Kate Tudor is a post-doctoral behavioural scientist, supported through the Oxford BRC’s Obesity, Diet and Lifestyle Theme. She is currently involved in research into developing interventions to be delivered in primary care to help patients manage their weight.
Kate, aged 28, works at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, in Prof Paul Aveyard’s team, which looks at how interventions to help change behaviour can help people lead healthier lifestyles.
This group did a large trial, published in the Lancet in 2016, about interventions for weight loss in primary care, which found that when GPs opportunistically offer referrals to weight management programmes to people who have a BMI over 30, they lose more weight than people offered general advice to lose weight.
Kate has carried out some secondary analysis on the trial to see if people from more deprived areas gained more or less benefit from the intervention.
She is also developing another project to help people adhere to their statin medication, and has been involving patients in helping to design the study.
Kate, who has been at Oxford for just under a year, graduated in psychology from Sheffield University in 2011, before doing a Master’s at Birmingham and her PhD – on the barriers to participation in UK secondary school Physical Education lessons – at Loughborough.
Kate’s role is fully funded by BRC, which, she says, “is really beneficial, because you’re secure for a certain amount of time. You don’t have to find money to fund your own salary. If you’re applying for grants, it’s purely for the research costs.”
She has been successful in getting further BRC funding for her statins trial, thanks to a grant for research into chronic diseases.
“It’s good to have a strong female role model”Kate Tudor
Unlike in many clinical BRC themes, there is a majority of women in the department, so, Kate says, it is a “supportive environment” for women researchers. The department has also held early careers research events, where young researchers can learn about the benefits of flexible working.
“I‘ve got a good role model in Susan; she’s very supportive of women in science. It’s good to have a strong female role model working so closely.”
Still in the early stages of her career, Kate says she is keen to stay in academia: “I’m aiming to apply for fellowships in a few years’ time. But for now, being so close to my PhD, I’m focusing on building my CV so I can make a strong application in three or so years.”
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