Kim is a senior educator and epidemiologist, Professor of Sport Exercise and Nutrition Education, in the Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She is Director of postgraduate education for the School of Medicine, a member of the University Quality Standards Committee, and Course Director for two masters courses in the School: MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine. This gives her a very broad knowledge of University processes, assessment and quality assurance of teaching and learning.
She has a strong interest in medical education research as well as investigating the relationships around physical activity, diet and environmental exposures and their association with chronic disease, such as osteoarthritis, cancer and obesity. She has extensive statistical modelling expertise.
Her background whilst highly numerate is not tradition. In brief: maths BSc(Hons); corporate banking career; MMedSci Human Nutrition; spatial epidemiology PhD; then increasingly senior academic roles (University of Leeds; University of Nottingham), teaching and leading research methods and medical statistics and sport and exercise nutrition. This holistic background affords both medical understanding and statistical experience and gives me a wide and a diverse set of skills to draw on for research and teaching.
She is the Deputy Editor (Statistics) for the European Spine Journal.
I have expert knowledge of research methods, including ethics, study design and medical statistics. I have significant experience of managing large datasets and undertaking advanced statistical analyses, including multi-level modelling, geographically weighted regression, geographic information systems, spatial analyses, k-medoid cluster analyses (unpublished work for MacMillan Cancer) and structural equation modelling; evidenced by my publication record. I have designed and built a spatial microsimulation model which is widely available for researchers/analysts to use. I have contributed to three books on health data spatial analyses and spatial microsimulation modelling. I understand the importance of discretion in handling confidential information, with strong knowledge of the data protection laws and the University data management requirements, and experience in handling patient identifiable data.
Kim Edwards is a senior educationalist and epidemiologist, Professor of Sport Exercise and Nutrition Education, in the Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Dermatology, in the School of… read more
I have a strong interest in medical education research and have undertaken projects in flipped teaching and peer marking schemes. In terms of my discipline specific research, I focus on physical… read more
TIMMINS KA, LEECH RD, BATT ME and EDWARDS KL, 2016. Running and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The American journal of sports medicine.
QURAISHI NA, RAJABIAN A, SPENCER A, AREALIS G, EDWARDS KL and BOSZCZYK BM, 2015. Re-operation Rates in the Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastases The Spine Journal. 15(3), S37-S43
QURAISHI NA, AREALIS G, MANOHARAN SR, GIANNOULIS K, PURUSHOTHAMDAS S, EDWARDS KL and BOSZCZYK BM, 2015. The Surgical Management of Metastatic Spinal Tumours based on an Epidural Spinal Cord Compression (ESCC) Scale The Spine Journal. (In Press.)
Kim Edwards is a senior educationalist and epidemiologist, Professor of Sport Exercise and Nutrition Education, in the Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Dermatology, in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She is Director of postgraduate education for the School of Medicine, a member of the University's Quality and Standards Committee, and Course Director for two masters courses in the School: MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine. She is External Examiner for 5 courses at the University of Staffordshire and UCLAN. Collectively, this gives her a very broad knowledge of University processes, assessment and quality assurance of teaching and learning.
She has been the module convenor for the Research Methods module, Rsearch Project and Dissertation Sports and Exercise Medicine module and Sport and Exercise Nutrition module all at postgraduate level. She continues to contribute to these modules as well as Physical Activity Epidemiology. She takes innovative approach to teaching and learning, often flipping her classrooms and making extensive use of e-learning. Kim has fifteen years of experience teaching Research Methods and Statistics. She continues to teach Research Methods and Statistics for ten years to postgraduate medics and other health care professionals outside of the masters programmes (e.g. FRCS(Orth) Examination revision courses). She also contributes to teaching and assessment for the PGCHE modules and the Nottingham Recognition Scheme for aHE recognition.
In addition she supervises many undergraduates, interns, MSc and PhD research students and provides academic and pastoral support to MSc students. She was Senior Postgraduate Tutor for the School of Medicine for three years (to 2016).
I have a strong interest in medical education research and have undertaken projects in flipped teaching and peer marking schemes. In terms of my discipline specific research, I focus on physical activity, diet and environmental exposures and their association with chronic disease, such as osteoarthritis, cancer and obesity, from a public health and/or spatial epidemiology perspective. For example, spinal cancer patients' quality of life; school environment/childhood obesity; running/knee joint health; exercise adherence; interaction between obesity, injury and physical activity for knee osteoarthritis. I also develop and test small area estimation techniques, largely for modelling health data (e.g. I have used spatial microsimulation modelling to estimate physical activity behaviour, adult obesity and osteoarthritis).
My top 10 papers:
- Merrick D, Leveritt S, McKnight G, Edwards K, Pratten M (2016). What Anatomy Is Clinically Useful And When Should We Be Teaching It? Anatomical Sciences Education. (Accepted 21/12/15)
- Timmins KE, Leech R, Batt ME, Edwards KL. Running and knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Sports Medicine (accepted 12/5/16)
- Ching A, Skou ST< Thomas SA, Batt ME, Roos EM, Edwards KL (2016). A mixed methods study of knee confidence and self-efficacy: perceptions of knee osteoarthritis patients from the good life with osteoarthritis in Denmark initiative. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 04/2016; 24. DOI:10.1016/j.joca.2016.01.892
- Quraishi NA, et al (2015). Re-operation Rates in the Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastases. The Spine Journal, 15(3), Suppl: S37-S43
- Morris M et al (2014). What is the cost of a healthy diet? Using diet data from the UK Women's Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68 (11), 1043-1049
- Fraser LK, et al (2012). Fast food and obesity: A spatial analysis in a large UK population of children aged 13-15. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 42(5):e77- e85
- Hughes RJ, et al (2012). Exploring UK variations in childhood consumption of fruit and vegetables. British Journal of Nutrition, 108 (04): 733-742
- Fraser LK, et al (2011). Fast Food, other food choices and body mass index in a cohort of teenagers in the UK; A structural equation modelling approach. International Journal of Obesity, 35: 1325-1330
- Edwards KL, et al (2010). The neighbourhood matters: studying exposures relevant to childhood obesity and the policy implications in Leeds, UK. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(3): 194-201
- Edwards KL & Clarke GP (2009). The design and validation of a spatial microsimulation model of obesogenic environments in Leeds: SimObesity. Social Science and Medicine, 69: 1127-1134
Modern environments do not necessarily encourage residents to have an active, healthy lifestyle. In fact, the sedentary option is often the easiest choice. Accordingly my research regarding the obesogenic environment has lead me to examine the relationship between obesity and many different aspects of the environment, including access to facilities, urbanisation, social capital, deprivation, and neighbourhood safety, as well as many behavioural aspects, such as physical activity levels, sedentary behaviour, diet in terms of consumption and expenditure.
As part of my PhD I developed SimObesity, a deterministic spatial microsimulation model that can be used to estimate health data, such as obesity prevalence or physical activity levels. Please get in touch if you would like to use a version.