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Dr Kirsten Poore BSc (Hons), PhD

Lecturer in Physiology, Module Lead (Endocrinology and the Life Cycle)

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Dr Kirsten Poore is a Lecturer in Physiology within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Being interested in developmental physiology, her research focuses on how the environment both before we are born and in our early years can influence our life-long health.

Our risk of disease is a continuously influenced by the environment throughout our life course, starting from before we are born.

Dr Kirsten Poore is a Lecturer in Physiology within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Being interested in developmental physiology, her research focuses on how the environment both before we are born and in our early years can influence our life-long health.

Dr Poore was appointed Lecturer in Physiology in 2007, after first moving to Southampton in 2001 to join an active research team. Originating in Australia, Dr Poore completed her PhD in fetal physiology at Monash University in Melbourne, before moving to the UK and spending several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Alongside her roles teaching and leading modules for the Bachelor of Medicine programmes, she has a keen interest in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease research field, in particular early nutritional influences on the risk of diabetes and stress responsiveness. She is based in the Institute of Developmental Science on the Southampton General Hospital site..

Qualifications

BSc, Physiology, Monash University, Melbourne (1991)
PhD, Monash University, Melbourne (1997)

Appointments held

2001-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, including School of Medicine Career Track Award (2005), University of Southampton

1999-2001 Research Associate, University of Cambridge

1997-1999 Research Officer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1992-1993 Research Assistant, Unit 33, INSERM, Paris, France

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Research interests

Epidemiological studies have shown that the nutritional environment before birth affects an individual’s risk of adult-onset diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The nature of the postnatal environment may interact with the early environment to compound these risks.

Dr Poore’s research focuses on the long-term effects of the early life nutritional environment on metabolic, cardiovascular and endocrine homeostasis in later life. There is particular interest now on the effect of maternal obesity. Specific areas of interest include glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, blood pressure, fat accumulation, neuroinflammation and behaviour. Current projects are investigating the interaction between obesity, inflammation and stress responsiveness. This research takes an integrative approach, linking whole systems physiology with endocrinological and molecular mechanisms.

Academic unit(s)

Human Development and Health Academic Units

Affiliate academic unit(s)

Human development and physiology Research group

Postgraduate student supervision

Lisa Jones PhD
Aisha Rasool PhD

Personal Tutor

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Letter/Editorial

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Undergraduate medical teaching and leadership:

BM5 Year 2 Endocrinology and Life Cycle Module Leader.

BM5 Year 2 Deputy Leader

BM5 and 4. Delivers lectures to undergraduate medical students on the physiology of reproduction, fetal development, birth and lactation.

BSc Biomedical Science. Delivers lectures on the developmental origins of health and disease (BIOL3044 Course).

Postgraduate teaching:

BMedSci. Offers projects investigating the long-term consequences of altered early life nutrition.

Dr Kirsten Poore
Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Southampton General Hospital Mailpoint 801 South Academic Block Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD

Room Number:SGH/IDS/MP887

Telephone:(023) 8120 8663
Facsimile:(023) 8120 5255
Email:kpoore@soton.ac.uk

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