Dr Mark Hamer

Name: Mark Hamer Email: m.hamer@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: +44 (0)20 76795969 Internal x 45969
Position: Fax: +44 (0)20 7813 0242
Department: Epidemiology & Public Health, Div of Population Health Address: 1 - 19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB
Research Theme: Ageing & Wellbeing , Cardiovascular medicine, Mental Health,  Population health Web Page: www.ucl.ac.uk/psychobiology

Research & Teaching Profile

Research Interests: Psychosocial stress and CVD; Psychobiology of physical activity; Physical activity and cardiovascular health; Dietary risk factors; Ageing and mental health
Research Description:
Dr Hamer's research involves analysing epidemiological data from several large studies, including Whitehall II, the Health Surveys, and English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and also laboratory based experimental work and falls into the following 5 areas:
1. Psychosocial stress and CVD – understanding behavioural and pathophysiological processes that underlie the association between psychosocial stress and CVD; 2. Psychobiology of physical activity – understanding the biological processes that underlie the mental health benefits of physical activity and looking at effects of exercise on psychophysiological responses; 3. Physical activity and cardiovascular health – examining the association between physical activity, CVD risk markers and various clinical CVD endpoints; 4. Dietary factors and CVD – interested in the effects of dietary anti-oxidants and flavonoid rich foods on CVD risk markers and diabetes; 5. Biological processes of ageing – interested in how biological markers of ageing, such as inflammation, are related to mental and physical function.
UCL Collaborators: Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis, Dr Gita Mishra, Dr Eric Brunner, Dr Tarani Chandola, Dr Panayotes Demakakos, Prof Andrew Steptoe
External Collaborators: Dr Gary O'Donovan, Dr John Saxton
Conditions: Mental disorders, Heart disease, Physical fitness
Methods: Observational, Longitudinal analysis, Epidemiology, Population Survey methods, Self report, Computerised tomography, Haemodynamic monitoring, Cytokine assays, ELISA, Psychophysiological testing, Meta-analysis, ambulatory assessment, accelerometry
Keywords: Behaviour, Cardioprotection, Cardiovascular disease, Epidemiology, Exercise, Fitness, Inflammation, Obesity, Mental stress, Physical activity, Psychobiology, Public health, Sports medicine
Education Interests: Health Psychology, Sports Medicine
Education Description: Dr Hamer teaches Exercise and Health for the MSc in Sports Medicine (UCL Department of Physiology) and MSc in Health Psychology (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health). I also supervise research projects of several MSc Health Psychology students and PhD students within the Psychobiology group.
Publications List: Generated from the UCL research publications database.

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