UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Prof Mark Hamer

Professor / Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2004

Research summary

His research focuses on physical activity and population health, especially in relation to heart disease, healthy ageing, and mental wellbeing. He is involved with a number of world leading cohort studies including Whitehall II Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, and the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep Consortium. He has authored over 400 original scientific papers on physical activity, lifestyle factors and health. 

Current projects:

Biomedical survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Economic Social Research Council/ Medical Research Council. (co-PI). The Age 46 Sweep involved many data collection elements, including a full range of bio-measures administered by a nurse. The data will allow us to examine risk factors before the onset of physical decline in a contemporary middle aged cohort.   https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/cls-studies/1970-british-cohort-study/bcs70-age-46-biomedical-sweep/ . 

NIHR Policy Research Unit on Obesity in Children and Across the Life-course. (co-I)  The key aims are to: Combat the environments and systems that drive obesity; Modify behaviours that encourage obesity;  Reduce health inequalities and the consequences of obesity across the life-span.  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/obesity-policy-research-unit/

 The Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep consortium (ProPASS). (working group member; co-PI). The aim is to produce the next generation of evidence on cardiovascular disease prevention through accurate assessment of physical activity and posture patterns with wearable technology.  https://www.propassconsortium.org/

Teaching summary

MSc Health Psychology

MSc Social Epidemiology

MSc Sport Medicine, Exercise and Health
MSc Clinical & Public Health Nutrition


Brunel University
Other higher degree, Master of Science |
University of Birmingham
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
De Montfort University
First Degree, Bachelor of Science |


Mark Hamer graduated in Sport and Exercise Science (1996) from The University of Birmingham, completed an MSc in Sports Sciences (1999) at Brunel University and later received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from De Montfort University (2002). He spent eleven years at UCL as a researcher in Epidemiology and Public Health funded by the British Heart Foundation before taking up the role of Professor in Exercise as Medicine at Loughborough University in 2015. He later returned to UCL in 2019 as Professor in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

He is a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel. He has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2018 and 2019, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year (Cross-Field) in Web of Science