About Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis

Understanding how physical activity and other aspects of lifestyle influence cardiovascular and metabolic health, and other long term outcomes.

Emmanuel leads a research program of epidemiologic and interventional research investigating how health related aspects of lifestyle (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, alcohol consumption, dog ownership) influence long term health outcomes. His program offers numerous opportunities for PhD or Masters Projects, including (but not limited to):

• The development of the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting, and Sleep consortium (Pro PASS). Pro PASS is an international accelerometry consortium that examines the effects of detailed physical activity, sleep, and postural patterns on longitudinal health outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes). Pro PASS is the first consortium of its kind and the largest objective physical activity data consortium. To date, it has included 9 major international cohorts from UK, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, and Finland involving over 85,000 adult participants.

• Trials examining the effect of dog ownership on physical activity, cardiovascular health, mental health, and social interactions.

• Trials examining the potential of wearable pet trackers for increasing dog walking and decreasing sedentary behaviour in humans

• The effects of sedentary behaviour on cardiometabolic health and the role of exercise

• Epidemiological work examining the effects of physical activity patterns (frequency, volume, intensity, accumulation patterns) on long terms health outcomes.

Emmanuel has published over 210 articles in leading medical, epidemiology, and exercise science journals, and is one of the most published scientist in the field of physical activity and sedentary behaviour epidemiology. He has supervised over 20 research students to completion. His research program has provided important insights on "how much, how often, and what?" physical activity is required to obtain minimal and optimal health benefits at the population level. Work he has led delivered unique insights into the potential of low frequency weekly physical activity for health benefits. Such guidance is crucial in determining the contents of both public health and clinical practice interventions that contain a physical activity component. Several of Emmanuel's studies have been used in international policy, including six publications used in the 2018 US Physical Activity Guidelines Scientific Committee Report. Two studies that he led were in the top-50 most discussed scientific papers of 2017 among 2.2M articles published across all disciplines (https://goo.gl/7dFvn2). His research has attracted thousands of featured articles in online and print media (including London Times, Der Spiegel, New York Times, Time magazine) and he has been invited to over 100 TV and radio programs to talk about his work. He is currently the Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

There will be opportunities for candidate research students to develop their own research project ideas in the above area to suit their specific interests and background. This opportunity is particularly suitable for students with a background on epidemiology, public health, physical activity, or IT.

Selected publications

10 most relevant publications to the Supervisor's research

1. Stamatakis E, Lee I-M, Jason B, Freeston J. Hamer M, O'Donovan G, Ding D, Bauman A, Mavros Y. Does strength promoting exercise confer unique health benefits? A pooled analysis of eleven population cohorts with all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality
endpoints. American Journal of Epidemiology 2018, 187:1102-1112. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx345.

2. O'Donovan G, Lee I-M, Hamer M, Stamatakis E. Association of "Weekend Warrior" and other leisure time physical activity patterns with risks for all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality. JAMA Internal Medicine 2017;177(3):335-342. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8014

3. Stamatakis E, Kelly P, Strain T, Murtagh EM, Ding D, Murphy MH. Self-rated walking pace and all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality: individual participant pooled analysis of 50,022 walkers from 11 population British cohorts. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018; 52: 761-768.


4. Hamer M, Biddle JH, Stamatakis E. Weekend warrior physical activity pattern and common mental disorder: a population wide study of 108,011 British adults. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2017 14:96, doi:10.1186/s12966-017-0549-0


5. Hamer M, Stamatakis E. Relative proportion of vigorous physical activity, total volume of moderate to vigorous activity, and body mass index in youth: the Millennium Cohort Study. International Journal of Obesity 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0128-8


6. Ding D, Bauman AE, Cathie Sherrington, McGreevy PD, Edwards KM, Stamatakis E. Dog Ownership and Mortality in England: A Pooled Analysis of Six Population-based Cohorts. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2018, 54(2):289-293. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.09.012


7. Chastin SFM, De Craemer M, De Cocker K, Powell L, Van Cauwenberg J, Dall P, Hamer M, Stamatakis E. How does light-intensity physical activity associate with adult cardiometabolic health and mortality? Systematic review with meta-analysis of experimental and observational studies. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018, doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097563.


8. Batty GD, Russ TC, Stamatakis E, Kivimaki M. Psychological distress in relation to site-specific cancer mortality: meta-analysis of unpublished individual participant data from 16 cohort studies comprising 163, 363 people. British Medical Journal 2017;356:j108. doi:10.1136/bmj.j108


9. Stamatakis E, Coombs N, Tilling K, Mattocks C, Cooper A, Hardy L, Lawlor DA. Sedentary Time in Late Childhood and Cardiometabolic Risk in Adolescence. Pediatrics 2015; 135(6): e1432-41. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3750.


10. Stamatakis E; Rogers K; Ding D; Berrigan D; Chau J, Hamer M; Bauman A. All-cause mortality effects of replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleeping using an isotemporal substitution model: a prospective study of 201,129 mid-aged and older adults. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015, 12:121. DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0280-7