Elroy Aguiar

University of Massachusetts Amherst Kinesiology postdoctoral research associate Elroy Aguiar
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Elroy Aguiar completed his PhD in Human Physiology in 2015 from the University of Newcastle, Australia. 

Research Description: 

Elroy is a physical activity and nutrition researcher interested in the prevention/management of diabetes and other cardiometabolic diseases. Elroy is currently a postdoctoral research associate under Dr.Catrine Tudor-Locke’s mentorship in the Physical Activity and Health Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US. His main role during this postdoctoral position is to coordinate and assist with the overall and day-to-day operation of the NIH/NIA R01 funded Cadence-Adults study – investigating the relationship between walking cadence (steps/min) and intensity of physical activity.

Prior to Elroy’s postdoctoral training, he completed his doctoral degree (PhD Human Physiology) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His PhD thesis focused on the feasibility and efficacy of a self-administered, gender-tailored, multi-component (diet, aerobic and resistance training) diabetes prevention program to elicit clinically meaningful weight loss and changes in glycemic markers. In October 2014, Elroy was awarded the Australian Sports Medicine Federation Fellows Award – ASICS Medal for “Best Paper” overall; and ASICS Award for “Best New Investigator – Physical Activity and Health Promotion” at the Sports Medicine Australia “Be Active” Conference for his PhD dissertation research.

Key Publications: 

Aguiar, E.J., Morgan P.J., Collins, C.E., Plotnikoff, R.C., Young, M.D., Callister, R. Efficacy of the type 2 diabetes PULSE Program randomized controlled trial. 2016, 50 (3): 353-364 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2015.08.020).

Aguiar, E.J., Morgan P.J., Collins, C.E., Plotnikoff, R.C., Callister, R. Characteristics of men classified at high-risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus using the AUSDRISK screening tool. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 2015, 108 (1): 45-54. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2015.01.017).

Aguiar, E.J., Morgan P.J., Collins, C.E., Plotnikoff, R.C., Callister, R. Efficacy of interventions that include diet, aerobic and resistance training components for type 2 diabetes prevention: a systematic review with meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014, 11(1): 2 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-11-2)

Morgan, P.J., Callister, R., Collins, C.E., Plotnikoff, R.C., Young, M., Berry, N., McElduff, P., Burrows, T., Aguiar, E.J. Saunders, K.L. The SHED-IT Community trial: A randomized controlled trial of internet and paper-based weight loss programs tailored for overweight and obese men. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2013, 45(2): 139-152 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12160-012-9424-z).

Collins, C.E., Morgan P.J., Jones P., Fletcher K., Martin J., Aguiar, E.J., Lucas A., Neve M., Callister R. A 12-week commercial web-based weight loss program for overweight and obese adults: a randomized controlled trial comparing basic versus enhanced features. Journal Medical Internet Research, 2012, 14(2): e57 (http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/1980