The Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health (PAtCH) research group is based in the School of Sport at York St John University and is led by Dr Sophie Carter. The research group has a broad interest in examining how physical activity and exercise training can promote and maintain cardiovascular health. The group are also interested in understanding how being inactive and engaging in sedentary behaviours influences cardiovascular health.
Previous research by members of the group has examined the effects of reducing sedentary time on brain blood flow, the influence of exercise training and ageing on the structure and function of the heart, and the promotion of physical activity during pregnancy to reduce cardiovascular risk. Their research has involved working with a range of populations and organisations, including the NHS and the Home Office, and with national and international collaborators.
The group has published in leading international journals such as Journal of Applied Physiology, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine and Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews. Their work has also been disseminated at national and international conferences such as American College of Sports Medicine and European College of Sport Science and has received international media coverage (e.g. The New York Times).