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Contact Details

Email: nicola.brown@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8240 4821

Nicola graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2005 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science.  Having developed a keen interest in health during her undergraduate degree, Nicola continued her studies and completed her PhD at Portsmouth in the area of obesity and body composition.

Nicola joined St Mary's full time in 2010 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the area of Health and Exercise Science, contributing to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Nicola is also an accredited ISAK Level III anthropometrist delivering ISAK accredited training courses to a wide range of sport and health professionals.

Research Interests

Nicola's research interests in the exercising female have led to collaboration with the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth. This has resulted in publications and conference presentations in the area of female health and exercise including breast pain and bra fit issues in marathon runners, the influence of body composition on breast kinematics, and the relationship between breast size and anthropometry. With the aim of increasing scientific knowledge of breast health, and raising awareness of this important aspect of women's health, Nicola is currently involved with a number of other research projects including three-dimensional scanning of breasts, and improving breast education for schoolgirls.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (in press). Do women with smaller breasts perform better in long distance running? European Journal of Sports Science.
  • Risius, D., Milligan, A., Berns, J., & Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2016). Understanding key performance indicators for breast support: An analysis of breast support effects on biomechanical, physiological and subjective measures during running. Journal of Sports Science, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1194523.
  • Brown, N., Burnett, E., & Scurr, J. (2016). Is breast pain greater in active females compared to the general population in the UK? The Breast Journal, 22(2), 194-201.
  • Brown, N. & Scurr, J. (2016). 'Breasts are getting bigger'. Where is the evidence? Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 94, 237-244.
  • Scurr, J., Brown, N., Smith, J., Brasher, A., Risius, D., & Marczyk, A. (2016). The influence of the breast on sport and exercise participation in school girls in the UK. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(2), 167-173.
  • Bruinvels, G., Burden, R., Brown, N, Richards, T., & Pedlar, C. (2016). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) in elite and non-elite athletes. PLoS ONE .11(2): e0149881. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0149881.
  • Bruinvels, G., Burden, R., Brown, N., Richards, T., & Pedlar, C. (2015). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding among athletes and mass start runners of the 2015 London Marathon. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50, 566.
  • Scurr, J., Loveridge, A., Brown, N., & Mills C. (2015). Acute changes in clinical breast measurements following bra removal: Implications for surgical practice. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Open, 3, 22-25.
  • Scurr, J., Hedger, W., Morris, P., & Brown, N. (2014). The prevalence, severity and impact of breast pain in the general population. The Breast Journal, 20(5), 508-513.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Brasher, A. & Scurr, J. (2014). An investigation in to breast support and sports bra use in female runners of the 2012 London Marathon. Journal of Sports Science, 32(9), 801-809.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Brasher, A. & Scurr, J. (2014). The experience of mastalgia in female runners of the 2012 London Marathon and its effect on exercise behaviour. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48, 320-325.
  • Brown, N. & Scurr, J. (2012). The need for standardised anthropometric protocol for objective pre- and post-operative breast surgery. Gland Surgery, 1(3), 142-145.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., Ayres, B., Hedger, W. & Scurr, J. (2012). The relationship between breast size and anthropometric measures. American Journal of Human Biology, 24, 158-164.

Conference Communications and Published Abstracts

  • Scurr J & Brown N. (2015). Is breast bounce an issue for female athletes? Female Athlete Conference, 19-20 June, Boston, US.
  • Brown, N., & Scurr, J. (2013). The need for a standardised anthropometric protocol for objective assessment of pre and post-operative breast surgery. Evidence Live, 25-26 March, 2013. Oxford, UK.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., Ayres, B., Hedger, W. & Scurr, J. (2013). Limitations of clinical selection criteria for mammoplasty. Evidence Live, 25-26 March, 2013. Oxford, UK.
  • Brown, N., White, J., Milligan, A., Risius, D., & Scurr, J. (2011). The influence of anthropometric measures on three-dimensional breast kinematics.  In NT Cable & K George (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the ECSS (pp. 467). July, Liverpool, UK.