Paddy Dempsey

Paddy Dempsey

Paddy Dempsey

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: PhD
  • Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy

What is your research about?

In modern society many adults spend up to 70% of their waking hours sitting. There is growing evidence that this can have serious health consequences - particularly for people with type 2 diabetes.

I am interested in identifying the doses, timing and patterning of physical activity that are required to optimise metabolic and cardiovascular health. Specifically, my research focuses on understanding the potential for prevention and management of type 2 diabetes through reducing or ‘breaking up’ the large proportions of the day spent sitting.

What made you choose this area of research? Have you always been interested in it?

I have always been fascinated with science and how the human body works. My research in the area of exercise physiology was initially motivated by my own athletic pursuits, but evolved over time.

I became interested in how I could apply the scientific principles I’d learned to battle chronic disease. We still have so much to figure out about why physical activity works and how to get more people to do it.

What have you enjoyed most about doing a PhD?

Science can be tough and frustrating at times, but also incredibly rewarding – you never stop learning. Making a difference is really what drives me in my work. I enjoy the scientific method and the exciting feeling of breaking new ground. I also really enjoy discussing ideas and learning from the amazing minds I have the privilege of working alongside.

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