Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Frances Taylor

Frances Taylor

Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program


Frances’ thesis is ‘Understanding the impact of intermittent physical activity on vascular function across states of abnormal glucose metabolism’.

Recent evidence suggests that breaking up prolonged sitting time is beneficial in improving cardiometabolic risk biomarkers. Further, those with higher underlying levels of insulin resistance may derive greater metabolic benefits from regularly interrupting prolonged sitting. However, little is known about this approach and whether such benefits exist for vascular function. Specifically, there is limited evidence detailing the potential impacts of intermittent activity across abnormal states of glucose (Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS).