Dr Owen Tomlinson
Associate Research Fellow
+44 (0)1392 727049
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University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Owen is currently an Associate Research Fellow in Sport & Health Science, responsible for coordinating a national randomised control trial, examining an online physical activity intervention in patients with cystic fibrosis.
He was awarded his PhD in 2019, having focused on the role of exercise testing in the assessment and treatment of cystic fibrosis - a genetic condition that predominantly affects the lungs, and affects around 11,000 people in the UK. This follows his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath (2012) and MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health from the University of Exeter (2013).
He is also actively involved with the local provision of exercise testing and training at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, coordinating and leading the exercise testing service; as well as leading the national 'Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise Technicians Network', a group for frontline NHS staff that are responsible for exercise provision in cystic fibrosis.
2012: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science - University of Bath
2013: MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health - University of Exeter
2015: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2019: PhD Sport & Health Science - University of Exeter
Owen’s research focuses on the promotion of physical activity in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), through the use of ActivOnline, a novel web-based platform that monitors and encourages activity. This is an international trial that is being conducted in partnership with La Trobe University in Melbourne.
His reserach alos focuses on the role of exercise testing in the assessment and management of CF. The goal of this work is to improve exercise capacity, health and quality of life for children with disease in the region, and help inform and improve clinical practice. This research is being conducted in conjunction with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.
Alongside this, Owen is involved in reserach that uses Skype to deliver exercise interventions in CF, and the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Owen is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, British Association for Lung Research, European Cystic Fibrosis Society, European Respiratory Society and the Physiological Society.
Williams, C. A., Barker, A. R., & Tomlinson, O. W. (2019). Letter to the Editor: Prediction of peak oxygen uptake using the modified shuttle test – Methodological concerns and implications for clinical practice. Pediatric Pulmonology. In Press.
Tomlinson, O. W., Shelley, J., Trott, J., Bowhay, B., Chauhan, R., & Sheldon, C. (2019). The feasibility of online video calling to engage patients with cystic fibrosis in exercise training. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. In Press.
Sansum, K. M., Weston, M. E., Bond, B., Cockcroft, E. J., O’Connor, A., Tomlinson, O. W., Williams, C. A., & Barker, A. R. (2019). Validity of the supramaximal test to verify maximal oxygen uptake in children and adolescents. Pediatric Exercise Science. In Press.
Williams, C. A., Wedgwood, K. C. A., Mohammadi, H., Prouse, K., Tomlinson, O. W., & Tsaneva-Atanasova, K. (2019). Cardiopulmonary responses to maximal aerobic exercise in patients with cystic fibrosis. PLoS One, 14 (2), e0211219.
Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Chubbock, L. V., Stevens, D., Saynor, Z. L., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A.,(2018). Analysis of oxygen uptake efficiency parameters in young people with cystic fibrosis. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118 (10), 2055-2063.
Williams, C. A., Tomlinson, O. W., Chubbock, L. V., Stevens, D., Saynor, Z. L., Oades, P. J., & Barker, A. R. (2018). The oxygen uptake efficiency slope is not a valid surrogate of aerobic fitness in cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Pulmonology, 53 (1), 36-42.
Tomlinson, O. W., Shelley, J., Denford, S., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2018). Promotion of exercise in the management of cystic fibrosis – Summary of national meetings. European Journal for Person Centred Healthcare. 6 (2), 196-203.
Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Tomlinson, O. W. (2017). Letter to the Editor: Measurement of VO2max in clinical groups is feasible and necessary. Response to: Measurement of the maximum oxygen uptake VO2max: VO2peak is no longer acceptable (Poole and Jones, J Appl Physiol, 122: 997 – 1002). Journal of Applied Physiology. 123, 1017.
Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2017). Scaling the oxygen uptake efficiency slope for body size in cystic fibrosis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49 (10), 1980-1986.
Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Tomlinson, O. W., Oades, P. J., & Barker, A. R. (2017). Skeletal muscle metabolic abnormalities in cystic fibrosis responses of the metabolic system relative to changes in exercise intensity. Comment in response to CrossTalk debate: ‘Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity is/is not altered in patients with cystic fibrosis’. Journal of Physiology. 595 (5), 1.
Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2016). Exercise capacity following a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in a young female with cystic fibrosis: a case report, Physiological Reports, 4 (16), e12904
Saynor, Z. L., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., Tomlinson, O. W., & Williams, C. A. (2016). Validity and Reliability Concerns Associated with Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Young People with Cystic Fibrosis, Respiration, 92 (1), 61-62
Cockcroft, E. J., Williams, C. A., Tomlinson, O. W., Vlachopoulos, D., Jackman, S. R., Armstrong, N. & Barker, A. R. (2015) High intensity interval exercise is an effective alternative to moderate intensity exercise for improving glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in adolescent boys, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 (6), 720-724
Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Tomlinson, O. W. & Barker, A. R. (2014) Cystic fibrosis and physiological responses to exercise, Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 8 (6), 751-762
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External Engagement and Impact
Awards and Honours
2019 European Cystic Fibrosis Society & Chiesi Ltd UK - Educational Bursary (€400)
2019 BASES Prof. Tom Reilly Doctoral Dissertation of the Year - Winner (£500)
2018 University of Exeter Postgraduate Showcase 'Tweet Your Thesis' - Winner (£50)
2018 Manchester Cystic Fibrosis Conference Grant (£100) to attend 2nd International CF Conference in Manchester, UK.
2018 European Cystic Fibrosis Society Travel Grant (€300) to attend 41st ECFS Congress in Belgrade, Serbia.
2015 Associate Fellowship of the higher Education Academy
2015 Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund (£500) to attend European Respiratory Society course on Cystic Fibrosis in Prague, Czech Republic.
2015 BASES Travel Grant (£100) from University of Exeter, to attend BASES Student Conference in Liverpool, UK.
2013 Honorary Doctoral Researcher, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.
I have acted as a peer reviewer for the following publications:
Clinical Medicine Insights: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Pediatric Exercise Science
Physician and Sportsmedicine
Tomlinson, O. W. (2014). Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Presented at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Bramble Seminar Series, Exeter UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2014). Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Presented at the South West Cystic Fibrosis Meeting, Taunton UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2015). Exercise – Research in to Practice. Presented at the Cystic Fibrosis Nursing Association Meeting (South West & Wales), Taunton UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2016). Impact of diet, exercise and environment on health and well-being. Presented at Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth UK.
Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Williams, C. A., Shelley, J. (2017). Cardiopulmonary exercise testing in cystic fibrosis. Presented at UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Nottingham, UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2017). The role of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the assessment and treatment of young people with cystic fibrosis. Presented at: “CF Through The Looking Glass”. All Wales National Cystic Fibrosis Conference, November 10 2017; Cardiff UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2018). Update on Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise Meetings. Presented at ‘Publication to Patient’, Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise Network Meeting, February 23 2018; Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Tomlinson, O. W., & Barker, A. R. (2018). Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing – Making Sense of Data. Presented at ‘Publication to Patient’, Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise Network Meeting, February 23 2018; Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2018). Exercise for Children with Respiratory Disease. Presented at Postgraduate MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy, March 14 2018; Institute of Child Health (ICH), University College London, London, UK.
Tomlinson, O. W., & Shelley, J. (2018). ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ – Exercise prescription and remote monitoring. Presented at “Supporting Learning in Lung Transplantation” Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, June 5 2018; Royal Marsden Education Centre, London, UK.
Tomlinson, O. W. (2019). Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing; The outcome measure of the future. Presented at 19th Irish National Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Meeting, January 31 2019, Killarney, Ireland.
2nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis & Exercise Network Meeting, Exeter, February 2017
4th Annual Cystic Fibrosis & Exercise Network Meeting, Epsom, March 2019
Owen is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has assisted as a postgraduate teaching assistant on the following modules:
CSC1004 - Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists
ESS1006 - Human Anatomy & Kinanthropometry
ESS1007 - Human Physiology
ESS1502 - Sports Training Physiology
ESS1606 - Nutrition & Metabolism
ESS1701 - Introduction to Statistics
ESS2303 - Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
ESS2304 - Quantitative Research Methods
ESS3703 - Paediatric Exercise Physiology
ESS3705 - Sport, Physical Activity & Health
ESS3804 - Clinical Exercise Prescription
SHSM006 - Laboratory Techniques in Physiology
SHSM024 - Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
Owen coordinates and runs a ‘Statistics Help Desk’ across departments in the College of Life and Environmental Science, with a focus on providing additional out-of-class support for statistics and mathematics.
Owen has also taught on the University of Exeter International Summer School course ‘Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment’ from 2015-2018.