Professor Lauren Sherar

Pronouns: She/her
  • Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health

Professor Lauren Sherar graduated from Nottingham Trent University combined honours programme in Sport Science and Biology in 2001. She then went on to obtain a master’s (2004) and doctoral (2008) degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in the area of physical activity and health with a focus on child and adolescent growth and development.

Since 2008 Professor Sherar worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Bath (2008-10) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan (2010-12).

Professor Sherar was appointed as a lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University in 2012.

Professor Sherar’s research area is the associations among physical activity/sedentary behaviour, body composition and cardiometabolic health in children and adolescents. She has a specific interest in the investigation of biological, social and environmental determinants of activity and sedentary behaviours in a manner to inform interventions.

Professor Sherar has expertise in longitudinal data design, measurement of biological maturation and objective measurement of physical activity/sedentary behaviours.

Selected research projects and sources of funding

  • Sherar L.B. (PI), Nimmo (co-PI), M, Esliger, D.W., Biddle S.J., Malcolm, D., Steiner, M., Singh, S., Morgan M. Physical and psycho-social profiling of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease –data to inform an intervention, Department of Health 2013-2014
  • Sherar L.B. (PI), Kontulainen, S., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G, Martin S. Adolescent to young adult development of bone and fat mass and adult cardiometabolic risk and bone strength. Royal University Hospital Foundation research fund, 2011-2013
  • Muhajarine N (PI), Sherar, L.B., Esliger, D.W., Baxter-Jones, A.DG., Chad, K., Martin, L., Bell, S., Holden B., Neudorf, N. Working upstream: Effecting healthy children through environmental design, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2009-2012
  • Baxter-Jones A.D.G (PI), Sherar L.B., Faulkner, R.A., Eisenmann J.C. The Relationships of Adolescent Physical Development, Physical Fitness and Physical Activity to Markers of Metabolic Syndrome at 50 years of age. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Regional Partnership Program (RPP), 2007-2011.
  • Muhajarine N (PI), Sherar, L.B., Baxter-Jones, A.DG., Dyck, R., Sankaran K  Assessment of trajectory of catch-up growth during first 3 years of life in infants born with low birth weight and association with body composition at 3 years, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) India-Canada Collaborative Teams in Childhood, 2010.
  • Scientific Collaborator: Member of the International Children’s Accelerometry Database (ICAD) executive.
  • Collaborator on the Saskatchewan Paediatric Bone Mineral Accrual Study (PBMAS)
  • Collaborator on the Saskatchewan Growth and Development Study 

Featured publications

  • Ekelund, U., Jian’an , L., Sherar, LB., Esliger, D.W., Griew, P., Cooper, A. (2012) Combined Associations of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Sedentary Time with Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors in Youth (ICAD), JAMA, 307(7), 704-712.
  • Sherar, L.B., Griew P., Esliger D.W., Cooper A., Ekelund U., Judge K., Riddoch, C.J. (2011) International Children's Accelerometry Database (ICAD): Design and methods,BMC Public Health, Jun 21;11(1):485
  • Sherar, L.B., Eisenmann, J.C., Chillibeck, P., Muhajarine, N; Bailey, D.A., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G. (2011) Relationship between Trajectories of trunk fat mass development in adolescence and cardiometabolic risk in young adulthood, Obesity, 19(8): 1699-1706
  • Cumming, S., Sherar, L.B., Pindus DM., Coelho-e-Silva, M.J., Malina, R.M. (2012). A Bicultural Model of Maturity-Associated Variance in Adolescent Physical Activity,International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5(1):23-43
  • Sherar L.B., Cumming S.P., Eisenmann J.C., Baxter-Jones A.D.G., Malina, R.M (2010). Adolescent biological maturity and physical activity: Biology meets behavior,Pediatric Exercise Science, 22, 332-349.
  • Sherar, L.B., Muhajarine, N., Esliger, D.W., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G (2009). The relationship between girls’ (8-14 years) physical activity and maternal education, Annals of Human Biology, 36(5):573-83.
  • Sherar, L.B., Gyurcsik, N.C, Humbert, M.L, Dyck, R.F., Fowler-Kerry, S., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G (2009). Activity and barriers in adolescent girls based on chronological and biological ages, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41 (1): 87-95.
  • Sherar, L.B., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Mirwald, R.L. (2007) The relationship between body composition and menarche, Annals of Human Biology, 34 (6): 673-677.
  • Sherar, L.B., Esliger, D.W., Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Tremblay, M.S. (2007) Age and gender differences in youth physical activity: Does physical maturity matter? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39 (5): 830-835.

Book chapters

  • Baxter-Jones, A.D.G., Sherar. L.B (2006). Growth and Maturation. In: Paediatric Exercise Physiology, Armstrong, N. (ed), Edinburgh; Elsevier Limited Chapter 1, P1-30.