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Research Associate Professor
Department of Medicine (Dunedin)
Research summary
Physical activity; bone and body composition assessment in children and adults


Currently, I'm the Director of the Bone and Body Composition Research Unit which undertakes innovative prospective studies evaluating bone density and quantifying body composition and regional body fat distribution in children and adults using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

I'm also involved with three major research projects in collaboration with other members of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre: MInT, PLAY and Healthy Homework in several capacities, including providing physical activity recommendations for children and families and analysis and management of accelerometry for physical activity and sleep assessment.

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research


Duncan, S., Wilson, O., Ikeda, E., Hinckson, E., Mandic, S., Richards, J., … Meredith-Jones, K., … Smith, M. (2023). Aotearoa New Zealand's 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 7(4), (pp. 68). doi: 10.36905/jses.2023.04.01 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jackson, R., Morrison, S., Haszard, J., Galland, B., Meredith-Jones, K., & Taylor, R. (2023). How does mild sleep deprivation affect diet, physical activity and wellbeing in children: A randomised cross-over trial. Proceedings of the New Zealand Biostatistics Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., Morrison, S., Meredith-Jones, K., Elder, D. E., … Taylor, R. W. (2023). Predictors for achieving optimal sleep in healthy children: Exploring sleep patterns in a sleep extension trial. Sleep Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2023.09.012 Journal - Research Article

Tang, C., Meredith-Jones, K., Signal, L., & Galland, B. (2023). Objective sleep quality metrics underlying next-day sleep quality ratings in adolescents. Sleep: Advances, 4(Suppl. 1), O063. doi: 10.1093/sleepadvances/zpad035.063 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Fortune, S., Sullivan, T., Adebowale, T., & Taylor, B. J. (2023). Rapid infant weight gain or point-in-time weight status: Which is the best predictor of later obesity and body composition? Obesity, 31, 2583-2592. doi: 10.1002/oby.23861 Journal - Research Article

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