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Expertise & Capabilities
has expertise in:
- childhood obesity: aetiology; diagnosis; prevention; treatment; consequences
- objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- longitudinal (birth cohort) studies, in particular with ALSPAC and GMS in the UK
- systematic reviewing: evidence appraisal, and evidence - based guideline development
- Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in children and adolescents
Professor John J Reilly
Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Science
I joined the University in 2011 as John Anderson Research Leader and Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science. I was formerly Professor of Paediatric Energy Metabolism at the University of Glasgow. My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents globally; the development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence globally; global monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents.
I am involved in a range of national and international Knowledge Exchange projects. Recent KE projects include
- leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’ (www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk),
- international executive committee of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (www.activehealthykids.org)
- membership of the Science and Evidence Group for the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) https://www.who.int/end-childhood-obesity/en/
- membership of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep for the under 5’s https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/311664
- chair of the UK Health Departments physical activity guidelines update for the Under 5’s https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/physical-activity-guidelines
I have over 340 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (August 2020) of 65 (Web of Science) and 83 (Google Scholar), and a career FWCI of 3.20. Recent publications include the following:
Longitudinal changes in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis. MA Farooq, AM Gibson, X Janssen, AR Hughes, M, A Martin, JJ Reilly. Obes Rev 2020; 21: e12953.
Energy expenditure associated with posture transitions in pre-school children. KL Downing, X Janssen, DP Cliff, AD Okely, JJ Reilly. PLoS ONE 2019; 14 (4) e0215169
Non-linear associations between moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity and adiposity across the adiposity distribution during childhood and adolescence: Gateshead Millennium Study. X Janssen, L Basterfield, KN Parkinson, M Pearce, JK Reilly, AJ Adamson, JJ Reilly. Int J Obes 2019 43:744-750.
Longitudinal changes in vigorous intensity physical activity from childhood to adolescence
Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study M Reyes Beltran-Valls, X Janssen, A Farooq, AJ
Adamson, MS Pearce, JK Reilly, L Basterfield, JJ Reilly. J Sci Med Sport 2019; 22: 450-
BMI versus deuterium dilution for establishing childhood obesity prevalence. A Diouf, T
Adom, A Aouidet, A El Hamdouchi, NI Joonas, CU Loechl, GH Leyna, D Mbithe, T
Moleah, A Monyeki, HL Nashandi, SMA Somda, JJ ReillyWHO Bulletin 2018; 96: 772-781.
I teach on the BSc Sport & Physical Activity degree, mainly in the Physical Activity & Health classes (e.g. Sports Nutrition), and supervise students doing mini-research projects in 3rd year and larger research dissertation projects in 4th year.
My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents (including impacts on academic attainment); the development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence in low-middle income countries as well as high income countries.
I have over 340 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (August 2020) of 65 (Scopus) and 83 (Google Scholar), and a career FWCI of 3.2.Recent publications can be found in the Personal Statement. A number of recent research projects have been included in news articles in The Conversation- links below
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Social Science, University of Wales
Award Date: 1 Jan 1987
Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 1 Jan 1984
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Validation of mid-arm circumference for surveillance of obesity in African adolescent girls and adult womenNashandi, H. L., Monyeki, M. A. & Reilly, J. J., 28 Oct 2023, In: British Journal of Nutrition. 130, 8, p. 1437-1443 7 p.
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Evaluation of a pilot physical activity intervention for children with ADHD symptoms and reading difficultiesBooth, J. N., Mitchell, I. A., Tomporowski, P. D., McCullick, B. A., Boyle, J. M. E. & Reilly, J. J., 13 Oct 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. p. 1-15 15 p.
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Data for: "Development and feasibility testing of a physical activity intervention for youth with anxiety and depression: a study protocol"
Kodal, A. (Creator), Muirhead, F. (Creator), Reilly, J. (Creator), Wergeland, G. J. H. (Creator), Thorsen, P. J. B. (Creator), Bovim, L. P. (Creator) & Elgen, I. B. (Creator), figshare, 4 Apr 2023
Data for: "Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe – harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents"
Steene-Johannessen, J. (Creator), Hansen, B. H. (Contributor), Dalene, K. E. (Creator), Kolle, E. (Creator), Northstone, K. (Creator), Møller, N. C. (Creator), Grøntved, A. (Creator), Wedderkopp, N. (Creator), Kriemler, S. (Creator), Page, A. S. (Creator), Puder, J. J. (Contributor), Reilly, J. (Creator), Sardinha, L. B. (Creator), Van Sluijs, E. M. F. (Contributor), Andersen, L. B. (Creator), Van Der Ploeg, H. (Contributor), Ahrens, W. (Creator), Flexeder, C. (Creator), Standl, M. (Creator), Shculz, H. (Creator), Moreno, L. A. (Creator), De Henauw, S. (Contributor), Michels, N. (Creator), Cardon, G. (Creator), Ortega, F. B. (Creator), Ruiz, J. (Contributor), Aznar, S. (Creator), Fogelholm, M. (Creator), Decelis, A. (Creator), Olesen, L. G. (Creator), Hjorth, M. F. (Creator), Santos, R. (Creator), Vale, S. (Creator), Christiansen, L. B. (Creator), Jago, R. (Creator), Basterfield, L. (Creator), Owen, C. G. (Creator), Nightingale, C. M. (Creator), Eiben, G. (Creator), Polito, A. (Creator), Lauria, F. (Creator), Vanhelst, J. (Creator), Hadjigeorgiou, C. (Creator), Konstabel, K. (Creator), Molnár, D. (Creator), Sprengeler, O. (Creator), Manios, Y. (Creator), Harro, J. (Creator), Kafatos, A. (Creator), Anderssen, S. A. (Creator) & Ekelund, U. (Creator), figshare, 4 Apr 2023