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.
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).
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
Prof. Mary Nevill, Dr Simon Cooper, Dr John Morris, Dr Caroline Sunderland.
- John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
- Nottingham City Council Childhood Obesity Working Group
- Active Notts and Active Derbyshire
- Physical Activity and Health in Young People
- Physical Activity and Cognitive Function in Young People