Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Sophie Cassidy

Research Associate



I am a clinical exercise physiologist (ACSM) interested in using lifestyle behaviours for the prevention and management of cardio-metabolic diseases.

A large part of my work involves leading clinical research studies. This includes exercise and metabolic testing, the design and implementation of interventions, and evaluation of results. During my PhD I ran a clinical trial which investigated the impact of High Intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT) on cardiac function and metabolism in adults with Type 2 diabetes. Other clinical studies include;

  • A home-based physical activity intervention in patients with Heart Failure.
  • Resistance and aerobic exercise in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD),   alcoholic liver disease (ALD), and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • Exercise testing in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC).
  • Pilot study to explore pre-operative exercise and the effects on surgery outcomes.
  • The impact of aerobic exercise on sarcopenia.

I am now working on ‘Changing Health’ –an online behaviour change programme and mobile phone app which targets physical activity and diet to induce weight loss in those with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Alongside clinical research, I am also working on the UK Biobank cohort to investigate the role of lifestyle behaviours in cardiometabolic disease from an epidemiological perspective, in collaboration with The University of Sydney.


PhD Lifestyle behaviours and metabolism, Newcastle University

Mres (Distinction) Ageing and Health, Newcastle University

Bsc (Hons-1st class) Sports Science and Physiology, Leeds University

Clinical exercise physiologist (ACSM)


American Diabetes Association

European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Diabetes UK

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