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Greg Atkinson

Professor of Health Sciences and Biostatistics Research

Greg Atkinson

About Greg Atkinson

Greg is a Professor of Health Sciences and Biostatistics Research.  He completed his degree in Sports Science at Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1994, he completed his PhD programme, entitled 'The effects of age on human circadian rhythms'. Greg has a long-standing interest in translational physiology and joined HSCI in March of 2012.

Greg's research interests focus on the translation of knowledge about human physiology to real world problems.  He has researched health issues relating to working shifts, as well as the mechanisms surrounding the circadian variation in sudden cardiac and cerebral events. He is particularly interested in the role of the ‘morning surge’ in blood pressure in explaining why these events are more common in the morning. He is also interested in travel health, with particular emphasis on the disturbance of the body clock by jet-lag. Greg is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and has published widely in research methods and statistics.  Another of Greg's interests is general exercise science, particularly the relationships between physical activity and cardiovascular health, as well as issues relating to world class cycling performance.

He leads the Journal Club on Lifestyle, Nutrition & Health Research (to support and develop the skills of PhD students and early stage researchers).

Research interests and activities

Research interests

·  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
·  Circadian Rhythms
·  Physiological size scaling (allometry)
·  Biostatistics
·  Individual differences in the response to an intervention (personalised medicine)
·  Cardiovascular health

PhD supervision

·  Mohammad Zaregarizi – Chronobiology/ Cardiovascular Physiology (completed 2009)
·  Sarah Fullick – Shiftwork and Health (completed 2010)
·  Chris Morris – Shiftwork and Health (completed 2010)
·  Lee Graves – Childrens Physical Activity including use of WII-FIT (completed 2010)
·  Nia Lewis – Circadian variation in factors influencing syncope (completed 2011)
·  Chloe Taylor – Sources of variation in human haemodynamics (completed 2011)
·  Colin Robertson – Training and time of day (completed 2013)
·  Tori Sprung – Physical Activity and PCOS (completed 2012)
·  Kelly Marrin – Chronobiology (completed 2012)
·  Andrew Thompson – Bright Light, Lumie project (completed 2013)
·  Robin Thorpe – Heart rate recovery, Manchester Utd project (part-time, on-going)
·  David Kelly – Training predictors, Manchester Utd project (part-time, on-going)
·  Sophie Suri – Exercise and Sleep Apnoea (full-time, on-going)
·  Emma Mead – Childhood obesity (full-time, on-going)
·  John Franklin – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (full-time, on-going)
·  Om Sah – Fluoride metabolism at high and low altitudes (full-time, on-going)
·  Lorenzo Lolli – Normalisation of health-related indices (full-time, on-going)
·  Philip Williamson – Individual differences in the response to a health intervention (full-time, on-going)


Selected publications since 2008

ATKINSON, G. & BATTERHAM, A. M. 2015. True and false inter individual differences in the physiological response to an intervention. Experimental Physiology, 100, 577-588.

ATKINSON, G. & BATTERHAM, A. M. 2015. The Clinical Relevance of the Percentage Flow-Mediated Dilation Index. Current Hypertension Reports, 17 (2), 1-9.

ATKINSON, G., BATTERHAM, A. M., DOWDALL, N., THOMPSON, A. & VAN DRONGELEN, A. 2014. From animal cage to aircraft cabin: an overview of evidence translation in jet lag research. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114, 2459-2468. 

ATKINSON, G., BATTERHAM, A. M., KARIO, K., TAYLOR, C. E. & JONES, H. 2014. Blood pressure regulation VII. The "morning surge" in blood pressure: Measurement issues and clinical significance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114,521-529.

View Greg Atkinson's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Fuse workshop
    Northumbria University (Web) 02/11/2017:
    This event is focused on physical activity for the prevention and management of long term conditions Confirmed speakers include Professor Greg Atkinson (Teesside University)

  • BMJ Open - Editorial Board
    BMJ Open, 23.08.2015
    Greg Atkinson and Alan Battenham, mentioned as board members.

  • Century stand
    Evening Gazette (Teesside), 08/06/2013, p.9,
    Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation aims to find 100 Teessiders willing to donate £19 per month to help them carry out more charity work to inspire the local community. The project wil

  • Fight For Teesside As A Centurion
    Middlesbrough FC (Web), 06/06/2013
    Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation aim to quickly find 100 Teessiders willing to donate 19 per month to help them carry out more charity work to inspire the local community, helping r

  • Fight for Teesside as a centurion (Web), 05/06/2013
    One of the region’s fastest-growing charities is looking for people to join their fundraising army fighting for Teesside. Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation aim to quickly find 100 Te

  • Blood pressure medication may cause fainting when used for other ailments
    Health Canal (Web), 06/04/2013
    An international UBC-led study has found that a common blood-pressure drug can cause lightheadedness and possible fainting in some patients. The research team included Ainslie of UBC; Greg Atkinson of

  • Why fainting can result from blood pressure drug used in conjunction with other disorders
    Science Daily (Web), 12/03/2013
    A new study led by a Canadian research team has identified the reason why prazosin, a drug commonly used to reduce high blood pressure, may cause lightheadedness and possible fainting upon standing in

  • Different beat for athletes
    Evening Gazette, 18/07/2012, p.19
    A TEESSIDE University professor is investigating how the tempo of music set by drums is used by athletes to optimise their performance. Olympic gold medallist runner Haile Gerbrselassie is known to ha

  • Health prof is back home
    Evening Gazette, 28/04/2012, p.11
    An expert on the human body clock has returned to his roots to take up a position at Teesside University. Professor Greg Atkinson, 45, originally from Middlesbrough, has been appointed as a professor