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Karah Dring

Karah Dring


School of Science & Technology

Lecturer in Exercise and Health

School of Science and Technology


Dr Dring is a lecturer/ senior lecturer in Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses primarily on the effects of physical activity on cardiometabolic health and cognitive function in young people, alongside more broad research interests examining the effect of teams/ games-based activity on young athletes. Dr Dring primarily teaches exercise and health physiology and is module leader for Aetiology and Management of Disease and Applied Topics in Exercise, Nutrition and Health. Dr Dring also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in exercise and health related topics. In addition to her research, Dr Dring leads the Outreach programme for the Sports Science department.

Career overview

Dr Dring completed a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (2013) at Nottingham Trent University before undertaking a MSc Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease (2014) at University of Nottingham, during which she won awards for Best Performance and Best Research Project. Dr Dring completed her PhD (2020) at Nottingham Trent University and subsequently became a Lecturer in Exercise and Health for the University. Dr Dring also completed her Postgraduate Teaching certificate and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research areas

Dr Dring is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group. Her research interests include:

  • Effects of physical activity, physical fitness and body composition in predicting the cardiometabolic health of young people. Specifically interested in the relationship between physical fitness and novel risk factors for cardiometabolic health and how these develop across the lifespan.
  • Effects of acute bouts of ecologically valid exercise on postprandial glycaemic, insulinaemic and inflammatory responses in young people. Research will continue to examine the optimum mode, intensity, duration and frequency of exercise necessary to optimise health in children and adolescents.
  • Factors affecting cognitive function in young people across the school morning, with a focus on the role of physical activity. Work is continuing to examine the optimum modality, intensity and duration of exercise to optimise cognition in young people.
  • Future work to examine the effects of physical activity on cardiometabolic health in young people and their families, including an analysis of the facilitators and barriers to exercise in order to improve long-term adherence.

Sponsors and collaborators

Internal Collaborators:

Prof. Mary Nevill, Dr Simon Cooper, Dr John Morris, Dr Caroline Sunderland.

External Collaborators

  • John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
  • Nottingham City Council Childhood Obesity Working Group
  • Active Notts and Active Derbyshire


WILLIAMS, R.A., COOPER, S.B., DRING, K.J., HATCH, L., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C. and NEVILL, M.E., 2020. Effect of football activity and physical fitness on information processing, inhibitory control and working memory in adolescents. BMC Public Health, 20 (1): 1398.

WILLIAMS, R.A., DRING, K.J., COOPER, S.B., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C. and NEVILL, M.E., 2020. Predictors of postprandial glycaemia, insulinaemia and insulin resistance in adolescents. British Journal of Nutrition. ISSN 0007-1145

DRING, K.J., COOPER, S.B., WILLIAMS, R.A., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C. and NEVILL, M.E., 2020. Effect of exercise duration on postprandial glycaemic and insulinaemic responses in adolescents. Nutrients, 12 (3): 754. ISSN 2072-6643

DRING, K.J., COOPER, S.B., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C., FOULDS, G.A., POCKLEY, A.G. and NEVILL, M.E., 2019. Cytokine, glycemic and insulinemic responses to an acute bout of games-based activity in adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 29 (4), pp. 597-605. ISSN 0905-7188

DRING, K.J., COOPER, S.B., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C., FOULDS, G.A., POCKLEY, A.G. and NEVILL, M.E., 2019. Multi-stage fitness test performance, V˙O2 peak and adiposity: effect on risk factors for cardio-metabolic disease in adolescents. Frontiers in Physiology, 10: 629. ISSN 1664-042X

COOPER, S.B., DRING, K.J., MORRIS, J.G., SUNDERLAND, C., BANDELOW, S. and NEVILL, M.E., 2018. High intensity intermittent games-based activity and adolescents’ cognition: moderating effect of physical fitness. BMC Public Health, 18: 603. ISSN 1471-2458

COOPER, S.B., DRING, K.J., MORRIS, J.G., COUSINS, B.E.W., NUTE, M.L. and NEVILL, M.E., 2017. Sex differences in adolescents' glycaemic and insulinaemic responses to high and low glycaemic index breakfasts: a randomised control trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 117 (4), pp. 541-547. ISSN 0007-1145

COOPER, S.B., BANDELOW, S., NUTE, M.L., DRING, K.J., STANNARD, R.L., MORRIS, J.G. and NEVILL, M.E., 2016. Sprint-based exercise and cognitive function in adolescents. Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, pp. 155-161. ISSN 2211-3355

COOPER, S.B., DRING, K.J. and NEVILL, M.E., 2016. High-intensity intermittent exercise: effect on young people’s cardiometabolic health and cognition. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 15 (4), pp. 245-251. ISSN 1537-890X

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Press expertise

  • Physical Activity and Health in Young People
  • Physical Activity and Cognitive Function in Young People