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Research overview

My PhD looks to add understanding to the current literature regarding the interactions between sleep, circadian rhythms, and obesity in adolescents. I am currently conducting a systematic review to determine any shared determinants between poor sleep, circadian misalignment, and obesity in adolescents. This, alongside longitudinal secondary data analysis, should enable me to identify which determinants would be the easiest to modify in terms of an intervention for primary research later in my study. 

Profile Keywords

sleep, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms, circadian misalignment, social jetlag, obesity, adolescents, children, teenagers 

Projects from former institutions

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH: Circadian Therapeutics and Subjective Sleep Quality- University of Oxford

As part of my MSc I completed a systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the efficacy of primary circadian therapies as a treatment for poor sleep quality in Parkinson’s Disease, followed by a research proposal. This project saw me undertake research models such as PRISMA and follow the guidelines in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews. My paper search, after eliminations, consisted of seven papers; two melatonin, two caffeine, and three bright light therapy controlled trials (including six randomised). After analysing the results a combined treatment (melatonin and bright light therapy) randomised controlled trial was suggested with full-time scale, budget, and patient recruitment. This experience exposed me to the systematic review and meta-analysis processes and writing, publication preparation, clinical trials, ethics, research proposals, and specific subpopulations.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: Circadian disruption in neurodegeneration- University of Birmingham

My dissertation for my BSc in Human Biology looked at circadian rhythm disruption onset in three subsets of neurodegenerative patients;  Dementia (D), Parkinson's Disease (PD), and Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Patients were compared to controls. The questionnaires were subjective and (where possible) were completed by the individual as opposed to a caregiver. My primary data consisted of medical histories, diagnostic tests for PD and AD, RBUB circadian phenotyping questionnaires, and sleep disorder questionnaires (Insomnia, Hypersomnia, parasomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome, and nocturia). Results from this research stressed the importance of further research in this subpopulation and the management of circadian rhythms to maintain an increased quality of life. This experience allowed me to develop my clinical trial skills, research proposal and publication writing, ethics, patient contact medicine, specific subpopulations, qualitative and quantitive measures, and objective and subjective measures.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Sleep Medicine, University of Oxford

1 Sept 201730 Sept 2019

Award Date: 30 Sept 2019

Bachelor of Science, Human Biology (Hons), University of Birmingham

1 Sept 201430 Jun 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • sleep
  • public health
  • obesity
  • adolescent health
  • circadian rhtyhm
  • social jetlag
  • QP Physiology
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services

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