Dr Dimitris Vlachopoulos


Dimitris is a recently appointed Lecturer at the Sport and Health Sciences department. He joined the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) in 2012 to complete his MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health. His research is focusing on musculoskeletal development and physical activity during growth. He completed the Physical Activity Measurement Training in MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, and the National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry of National Osteoporosis Society, before obtaining further experience as Honorary DXA practitioner at the Healthy Bones Unit of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He completed his PhD after conducting the PRO-BONE study (Marie Curie EU grant) that includes cross-sectional, longitudinal and randomised controlled trials studies focusing on bone mass, bone geometry and bone metabolism of adolescents.

His research is published in internationally recognised journals such as the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. One of Dimitris’ papers in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research was ranked No2 at the Top Attention Grabbing papers from JBMR journal for 2017 with Altmetric score 305, and was mentioned in many websites including the National Osteoporosis Society

Throughout the years, Dimitris was awarded with four New/Young Investigator Awards from European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Bone Research Society (BRS), International Conference of Children’s Bone Health (ICCBH) and International Congress of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (ICPESS).  He has also been the recipient of the Neil Mackenzie Public Engagement Award and the Barbara Mawer travel Fellowship both from Bone Research Society. He was also elected New Investigator representative (non-clinical) of the Bone Research Society in 2018.

His principal research is focusing on the effects of exercise on bone health during growth. His research includes the assessment of physical activity, body composition and nutrition in relation to musculoskeletal health and he has organised cross-sectional, longitudinal and randomised controlled trial studies.


2017 - PhD, Paediatric Exercise and Health, University of Exeter - (Funded by European Commission – Marie Curie 7th CIG).

2015 - Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

2014 - MSc, Paediatric Exercise and Health, University of Exeter - (Funded by Greek State Scholarships Foundation).

2013 - Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

2010 - BSc, Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace.

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1392 26 7048
AddressBaring Court
University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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