Winning the Translational Race: Making Good Choices in Biomarker Assay Development for the Clinic


Metapredict's co-ordinator Professor Jamie Timmons was invited to feature in an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) webinar. The webinar, entitled “Winning the Translational Race: Making Good Choices in Biomarker Assay Development for the Clinic?”, brought Prof. Timmons together with Prof Richard Kennedy from Almac Diagnostics. The two thought-leaders each gave a short presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Follow the link to listen to the webinar recording or download the transcript.

Winning the Translational Race: Making Good Choices in Biomarker Assay Development for the Clinic

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European Commission "Metapredict; Unraveling the Myth of Exercise"

Largest intervention of its kind unravels the myths of exercise


European Commission CORDIS

An international team of scientists have embarked on an ambitious study, which is believed to be the biggest research of its kind. The objective is to discover if individualised lifestyle strategies can be developed to fight or prevent metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

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Our Research HITs the News


High-intensity interval training (HIT) continues to capture the interest of people worldwide. This article published in the New York Times, highlighted the progress that is being made in uncovering why brief bursts of high-intensity exercise can provide aerobic benefits. This media attention is essential for communicating new strategies for improving health and well-being. However, many misunderstandings about HIT remain commonplace.

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The 4-Minute Workout

By Gretchen Reynolds

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Professor Timmons talks to BBC Breakfast

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The 20 minute workout


Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times recently interviewed Metapredict participant Prof. Marty Gibala (McMaster University, Ontario) on the benefits of HIIT. A video link to the interview can be found here: The 20 minute workout. Some excerpts from the article are also highlighted below.

Instead of asking how much exercise we need, some scientists are looking into how little we can do and still get maximal health and fitness benefits.

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Metapredict meets EU Commissioner


Metapredict was recently selected to show-case as a leading FP7 Health project at an EU meeting in Brussels. EU commissioner Günther Oettinger spoke at length with Metapredict PI Prof. James Timmons at the EU HQ and was impressed to hear that this Health project will also produce biotechnology outputs through its SME partners. Meanwhile project team members Beth Phillips and Dr Melanie Leggate were also in attendance, hosting a stand and providing information on Metapredict to interested delegates. Some photos of the event are shown below including a discussion between EU commissioner Günther Oettinger and Metapredict PI Prof. James Timmons.

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Metapredict Recruiting


Contact your nearest participating University (Nottingham, Bath, Loughborough, Karolinska, Las Palmas, Copenhagen) if you wish to take part in the new study. Acceptance criteria includes a BMI above 27. See ‘Consortium’ page for local contact details. Please state your address in any correspondence.

Get fit with less than 5 min of exercise a week?


A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to recent research, says Professor Jamie Timmons.

There are many good reasons for taking exercise. As well as improving fitness, there are long term health benefits in reducing risk factors associated with cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and you may even feel better. The problem is that most people don’t follow the NHS/government advice to do several hours of exercise 5 times a week.

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Short sprints are more beneficial than long runs


Six minutes of pure, hard exercise a week could be just as effective as an hour of daily moderate activity, according to a new study.

"Short bouts of very intense exercise improved muscle health and performance comparable to several weeks of traditional endurance training," said Martin Gibala, an associate professor at Canada's McMaster University. The research, published in the June edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology, says that repeatedly doing very intense exercise such as sprinting resulted in unique changes in skeletal muscle and endurance capacity, similar to training that requires hours of exercise each week.

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Short fast sprints 'cut' diabetes

Short bursts of intense exercise every few days could dramatically cut the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to an expert.


Rather than slaving away for hours in the gym, people should focus their attention on quick "sprints" with each workout lasting just a few minutes.

James Timmons, Heriot-Watt University professor of exercise biology has studied the effects of quick exercise. He recommends 4 x 30 second sprints on an exercise bike three times a week.

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What’s the Single Best Exercise?


Let’s consider the butterfly. One of the most taxing movements in sports, the butterfly requires greater energy than bicycling at 14 miles per hour, running a 10-minute mile, playing competitive basketball or carrying furniture upstairs. It burns more calories, demands larger doses of oxygen and elicits more fatigue than those other activities, meaning that over time it should increase a swimmer’s endurance and contribute to weight control.

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