Professor Tom Yates

Professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health

Prof Tom Yates

School/Department: Diabetes Research Centre



Professor Tom Yates leads the Leicester Lifestyle and Health Research Group who undertake a diverse portfolio of research aiming to better understand how movement behaviours can be used to promote health throughout the life course in multi-ethnic groups living with or at-risk of long-term conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes.

Based at the Diabetes Research Centre, Leicester General Hospital, Professor Yates’ expertise spans the 5 S’s (sleep, sedentary behaviour, stepping, sweating and strengthening). He is also the Leicester lead for the Lifestyle theme of the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre.


  •  Rowlands AV, Orme MW, Maylor B, Kingsnorth A, Herring L, Khunti K, Davies M, Yates T. Can quantifying the relative intensity of a person’s free-living physical activity predict how they respond to a physical activity intervention? Findings from the PACES RCT. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2023 online first
  • Yates T, Sargeant JA, King JA, Henson J, Edwardson CL, Redman E, Gulsin GS, Brady EM, Ahmad E, Stensel DJ, Webb DR. Initiation of new glucose-lowering therapies may act to reduce physical activity levels: pooled analysis from three randomized trials. Diabetes Care. 2022;45(11):2749-52.
  • Dempsey PC, Rowlands AV, Strain T, Zaccardi F, Dawkins N, Razieh C, Davies MJ, Khunti KK, Edwardson CL, Wijndaele K, Brage S, Yates T. Physical activity volume, intensity, and incident cardiovascular disease. European Heart Journal. 2022;43(46):4789-800
  • Plekhanova T, Rowlands AV, Evans RA…….Yates T. Device-assessed sleep and physical activity in individuals recovering from a hospital admission for COVID-19: a multicentre study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2022;19(1):1-3.
  • Dempsey PC, Musicha C, Rowlands AV, Davies M, Khunti K, Razieh C, Timmins I, Zaccardi F, Codd V, Nelson CP, Yates T. Investigation of a UK biobank cohort reveals causal associations of self-reported walking pace with telomere length. Communications biology. 2022;5(1):1-7.
  • Yates T, Summerfield A, Razieh C, Banerjee A, Chudasama Y, Davies MJ, Gillies C, Islam N, Lawson C, Mirkes E, Zaccardi F. A population-based cohort study of obesity, ethnicity and COVID-19 mortality in 12.6 million adults in England. Nature communications. 2022;13(1):1-9.
  • Rowlands A, Davies M, Dempsey P, Edwardson C, Razieh C, Yates T. Wrist-worn accelerometers: recommending~ 1.0 mg as the minimum clinically important difference (MCID) in daily average acceleration for inactive adults. British journal of sports medicine. 2021 Jul 1;55(14):814-5.
  • Khunti K, Griffin S, Brennan A, Dallosso H, Davies MJ, Eborall HC, Edwardson CL, Gray LJ, Hardeman W, Heathcote L, Henson J…..Yates T. Promoting physical activity in a multi-ethnic population at high risk of diabetes: the 48-month PROPELS randomised controlled trial. BMC medicine. 2021;19(1):1-1.
  • Khunti K, Highton PJ, Waheed G, Dallosso H, Redman E, Batt ME, Davies MJ, Gray LJ, Herring LY, Mani H, Rowlands A, Yates T. Promoting physical activity with self-management support for those with multimorbidity: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of General Practice. 2021;71(713):e921-30.
  • Sargeant JA, Jelleyman C, Coull NA, Edwardson CL, Henson J, King JA, Khunti K, McCarthy M, Rowlands AV, Stensel DJ, Waller HL, Webb D, Davies MJ, Yates T. Improvements in Glycemic Control After Acute Moderate-Intensity Continuous or High-Intensity Interval Exercise Are Greater in South Asians Than White Europeans With Nondiabetic Hyperglycemia: A Randomized Crossover Study. Diabetes Care. 2021;44:201-9.
  • Dawkins NP, Yates T, Razieh C, Edwardson CL, Maylor B, Zaccardi F, Khunti K, Rowlands AV. Differences in Accelerometer-Measured Patterns of Physical Activity and Sleep/Rest Between Ethnic Groups and Age: An Analysis of UK Biobank. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2021;26;19(1):37-46
  • Islam N, Shkolnikov VM, Acosta RJ, Klimkin I, Kawachi I, Irizarry RA, Alicandro G, Khunti K, Yates T, Jdanov DA, White M. Excess deaths associated with covid-19 pandemic in 2020: age and sex disaggregated time series analysis in 29 high income countries. bmj. 2021 19;373.
  • Jones PJ, James MK, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Catt M, Yates T, Rowlands AV, Mirkes EM. FilterK: A new outlier detection method for k-means clustering of physical activity. Journal of biomedical informatics. 2020;104:103397.
  • Ekelund U, Tarp J, Steene-Johannessen J, Hansen BH, Jefferis B, Fagerland MW, Whincup P……Yates T, Anderssen S, I-Min Lee. Dose-response associations between accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time and all-cause mortality: systematic review and harmonised meta-analysis. BMJ 2019 21;366:l4570.
  • Yates T, Edwardson CL, Celis-Morales C, Biddle SJ, Bodicoat D, Davies MJ, Esliger D, Henson J, Kazi A, Khunti K, Sattar N. Metabolic effects of breaking prolonged sitting with standing or light walking in older South Asians and White Europeans: a randomized acute study. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. 2020;75(1):139-46.
  • Edwardson CL, Yates T, Biddle SJ, Davies MJ, Dunstan DW, Esliger DW, Gray LJ, Jackson B, O’Connell SE, Waheed G, Munir F. Effectiveness of the Stand More AT (SMArT) Work intervention: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2018;363:k3870.

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