• The Team

The Team

The research team involved in the project include:

Professor Dawn Skelton (Principal Investigator)

Dawn SkeltonProfessor of Ageing and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University.  She is an Exercise Physiologist and a commissioned author for the WHO’s Health Evidence Network and the UK’s Department of Health. She was Scientific Co-ordinator of the EC funded ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) project at the University of Manchester and is a collaborator on the new EC Thematic Network ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination).

She was co-host of the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, in 2012 and on the Expert Panel for the Chief Medical Officers Start Active Stay Active recommendations for physical activity and public health in 2011. She also runs training courses to move research into practice with allied health professionals and fitness instructors.  

Her recent research (MRC and NIHR) focuses on effects of visualisations of biomechanics on adherence to exercise in older people with a history of falls, group versus home exercise referred through the GP on habitual physical activity, effects of the Otago home exercise programme in visually impaired older people, the outdoor environment on avoidance of activity and falls in older people and reducing sedentary behaviour (long periods of sitting) in older people. 

Dr Seb Chastain

Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Caleodnian University.

Dr Philippa Dall

Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Philippa has a background in physics and engineering.

Her current research interest is focused on the objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in a free-living environment. This includes the development of novel data analysis techniques and their application to the elderly population for upper-limb function, wheelchair use and in the rehabilitation setting. She is interested in measuring the quantity and pattern of sitting in office workers and call-centre staff, and intervening to reduce prolonged sedentary behaviour at work.

Dr Cindy Gray

Cindy_GrayCindy Gray is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Health Behaviour Change in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow.  Her research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative ways (interventions) to support people in making sustained positive lifestyle changes (e.g. being more active, eating more healthily and losing weight). She has worked successfully with top professional football and rugby clubs (NIHR, EUFP7, Bupa Foundation), bingo halls and prisons (Chief Scientist Office). Her research focuses on using participatory methods during programme development to maximise uptake and engagement by potential end-users to increase potential effectiveness in producing the target behaviour change. She was scientific advisor on the WHO Europe’s Physical activity promotion in socially disadvantaged groups policy statement in 2012, and is a founder member of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy’s Aging Well network. 


Professor Sally Wyke

Deputy Director of Institute of Health and Wellbeing. University of Glasgow.

Sally’s research has focused on helping people manage and maintain their health, reduce risk of ill health and manage their symptoms and illnesses.

This has encompassed descriptive studies of how people are currently managing; their views and perceptions as well as new approaches to helping them manage better (such as information and support to do things differently if they need to). She is also interested in policy and programme evaluation, in evaluation methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to the design and evaluation of complex interventions and programmes.

Recent projects include investigation of how information based on personal experiences is used and incorporated into health information resources; how primary care can support people to live well with multimorbidity; the evaluation of a gender sensitive weight management programme for men run through the Scottish Premier League (Football Fans in Training); and developing accessible patient reported outcome measures for use in quality improvement.


Dr Claire Fitzsimons

Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh.

Claire has a degree in Physiology (2001) and a PhD in Exercise Physiology in Older Adults (2006) from the University of Edinburgh.

Upon completion of her PhD she was appointed as the Project Co-ordinator of SPARColl (Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration) at the University of Strathclyde (2006-2009) and following this as a Lecturer in Human Movement Sciences (2009-2011).

Claire’s research fellowship is focused on sedentary behaviour in older adults. Time spent sedentary has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, independent of the amount of time spent active. She is currently exploring how older people perceive sedentary behaviours, the health risks and testing out possible interventions.




Professor Nanette Mutrie

Chair in Physical Activity for Health, University of Edinburgh.

Nanette is an Accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and is an Honorary Fellow of that organisation. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

With her students and colleagues, she has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on exercise behaviour and intervention strategies. Nanette has editorial roles for The Journal of Physical Activity and Health and Mental Health and Physical Activity and has also contributed to policy, for example, ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence [NICE] programme on physical activity and the environment.

Previous positions include Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology at the University of Strathclyde University and Professor of Physical Activity and Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Nanette is an Honorary Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and also at the University of Ulster.






Mr Geoff Der

Statistician, University of Glasgow.

Geoff was educated at Oxford, Cardiff and London. He joined the University of Glasgow in 1995 having previously held posts in the MRC Social Psychiatry Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and in the South Glamorgan Health Authority.

He began his research career working on a survey of children's accidents in Cardiff. From there he went on to work on the Cardiff and Camberwell psychiatric case registers. Whilst at the Institute of Psychiatry he also worked on the Present State Examination (PSE) and was involved in the development of the 10th edition of the PSE - the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN). He was for several years a member of the WHO steering committee for SCAN and helped co-ordinate the international field trials.

His current research interests concern the relationships between cognition, material circumstances and health. He is an associate member of the Edinburgh based Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology.








Professor Ian Deary

Professor of Differential Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Ian graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology.

His principal research interests are: human mental abilities, especially the origins of cognitive differences, the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills, the impact of cognitive differences on people's lives; and human personality differences.

He has published over 500 refereed journal articles, four authored books and three edited books. He leads a research team studying cognitive ageing by following up the people who took part in the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947.

Other members of his research team are currently investigating: the influence of childhood and early adult IQ on health in adulthood and survival to old age (cognitive epidemiology); and effects of diseases on cognitive abilities. His research includes the application of molecular genetics and brain imaging techniques to the understanding of cognitive ability differences and cognitive ageing.










Dr Catharine Gale

Reader in Epidemiology, University of Southampton.

Catharine Gale has been Reader in Cognitive Epidemiology in the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh since 2012 and Reader in Epidemiology at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton since 2010.

Currently her main research interests are the role of cognition, personality and mental wellbeing on later health outcomes, and life course influences on physical frailty, mental wellbeing and cognitive ageing in older people.

Professor Malcolm Granat

Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Salford.

Malcolm Granat obtained a PhD in the Bioengineering Unit of Strathclyde University in 1990.

His current research interests are in the measurement and quantification of physical behaviour in a free-living environment and in the development of novel data analysis techniques and their application. Malcolm is presently engaged in a number of programmes looking at the quantification of free-living activity in a wide range of populations and conditions.

Malcolm has recently led the formation of a new International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour.

Dr Jason Gill

Reader, University of Glasgow.

Jason is interested in the effects of exercise on risk factors for, and the management of, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders - particularly with respect to: lipoprotein metabolism, insulin resistance and vascular function; exercise, diet, energy balance and obesity; lipoprotein kinetics.
















Professor Naveed Sattar

Naveed_SattarProfessor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Glasgow.

Naveed Sattar graduated in medicine in 1990 from the University of Glasgow and became Professor of Metabolic Medicine in 2005. He has since published extensively in CVD biomarker, and diabetes-related research including work on obesity and related complications.

As a result of such work, he has accumulated considerable epidemiological and risk factor expertise, spanning several pathways. He is also involved in several clinical trials in areas covering diabetes, obesity, and CVD risk and contributes to clinical care and to guidelines in all of the above areas.

Further information on grants and publications available.
















Professor Gillian Mead

Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

Gillian completed her medical training at University of Cambridge and completed her training in Geriatric and General Medicine in Edinburgh in 1999. 

Before taking up her current post as Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in 2000, she spent six months working in Auckland, New Zealand, where she helped to establish a stroke service at Middlemore Hospital.

















Professor John Starr

Honoray Professor of Health & Ageing, University of Edinburgh.

Having graduated from Cambridge and London, John came to Edinburgh as a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry in 1989 to investigate the relationship between blood pressure and cognition.

Working with his colleagues Ian Deary and Lawrence Whalley, he has developed his interest in the relationship between physical and mental health. Their work was recognised by their receipt of the Tenovus Scotland Margaret MacLellan Award 2006 for research on 'The Brain including both neurological and psychiatric disorders'.

Between 2003-2005, John held a ‘Leading Practice Through Research’ award from the Health Foundation to improve the health assessment of older people with learning disabilities and his clinical duties and national training roles have also moved along this new direction.



















Dr Carolyn Greig

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Ageing, University of Birmingham.

Carolyn is a translational scientist with research interests in the influence of use, disuse, age and disease on human skeletal muscle mass and function.

She is particularly research active in nutritional, physical activity and pharmacological interventions to maintain muscle mass in older healthy men and women and in frail patient groups.





















Dr Elaine Coulter

Queen Margaret University

Iva Čukić

University of Edinburgh

Dr Manon Dontje

Glasgow Caledonian University (now University of Western Australia)

Elaine Hindle

University of Glasgow

Karen Laird

University of Glasgow

Ratko Radakovic

University of Edinburgh

Richard Shaw

University of Glasgow

Sally Stewart

University of Glasgow (now Glasgow Caledonian University)