Senior Investigator Scientist
Current work and interests
Katrien Wijndaele is a Senior Investigator Scientist whose primary research interest lies in the potential cardio-metabolic health consequences of prolonged sitting in adults and children, with an additional focus on sedentary behaviour measurement and intervention development.
In addition to her research, Katrien also enjoys lecturing on the MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health (University of Cambridge). She also chairs the Sedentary Behaviour Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health.
Background and experience
After completing an MSc degree in Sports and Movement Sciences, Katrien undertook a PhD examining physical activity and cardio-metabolic disease at Ghent University, Belgium. Following her PhD, Katrien was awarded a postdoctoral research position at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland (Brisbane) in collaboration with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute (Melbourne), Australia. While at the University of Queensland, Katrien further developed her interest and expertise in the role of sedentary behaviour in health and disease.
She joined the MRC Epidemiology Unit (Cambridge, UK) in 2007, initially as Career Development Fellow, and was awarded the Martti J Karvonen Young Investigator Award in 2009. During her time in Cambridge, subsequently as Research Foundation Flanders Fellow and British Heart Foundation Fellow, she has expanded her research interests and is now also focusing on investigating the determinants and measurement of sedentary behaviour and potential strategies aimed at decreasing sedentary behaviours.
- Dempsey P.C., Strain T., Khaw K.T., Wareham N.J., Brage S., Wijndaele K. Prospective associations of accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary time with incident cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality. Circulation (2020) 141: 1113-1115. PMID: 32223676
- Patterson R, McNamara E, Tainio M, de Sá TH, Smith AD, Sharp SJ, Edwards P, Woodcock J, Brage S, Wijndaele K. Sedentary behaviour and risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and cancer mortality, and incident type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and dose response meta-analysis. European Journal of Epidemiology (2018) PMID:29589226
- Wijndaele K, Sharp SJ, Wareham NJ, Brage S. Mortality Risk Reductions from Substituting Screen Time by Discretionary Activities. Med Sci Sports Exerc. (2017) 49(6):1111-1119. PMID: 28106621
- Wijndaele K, Healy GN. Sitting and chronic disease: where do we go from here? Diabetologia (2016) 59:688-691. PMID: 26850177
- Wijndaele K, Westgate K, Stephens SK, Blair SN, Bull FC, Chastin SF, Dunstan DW, Ekelund U, Esliger DW, Freedson PS, Granat MH, Matthews CE, Owen N, Rowlands AV, Sherar SB, Tremblay MS, Troiano RP, Brage S, Healy GN. Utilization and harmonization of adult accelerometry data: review and expert consensus. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2015) PMID: 25785929
- Wijndaele K, Orrow G, Ekelund U, Sharp SJ, Brage S, Griffin SJ, Simmons RK. Increasing objectively measured sedentary time increases clustered cardio-metabolic risk: a 6 year analysis of the ProActive study. Diabetologia (2014) 57:305-312.
- Wijndaele K, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Godino JG, Lynch BM, Griffin SJ, Westgate K, Brage S. Reliability and validity of a domain-specific last-7-day sedentary time questionnaire. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2013) PMID: 24492633
- Wijndaele K, Brage S, Besson H, Khaw KT, Sharp SJ, Luben R, Wareham NJ, Ekelund U. Television viewing time independently predicts all-cause and cardiovascular mortality: the EPIC Norfolk Study. International Journal of Epidemiology. (2011) 40:1:150-159.
- Wijndaele K, Brage S, Besson H, Khaw KT, Sharp SJ, Luben R, Bhaniani A, Wareham NJ, Ekelund U. Television viewing and incident cardiovascular disease: Prospective associations and mediation analysis in the EPIC Norfolk Study. PLoS ONE (2011) PMID: 21647437.
- Wijndaele K, Healy GN, Dunstan DW, Barnett AG, Salmon J, Shaw JE, Zimmet PZ, Owen N. Increased cardio-metabolic risk is associated with increased with increased TV viewing time. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2010) 42:1511-1518.
- Helmerhorst HJF, Wijndaele K, Brage S, Wareham NJ, Ekelund U. Objectively measured sedentary time predicts insulin resistance, independent of moderate and vigorous physical activity. Diabetes (2009) 58:1776-1779.
- Healy GN, Wijndaele K, Dunstan DW, Shaw JE, Salmon J, Zimmet PZ, Owen N. Objectively measured sedentary time, physical activity and metabolic risk: the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab). Diabetes Care (2008) 31(2):369-371.
- Wijndaele K, Beunen G, Duvigneaud N, Matton L, Duquet W, Thomis M, Lefevre J, Philippaerts RM. A continuous metabolic syndrome risk score: utility for epidemiological analyses. Diabetes Care (2006) 29:2329.