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Lisa Micklesfield

Dr Lisa Micklesfield

Research Fellow


University of Cambridge

Research summary

My current research vision is to gain a greater understanding of the measurement of physical activity and body composition and their role in metabolic disease in different South African ethnic groups of all ages. This will provide a platform for effective physical activity interventions to promote the health of all South Africans in the future.

My research activities include examining the association between physical activity and components of body composition and growth in different South African cohorts at various life stages. My current Academy of Medical Sciences - Newton Advanced Fellowship grant is anchored to three large cohort studies that either have historical data (Birth to Twenty adolescent cohort), or which are currently underway (Soweto 1000 days pregnant cohort), or due to begin shortly (Soweto 1000 days infant cohort). The research objectives include (i) describing the change in objective physical activity during pregnancy, and its association with gestational weight gain; (ii) to determine the association between visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat at multiple time points during the first two years of life, and objectively measured physical activity from 18 months of age; (iii) to examine longitudinal trajectories of self-reported physical activity and growth during adolescence; (iv) to examine the association between objectively measured physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition, in older adolescents.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Physical activity and components of body composition and growth in cohorts of black South African participants at different stages in the life course

Scheme: Newton Advanced Fellowship

Dates: Mar 2015 - Feb 2018

Value: £82,750

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