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Dr Karen Hind

Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences +44 (0) 191 33 46837
Fellow of Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I am an Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Sciences. I am also Chair of the Board of Examiners and Chair of the Faculty SS&H Ethics Committee. 

My research evaluates dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) imaging and novel applications for bone and body composition assessment. This research informs best practice guidance for DXA scanning in athletes and clinical populations, and has established the first reference ranges for DXA visceral fat. I am a Director for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) which is the global organisation for excellence in densitometry. I also the Chair of the ISCD UK panel and of the Body Composition Education Committee.

Another major focus of my research examines athlete health which is essential for successful sports performance and career longevity. Specific topics are athlete bone health and the prevention and management of sports injuries, notably concussion. I lead the first independent study into the health of retired rugby players (UK Rugby Health Project) and I co lead the Global Rugby Health Research Network of researchers from over 9 countries. This research seeks to improve understanding of the short and long term risks of injuries in rugby, identifying intervention strategies, with the overall objective of improving athlete welfare.

Understanding the potential of new research discoveries, I engage with developing and leading SMEs and global companies including GE Healthcare. Current external partnerships also include Newcastle Falcons.

PhD students

I welcome interest and applications for PhD study in areas relating to the above research.

Current postgraduate programmes of research: concussion, sub concussion and post concussion syndrome - links between body composition and sports performance - DXA methodologies - visceral fat - female athlete triad and RED-S.

Research interests

  • DXA and QCT imaging
  • Bone health, osteoporosis and fracture
  • Body composition and visceral fat
  • Athlete health
  • Concussion

Research groups

  • Healthy Communities

Awarded Grants

  • 2020: CoreScanTM Visceral Adipose Tissue for Cardiometabolic Risk Stratification & Evaluation and Practical Utility of the Total Body-Less Head Application(£134873.12 from )

Esteem Indicators

  • 2019: Board of Directors, International Society for Clinical Densitometry:
  • 2018: Adjunct Associate Professor. School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin:
  • 2018: Chair of ISCD UK-Ireland Panel:
  • 2011: Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University:

Media Contacts

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