exmouth Community College.

International partners

Current international partners across the group include:

  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Mel McNarry and Dr Kelly MacKintosh, University of Swansea
  • Professor Anne Holland, Dr Narelle Cox and Dr Paul O’Halloran, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Jane Schneidermann and Dr Greg Wells,  Sick Kids Hospital and University of Toronto
  • Dr Alfred Nimmerichter, University of Applied Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Professor Luis A. Moreno, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

National partners

  • Professor Eleanor Main, Sarah Rand and Dr Mandy Bryant, GOSH and UCL
  • University of Bristol
  • Professor Simone Fullagher, University of Bath