Senior Research Associate
Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Patient Populations, Innovation in the Measurement of Diet, Physical Activity and Nutrition, NIHR Cambridge BRC Physical Activity Measurement Platform
Current work and interests
Kirsten Rennie is a Senior Research Associate leading the development of research on physical activity and diet in patient populations for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Theme on Diet, Lifestyle and Nutrition.
This work includes the incorporation of quantifiable measures of lifestyle into patient settings and the development and evaluation of lifestyle interventions in different patient groups. Kirsten is particularly interested in how quantitative measures of free-living physical activity and diet could impact on clinical care and patient outcomes.
Background and experience
Kirsten has worked as an epidemiologist in both academic and industry settings, including MRC Human Nutrition Research, Unilever, University College London and University of Ulster. Her previous work has included the development of objective measurements of physical activity into large-scale studies such as wave form accelerometry and heart rate monitoring. This involved applying these measurements in observational studies of metabolic diseases with other measures of physical activity and dietary behaviour. Kirsten has also evaluated lifestyle interventions in weight management programmes and worked on pharmaco-epidemiology safety and effectiveness studies in large-scale patient studies.
Kirsten received a MA in Biological Anthropology (1995), MPhil in Epidemiology (1997) and PhD in physical activity epidemiology (2000) from the University of Cambridge. She is a UK registered nutritionist (Association for Nutrition, Public Health specialty) and an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.