Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Laura Basterfield

Newcastle Biomedicine Faculty Research Fellow



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


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 (, 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.