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I joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2016 as a research fellow based in the Centre for Applied Psychology and Health Research. I started my academic career in the field of Sport and Exercise Physiology and completed my PhD at the University of Leeds in 2013. I was involved in several studies which investigated how interval and continuous exercise effect indices of cardiovascular health, such as endothelial function and circulating angiogenic cells, in women. I was awarded 1st prize for best poster for this work in an internal postgraduate research symposium. Following this I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (2014 – 2016) where I was responsible for the management, conduct, coordination and analysis of three clinical studies; an observational study evaluating steroid-related adverse effects in patients with inflammatory diseases (e.g. polymyalgia rheumatic, PMR); a validation study measuring the agreement in step-count between two different physical activity monitors in PMR patients; and an intervention study investigating the feasibility of using physical activity monitors as a self-management tool in patients with PMR. I was awarded the University of Leeds School of Medicine Whitehead Travel Scholarship to fund a short placement to an external institution and successfully gained a research grant from Vasculitis UK as co-applicant.
Through the clinical research and patient-public-involvement work I have been involved with, I have enjoyed listening to and working with patients to gain a better understanding of their experiences of the healthcare system. My current role at the University of Huddersfield will allow me to explore this further and will focus on developing studies and generating research outputs in the area of patient education and communication
My role at the University of Huddersfield involves supporting Prof Felicity Astin in developing research in the area of patient education and communication. A central theme will focus on improving the process of informed consent for patients undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty. I am also interested in exploring the quality of written communications between doctors and patients.
£30,000 from Vasculitis UK for “Management of fatigue in large-vessel vasculitis and its overlaps: a feasibility study”. (2015 – 2017- University of Leeds, co-applicant
Chandrasekar, A., Hensor, E., Mackie, S., Backhouse, M. and Harris, E. (2018) ‘Preliminary concurrent validity of the Fitbit-Zip and ActiGraph activity monitors for measuring steps in people with polymyalgia rheumatica’ Gait & Posture . ISSN 1879-2219
Harris, E., Rakobowchuk, M. and Birch, K. (2017) ‘Interval exercise increases angiogenic cell function in postmenopausal women’ BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine , 3. ISSN 2055-7647
Lai, L., Harris, E., West, R. and Mackie, S. (2017) ‘What is the absolute risk of developing diabetes mellitus in patients with glucocorticoid-treated polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis? a systematic review and meta-analysis’ Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , 76 (Supp 2), p. 613. ISSN 0003-4967
Chandrasekar, A., Hensor, E., Backhouse, M. and Harris, E. (2017) ‘Concurrent validation of activity monitor based step-counts in people with Polymyalgia Rheumatica’. In: Rheumatology 2017, 25th-27th April 2017, ICC Birmingham, UK
Mackie, S., Pease, C., Fukuba, E., Harris, E., Emery, P., Hodgson, R., Freeston, J. and McGonagle, D. (2015) ‘Whole-body MRI of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica identifies a distinct subset with complete patient-reported response to glucocorticoids’ Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , 74 (12), pp. 2188-2192. ISSN 0003-4967
Harris, E., Tiganescu, A., Tubeuf, S. and Mackie, S. (2015) ‘The prediction and monitoring of toxicity associated with long-term systemic glucocorticoid therapy’ Current Rheumatology Reports , 17 (6), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1523-3774
Harris, E., Rakobowchuk, M. and Birch, K. (2014) ‘Sprint interval and sprint continuous training increases circulating CD34+ cells and cardio-respiratory fitness in young healthy women’ PLoS ONE , 9 (9), p. e108720. ISSN 1932-6203
Rakobowchuk, M., Parsloe, E., Gibbins, S., Harris, E. and Birch, K. (2013) ‘Prolonged low flow reduces reactive hyperemia and augments low flow mediated constriction in the brachial artery independent of the menstrual cycle’ PLoS ONE , 8 (2), p. e55385. ISSN 1932-6203
Rakobowchuk, M., Harris, E., Taylor, A., Cubbon, R. and Birch, K. (2012) ‘Moderate and heavy metabolic stress interval training improve arterial stiffness and heart rate dynamics in humans’ European Journal of Applied Physiology , 113 (4), pp. 839-849. ISSN 1439-6327
Rakobowchuk, M., Parsloe, E., Gibbins, S., Harris, E. and Birch, K. (2012) ‘Forearm Ischemia-reperfusion Injury Reduces FMD but Augments L-FMC Irrespective of Menstrual Cycle Phase’ Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , 44 (2 5S), pp. 382-382. ISSN 0195-9131
Rakobowchuk, M., Harris, E., Taylor, A., Baliga, V., Cubbon, R., Rossiter, H. and Birch, K. (2012) ‘Heavy and moderate intensity exercise training alters low-flow-mediated constriction but does not increase circulating progenitor cells in healthy humans’ Experimental Physiology , 97 (3), pp. 375-385. ISSN 0958-0670
Scholarships and Awards:
External peer-reviewer for the BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation journal 2015
Student representative for the University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences Research Ethics Committee 2011-2013
In 2015 I was the tutor for a group of medical students for their biomedical research project investigating biomarkers in rheumatic disease patients. I was primary supervisor for an intercalating medical student at the University of Leeds (2015 – 2016) on a study which investigated the accuracy of physical activity monitors in measuring step count in patients with Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
I am interested in co-supervising research students in the areas of physical activity in health and disease and health education and promotion.