Professor Charlotte Edwardson, Bsc, MSc, PhD (draft)

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health

Charlotte completed a BSc in Applied Sports Science (2004) and MSc (2005) and PhD (part time, 2010) in Physical Activity and Health, all from Loughborough University. Alongside her PhD she worked as a Research Associate (2005-2010) for the Institute of Youth Sport, Loughborough University where she specialised in the evaluation of physical activity and health initiatives in young people. Following this she moved into the area of diabetes prevention and worked as a Research Associate, University Hospitals of Leicester (2010-2013), on several large randomised controlled trials focused on increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in people with a high risk of type 2 diabetes.

In 2013 she was appointed Lecturer, and subsequently Senior Lecturer in 2016, in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health in the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester. Her research focuses on understanding the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes. This encompasses experimental, epidemiological and behaviour change intervention studies. She currently holds research grants (totalling ~£5 million) from the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health and the European Commission.

CONTACT DETAILS

Diabetes Research Centre
University of Leicester
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen road, Leicester, LE5 4PW

Tel: 0116 2588577

Email: ce95@le.ac.uk

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • The patterning and profiling of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in different populations
  • The relationship between characteristics of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and health
  • Interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour
  • Objectively measuring and processing physical activity and sedentary behaviour using the ActiGraph, GENEActiv and activPAL

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults: investigating a new therapeutic paradigm: Project STAND UP
  • Providing NHS staff with height-adjustable workstations and behaviour change strategies to reduce workplace sitting time: Stand More AT (SMArT) Work cluster randomised controlled trial
  • PROPELS: The promotion of physical activity through structured education with differing levels of ongoing support for those with prediabetes; randomised controlled trial in a diverse multi-ethnic community
  • The impact of cardio-respiratory fitness on an individual's metabolic response to prolonged sitting and light activity breaks: The Fit 2 Sit Study
  • Arming your Health: Investigating whether energy expenditure or posture is the primary driver of an individual's metabolic response to sedentary behaviour and light activity breaks.
  • Using a novel data capture tool (Authographer) to explore sedentary behaviour, nutrition and associated behaviours in young adults with type 2 diabetes: SNAPSHOT study
  • POST Plus: A surgery outcome prospective cohort study
  • Prevention strategies for adolescents at risk of type 2 diabetes: A pilot study across 5 European countries (Pre-Start)
  • A cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the 'Girls Active' intervention
  • Stand Out in Class: Restructuring the classroom environment to reduce sedentary behaviour - a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • Development and validation of an automated approach to identify valid waking wear in activPAL data
  • CLASS PAL: Physically active learning in the classroom

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Peer reviewer for international journals and conference societies including:

  • PLoS One
  • International Journal for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Journal of Physical Activity & Health
  • BMC Public Health
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • BMC Geriatrics
  • Primary Care Diabetes
  • Practical Diabetes
  • Journal of Adolescent Health
  • International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

Associate Editor for BMC Public Health

Guest Editor for International Congress of Ambulatory Monitoring and Physical Activity Measurement 2015: Focus Issue in Physiological Measurement

Grant reviewer for NIHR Public Health Research programme

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour

American College of Sports Medicine

CURRENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

MSc Diabetes

  • Prevention, Screening and Early Detection in Diabetes Module
  • Diabetes and Obesity Module
  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Diabetes Module

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

MSc Diabetes

  • Prevention, Screening and Early Detection in Diabetes Module
  • Diabetes and Obesity Module
  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Diabetes Module

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

PhD

  • Matthew McCarthy, October 2013 to March 2017
    University of Leicester, jointly with Dr Tom Yates, Prof Khunti and Prof Davies, Diabetes Research Centre.
    Glucose control and metabolic heath in chronic disease: Are novel approaches to increased physical activity/reduced sedentary behaviour effective?
  • Kishan Bakrania, May 2014 to May 2017
    University of Leicester, co-supervisor with Dr Tom Yates, Prof Khunti and Prof Davies, Diabetes Research Centre.
    Novel analyses with physical activity and sedentary behaviour data and the associations with health

PUBLICATIONS

Rowlands AV, Yates T, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Edwardson CL. (2016). Raw accelerometer data analysis with GGIR R-package: Does accelerometer brand matter? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. May 13. [Epub ahead of print].

Sanders J, Loveday A, Pearson NL, Edwardson CL, Yates T, Esliger D. (2016). Devices for self-monitoring sedentary time and/or physical activity: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 18(5):e90.

Bakrania K, Edwardson CL. Bodicoat DH, Esliger DW, Gill JM, Kazi A, Velayudhan L, Sinclair AJ, Sattar N, Biddle SJ, Khunti K, Davies MJ. (2016). Associations of mutually exclusive categories of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with markers of health in English adults: cross sectional analysis of the Health Survey for England. BMC Public Health. 16:25.

Edwardson CL, Rowlands AV, Bunnewell S, Sanders J, Esliger D, Gorely T, O’Connell, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Yates T. (2016). Accuracy of posture allocation algorithms for thigh and waist-worn accelerometers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48:1085-90.

Edwardson C, Bodicoat, D, Winkler E, Yates T, Dunstan D, Healy G. (2016). Considerations when using the activPAL monitor in field based research with adult populations. Journal of Sport and Health Science. In press.

O’Connell S, Edwardson CL, Jackson B, Yates T, Davies MJ, Gray LJ, Bidlde SJH, Esliger D, Dunstan D, Munir F. (2015). Providing NHS staff with height-adjustable desks and behaviour change strategies to reduce sitting time: Protocol for the SMArT Work cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 15(1):1219.

Biddle, S, Edwardson C, Wilmot E, Yates T, Gorely T, Bodicoat D, Khunti K, Nimmo M, Davies M. (2015). A randomised controlled trial to reduce sedentary time in adults at risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Project STAND (Sedentary Time and Diabetes). PLoS ONE. 10(12):e0143398.

Rowlands A.V, Yates T, Olds T.S, Davies D, Khunti K, Edwardson C.L. (2016). Sedentary Sphere: Monitor-brand independent posture classification from wrist accelerometry. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48:748-54.

Henson J, Davies M.J, Bodicoat D.H, Edwardson C.L, Gill J, Stensel D, Tolfrey K, Dunstan D, Khunti K, Yates T. (2016). Breaking up prolonged sitting with standing or light activity reduces post-prandial markers of diabetes risk. Diabetes Care. 39:130-38.

Yates T, Griffin S, Bodicoat D, Brierly G, Dallosso H, Davies MJ, Eborall H, Edwardson C, Gillett M, Gray L.J, Hardeman W, Hill S, Morton K, Sutton S, Troughton J, and Khunti K (2015). PRomotion Of Physical activity through structured Education with differing Levels of ongoing Support for people at high risk of type 2 diabetes (PROPELS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 16, 289.

Edwardson C, Harrington D, Yates T, Bodicoat D, Khunti K, Gorely T, Sherar L, Tudor-Edwards R, Davies M. (2015). A cluster randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the ‘Girls Active’ intervention: a study protocol. BMC Public Health. 15:526 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1886-z.

Mansoubi M, Pearson N, Clemes SA, Biddle SJH, Bodicoat D.H, Tolfrey K, Edwardson C.L, Yates T. (2015). Energy expenditure during common sitting, standing and walking tasks: examining the 1.5 MET definition of sedentary behaviour. BMC Public Health, 15:516 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1851-x.

Yates T, Henson J, Edwardson C, Dunstan D, Bodicoat D, Khunti K, Davies M. (2015). Objectively measured sedentary time and associations with insulin sensitivity: Importance of re-allocating sedentary time to physical activity. Preventive Medicine. 76:79-83.

Yates T, Davies M.J, Henson J, Edwardson C, Webb D, Bodicoat D.H, Webb B, Howard P, Cooper J, Humphries S, Khunti K, Talmud P. (2015). Effect of the PPARG2 Pro12Ala polymorphism on associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with markers of insulin sensitivity in those with an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes. PLoS ONE. 10(5):e0124062.

Henson J, Edwardson C, Morgan B, Horsfield M, Bodicoat D, Biddle S, Gorely T, Nimmo M, McCann G, Khunti K, Davies M, and Yates T. (2015). Associations of sedentary time with regional fat distribution in a population at high risk of type 2 diabetes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47(8):1727-34.

Bodicoat D.H, O’Donovan G, Dalton A.M, Edwardson C, Gray L.J, Hill S, Webb D, Yates T, Khunti K, Davies MJ, Jones AP. (2014). The association between neighbourhood greenspace and type 2 diabetes in a large cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 4(12): e006076.

Yates T, Henson J, Edwardson C, Bodicoat D.H, Davies M.J, Khunti K. (2015). Differences in levels of physical activity between white and black and minority ethnic populations within a health care setting: Impact of measurement type in a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 5(7):e006181.

Bodicoat D.H, Carter P, Comber A.J, Edwardson C, Gray L.J, Hill S.A, Webb D, Yates T.E, Davies M.J, Khunti K. (2014). Is the number of fast food outlets in the neighbourhood related to screen-detected type 2 diabetes mellitus and associated risk factors? A cross-sectional analysis. Public Health Nutrition. 1-8. [Epub ahead of print].

Edwardson C, Gray L.J, Yates T, Barber S.R, Khunti K, Davies M.J. (2014) Detection and early lifestyle intervention in those at risk of type 2 diabetes. European Medical Journal. 2:48-57.

Yates T, Davies M, Edwardson C, Morris D, Biddle S.J.H, Khunti K. (2014). Adverse metabolic responses and physical activity: analysis of the PREPARE trial. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 46(8):1617-1623.

Clemes S, O Connell S, Edwardson C, (2014). Office workers objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity during and outside working hours. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 56(3):298-303.

Henson J, Yates T, Edwardson C, Khunti K, Talbot D, Gray L, Leigh T, Carter P, Davies M. (2013) Sedentary time and markers of chronic low-grade inflammation in a high risk population. PLoS ONE. 8 (10):e78350.

Henson J, Yates T, Biddle S.J.H, Edwardson C, Khunti K, Wilmot E, Gray L, Gorely T, Nimmo M, Davies M. (2013). Associations of objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity with markers of cardio-metabolic health. Diabetologia. 56(5):1012-1020.

Yates T, Henson J, Khunti K, Morris D, Edwardson C, Brady E, Davies M. (2013). Effect of physical activity measurement type on the association between walking activity and glucose regulation in a high risk population recruited from primary care. International Journal of Epidemiology. 42(2):533-540.

Wilmot E, Edwardson C, Biddle S.J.H, Gorely T, Henson J, Khunti K, Yates T, Davies M. (2013). Prevalence of diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism in younger ‘at risk’ UK adults: insights from the STAND programme of research. Diabetic Medicine. 30(6):671-675

Gray L, Khunti K, Edwardson C, Goldby S, Henson J, Morris D, Sheppard D, Williams S, Yates T, Davies M. (2012). Implementation of the Leicester Diabetes Risk Score in two diabetes prevention trials. Diabetologia. 55(12): 3238-3244.

Wilmot E.G, Edwardson C, Davies M.J, Gorely T, Gray L, Khunti K, Yates T, Biddle S. (2012). Sitting time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia. 55(11): 2895-2905.

Atkin A.J, Gorely T, Clemes S.A, Yates T, Edwardson C, Brage S, Salmon J, Marshall S.J, Biddle S.J.H. (2012). Methods of measuring sedentary behaviour in epidemiological research. International Journal of Epidemiology. 41 (5):1460-1471.

Yates T, Wilmot EG, Davies MJ, Gorely T, Edwardson C, Biddle S. Khunti K. (2011). Sedentary behaviour what’s in a definition. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40 (6), e33-4.

Edwardson C, Gorely T, Davies MJ, Gray L, Khunti K, Wilmot EG, Yates T, Biddle S. (2012). Association of sedentary behaviour with metabolic syndrome: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 7 (4): e34916. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034916.

Edwardson C, Gorely T, Musson H, Duncombe R, Sandford, R. (2014). Does activity-related social support differ by characteristics of the adolescent. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Edwardson C, Gorely T, Pearson N, Atkin A. (2013). Sources of activity-related social support and adolescents’ objectively measured after school and weekend physical activity: Gender and age differences. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Yates T, Davies MJ, Henson J, Troughton J, Edwardson C, Gray LJ, Khunti K. (2012) Walking away from type 2 diabetes: trial protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating a structured education programme in those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. BMC Family Practice, 13:46.

Bharakhada N, Yates T, Davies MJ, Wilmot EG, Edwardson C, Henson J, Webb W, Khunti K. (2012). Association of sitting time and physical activity with CKD: A cross-sectional study in family practices. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.04.024.

Wilmot EG, Davies MJ, Edwardson C, Gorely T, Khunti K, Nimmo M, Yates T, Biddle SJH. (2011). Rationale and Study Design for a Randomised Controlled Trial to Reduce Sedentary Time in Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Project STAND (Sedentary Time ANd Diabetes). BMC Public Health, 11, 908.

Edwardson C, Gorely T. (2010). Parental Influences on Different Types and Intensities of Physical Activity in Youth: A Systematic Review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11 (6), 522-535.

Edwardson C, Gorely T. (2010). Epoch length and its effect on physical activity intensity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 42 (5), 928-934.

Edwardson C, Gorely T. (2010). Activity-related parenting practices and children’s objectively measured physical activity. Pediatric Exercise Science, 22, 105-113.

Pearson N, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJH, Gorely T, Edwardson C. (2009) Patterns of adolescent physical activity and dietary behaviours. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6, 45.

Pearson N, Atkin AJ, Biddle SJH, Gorely T, Edwardson C. (2009). Parenting styles, family structure and adolescent dietary behaviour. Public Health Nutrition, 3, 1-9.

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