Cystic fibrosis event at University of Exeter

People interested in cystic fibrosis and physical activity are invited to a free workshop at the University of Exeter.

Parents, doctors, physiotherapists and others who want to find out more about the benefits of exercise – a focus of Exeter’s cutting-edge research – are welcome at the free showcase and networking event on Thursday 14 June. People with cystic fibrosis can watch the talks online.

Taking place from 5-8pm at the Baring Court Lecture Theatre 114 on the St Luke’s Campus, it will consist of formal talks, poster viewing, socialising and networking, with drinks and nibbles provided.

The event is being held to mark the half-way point of a major research project, led by Professor Craig Williams and Dr Sarah Denford, investigating the role of exercise in managing cystic fibrosis.

“Being more physically active has important benefits – including improved lung function, aerobic fitness, sputum clearance, as well as psychological and social benefits,” said Dr Denford.

“However, although clinicians and their support teams strongly value the role of physical activity, they can be unsure how to promote it.

“Similarly, parents and adolescent patients are often too busy managing treatment and day-to-day life to be able to fit in physical activity.

“Our project aims bring together exercise specialists, psychologists, physiotherapists, engineers, clinicians, parents and adolescents to prescribe physical activity more effectively.

“This event is an opportunity for us to discuss our research projects, and make plans for the next phase.”

The event is free to attend, but spaces must be reserved via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/physical-activity-and-cysticfibrosis-resear...

After the event, all talks will be posted online here: http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/youthactivityunlimited/

The Exeter researchers, including collaborators at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, are working with University College London and the universities of Swansea, La Trobe and Toronto to develop resources to help doctors and their support teams to effectively prescribe exercise to young people.