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 Lung Function Technician at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2002 I began a PhD back at Newcastle University investigating the effects of exercise on a mouse model of intestinal cancer. This led to my current research post on the Gateshead Millennium Study http://research.ncl.ac.uk/gms.


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

Research Interests

My main research interests lie with 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 last project 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.

Current Work

I am a researcher on the Gateshead Millennium Study (www.ncl.ac.uk/gms), a longitudinal birth cohort that started in 1999. The current phase is measuring food intake, physical activity and body composition in over 600 children. I am responsible for analysing the physical activity measurements which are recorded using accelerometers - a small, portable device which measures changes in acceleration.