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Prof John Reilly

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

Professor John J Reilly

Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Science

Personal Statement

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.

  I am involved in Knowledge Exchange largely through leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’ (www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk), a ‘state of the nation’ report on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents. From May 2014 the Scottish card forms part of a global matrix of  similar report cards, facilitating international comparisons.

  I am an editor of the journal ‘Pediatric Obesity’, and have over 200 peer-reviewed papers with an h index of 42.Recent publications include the following:

 Obesity impairs academic attainment in adolescence: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Int J Obes, In press.

 Associations between objectively measured physical activity and academic attainment in adolescents. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Br J Sports Med 2014; 48:265-270.

 Research priorities in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a global perspective using a twin-panel Delphi Procedure. L Gillis, JJ Reilly et al. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2013;10: 112.

 

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    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

Publications

Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for the early years (0-4 years) : an integration of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep
Tremblay Mark S., Chaput Jean-Philippe, Adamo Kristi B., Aubert Salomé, Barnes Joel D., Choquette Louise , Duggan Mary , Faulkner Guy, Goldfield Gary S., Gray Casey E., Gruber Reut, Janson Katherine , Janssen Ian, Janssen Xanne, Garcia Alejandra Jaramillo, Kuzik Nicholas , LeBlanc Claire, MacLean Joanne, Okely Anthony D., Poitras Veronica J., Rayner Mary-Ellen, Reilly John J., Sampson Margaret, Spence John C., Timmons Brian W., Carson Valerie
Bmc public health Vol 17, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4859-6
Feasibility and pilot study of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 Diabetes : the ActivPals study
Mitchell Fiona, Wilkie Louise , Robertson Kenneth , Reilly John J, Kirk Alison
Pediatric Diabetes, pp. 1-22, (2017)
Pragmatic evaluation of the Go2Play Active Play intervention on physical activity and fundamental movement skills in children
Johnstone Avril, Hughes Adrienne R., Janssen Xanne, Reilly John J.
Preventive Medicine Reports Vol 7, pp. 58-63, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.05.002
Longitudinal associations between childhood obesity and academic achievement : systematic review with focus group data
Martin Anne, Booth Josephine N., McGeown Sarah, Niven Ailsa, Sproule John, Saunders David H., Reilly John J.
Current Obesity Reports, pp. 1-17, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13679-017-0272-9
Early life obesity prevention : critique of intervention trials during the first 1000 days
Reilly John J., Martin Anne, Hughes Adrienne R.
Current Obesity Reports Vol 6, pp. 127-133, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13679-017-0255-x
Accelerometer measured levels of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity and sedentary time in children and adolescents with chronic disease : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Elmesmari Rabha, Reilly John J., Martin Anne, Paton James Y.
PLoS One Vol 12, pp. 1-20, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179429

more publications

Teaching

I teach on the BSc Sport & Physical Activity degree, mainly in the Physical Activity & Health classes, and supervise students doing mini-research projects in 3rd year and larger research projects in 4th year. I aim to develop an MSc in Physical Activity & Health, from 2015-2016.

Research interests

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 am an editor of the journal ‘Pediatric Obesity’, and have over 200 peer-reviewed papers with an h index of 42.Recent publications include the following:

 Obesity impairs academic attainment in adolescence: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Int J Obes, In press.

Associations between objectively measured physical activity and academic attainment in adolescents. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Br J Sports Med 2014; 48:265-270.

Research priorities in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a global perspective using a twin-panel Delphi Procedure. L Gillis, JJ Reilly et al. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2013;10: 112.

Professional activities

WHO Geneva Working Group (External organisation)
Member
2013
Active Healthy Kids Scotland (Event)
Member
2013
IAEA (Event)
Advisor
2012
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Event)
Member
2012
BMBF (External organisation)
Member
2009
Finnish Academy of Sciences (External organisation)
Member
2009

more professional activities

Projects

Development and evaluation of active and outdoor play as a strategy for increasing physical activity of children.
Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator) Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2018
Narrative review of the evidence for exercise-related interventions to prevent overweight/obesity in children
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 12-Aug-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Mitchell, Fiona (Fellow) Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Aug-2016
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2019
Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland : 3 year studentship for Kyla Booth
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in early childhood: a group randomised controlled effectiveness trial
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2014 - 31-Dec-2017

more projects

Address

Physical Activity for Health
Graham Hills Building

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