Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Laboratory research

Understanding determinants of health throughout the lifespan.

The three research entities within the Biomedical Sciences theme utilise a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the determinants of health through research on maternal and child health, eating behaviour, the performance of the immune system, and cognitive performance in the elderly.

The Centre for Global Health and Human Development includes scientists with broad interests in human population biology but with a common focus on maternal and child health, human growth and development, and cognitive performance across the lifespan.  We have a particular interest in populations in  developing or transitional countries (e.g. South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia) and the health risks of different ethnic groups in developed countries (e.g. South Asians in the UK, Mayans in the USA).  

The Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (LUCRED) is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the psychological processes that affect eating behaviour.  These behaviours cover a broad spectrum from severe restriction, through normal eating to overweight and obesity. The centre includes staff with expertise across all age ranges; from pre-birth, through all developmental stages to adulthood. We have special interests developing optimal ways to assess and treat feeding disorders in children, and eating disorders among sub-threshold groups, patients and athletes.

The Inflammation, Exercise, and Metabolism Research Group has added to the evidence base that exercise has a profound effect on the immune system in both elite athletes and those suffering from chronic disease. The research combines whole body exercise interventions with detailed analysis of blood, muscle and adipose tissue. Through a mixture of both fundamental and applied research involving a multidisciplinary approach our work strives to produce a clear evidence base on which to advise athletes and those undertaking exercise for health on how to optimise their training regimens.

Research Groups

Exercise class

Centre for Global Health and Human Development

Affiliated group:
•  Applied Cognitive Research Group

Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (LUCRED)

Muscle biopsy

Inflammation Exercise and Metabolism Research Group