Dr Laura Basterfield
Newcastle Biomedicine Faculty Research Fellow

  • Email: laura.basterfield@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8896
  • Address: Human Nutrition Research Centre and Institute of Health and Society
    William Leech Building
    Medical School
    Framlington Place
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH


I graduated from Newcastle University in 1999 with a BSc in Physiological Sciences. After spending 5 months in Australia I returned to the UK and began working as a Respiratory Physiologist at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2002 I started my PhD back at Newcastle University investigating the effects of exercise on a mouse model of intestinal cancer. This led to my previous research post on the Gateshead Millennium Study http://research.ncl.ac.uk/gms.

I am currently a Research Fellow, investigating physical activity in early childhood.  



PhD Newcastle University
BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, Newcastle University

Research Interests

My main research interests lie with physical activity in children, but I also have a general interest in the effect of activity and exercise on health.

Other Expertise

I am a qualified gym instructor, allowing me to supervise and instruct adults in the gym, and I am also qualified to take activity classes with children.
My involvement in the Gateshead Millennium Study involved taking skinfold and bony frame measures on 6-8 year old children and I am a Level 1 ISAK anthropometrist.
I am a qualified Respiratory Physiologist.

Previous Work

From 2006-2013 I was a researcher on the Gateshead Millennium Study (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/gms), a longitudinal birth cohort of over one thousand children that started in 1999. We visited the children at their school and administered questionnaires and measured their body composition, diet and physical activity.  I was responsible for analysing the physical activity measurements which are recorded using accelerometers - a small, portable device which measures changes in acceleration. I also looked at the associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and body composition in the children.

I have also provided expertise to other research projects measuring physical activity in their participants.  


Current Work 

My current role is focusing on physical activity in younger children, and how to engage children in physical activity to benefit their health and wellbeing throughout life.