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Academic Biography

Alan is an interdisciplinary research scientist with broad interests and expertise in physical activity, exercise and health outcomes, measurement and evaluation issues, and research design and biostatistics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Royal Statistical Society. Alan is also an Associate Editor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, a member of the Statistical Advisory Board of BMJ Open and the Editorial Board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Statistics Consultant for the three journals of the Physiological Society.

Summary of Research Interests

Professor Batterham’s work spans the School's rehabilitation, exercise and sport science, and public health themes. His research interests include the influence of physical activity and exercise interventions on a variety of health outcomes in both adults and children.

Alan has a substantial body of work on the influence of body size on human physiology and performance (allometry), involving long-term collaborations with colleagues at Liverpool John Moores and Loughborough Universities. He also collaborates with colleagues in the Department of Academic Anaesthesia at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, conducting trials of exercise prehabilitation and rehabilitation in a variety of patient groups, and spinal cord stimulation interventions in patients with chronic pain.

Current research interests include the potential benefits of high-intensity interval exercise training for both general (public health) and clinical populations. An additional focus is the use of multidimensional physical activity profiles from 24-7 objective monitoring to inform the development and evaluation of interventions and the evolution of physical activity recommendations.

Underpinning all of the investigations is a critical research focus on methods for making magnitude-based decisions in research studies, emphasising the clinical significance of effects. This work is conducted in collaboration with Professor William G. Hopkins from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 1997 2019

Age- and Sex-Specific Reference Intervals for Visceral Fat Mass in Adults

Swainson, M., Batterham, A. & Hind, K., 24 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Obesity.

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Behavioural intervention for weight loss maintenance vs. standard weight advice in adults with obesity: a randomised controlled trial in the UK (NULevel Trial)

Sniehotta, F., Evans, E., Sainsbury, K., Adamson, A. J., Batterham, A. M., Becker, F., Brown, H., Dombrowski, S., Jackson, D., Howell, D., Ladha, K., McColl, E., Olivier, P., Rothman, A., Steel, A., Vale, L., Viera, R., White, M., Wright, P. & Araújo-Soares, V., 28 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : PLoS Medicine. 36 p.

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Open Access
Weight Loss
Randomized Controlled Trials
Weights and Measures
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Problems with "the Problem withMagnitude-Based Inference'"

Batterham, A. M. & Hopkins, W. G., 1 Mar 2019, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 51, 3, 1 p.

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Open Access
Left Ventricular Function
Stroke Volume
Heart Failure
Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists

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Global impact of Teesside research

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Lack of exercise is putting lives at risk, says expert

Alan Batterham


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Stair Climbing Good Way to Burn Calories

Alan Batterham


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