Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Sciences & Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University

Karen Hind is an Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Sciences and Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University. She is also Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, an Adjunct Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and is current Chair of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry UK-Ireland Panel.

Key research areas:
Exercise and bone health
Osteoporosis and fracture
Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry imaging
Athlete health
Retired athlete health

Following a Doctoral Fellowship with the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, Karen was awarded her PhD in 2005. Her PhD research was the first to demonstrate a similar prevalence of reduced bone density in men and women long distance runners, and shared risk factors including high running mileage, energy deficiency and low body fat. Her current research includes the UK Rugby Health Project, the Global Rugby Health Research Programme, Interventions to Prevent Relative Energy Deficiency in Male Cyclists, and the Effects of Unilateral Exercise on Bone Strength in Postmenopausal Women. She is also a former England and GB international athlete (track, road and cross country, 1999 - 2004).

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Durham University
  • 2007–2018
    Senior Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2005–2007
    Research Fellow, University of Leeds