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Dr Janice Atkins   (nee Hunkin )

Dr Janice Atkins (nee Hunkin )

Research Fellow

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RILD Building L3/24

Janice Atkins is a Research Fellow, who joined the Epidemiology and Public Health group at the University of Exeter Medical School in October 2015. Janice’s role is to analyse novel risk factors and genetic variants associated with ageing well, using data from the UK Biobank study.

Janice graduated with a BSc in Human Biology from Loughborough University, before working as a Research Assistant at the Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit at King’s College London. Janice then joined Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency), as a Scientist for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. Whilst working here Janice also completed a part-time MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Exeter Medical School, Janice undertook a PhD at University College London, funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR). Janice’s PhD explored the effects of body composition and dietary patterns on the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in older age, using longitudinal data from the British Regional Heart Study.

Janice’s research interests include the epidemiology of ageing and specifically the effects of obesity, sarcopenia and diet quality on the risk of cardiovascular disease and ageing related conditions.

Qualifications

  • 2004 BSc Human Biology (Loughborough University)
  • 2011 MSc Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • 2015 PhD Epidemiology (University College London) 

Research

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Duff MO, Beaumont RN, Jones SE, Tyrrell J, Kuo C-L, Ruth KS, Tuke MA, Yaghootkar H, et al (2017). Red blood cell distribution width: Genetic evidence for aging pathways in 116,666 volunteers. PLoS One, 12(9). Abstract.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2016). Dietary patterns and the risk of CVD and all-cause mortality in older British men. Br J Nutr, 116(7), 1246-1255. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Bowman K, Jones SE, Tyrrell J, Beaumont RN, Ruth KS, Tuke MA, Yaghootkar H, Wood AR, et al (2016). Human longevity is influenced by many genetic variants: evidence from 75,000 UK Biobank participants. Aging (Albany NY), 8(3), 547-560. Abstract.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Ble A, Dutta A, Harries LW, Murray A, Brayne C, Robine J-M, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, et al (2016). Longer-Lived Parents and Cardiovascular Outcomes: 8-Year Follow-Up in 186,000 U.K. Biobank Participants. J Am Coll Cardiol, 68(8), 874-875. Author URL.  Full text.
Atkins JL, Ramsay SE, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Wannamethee SG (2015). Diet quality in older age: the influence of childhood and adult socio-economic circumstances. British Journal of Nutrition, 113(09), 1441-1452.
Wannamethee SG, Atkins JL (2015). Muscle loss and obesity: the health implications of sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 74(04), 405-412.
Atkins JL, Wannamethee SG (2015). The effect of sarcopenic obesity on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in older people. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(02), 86-97.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2014). High Diet Quality is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality in Older Men. Journal of Nutrition, 144(5), 673-680.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2014). Response to Safer et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(6), 1208-1209.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2014). Sarcopenic Obesity and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality: a Population-Based Cohort Study of Older Men. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(2), 253-260.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). Low muscle mass in older men: the role of lifestyle, diet and cardiovascular risk factors. The journal of nutrition, health & aging, 18(1), 26-33.
Woodhall SC, Atkins JL, Soldan K, Hughes G, Bone A, Gill ON (2012). Repeat genital Chlamydia trachomatis testing rates in young adults in England, 2010. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89(1), 51-56.
Nicolaou N, Shane S, Cherkas L, Hunkin J, Spector TD (2008). Is the Tendency to Engage in Entrepreneurship Genetic?. Management Science, 54(1), 167-179.
Kimura M, Cherkas LF, Kato BS, Demissie S, Hjelmborg JB, Brimacombe M, Cupples A, Hunkin JL, Gardner JP, Lu X, et al (2008). Offspring's Leukocyte Telomere Length, Paternal Age, and Telomere Elongation in Sperm. PLoS Genetics, 4(2), e37-e37. Full text.
Cherkas LF (2008). The Association Between Physical Activity in Leisure Time and Leukocyte Telomere Length. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(2), 154-154.
Stubbe JH, Boomsma DI, Vink JM, Cornes BK, Martin NG, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Rose RJ, Kujala UM, Kaprio J, et al (2006). Genetic Influences on Exercise Participation in 37.051 Twin Pairs from Seven Countries. PLoS ONE, 1(1), e22-e22. Full text.
Paul SN, Kato BS, Hunkin JL, Vivekanandan S, Spector TD, Fields KB (2006). The Big Finger: the second to fourth digit ratio is a predictor of sporting ability in women. Commentary. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(12), 981-983.
Cherkas LF, Aviv A, Valdes AM, Hunkin JL, Gardner JP, Surdulescu GL, Kimura M, Spector TD (2006). The effects of social status on biological aging as measured by white-blood-cell telomere length. Aging Cell, 5(5), 361-365.

Chapters

Atkins JL, Wannamethee SG (2015). Chapter 13. Diet quality and cardiovascular disease prevention. In Bendich A, Deckelbaum RJ (Eds.) Preventive Nutrition: the Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals, New York: Humana Press.

Publications by year


2017

Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Duff MO, Beaumont RN, Jones SE, Tyrrell J, Kuo C-L, Ruth KS, Tuke MA, Yaghootkar H, et al (2017). Red blood cell distribution width: Genetic evidence for aging pathways in 116,666 volunteers. PLoS One, 12(9). Abstract.  Author URL.

2016

Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2016). Dietary patterns and the risk of CVD and all-cause mortality in older British men. Br J Nutr, 116(7), 1246-1255. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Bowman K, Jones SE, Tyrrell J, Beaumont RN, Ruth KS, Tuke MA, Yaghootkar H, Wood AR, et al (2016). Human longevity is influenced by many genetic variants: evidence from 75,000 UK Biobank participants. Aging (Albany NY), 8(3), 547-560. Abstract.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Ble A, Dutta A, Harries LW, Murray A, Brayne C, Robine J-M, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, et al (2016). Longer-Lived Parents and Cardiovascular Outcomes: 8-Year Follow-Up in 186,000 U.K. Biobank Participants. J Am Coll Cardiol, 68(8), 874-875. Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Atkins JL, Wannamethee SG (2015). Chapter 13. Diet quality and cardiovascular disease prevention. In Bendich A, Deckelbaum RJ (Eds.) Preventive Nutrition: the Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals, New York: Humana Press.
Atkins JL, Ramsay SE, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Wannamethee SG (2015). Diet quality in older age: the influence of childhood and adult socio-economic circumstances. British Journal of Nutrition, 113(09), 1441-1452.
Wannamethee SG, Atkins JL (2015). Muscle loss and obesity: the health implications of sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 74(04), 405-412.
Atkins JL, Wannamethee SG (2015). The effect of sarcopenic obesity on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in older people. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(02), 86-97.

2014

Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2014). High Diet Quality is Associated with a Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality in Older Men. Journal of Nutrition, 144(5), 673-680.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2014). Response to Safer et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(6), 1208-1209.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2014). Sarcopenic Obesity and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality: a Population-Based Cohort Study of Older Men. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(2), 253-260.

2013

Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). Low muscle mass in older men: the role of lifestyle, diet and cardiovascular risk factors. The journal of nutrition, health & aging, 18(1), 26-33.

2012

Woodhall SC, Atkins JL, Soldan K, Hughes G, Bone A, Gill ON (2012). Repeat genital Chlamydia trachomatis testing rates in young adults in England, 2010. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89(1), 51-56.

2008

Nicolaou N, Shane S, Cherkas L, Hunkin J, Spector TD (2008). Is the Tendency to Engage in Entrepreneurship Genetic?. Management Science, 54(1), 167-179.
Kimura M, Cherkas LF, Kato BS, Demissie S, Hjelmborg JB, Brimacombe M, Cupples A, Hunkin JL, Gardner JP, Lu X, et al (2008). Offspring's Leukocyte Telomere Length, Paternal Age, and Telomere Elongation in Sperm. PLoS Genetics, 4(2), e37-e37. Full text.
Cherkas LF (2008). The Association Between Physical Activity in Leisure Time and Leukocyte Telomere Length. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(2), 154-154.

2006

Stubbe JH, Boomsma DI, Vink JM, Cornes BK, Martin NG, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Rose RJ, Kujala UM, Kaprio J, et al (2006). Genetic Influences on Exercise Participation in 37.051 Twin Pairs from Seven Countries. PLoS ONE, 1(1), e22-e22. Full text.
Paul SN, Kato BS, Hunkin JL, Vivekanandan S, Spector TD, Fields KB (2006). The Big Finger: the second to fourth digit ratio is a predictor of sporting ability in women. Commentary. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(12), 981-983.
Cherkas LF, Aviv A, Valdes AM, Hunkin JL, Gardner JP, Surdulescu GL, Kimura M, Spector TD (2006). The effects of social status on biological aging as measured by white-blood-cell telomere length. Aging Cell, 5(5), 361-365.

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