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Louisa Ells

T:
01642 342936
Job title:
Reader
E:
l.ells@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Health & Social Care
 
 
Research:
Health & Social Care research
 
 
ORCID:
0000-0003-0559-4832

About Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells

Louisa Ells
Reader, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 342936
E: l.ells@tees.ac.uk
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dr Louisa Ells joined the University in May 2012 as Reader in Public Health and Obesity. She is a member of the Department of Women’s, Children’s and Public Health, part of the Alcohol, Obesity and Public Health Team (team alpha), and co-leads the digital and creative economy grand challenge.

Louisa has specialised in obesity research for the past two decades, working across academia, policy and practice, having previously worked at the North East Public Health Observatory and was a founding member of the National Obesity Observatory (now part of Public Health England). Louisa runs an applied research group at Teesside, finding research solutions to address real world problems, with a particular interest in undertaking systematic reviews and service evaluations, and developing digital and creative tools to support weight management and public health. She has worked on projects with a combined income exceeding £1million, and has a strong publication record and established network of international collaborations spanning Europe, USA and Australia.

Research interests

Louisa's research interests focus on the management of obesity, public health policy, service evaluation, systematic reviewing and the development of novel tools to support public health, with a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration, co-production and research translation.

Current and recently completed projects include:

  • Completing a Cochrane review series examining treatment interventions for children and adolescents with overweight and obesity.

  • Completing a scoping review exploring the evidence base for tier 3 weight management services for adults and children.

  • Completing a series of reviews exploring the effectiveness of fasting interventions for weight management in adults.

  • Completing the fiscal and marketing evidence reviews to support the PHE sugar reduction: from evidence into action.

  • Evaluating the North Yorkshire tier 2 adult weight management service.

  • An NPRI funded trial: How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children?

  • A programme of work examining the relationship between pain and obesity.

  • Developing e-health weight management programmes for children aged 4-11 years.

  • Using methods to explore the relationship between obesity and pain.

  • Examining how weight status changes during primary school. 

  • Developing and evaluating the impact of a local sugar taxation and marketing policy.

Research projects & external funding

RESEARCH AWARDS SINCE 2011

  • Evaluating the North Yorkshire tier 2 child weight management service. North Yorkshire County Council Awarded August 2017 (Principal Investigator)

  • Developing core outcome measures for lifestyle weight management programmes by expert consensus. Chief Scientist Office Catalytic Research Grant. Awarded April 2017 (co-applicant)

  • Mental health and weight management: PHE pump prime fund. PHE Awarded April 2017 (Principal Investigator)

  • Translating weight management commissioning blueprints through design and animation. PHE. Awarded Feb 2017 (Co-Applicant)

  • Interventions for the treatment of childhood overweight and obesity: evidence review work for the WHO Awarded October 2016 (Principal Investigator)

  • Exploring the evidence base for tier 3 weight management services for adults and children: a scoping review underpinned by qualitative case studies. Public Health England: Awarded 2016 (co-applicant, Teesside lead investigator)

  • Evaluating the Hartlepool weight management infographic. Institute of Local Governance. Awarded 2015 (Principal Investigator)

  • Evaluating the North Yorkshire tier 2 adult weight management service. North Yorkshire County Council Awarded 2015 (Principal Investigator)

  • An evaluability assessment for the North Yorkshire tier 2 child weight management service.

  • Public Health England: Rapid reviews on the impact of marketing and fiscal measures on sugar consumption. Awarded 2014  (single tender action)  (Academic Principal Investigator)

  • Public Health England: A rapid review and discussion of the process and impact of routine parental feedback of child weight measures 2014 (Principal investigator)

  • Redcar and Cleveland council: Pilot development of a kinetic power output static cycle workstation to reduce sedentary behaviour. Awarded:2013 (Co-applicant).

  • How can we help parents recognise unhealthy body weight in their children? NPRI: Awarded 2011 (Co-Applicant)

  • EU: A systematic review of European health inequalities Awarded 2011 (Project Lead)

PhD and research opportunities

I have a number of current and completed PhD students working in the field of public health.

I would be interested in hearing from potential students who wish to carry out a PhD around any of the topic areas described above.

External roles and professional activities

  • Invited speaker at the European Congress on Obesity Vienna 2018

  • Invited speaker on the European Association for the Study of Obesity Train the Trainer course (France, July 2017)

  • Invited speaker on the European Association for the Study of Obesity Train the Trainer course (Malta, April 2017)

  • Invited speaker at WHO seminar (Geneva, December 2016)

  • Public Health Advisory Committee member for the preparation of NICE guidance NG7.

  • Editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

  • Guest Editor for Health Care supplement

  • National Child Measurement Programme board member

  • Member of the Department of Health expert group on weight management service commissioning.

  • NIHR peer reviewer.

  • Peer reviewer for numerous journals including the Lancet, obesity reviews, IJO, Public Health, JBI

  • External PhD examiner.

  • Associate member of Fuse: www.fuse.ac.uk.

External research collaborations

  • Public Health England (Diet and obesity and risk factors intelligence teams)

  • World Health Organisation (Alessandro Demaio)

  • Newcastle University, Australia (Prof Clare Collins research group)

  • University of Sydney, Australia (Prof Louise Baur)

  • University of Warwick (Dr Karen Rees and Dr Lena Al-Kudairy)

  • Durham University (Prof Carolyn Summerbell’s research group)

  • University College London (Prof Russel Viner)

  • University Newcastle, UK (Prof Ashley Adamson’s research group)

  • London School of Hygiene and tropical medicine (Prof Harry Rutter and Dr Sanja Kinra)

  • Cochrane Endocrine and Metabolic group, Germany

  • University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland (Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert)

  • Erasmus MC, Netherlands (Prof Hein Raat’s research group)

  • Cornell University, USA (Prof Patricia Cassano’s research group)

Learning and teaching interests

Louisa currently teaches on the new Doctorate of Public Health programme, as well as providing obesity masterclasses and training across the different degree programmes. She also supervises a number of Masters and PhD students. 

Enterprise interests

Louisa has a part time (2d/wk) secondment to Public Health England diet and obesity team where she is one of their specialist academic advisors.

Publications

Selected 6 publications since 2014

Mead, E., Brown, T., Rees, K., Azevedo, LB., Whittaker,V., Jones, D., Olajide, J., Mainardi, GM., Corpeleijn, E., O'Malley,C., Beardsmore, E., Al-Khudairy, L., Baur, L., Metzendorf, MI., Demaio, A., Ells, LJ. (2017) 'Diet, physical activity and behavioural interventions for the treatment of overweight or obese children from the age of 6 to 11 years'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012651.DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD012651

Mead, E., Batterham, AM., Atkinson, G., Ells, LJ. (2016). 'Predicting future weight status from measurements made in early childhood: a novel longitudinal approach applied to Millennium Cohort Study data.' Nutr Diabetes 6: e200.

Mead, E., Atkinson, G., Richter, B., Metzendorf, MI., Baur,L., Finer, N., Corpeleijn, E., O’Malley, C., Ells, LJ. (2016) 'Drug interventions for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 11. Art.No.: CD012436. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD01243

Azevedo, L. B., Ling, J Soos., I Robalino, S., Ells, LJ. (2016). 'The effectiveness of sedentary behaviour interventions for reducing body mass index in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis.' Obesity Reviews 17(7) Volume 17, Issue 7: 623-635

Ells, L. J., Hancock, C,. Copley, VR., Mead, E., Dinsdale, H., Kinra, S., Viner, RM. and Rutter, H. (2015). 'Prevalence of severe childhood obesity in England: 2006-2013.' Arch Dis Child 100(7): 631-636.

Hutchesson, M., Ells, L.J., Rollo, ME., Krukowski, R., Harvey, J., Morgan, PJ., Callister, R., Plotinkoff, R., Collins, CE. (2015) 'eHealth interventions for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: A systematic review with meta-analysis.' Obes Rev.10.1111/obr.12268

View Louisa Ells' Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • More Research Needed to Determine Best Treatment for Childhood Obesity
    FinanzNachrichten.de, 20/12/2016; Yahoo! Finance, 20/12/2016; PR Newswire UK, 20/12/2016:The Telegraph India (web) 20.12.16: Finanzen Web20.12.16
    Researchers at Teesside University have been examining drug interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity.


  • Government proposed 'sugar tax' informed by Teesside University research
    Fuse online, 23/03/2016
    The Health and Social Care Institute worked in collaboration with Public Health England on the sugar reduction evidence review