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Dr Katharine Richardson BSc, MSc, PhD

Visiting Fellow

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Visiting Fellow at University of Southampton and Clinical Physiologist for the preoperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) service at University Hospital Southampton.

I am a Clinical Physiologist at University Hospital Southampton. My main role is to assess patient’s preoperative fitness prior to major surgery using cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET).

I am passionate about research investigating optimisation strategies for patients undergoing major surgery (for example, preoperative exercise training). I obtained my PhD in 2015 at the University of Kent. I investigated preoperative exercise training as part of my PhD. Additional areas of research that I have been greatly involved in are immunology, nutrition and sleep disruption.


BSC, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Bangor, 2009
MSc, Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology, University of Bangor, 2010
PhD, University of Kent, 2015

Appointments held

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Bangor, 2009-2010
PhD Student, University of Kent, 2011-2015
Clinical Exercise Physiologist (Honorary contract), Medway Maritime NHS, 2011-2015
Clinical Physiologist, University Hospital Southampton, 2015-current





Research interests

I am passionate about clinical research, specifically optimisation strategies for patients having elective surgery. During my PhD I investigated the effect of preoperative exercise on postoperative outcome in two patient populations: abdominal aortic aneurysm surgical patients and cancer resection surgical patients (urology, colorectal). I was principal investigator for all three trials which entailed; maintaining the site file in accordance to GCP standards, delegation of study duties, recruiting and consenting patients into the research trials, prescribing exercise training programmes. 

During my MSc I assisted as a research assistant on studies funded by the Ministry of Defence in the areas of heat illness, immunology and nutrition in military personnel. My MSc thesis project was investigating the effect of three nights of sleep disruption on the immune function at rest.





Human Development and Health

Affiliate Department(s)

Human Development and Physiology

Dr Katharine Richardson
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ
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