What We Do

The Understand, Evaluate, and Implement focus of MoveLab describes how we are developing a Complex Intervention – trying to help people change their behavior so that physiologically they can benefit and live healthier lives.

Combined, these three strands of research clearly show the effects of increased activity on the body, and inform best practice techniques to allow clinical care teams to support patients in achieving and sustaining a physically active lifestyle. In doing so, MoveLab has created one of the first fully translational research teams focusing on physical activity and exercise.


Providing information to patients, care teams and decision makers about whether becoming more physically active helps is a core component of MoveLab. Describing the benefits, from decreased disease risk and increased mobility, to a reduction in visits to a general practice and cost of management, allows people to make informed decisions about the use of physical activity and exercise as a therapy.


Knowing and understanding the mechanisms of ageing and disease are the key to understanding how physical activity and exercise can help. We work with leaders in molecular biology, biochemistry and bio-imaging to understand the mechanisms of disease and the effects of physical activity (or lack of) on the body. These studies lay the foundation upon which we can describe evidence based practice.


A unique aspect of the majority of the projects undertaken at MoveLab are that they are designed to be implemented. This means that what we do in research can be replicated in everyday clinical care. To enable this we have built some of the UK’s first professional and patient development pathways. Making these best practice techniques widely available is the final step in addressing the grand challenge of helping people move more and live healthier lives.