Dr Mark Orme


School/Department: Respiratory Sciences, Department of



I completed an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Loughborough University in 2013 during which I spent a placement year working at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Following this I completed my PhD from Loughborough University in 2016 examining the physical activity and sedentary behaviour of people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As a post-doctoral researcher at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust my research focussed on the objective assessment and promotion of physical activity for people living with chronic respiratory diseases in the context of pulmonary rehabilitation and post-hospitalisation. I then worked as Research Manager for the NIHR Global Health Group for Pulmonary Rehabilitation which aims to build research and clinical capacity in low- and middle-income countries.


I am interested in aligning, merging and enhancing physical activity, pulmonary rehabilitation, digital health and global health research.



Selected publications:

Hawthorne G,  Richardson M, Greening NJ, Esliger D, Briggs-Price S, Chaplin EJ, Clinch L, Steiner MC, Singh SJ, Orme MW. (2022). A proof of concept for continuous, non-invasive, free-living vital signs monitoring to predict readmission following an acute exacerbation of COPD: a prospective cohort study. Respiratory Research, 2022; 23:102.

Jayamaha AR, Jones AV, Katagira W, Girase B, Yusuf ZK, Pina I, Wilde LJ, Akylbekov A, Divall P, Singh SJ,  Orme MW. (2022). Systematic Review of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep Among Adults Living with Chronic Respiratory Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Int J COPD, 2022; 17: 821–854.

Orme MW, Pina I, Singh SJ. (2022). The untapped potential of physical activity monitoring for quality assurance of field-based walking tests in clinical respiratory trials. Chron Respir Dis, 2022; 19:1-4.

Perera ACH, Jayamaha AR, Jones AV, Yusuf ZK, Wijayasiri U, Amarasekara T, Seneviratne A, Miah R, Barton A, Steiner MC, Wimalasekara SW, Orme MW/Singh SJ. (2022). Developing Appropriate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services in Sri Lanka: Assessment of People Living with COPD and Healthcare Providers in Urban and Semi Urban Areas in Sri Lanka. Int J COPD, 2022; 17 631–641.

France G, Greening N, Esliger D, Briggs-Price S, Richardson M, Chaplin E, Clinch L, Steiner MC, Singh SJ, Orme MW. (2022). Usability of wearable multiparameter technology to continuously monitor free-living vital signs in people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Prospective Observational Study. JMIR Human Factors, 2022; 9:e30091.

Mademilov M/Mirzalieva G,  Yusuf ZK, Orme MW, Bourne C, Akylbekov A, Jones AV, Miah RB, Jones R, Barton A, Malcolm D, Sooronbaev T, Singh SJ. (2022). What should pulmonary rehabilitation look like for people living with post-tuberculosis lung disease in Kyrgyzstan?: A qualitative exploration. BMJ Open, 2022; 12:e053085.

Sahasrabudhe S, Orme MW, Jones AV, Tillu G, Salvi S, Singh SJ. (2021). The potential for integrating Yoga within pulmonary rehabilitation and reporting recommendations. BMJ Open Respir Res, 2021;8:e000966.

Katagira W, Jones AV, Orme MW,  Yusuf ZK, Ndagire P, Nanyonga J, Kasiita R, Kasolo JN, Miah RB, Steiner MC, Jones R, Barton A, Kirenga B, Singh SJ. (2021) Identifying Appropriate Delivery of and Referral to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Uganda: A Survey Study of People Living with Chronic Respiratory Disease and Health Care Workers. Int J COPD, 2021; 16: 2291–2299.

Houchen-Wolloff L, Orme MW, Clinch L, Gardiner N, Emma C, Singh SJ. (2021). Acceptability of a web-based self-management programme: 'SPACE for COPD©' for individuals hospitalised with an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: a feasibility study. JMIR mHealth uHealth, 2021, 9:e21728.

France G, Orme MW, Greening NJ, Steiner MC, Chaplin EJ, Clinch L, Singh SJ. (2021). Cognitive function following pulmonary rehabilitation and post-discharge recovery from exacerbation in people with COPD. Resp Med, 176:106249.

Whelan ME, Denton F, Bourne CLA, Kingsnorth AP, Sherar LB, Esliger DW, Orme MW. (2021). A digital lifestyle intervention for the prevention of type 2 diabetes: A qualitative study exploring intuitive engagement with real-time glucose and physical activity feedback. BMC Public Health, 21:130.

Orme MW, Free RC, Manise A, Jones AV, Akylbekov A, Barton A, Emilov B, Girase B, Jayamaha AR, Jones R, Katagira W, Kirenga B, Matheson J, Miah R, Perrera C, Sahasrabudhe S, Salvi S, Sekibira R, Sooronbaev T, Steiner MC, Wimalasekera S, Singh SJ. (2020). Global RECHARGE: establishing a standard international dataset for pulmonary rehabilitation in low- and middle- income countries. J Glob Health, 10:020316.

Neale J, Orme MW, Majd S, Chantrell S, Singh SJ, Bradding P, Green RH, Evans RA. A comparison of daily physical activity profiles between adults with severe asthma and healthy controls. (2020). Eur Respir J, 56:1902219.

Orme MW, Harvey-Dunstan TC, Boral I, Chaplin EJL, Fayyaz Husain S, Morgan MD, Steiner MC, Singh SJ, Greening NJ. (2019). Changes in physical activity during hospital admission for chronic respiratory disease. Respirology, 24(7):652-657.

Orme MW, Steiner MC, Morgan MD, Kingsnorth AP, Esliger DW, Singh SJ/Sherar LB. (2019). Understanding the relationships between 24-hour physical behaviours in COPD. Int J COPD, 14: 419-430.

Orme MW, Weedon AE, Saukko PM, Esliger DW, Morgan MD, Steiner MC, Downey JW, Sherar LB, Singh SJ. (2018). Findings of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-Sitting and Exacerbations Trial (COPD-SEAT) in Reducing Sedentary Time Using Wearable and Mobile Technologies With Educational Support: Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial. JMIR mHealth uHealth, 6(4):e84.

Malcolm D, Orme MW, Morgan MD, Sherar LB. (2017). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), illness narratives and Elias's sociology of knowledge. Soc Sci & Med, 192: 58-65.

Orme MW, Wijndaele K, Sharp SJ, Westgate K, Ekelund U, Brage S. (2014). Combined influence of epoch length, cut-point and bout duration on accelerometry-derived physical activity. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 11: 34.


Physical activity, pulmonary rehabilitation, digital health and global health

Press and media

Pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity interventions in clinical populations


Member of: Global Health Network Global Health Respiratory Network and International Patient and Public Involvement Network


Global Health Respiratory Network (GHRN) Early Career Researcher (ECR) Event (2021)

Presentation Co-Ordinator: Event aimed to support ECRs in a number of skill areas which are demanded by modern research positions and which may prove new/challenging to people.

The Union 52nd World Conference on Lung Health (2021)

Symposium Speaker: Pulmonary Rehabilitation in LMIC: State of the evidence and insights from the NIHR Global RECHARGE Group.

NIHR Global Health Research: Challenges with data management and data sharing (2021)

Co-Organiser and Chair: Global workshop for NIHR Global Research partners

Congress of the Kyrgyz Thoracic Society Bishkek Kyrgyzstan (2019 2021)

Invited speaker: Pulmonary rehabilitation in low- and middle-income countries: Global RECHARGE Project; Role of nurses as researchers and in the delivery of rehabilitation; Role of rehabilitation in research and clinical practice

Media coverage

Ала-Тоо 24 - ‘News from Kyrgyzstan’: Interview with Professor Talant Sooronbaev Dr Mark Orme and Dr Azamat Akylbekov discussing rehabilitation and the aims of the NIHR Global RECHARGE project in Kyrgyzstan. Available at:

The Conversation: When it comes to Fitbit’s 10000 steps one size doesn’t fit all. Available at: 


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the spectrum of COPD

School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) Loughborough University

BSc. Human Biology with Diploma in Professional Studies (First Classification)

SSEHS Loughborough University

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