Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Daniel Aggio

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My PhD Title: Understanding the longitudinal patterns of physical activity from midlife to old age and their consequences for cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality risks: a study of older British men.

Supervisor: Barbara Jefferis

Lay summary: My PhD project seeks to understand how and why physical activity changes during the transition to old age and what the subsequent health consequences of these changes are.

My Background I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex, where I also obtained a Research Masters degree, which investigated the association between physical activity and fitness in schoolchildren. My focus has now switched to older populations with the ultimate goal of increasing activity levels and reducing sedentary behaviours across the lifespan.


Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership

Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc

Sport and Exercise Science BSc


BHF PhD Studentship

Awarded a Free Place for the Society of Social Medicine Conference 2017


Aggio D, Papachristou E, Papacosta O et al. Trajectories of self-reported physical activity and predictors during the transition to old age: a 20-year cohort study of British men. IJBNPA, 2018;15(1):14

Aggio D, Papacosta O, Lennon L et al. Association between physical activity levels in mid-life with physical activity in old age: a 20-year tracking study in a prospective cohort. BMJ Open. 2017;7(8):e017378.

Hamer M, Aggio D, Knock G et al. Effect of major school playground reconstruction on physical activity and sedentary behaviour: Camden active spaces. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):552.

Aggio D, Sartini C, Papacosta O et al. Cross-sectional associations of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time with sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity in older men. Preventive Medicine, 2016;91:264-72

Aggio D, Smith L, Fisher A et al. Context specific associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with cognition in children. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2016;183(12):1075-82


September 2015-present

PhD student, University College London

May 2014-September 2015

Research Assistant, University College London

April 2013-April 2014

Exercise Science Research Associate, Liverpool John Moores University

Contact details d.aggio@ucl.ac.uk