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Charlie Foster


Deputy Director & Physical Activity Programme Leader, CPNP

  • MSC in Global Health Science Module Lead: Implementation Strategies

Associate Professor Charlie Foster is Deputy Director of the Research Group and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches to Non-Communicable Disease Prevention. He leads two British Heart Foundation funded programmes of research on physical activity and obesity. The aim of both programmes is to improve the quality of the evidence base for basic epidemiology, measurement, correlates, interventions and policy.

Charlie is a global leader in systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the evidence base for physical activity, with reviews on epidemiology, correlates, interventions and evaluation of natural experiments. With over one hundred research publications including the Lancet, BMJ, and Cochrane Collaboration, he was asked to co-author the 2011 UK Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines. Charlie is a leader of physical activity and public health in the UK and was asked to present his research to the UK Parliament’s 2014 All-Party Commission on Physical Activity. He has global policy and advocacy experience working with WHO, EC, and CDC USA. He is the Chair of the UK's Chief Medical Offiicers' expert committee for physical activity. He is also the President elect of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, an international professional society for those interested in advancing the science and practice of physical activity as a global health priority through excellence in research, education, capacity building and advocacy.