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Dr JANE HISLOP LECTURER, PHYSIOTHERAPY I’m Dr Jane Hislop, I’m a Physiotherapy Lecturer who has a research interest in measurement of physical activity. When I started my part-time PhD research I was interested in the factors which were contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic and I came across Professor John Reilly’s research in the area of physical activity of preschool children. This research questioned the assumption that young children were sufficiently active for health and highlighted that there were several questions regarding how we accurately measure physical activity behaviour in this population. My research therefore stemmed from an interest to try and address these questions and propose a protocol for accurately measuring the physical activity behaviour of young children at a population level, using accelerometers. This research is important for understanding physical activity behaviour of young children. In addition, it is only through accurate quantifcation of physical activity behaviour that the effectiveness of interventions to change physical activity behaviour can be determined. My PhD supervisor Professor John Reilly was an inspiration, with his research into childhood obesity and the development of physical activity behaviour in children. John’s research has focused on interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity and the consequences of obesity and low levels of physical activity in children and adolescents globally. This research highlighted that from an early age children were at risk of health problems as a consequence of low levels of physical activity and high levels of sedentary behaviour. ‘When I started my part-time PhD research I was interested in the factors which were contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic.’ O E R A T I N G L B WOMEN RESEARCHERS INSPIRING RESEARCH CAREER JOURNEYS