Research Fellow

Division: Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Pelagia Koufaki (BSc, PhD) is a Research Fellow in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. She is also a Full member of Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research.

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I am a Sport and Exercise Scientist by education and clinical exercise physiologist by research training and practice (PhD in clinical exercise physiology). For the last 15 years I have been conducting clinical research focusing on the feasibility and effectiveness of exercise and physical activity interventions as therapeutic modalities for optimizing functional independence and reducing cardiovascular health risks in people with long term cardiometabolic conditions,  such as kidney disease cardiac disease, diabetes. I have extensive experience in teaching and learning activities  in HE  as Lecturer/Teaching Fellow/Research Fellow  in Exercise Physiology and Physical activity and Health, in previous and current academic posts (University of Liverpool, University of Stirling, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University). I am involved in the supervision of postgraduate research projects (MSc) and programmes of study (PhD) in relevant to my expertise areas and I am an active contributing member of the wider university and local communities.

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For the last 15 years I have been conducting clinical research focusing on the effectiveness of exercise and physical activity interventions as therapeutic modalities for optimizing functional independence and reducing cardiovascular health risks in people with long term cardiometabolic conditions,  such as kidney and cardiac disease. My ultimate aim is to develop and evaluate approaches that people are more likely to implement in their daily lives either in clinical  or community  based settings.  Exercise during renal dialysis, is an example of a  novel  implementation approach  of a therapeutic treatment,  that brings about multiple health benefits for people who need them  the most.  I have a track record of research output and income that has contributed to all research assessment evaluations that my university employers have entered. A brief  overview of research output and  content can be found in my  e-Research profile http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/view/people/Koufaki=3APelagia=3A=3A.html

Active research interests:

  • Exercise based rehabilitation applications for physical function, quality of life and cardiovascular benefits in people with chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes
  • Frailty and Falls risk in people with long term cardiometabolic conditions
  • Measurement and evaluation of physical function and disability
  • Implementation and evaluation of community based programmes promoting active living for health outcomes

Research Methods:

  • Randomised clinical trials
  • Quantitative analytical methods
  • Evaluation of physical activity interventions in practice