Dr Karah Dring is a Lecturer in Exercise and Health in the Department of Sports Science within the School of Science and Technology.
Dr Dring joined NTU as a Lecturer in 2019 teaching exercise and health related modules across the undergraduate degree programmes.
Dr Dring continues to research the benefits of physical activity in young people, alongside interventions to enhance health, cognition and well-being.
Dr Dring completed her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Nottingham Trent University, before going on to complete a MSc in Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease at the University of Nottingham. Following this, Karah returned to NTU to undertake her PhD, which examined the benefits of physical activity for adolescent cardiometabolic health and fitness.
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.
- 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
Dr Simon Cooper, Dr John Morris, Dr Caroline Sunderland, Dr Ryan Williams, Dr Ruth Boat, Dr Kirsty Hunter.
- 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