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Myra was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Life and Environmental Sciences in October 2014 following a period of time (2008-2012) where she was Dean of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Loughborough University.
During the past 15 years Myra has added to the evidence base that both acute and chronic exercise has a profound effect on the inflammatory process. The discovery that contracting muscle fibres release substantial amounts of anti-inflammatory cytokines during exercise together with the fact that enlarged adipocytes of obese individuals recruit macrophages and promote inflammation requires that understanding the interaction between these 2 tissues is critical. Knowledge of this interaction allows us to devise exercise interventions which target specific pathways to prevent the onset of disease or to reverse the disease process.