I trained as a immunologist/ biochemist and worked in the biotechnology industry until 1998. Since graduating in 2000 with a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, I have concentrated on researching the physical and psychological effects of exercise and physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. I have published over 30 research papers and three academic book chapters in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship. I consider myself as a "Pracademic" ie my academic work is closely connected to the practitioner's world. I have made two exercise DVDs for cancer survivors funded by Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care; I set up the first free community based exercise programme for cancer survivors in the UK; and I am Director of CanRehab (www.canrehab.co.uk) established to train fitness instructors how to provide safe effective exercise programmes for anyone post cancer diagnosis . In addition to my research interests and establishing best practice, I am also involved in the development and running of Clinical Exercise Science M.Sc at Edinburgh Napier and I am a consultant for Macmillan Cancer Care, assisting the charity in the establishment and evaluation of UK wide community based exercise programmes for cancer patients and survivors.