Dr Dimitris Vlachopoulos
PhD Research Scholar


Dimitris joined the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) in 2012 to complete his MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health after obtaining a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

Dimitris obtained the Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund to develop his research and professional skills by attending the National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry organized by the National Osteoporosis Society. He also received a DXA Scanning Honorary Practitioner position at Derriford Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Healthy Bones Department Services) to be trained and receive the competency to work without supervision to perform DXA scans.

His PhD research is supported by Marie Curie fellowship program (European Commission 7th CIG. His current research is focused on bone health and its metabolism in adolescents engaged in osteogenic (football) and non-osteogenic (cycling and swimming) sports.

His principal research interests lie in the field of physical activity and nutrition and their effects on health outcomes during growth. In the future he is interested to develop adaptable interdisciplinary programs to improve and treat non-communicable diseases.

Dimitris is a long term supporter and fundraiser of UNICEF, a keen traveler and passionate about playing sports and joining organizations focused on children’s health, education and protection.

Professional memberships:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Bone Research Society (BRS)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS)
  • European College of Sport Science (ECSS)
  • International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD)
  • National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)

Broad research specialisms:

  • Bone Health
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Obesity Epidemic
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition for Public Health
  • Sports Medicine

Researcher Development Programme Workshops:

  • Applying for Postdoctoral Funding
  • Innovation and Enterprise in Research
  • Leadership for Postgraduate Researchers
  • Publishing your research in journals (Science)
  • Research Impact and Public Engagement
  • Research Planning and Time Management
  • Researcher Excellence Framework
  • Writing Targeted Grant Proposals


Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) - 2015
MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health. University of Exeter (UK) – funded by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) - 2014
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - 2013
BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science. Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) -2010

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1392 724721
AddressBaring Court
University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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