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The Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) Core Team


Professor Melanie Davies
BRU Director See Researcher profile


Tim Skelton
BRU Manager
Tim Skelton _ bru manager

Tim has been working in clinical research for the last 4 years. Tim has a clinical background and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1996 and specialised in the care of cardiac patients in coronary care, following this he also worked as a senior nurse for a number of clinical services including respiratory and emergency medicine.
Tim has also held a project management position for the corporate nursing directorate, latterly worked in an operational manager capacity for the University Hospitals of Leicester and Leicester City PCT leading the service redesign of the anticoagulation provision within Leicester and Leicestershire. Tim has experience in strategic service redesign and successful change management.

He was the manager at Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at University of Leicester, before commencing his role as lifestyle BRU manager in July 2012.

Non Clinical Senior Lectuer 
Dr Tom Yates

Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health, and a key researcher within the Leicester Diabetes Centre, University of Leicester. A core theme running through this work has been developing an understanding of new approaches to promoting health through the application of movement sciences; in particular investigating the physiological and epidemiological impact of substituting sitting time for standing.


Dr David Webb 
Clinical Senior Lecturer  

Dr Webb is clinical lead or principle investigator for a number of studies within the new Leicester-Loughborough BRU and heads the NIHR academic training program for the Leicester Diabetes Centre.

All based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre

Professor Stuart Biddle
Theme 1 Lead 

Stuart Biddles main interests are in behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviours and health. Initially focussed on motivational and emotional aspects of physical activity, Stuart has broadened his approach to include studies of the behavioural epidemiology of sedentary behaviours and physical activity, including the investigation of the prevalence of such behaviours in young people, as well as when and where active and sedentary pursuits take place. Recent work includes an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in young adults at risk of diabetes. Read more about Prof Biddle on the University of Loughborough website.


Professor Myra Nimmo
Theme 2 Lead

Myra's research focusses on the possible role of cytokines in linking muscle activity to fat metabolism. This involves her collaborating with clinical colleagues and working with patients at risk of and suffering from Type 2 diabetes, as well as working with elite athletes.
Read more about Prof Nimo at the University of Loughborough website.


Dr James King

Senior Research Associate 

My main research interest surrounds the influence of exercise on metabolism in relation to the prevention and management of chronic disease, particularly obesity and type 2 diabetes. My research background has centred heavily on the interaction between exercise, appetite control and energy balance. read more about Prof Biddle on the University of Loughborough website.

Based at Loughborough University.



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