Postgraduate Research Student
Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Having recently completed my BSc in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Exeter, I have now joined the CHERC team to complete my MSc by Research. Within my three years as an undergraduate student I developed interests into the pediatric side of sport and exercise, both in a clinical and elite aspect.
On completion of my degree I was awarded a Summer Studentship (2017) from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This allowed me to undertake research into the use of cardiopulmonary exercise test data to determine sex differences in exercise capacity of children with cystic fibrosis. This project inspired me to continue my work with cystic fibrosis into my master’s degree. My current research aims to identify relationships between exercise capacity and clinical parameters in children with cystic fibrosis with the overall goal to improve quality of life for children suffering with the disease. This research is in collaboration with the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, whilst under supervision from Professor Craig Williams and Dr Alan Barker.
Broad research specialisms
The impact of exercise on chronic disease, more specifically cystic fibrosis. Effect of periods of immobilisation on neuromuscular function in sport. Pediatric Exercise Physiology.
BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Science - University of Exeter
Project Title: Analysis of cardiopulmonary exercise test variables and clinical outcomes in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis
Supervisors: Professor Craig Williams and Dr. Alan Barker
This project will use retrospective clinical and cardiopulmonary exercise test data collected at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Cross sectional and longitudinal analyses will be performed to characterise changes in exercise capacity related to multiple factors including; age, gender and clinical status.
Presented at the UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Nottingham and winning entry at the University of Exeter’s Undergraduate Research Showcase: C.L. Bland, A.R. Barker, O.W. Tomlinson, D. Stevens, Z. Saynor, P. J. Oades, C.A. Williams. (2017) Sex Differences in Exercise Capacity in Children and Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis