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Lifestyle Management, Treatment and Prevention of Chronic Diseases

The aim of this research cluster is to develop and establish a research core in the area of nutrition and lifestyle approaches for treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.

Spanning public health, self-management, women's health, and clinical management and prevention of a range of conditions, research will be in line with Public Health England priorities. This will include a special focus on 'at risk groups'.

Womens' health includes research into breast health aiming to target women through different life stages, puberty, pregnancy, and illness (breast cancer) to broaden understanding of breast pain and ultimately help relieve the symptoms associated with this wide-spread condition.

Other avenues of research include educational initiatives to improve knowledge to enable achievement of a healthy lifestyle, and also those to increase knowledge and awareness of breast health.

The aim, in the short term, is to build on the evidence base on measures to tackle chronic disease and improve quality of life for those who are burdened with it. This will provide an understanding of barriers to adopting a healthy lifestyle that community groups face, preparing suitable education strategies for specific community groups, and the evaluation of educational and other strategies to tackle these barriers.

The impact of this research will be to improve the public health and well-being of at risk groups.


PhD students

  • Ayse Okhan
  • Mathew Wade
  • Megan LeWarne

All research degree students at St Mary’s are part of the Doctoral College.

Selected publications

  • Ginn A, Eastwood G, Menger B, Majumdar, A (In press) Food security Focus: The development and validation of culturally appropriate Healthy Food Baskets in an inner-London borough. Health Education Journal
  • Wade M, Majumdar A, Brown N, Dancy B and  Gissane C
  • Wade, M., Brown, N., Dancy, B. Mann, S. and Gissane, C. Majumdar, (In press) Adherence and Dropout Identification of dropout predictors to a community-based physical activity programme that uses motivational interviewing. Journal of Public Health
  • Keeturut K, Zacharaloupou S, Bloom S. Patel P, Majumdar A (2017) The use of a patient administered malnutrition universal screening tool (MUST) compared to Health |Care Professional screening in an inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) clinic: A pilot study.  Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 30 (6) p737-745
  • Majumdar A, Ginn A, Eastwood G, Menger B, (Submitted) An exploration of food choice and shopping habits among those at risk of food insecurity Health Education Journal
  • Majumdar A, Adams, N, Wallymahmed, A, Mason L (2011) A survey of acupuncture practice for osteoarthritis management in the UK Journal of Alternative Medicine Research 3 (1):103-114.
  • Kelaiditi E, Demougeot L, Lilamand M, Guyonnet S, Vellas B, Cesari M. (2014) Nutritional status and the incidence of pneumonia in nursing home residents: results from the INCUR study. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(8):588-92.
  • Kelaiditi E, Cesari M, Canevelli M, van Kan GA, Ousset PJ, Gillette-Guyonnet S, Ritz P, Duveau F, Soto ME, Provencher V, Nourhashemi F, Salvà A, Robert P, Andrieu S, Rolland Y, Touchon J, Fitten JL, Vellas B; IANA/IAGG. (2013) Cognitive frailty: rational and definition from an (I.A.N.A./I.A.G.G.) International consensus group. J Nutr Health Aging, 17(9):726-34.
  • Eynon, M. J., O’Donnell, C., & Williams, L. (2018). Examining the social cognitive predictors of adherence to an exercise referral scheme. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 49, 153-164. doi: 10.7352/IJSP 2018.49.153
  • Eynon, M. J., O’Donnell, C., & Williams, L. (2017). Assessing the impact of autonomous motivation and psychological need satisfaction in explaining adherence to an exercise referral scheme. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 22(9), 1056-1062. doi:10.1080/13548506.2016.1274041
  • Peerbhoy, D, Majumdar, A, Wightman, NA. et al (2008) Success and challenges of a community healthy lifestyles intervention in Merseyside (UK) to target families at risk from coronary heart disease. Health Education Journal 67 (2): 134-139. 
  • Brown, N., Burnett, E., & Scurr, J. (2015). Is breast pain greater in active females compared to the general population in the UK? The Breast Journal. DOI: 10.1111/tbj.12547 
  • 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. & 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.
  • Boyle, N. B., Lawton, C., Arkbåge, K., West, S. G., Thorell, L., Hofman, D., Weeks, A., Myrissa, K., Croden, F., & Dye, L. (2016). Stress responses to repeated exposure to a combined physical and social evaluative laboratory stressor in young healthy males. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 119-127.
  • Lamport, D., Lawton, C.L., Merat, N., Jamson, H., Myrissa, K., Hofman, D., Chadwick, H.K., Quadt, F., Wightman, J.D. and Dye, L. (2016). Concord grape juice, cognitive function, and driving performance: a 12-wk, placebo-controlled, randomized crossover trial in mothers of preteen children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103 (5), 1-9.[AM1]
  • Yahya, H. M., Day, A., Lawton, C., Myrissa, K., Croden, F., Dye, L. and Williamson, G. (2016). Dietary intake of 20 polyphenol subclasses in a cohort of UK women. European Journal of Nutrition, 55 (5), 1839–1847.[AM2]
  • Lasikiewicz, N., Myrissa, K., Hoyland, A. and Lawton, C. L. (2013). Psychological Benefits of Weight Loss: A Systematic Review. Appetite, 72, 123–137
  • Lawton, C.L., Struthers, L., Hoyland, A., Myrissa, K. and Dye, L. (2011). Effects of increasing dietary fibre on psychological wellbeing. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 58 (suppl 3): 266
  • Kelaiditi E, Jennings A, Steves CJ, Skinner J, Cassidy A, MacGregor A, Welch AA. (2016) Indices of skeletal muscle mass and power are associated with a Mediterranean dietary pattern in women. Osteoporosis International, 27(11):3251-3260.
  • Kelaiditi E, Canevelli M, Andrieu S, Del Campo N, Soto ME, Vellas B, Cesari M, and the ICTUS/DSA Group. (2016) Frailty Index and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease: data from the Impact of Cholinergic Treatment USe study. J Am Geriatr Soc, 64(6):1165-70.
  • Kelaiditi E, Andrieu S, Cantet C, Vellas B, Cesari M, ICTUS/DSA Group. (2016) Frailty Index and Incident Mortality, Hospitalization, and Institutionalization in Alzheimer's Disease: Data From the ICTUS Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 71(4):543-8.
  • Welch AA, Kelaiditi E, Jennings A, Steves CJ, Spector TD, MacGregor A. (2016) Dietary Magnesium Is Positively Associated With Skeletal Muscle Power and Indices of Muscle Mass and May Attenuate the Association Between Circulating C-Reactive Protein and Muscle Mass in Women. J Bone Miner Res, 31(2):317-25.
  • Lilamand M, Kelaiditi E, Cesari M, Raynaud-Simon A, Ghisolfi A, Guyonnet S, Vellas B, van Kan GA, Toulouse Frailty Platform Team. (2015) Validation of the Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form in a Population of Frail Elders without Disability. Analysis of the Toulouse Frailty Platform Population in 2013. J Nutr Health Aging, 19(5):570-4.
  • Kelaiditi E, Guyonnet S, Cesari M. Is nutrition important to postpone frailty? Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care; 2015 Jan; 18(1):37-42.
  • Eynon, M. J., O’Donnell, C., & Williams, L. (2016). Gaining qualitative insight into the subjective experiences of adherers to an exercise referral scheme: A thematic analysis. Journal of Health Psychology. Epub ahead of print 7 July 2016. doi:10.1177/1359105316656233