Public presentation of research findings to get blood pumping

Scientists will stage a public presentation where they will reveal exciting research findings which could potentially help prevent people from developing diseases of the blood vessels in later life.

A team of academics from the Community and Health Research Group at the University of Lincoln have just completed a pilot study into the effects of exercise and nutrition on the efficient working of small blood vessels in people aged 50 and over.

The researchers are holding a free public lecture where they will present their key findings and discuss the potential significance. There will also be opportunities for audience members to pose questions.

The event takes place on Friday 25th May 2012 in the EMMTEC building on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus. It runs from 12pm-2pm. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Markos Klonizakis, a Research Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln who specialises in the study of the small veins of the human body, and his co-researchers Geoff Middleton, Dr. Ahmad Alkhatib and Dr. Mark Smith.

The team spent eight weeks working with volunteers to assess the effect of changes to exercise and diet on the efficiency of blood flow in the small blood vessels – known as the microvascular system. Internal damage to these vessels is thought to be responsible for some common circulatory diseases, particularly varicose veins and leg ulceration.

Results from their pilot study were very positive, suggesting potential health benefits for all, but especially for older people, who due to the effects of ageing are more at risk of developing circulatory problems.

Dr. Klonizakis said: “This was a pilot study, but the results are exciting and point the way for further research. We felt it was important to share these early findings not just with the academic community, but also anyone with an interest in health. This presentation will be a chance for members of the public to hear more about our experiment and ask questions about what the results might mean.”

Admission to the presentation is free to attend but places are limited. To confirm a place, email Dr. Klonizakis at:


The School of Health and Social Care Community and Health Research Group (CAHRG) are pleased to produce the ‘Community and Health Research News’ blog to complement our newsletter, ‘Research News’. The newsletter and blog aim to provide regular updates on the group’s activities, to complement staff web entries and link to the Research Repository to increase awareness of current work. We hope this will promote further interest in research activity and the development of internal and external collaborations.