Health and Exercise Research Group
The research of our Health and Exercise sub-cluster in RCSEP focuses on cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise physiology, body size and composition in patients with diagnosed inflammatory disease The main aim of this work is to improve the patients’ quality of life and reduce the overall cost of disease treatment through the introduction of novel physical activity interventions.
Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Survivors: randomised controlled trial
This projects aims to increase physical activity in breast cancer survivors with the intent to improve cancer-related symptoms and quality of life. The project is specifically looking at whether the intervention increases physical activity, particularly leisure time physical activity. In addition to this, we will also explore the effects of the intervention on body weight and BMI, quality of life, blood biomarkers, such as cholesterol and insulin, and cardiopulmonary fitness.
Exercise and Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis: randomised controlled trial
A study into the effects of individualised exercise training on cardiovascular outcomes such as classical and novel risk factors, electrocardiography and physical function in patients with a chronic inflammatory condition. Funded by the MRC.
Genetic Polymorphsims and Cardiometabolic Disease: The effects of Physical Activity
This project received funding from the FP7 and looks into the prevalence of specific genetic polymorphisms of brown adipose tissue around the globe.
Vascular Function and Exercise in Patients with Chronic Inflammatory Conditions
This study investigates the effects of individualised on endothelial function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, a population characterised by a high inflammatory load.
Postgraduate (research) Study
Many members of the Health sub-cluster actively support students engaging in Postgraduate study – both on Taught courses and through Research degrees. For more information on Postgraduate opportunities at the University of Wolverhampton, please visit our ‘Postgraduate Study Choices’ web pages
For further information on the work of this group, or to discuss opportunities for collaboration and/or consultancy relating to our areas of expertise, please contact Dr George Metsios or Professor Alan Nevill or Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
- Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Treharne GJ, Nevill AM, Sandoo A, Panoulas VF, Toms TE, Koutedakis Y, Kitas GD 2011 Disease activity and low physical activity associate with number of hospital admissions and length of hospitalisation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.Arthritis Res Ther. Jun 29;13(3):R108.
- Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Sandoo A, van Zanten JJ, Toms TE, John H, Kitas GD, 2010 Vascular function and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis: the role of physical activity. Open Cardiovasc Med J. 2010 Feb 23;4:89-96.
- Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Panoulas VF, Sandoo A, Toms TE, Nevill AM, Koutedakis Y, Kitas GD, 2009 Rheumatoid cachexia and cardiovascular disease.Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2009 Nov-Dec;27(6):985-8.
- Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Panoulas VF, Wilson M, Nevill AM, Koutedakis Y, Kitas GD., 2009 Association of physical inactivity with increased cardiovascular risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2009 Apr;16(2):188-94
- Metsios GS, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJ, Treharne GJ, Panoulas VF, Douglas KM, Koutedakis Y, Kitas GD. 2008 Rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and physical exercise: a systematic review.Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Mar;47(3):239-48. Epub 2007 Nov 28. Review.
- Tsarouhas K, Karatzaferi C, Tsitsimpikou C, Haliassos A, Kouretas D, Pavlidis P, Veskoukis A, Adamopoulos S, Kyriakides Z,
Constantinou L, Koutedakis Y, Rentoukas E 2011 Effects of walking on heart rate recovery, endothelium modulators and quality of life in patients with heart failure." Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil, 18(4):594-600, 2011
- Flouris AD, Koutedakis Y. “Immediate and short-term consequences of secondhand smoke exposure on the respiratory system.” Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, 17(2): 110-115, 2011
- Nevill AM, Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou A, Metsios GS, Koutedakis Y, Holder RL, Kitas GD, Mohammed MA 2011 “Inverted BMI rather than BMI is a better proxy of percentage of body fat.” Ann Hum Biol, 38(6):681-4, 2011
- Hebbar S, Fuggle WJ, Nevill AM, Veitch AM 2012 "Colorectal cancer incidence and trend in UK south Asians: A 20 year study". Colorectal Disease 14(6) E319-E322 DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2012.02960.
- McKee DP, Murtagh EM, Boreham CA, Nevill AM, Murphy MH 2012 "Seasonal and annual variation in young children's physical activity" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(7) 1318-1324.
Professor Alan Nevill
Professor of Research
Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
Professor in Applied Physiology
Dr George Metsios
Reader in Clinical Physiology
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
Researcher in Adipose Tissue Physiology