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Tom has been a leading researcher in cardiovascular science for more than 30 years and has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles. He is a former Director of the Sheffield Institute of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science at Sheffield University (UK), one of the founding Institutions of the United Kingdom Sports Institute, and Inaugural Director of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Research at Staffordshire University (UK). Tom brings a wealth of experience in research methods training and statistical analysis and has worked across most sectors of the community from ante-natal through to the oldest old. His most recent research considers the interaction between the living environment, characterised using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and health-related behaviours and, in particular, the link between these behaviours and treatment outcomes and costs.

Research Interests

Tom’s main research interest is in the use of physical activity to improve public health. Over the past ten years, he has led several large scale community-based randomised controlled trials evaluating the potential benefits of physical activity for public health. These have contributed to national policy for physical activity in the UK through the remit of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). His current research interests are in cardiovascular risk reduction through primary care and physical activity and lifestyle education for primary school children. He has supported over 40 PhD students to completion and currently serves on the supervisory panel for 5 PhD students.

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Projects 2012 2016

Research Output 1997 2017

Cardiovascular Diseases
Chronic Disease
Independent Living
Cerebrovascular Disorders
1 Citations

Impact of scale of aggregation on associations of cardiovascular hospitalization and socio-economic disadvantage

Hanigan, I. C., Cochrane, T. & Davey, R. 1 Nov 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 11, p. 1-15 15 p., e0188161

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
1 Citations

Implementation of cardiovascular disease prevention in primary health care: Enhancing understanding using normalisation process theory

VOLKER, N., Williams, L., DAVEY, R., COCHRANE, T. & Clancy, T. 2017 In : BMC Family Practice. 18, 1, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
General Practice
Primary Health Care
Cardiovascular Diseases
Life Style
Systems Analysis
6 Citations
eating behavior
primary school
Physical Fitness