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Dr Richard Pulsford

Dr Richard Pulsford

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health

 01392 72(2861)

 Richards Building RB106

 

Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I am a public health researcher with broad interests in the how behaviour, including physical activity, sedentary behaviour (sitting) and sleep, impacts health. I am particularly interested in the day-to-day patterns of physical activity and how these links to health, how and why these patterns change (across the lifespan and in disease), and how we can best measure complex behaviour patterns in research. My work includes epidemiological and experimental research and the design and evaluation of interventions in a range of populations and clinical groups (stroke, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy). 

I was a member of the UK Chief Medical Officers expert working group for the development of the UK physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines in 2018

Broad research specialisms:

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their links with health
  • Correlates and determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • The precise measurement of day-to-day patterns physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • The acute metabolic effects of physical activity

Qualifications

2005 BSc. Sport and Exercise Science - Loughborough University
2006 MSc. Exercise Physiology - Loughborough University
2014 PhD. ‘Sedentary Behaviour and Health’ – University of Exeter
2015 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Career

Following my time at Loughborough University I spent three years as a Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Child Health on a strand of the Millennium Cohort Study examining physical activity patterns in UK children.

I joined Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2010 to undertake a PhD examining the associations between sedentary behaviour (sitting) and health outcomes, under the supervision of Associate Professor Melvyn Hillsdon (Sport and Health Sciences) and Dr Katarina Kos (University of Exeter Medical School).

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health in September 2013 and have continued my research into sedentary behaviour and physical activity, their correlates and determinants, their associations with health, and issues surrounding their measurement.

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Physical activity and health across the lifespan in health and disease, including: Behavioural measurment and surveilance, physical activity epidemiology, physical activity and sedentary behaviour physiology, evidence translation and public health communication

Research projects

Current funded research

CAN: Connecting Actively with Nature. A regional intervention to increase physical activity and connectedness with nature in older adults. Funded by Sport England. July 2018 - May 2023

Moving Through Motherhood. An investigation of experiences of physical activity during pregnancy. Funded by the GW4 Alliance. Septemebr 2017  -  September 2019

Fabric: Family And fRiends in Cancer. Development of a family based physical activity intervention for people living with cancer. Funded by Cancer Research UK. January 2018 - July 2019

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Stamatakis E, Pulsford RM, Brunner EJ, Britton AR, Bauman AE, Biddle SJH, Hillsdon M (2017). Sitting behaviour is not associated with incident diabetes over 13 years: the Whitehall II cohort study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(10), 818-823. Full text.
Pulsford R, Blackwell J, Hillsdon M, Kos K (2016). Intermittent walking, but not standing, improves postprandial insulin and glucose relative to sustained sitting: a randomised cross-over study in middle-aged men. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Full text.
Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon M (2015). Associations of sitting behaviours with all-cause mortality over a 16-year follow-up: the Whitehall II study. Int J Epidemiol, 44(6), 1909-1916. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon MM (2013). Sitting behavior and obesity: Evidence from the Whitehall II study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(2), 132-138. Abstract.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Griew P, Page AS, Cooper AR, Hillsdon MM (2013). Socioeconomic position and childhood sedentary time: evidence from the PEACH project. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Shepherd A, Pulsford R, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, Hollands L, James M, Allison R, Norris M, et al (In Press). Physical activity, sleep, and fatigue in community dwelling Stroke Survivors. Scientific Reports Full text.
Dirks ML, Stephens FB, Jackman SR, Gordo J, Machin D, Pulsford R, van Loon L, Wall B (2018). A single day of bed rest, irrespective of energy balance, does not affect skeletal muscle gene expression or insulin sensitivity. Experimental Physiology Full text.
Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd AI, et al (2018). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Full text.
Jackman SR, Brook MS, Pulsford RM, Cockcroft EJ, Campbell MI, Rankin D, Atherton P, Smith K, Bowtell JL (2018). Tart cherry concentrate does not enhance muscle protein synthesis response to exercise and protein in healthy older men. Exp Gerontol, 110, 202-208. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Broom DR, Miyashita M, Wasse LK, Pulsford R, King JA, Thackray AE, Stensel DJ (2017). Acute effect of exercise intensity and duration on acylated ghrelin and hunger in men. J Endocrinol, 232(3), 411-422. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford R, Blackwell J, Hillsdon M, Kos K (2017). Intermittent walking, but not standing, improves postprandial insulin and glucose relative to sustained sitting: a randomised cross-over study in inactive middle-aged men. JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 20(3), 278-283. Author URL.
Stamatakis E, Pulsford RM, Brunner EJ, Britton AR, Bauman AE, Biddle SJH, Hillsdon M (2017). Sitting behaviour is not associated with incident diabetes over 13 years: the Whitehall II cohort study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(10), 818-823. Full text.
Pavey TG, Pulsford R (2016). Fidgeting is associated with lower mortality risk. Evid Based Med, 21(3). Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford R, Blackwell J, Hillsdon M, Kos K (2016). Intermittent walking, but not standing, improves postprandial insulin and glucose relative to sustained sitting: a randomised cross-over study in middle-aged men. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Full text.
Chastin SFM, De Craemer M, Lien N, Bernaards C, Buck C, Oppert JM, Nazare JA, Lakerveld J, O'Donoghue G, Holdsworth M, et al (2016). The SOS-framework (Systems of Sedentary behaviours): an international transdisciplinary consensus framework for the study of determinants, research priorities and policy on sedentary behaviour across the life course: a DEDIPAC-study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon M (2015). Associations of sitting behaviours with all-cause mortality over a 16-year follow-up: the Whitehall II study. Int J Epidemiol, 44(6), 1909-1916. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Rowlands AV, Olds TS, Hillsdon M, Pulsford R, Hurst TL, Eston RG, Gomersall SR, Johnston K, Langford J (2014). Assessing sedentary behavior with the GENEActiv: introducing the sedentary sphere. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46(6), 1235-1247. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rowlands AV, Olds TS, Hillsdon M, Pulsford R, Hurst TL, Eston RG, Gomersall SR, Johnston K, Langford J (2014). Assessing sedentary behavior with the geneactiv: Introducing the sedentary sphere. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(6), 1235-1247. Abstract.
Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon MM (2013). Sitting behavior and obesity: Evidence from the Whitehall II study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(2), 132-138. Abstract.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Griew P, Page AS, Cooper AR, Hillsdon MM (2013). Socioeconomic position and childhood sedentary time: evidence from the PEACH project. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Cortina-Borja M, Rich C, Kinnafick F-E, Dezateux C, Griffiths LJ (2011). Actigraph accelerometer-defined boundaries for sedentary behaviour and physical activity intensities in 7 year old children. PLoS One, 6(8). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Conferences

Pulsford R, Rouse P, Williams O, Jarvie R, Weis C, Rodgers L, Salmon V (2018). Moving Through Motherhood: a mixed methods investigation into experiences of physical activity, and physical activity advice around pregnancy.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Shepherd A, Pulsford R, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, Hollands L, James M, Allison R, Norris M, et al (In Press). Physical activity, sleep, and fatigue in community dwelling Stroke Survivors. Scientific Reports Full text.

2018

Dirks ML, Stephens FB, Jackman SR, Gordo J, Machin D, Pulsford R, van Loon L, Wall B (2018). A single day of bed rest, irrespective of energy balance, does not affect skeletal muscle gene expression or insulin sensitivity. Experimental Physiology Full text.
Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd AI, et al (2018). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Full text.
Pulsford R, Rouse P, Williams O, Jarvie R, Weis C, Rodgers L, Salmon V (2018). Moving Through Motherhood: a mixed methods investigation into experiences of physical activity, and physical activity advice around pregnancy.  Author URL.
Jackman SR, Brook MS, Pulsford RM, Cockcroft EJ, Campbell MI, Rankin D, Atherton P, Smith K, Bowtell JL (2018). Tart cherry concentrate does not enhance muscle protein synthesis response to exercise and protein in healthy older men. Exp Gerontol, 110, 202-208. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2017

Broom DR, Miyashita M, Wasse LK, Pulsford R, King JA, Thackray AE, Stensel DJ (2017). Acute effect of exercise intensity and duration on acylated ghrelin and hunger in men. J Endocrinol, 232(3), 411-422. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford R, Blackwell J, Hillsdon M, Kos K (2017). Intermittent walking, but not standing, improves postprandial insulin and glucose relative to sustained sitting: a randomised cross-over study in inactive middle-aged men. JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 20(3), 278-283. Author URL.
Stamatakis E, Pulsford RM, Brunner EJ, Britton AR, Bauman AE, Biddle SJH, Hillsdon M (2017). Sitting behaviour is not associated with incident diabetes over 13 years: the Whitehall II cohort study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(10), 818-823. Full text.

2016

Pavey TG, Pulsford R (2016). Fidgeting is associated with lower mortality risk. Evid Based Med, 21(3). Author URL.  Full text.
Pulsford R, Blackwell J, Hillsdon M, Kos K (2016). Intermittent walking, but not standing, improves postprandial insulin and glucose relative to sustained sitting: a randomised cross-over study in middle-aged men. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Full text.
Chastin SFM, De Craemer M, Lien N, Bernaards C, Buck C, Oppert JM, Nazare JA, Lakerveld J, O'Donoghue G, Holdsworth M, et al (2016). The SOS-framework (Systems of Sedentary behaviours): an international transdisciplinary consensus framework for the study of determinants, research priorities and policy on sedentary behaviour across the life course: a DEDIPAC-study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13(1). Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon M (2015). Associations of sitting behaviours with all-cause mortality over a 16-year follow-up: the Whitehall II study. Int J Epidemiol, 44(6), 1909-1916. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Rowlands AV, Olds TS, Hillsdon M, Pulsford R, Hurst TL, Eston RG, Gomersall SR, Johnston K, Langford J (2014). Assessing sedentary behavior with the GENEActiv: introducing the sedentary sphere. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46(6), 1235-1247. Abstract.  Author URL.
Rowlands AV, Olds TS, Hillsdon M, Pulsford R, Hurst TL, Eston RG, Gomersall SR, Johnston K, Langford J (2014). Assessing sedentary behavior with the geneactiv: Introducing the sedentary sphere. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(6), 1235-1247. Abstract.

2013

Pulsford RM, Stamatakis E, Britton AR, Brunner EJ, Hillsdon MM (2013). Sitting behavior and obesity: Evidence from the Whitehall II study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(2), 132-138. Abstract.  Full text.
Pulsford RM, Griew P, Page AS, Cooper AR, Hillsdon MM (2013). Socioeconomic position and childhood sedentary time: evidence from the PEACH project. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2011

Pulsford RM, Cortina-Borja M, Rich C, Kinnafick F-E, Dezateux C, Griffiths LJ (2011). Actigraph accelerometer-defined boundaries for sedentary behaviour and physical activity intensities in 7 year old children. PLoS One, 6(8). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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Teaching

Yr 1: Introduction to Statistics

Yr 2: Measuring Physical Activity Exercise and Sport 

Yr 3: Sport Physical Activity and Public Health

Programme leader for International Summer School programme - 'Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment'

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Joshua Culverhouse
  • Holly Jones
  • Rebecca Lear

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