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University of Exeter Medical School

 Luana De Giorgio

Luana De Giorgio

Research Assistant and PhD Student

 College House 


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


I am a researcher very passionate about women's health and addressing the gender data gap. A lot of my previous and current research work is in women's health and I'm always very interested in working with other people who share a passion for improving the state of women's health research.

I am a PhD student at the University of Exeter running the PAWES: Physical Activity for Women with Endometriosis Symptoms project. My PhD is investigating the therapeutic benefit of physical activity in women with endometriosis to manage symptoms. This project is funded by the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) funded by the ESRC. 

I also work with Dr Gemma Sharp to help run the Menarche, Menstruation, Menopause and Mental Health (4M) Consortium.

In January 2023 I launched the DCWFR: Developing Careers in Women Focused Research network. This network aims to upskill postgraduate research students and early career researchers in any discipline whose research addresses women's needs. The network runs workshops, seminars and events to members across the UK and abroad. 


MRes Health and Wellbeing - University of Exeter

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences - Uiversity of Exeter


I have worked on multiple women's health research projects, including Moving through Motherhood investigating physical activity during pregnancy and beyond, and the APPEAL trial for pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy. I have also had extensive work experience in communications and creative, having done this in both a business and research capacity. 

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Research interests

  • Women's health
  • Digital health
  • Science communication

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