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.

Current Projects

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

Selected Publications

Group Members

Professor Alan Nevill
Professor of Research

Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
Professor in Applied Physiology

Dr George Metsios
Reader in Clinical Physiology

Ian Lahart
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

Petros Ntinas
Researcher in Adipose Tissue Physiology