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Dr Janice Atkins   (nee Hunkin )

Dr Janice Atkins (nee Hunkin )

Research Fellow

 01392 406786

 RILD Building L3/24

 

University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK

Overview

Janice is a Research Fellow, who joined the University of Exeter Medical School in October 2015. Janice is part of Professor David Melzer’s Epidemiology and Public Health research group, whose research focuses on the analysis of conventional, biochemical and genomic risk factors of ageing and age-related diseases.

Qualifications

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

Career

  • 2005 – 2007    Research Assistant, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit, King’s College London
  • 2008 - 2011     Scientist, National Chlamydia Screening Programme, Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency)
  • 2015 -              Research Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School

 

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Research

Research interests

Janice’s research interests include the epidemiology of ageing and her role is to analyse conventional and novel risk factors and genetic variants associated with ageing well, using data from the UK Biobank study – a large prospective cohort of 500,000 volunteers aged 40-69 years.

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.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Atkins JL, Delgado J, Pilling L, Bowman K, Masoli J, Kuchel G, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). Impact of Low Cardiovascular Risk Profiles on Geriatric Outcomes: Evidence from 421,000 Participants in Two Cohorts. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Parsons TJ, Papachristou E, Atkins JL, Papacosta O, Ash S, Lennon LT, Whincup PH, Ramsay SE, Wannamethee SG (2018). Healthier diet quality and dietary patterns are associated with lower risk of mobility limitation in older men. Eur J Nutr Abstract.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Delgado J, Pilling L, Bowman K, Masoli J, Kuchel G, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). Impact of Low Cardiovascular Risk Profiles on Geriatric Outcomes: Evidence from 421,000 Participants in Two Cohorts. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences Full text.
Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). Red cell distribution width and common disease onsets in 240,477 healthy volunteers followed for up to 9 years. PLoS ONE, 13(9). Abstract.  Full text.
Bowman K, Atkins JL, Delgado J, Kos K, Kuchel GA, Ble A, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2017). Central adiposity and the overweight risk paradox in aging: follow-up of 130,473 UK Biobank participants. Am J Clin Nutr, 106(1), 130-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Hawkesworth S, Silverwood RJ, Armstrong B, Pliakas T, Nanchahal K, Sartini C, Amuzu A, Wannamethee G, Atkins J, Ramsay SE, et al (2017). Investigating the importance of the local food environment for fruit and vegetable intake in older men and women in 20 UK towns: a cross-sectional analysis of two national cohorts using novel methods. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 14 Author URL.  Full text.
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.  Full text.
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 JM, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, et al (2016). Longer-Lived Parents and Cardiovascular Outcomes: 8-Year Follow-Up in 186,000 U.K. Biobank Participants. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68(8), 874-875. 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. The 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 (2018). Chapter 7. Effects of sarcopenic obesity on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. In Walrand S (Ed) Nutrition and Skeletal Muscle, Academic Press.
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.

Conferences

Atkins JL, Delgado J, Pilling LC, Bowman K, Masoli JAH, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). #IDEAL CARDIOVASCULAR RISK PROFILES AND AGEING: EVIDENCE FROM 421,000 OLDER PERSONS IN TWO COHORTS.  Author URL.
Parsons TJ, Papachristou E, Ramsay SE, Atkins JL, Papacosta O, Lennon LT, Ash S, Whincup PH, Wannamethee SG (2017). DIET QUALITY, SARCOPENIA AND FRAILTY IN OLDER MEN: CROSS SECTIONAL ANALYSIS FROM THE BRITISH REGIONAL HEART STUDY.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta P, Wannamethee SG (2015). Abstract P049: Principal Component Analysis of Dietary Patterns and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in Older British Men.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2013). Dietary patterns and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality: a population-based cohort study of older British men.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). Dietary patterns in older British men: the influence of early life social circumstances and area of residence.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris R, Wannamethee SG (2013). OP86 Dietary Patterns in Older Men: Influence of Early Life Social Circumstances and Area of Residence.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). T1: P.039 Sarcopenic obesity and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality: a population-based cohort study of older men.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). T2: P.057 Dietary patterns in the elderly: Influence of early life social circumstances and area of residence.
Atkins J, Whincup P, Morris R, Wannamethee S (2012). PS38 Sarcopenic Obesity and Risk of All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Older Men.
Cherkas L, Harris J, Hunkin J, Kato B, Zhang G, Valdes A, Aviv A, Spector TD, Atkins JL (2007). Twins, telomeres and aging.

Publications by year


2018

Atkins JL, Delgado J, Pilling LC, Bowman K, Masoli JAH, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). #IDEAL CARDIOVASCULAR RISK PROFILES AND AGEING: EVIDENCE FROM 421,000 OLDER PERSONS IN TWO COHORTS.  Author URL.
Atkins JL (2018). Chapter 7. Effects of sarcopenic obesity on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. In Walrand S (Ed) Nutrition and Skeletal Muscle, Academic Press.
Parsons TJ, Papachristou E, Atkins JL, Papacosta O, Ash S, Lennon LT, Whincup PH, Ramsay SE, Wannamethee SG (2018). Healthier diet quality and dietary patterns are associated with lower risk of mobility limitation in older men. Eur J Nutr Abstract.  Author URL.
Atkins JL, Delgado J, Pilling L, Bowman K, Masoli J, Kuchel G, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). Impact of Low Cardiovascular Risk Profiles on Geriatric Outcomes: Evidence from 421,000 Participants in Two Cohorts. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences Full text.
Pilling LC, Atkins JL, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2018). Red cell distribution width and common disease onsets in 240,477 healthy volunteers followed for up to 9 years. PLoS ONE, 13(9). Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Bowman K, Atkins JL, Delgado J, Kos K, Kuchel GA, Ble A, Ferrucci L, Melzer D (2017). Central adiposity and the overweight risk paradox in aging: follow-up of 130,473 UK Biobank participants. Am J Clin Nutr, 106(1), 130-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Parsons TJ, Papachristou E, Ramsay SE, Atkins JL, Papacosta O, Lennon LT, Ash S, Whincup PH, Wannamethee SG (2017). DIET QUALITY, SARCOPENIA AND FRAILTY IN OLDER MEN: CROSS SECTIONAL ANALYSIS FROM THE BRITISH REGIONAL HEART STUDY.  Author URL.
Hawkesworth S, Silverwood RJ, Armstrong B, Pliakas T, Nanchahal K, Sartini C, Amuzu A, Wannamethee G, Atkins J, Ramsay SE, et al (2017). Investigating the importance of the local food environment for fruit and vegetable intake in older men and women in 20 UK towns: a cross-sectional analysis of two national cohorts using novel methods. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 14 Author URL.  Full text.
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.  Full text.

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 JM, Kuchel GA, Ferrucci L, et al (2016). Longer-Lived Parents and Cardiovascular Outcomes: 8-Year Follow-Up in 186,000 U.K. Biobank Participants. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68(8), 874-875. Full text.

2015

Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lennon LT, Papacosta P, Wannamethee SG (2015). Abstract P049: Principal Component Analysis of Dietary Patterns and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in Older British Men.
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. The 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, Lennon LT, Papacosta O, Wannamethee SG (2013). Dietary patterns and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality: a population-based cohort study of older British men.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). Dietary patterns in older British men: the influence of early life social circumstances and area of residence.
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.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris R, Wannamethee SG (2013). OP86 Dietary Patterns in Older Men: Influence of Early Life Social Circumstances and Area of Residence.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). T1: P.039 Sarcopenic obesity and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality: a population-based cohort study of older men.
Atkins JL, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Wannamethee SG (2013). T2: P.057 Dietary patterns in the elderly: Influence of early life social circumstances and area of residence.

2012

Atkins J, Whincup P, Morris R, Wannamethee S (2012). PS38 Sarcopenic Obesity and Risk of All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Older Men.
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.

2007

Cherkas L, Harris J, Hunkin J, Kato B, Zhang G, Valdes A, Aviv A, Spector TD, Atkins JL (2007). Twins, telomeres and aging.

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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External Engagment and Impact

Awards

  • National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR) PhD Studentship (2011-2015)

 

Committee/panel activities

  • Society for Social Medicine Early Career Researchers Subcommittee (2017 - )

 

Media coverage

Coverage of a paper on longer-lived parents and cardiovascular outcomes (August 2016), including:

  • National and local radio interviews x 11
  • Online/print coverage in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Time, CNN etc.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Research Special Study Unit (R-SSU) - UEMS 3rd year medical students

 

Postgraduate Teaching

  • GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) – Core Skills, Online Module: Epidemiological paradigms

Supervision / Group

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