Dr Patrick James Highton, PhD,MSc,BSc

Research Associate, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands, Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester


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

Tel: 0116 258 4104

E-mail: Ph204@le.ac.uk

Patrick is a Research associate and is currently working for  the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands, Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester.

Previous Posts

2015 – 2018: PhD Student in Exercise Immunology, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University.
2014 – 2015: Research Facilitator, Leicester Kidney Exercise Team, Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester.
2013 – 2014: Sports Coach Supervisor, Blaby District Council (alongside completion of MSc.).
2010 – 2013: Sports Coach, Blaby District Council (alongside completion of BSc.).


1. Patrick J. Highton, Alice E.M. White, Daniel G.D. Nixon, Thomas J. Wilkinson, Jill Neale, Naomi Martin, Nicolette C. Bishop, Alice C. Smith. The influence of acute moderate-to-high intensity aerobic exercise on markers of immune function and microparticles in renal transplant recipients. The American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology 2019; 318: F76-F85.

2. Patrick J. Highton, Fernanda R. Goltz, Naomi Martin, David J. Stensel, Alice E. Thackray, Nicolette C. Bishop. Microparticle Responses to Aerobic Exercise and Meal Consumption in Healthy Men. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2019; 51(9): 1935-1943.

3. Patrick J. Highton, Naomi Martin, Alice C. Smith, James O. Burton, Nicolette C. Bishop. Microparticles and Exercise in Clinical Populations. Exercise Immunology Review 2018; 24: 46-58.

4. Young HML, March DS, Graham-Brown MPM, Jones AW, Curtis F, Grantham CS, Churchward DR, Highton P, Smith AC, Singh SJ, Bridle C, Burton JO. Effects of intradialytic cycling exercise on exercise capacity, quality of life, physical function and cardiovascular measures in adult haemodialysis patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplant 2018, 1-10.

5. Highton PJ, Neale J, Wilkinson TJ, Bishop NC, Smith AC. Physical Activity, Immune Function and Inflammation in Kidney Patients (the PINK Study): A Feasibility Study Protocol. BMJ Open 2017;7: e014713.

6. H.M.L. Young, D. March, D. Churchward, C. Grantham , P. Highton, M.P.M. Graham-Brown, S.J. Singh, A.C. Smith, J.O. Burton. Practice tests are required for physical function testing in a haemodialysis patients. Physiotherapy 2016; 102: e261.

Grants and Funding

Text messaging and clinician education for improving statin adherence in primary care: a pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial. Kamlesh Khunti (PI), Patrick Highton, Pankaj Gupta, Helen Dallosso, Claire Gillies, Alzim Abdool. £168, 597. NIHR ARC East Midlands approved funding. 07/2020 – 06/2023.

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