Dr Victoria Burns BSc PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Burns-Vicky

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8104

Fax +44 (0)121 414 4121

Email v.e.burns@bham.ac.uk

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Feedback and office hours

My office hours are Mondays 1-3pm. If students need to see me outside of these hours, please contact me on Canvas.

Qualifications

BSc, Ph.D. (University of Birmingham)

Biography

Victoria received her undergraduate degree and PhD here in Sportex. Her PhD examined the association between psychological stress and antibody response to vaccination and she received the Faculty of Science award for this research. She was appointed as a post-doctoral research fellow in the School in 2002, became a Roberts Research Fellow in 2004, and a Senior Lecturer in 2011. She completed a Action Medical Research grant, examining exercise as a behavioural adjuvant to vaccination. More recently, she has been researching the development of groupwork skills in Higher Education using outdoor education, and the role of extracurricular activities in supporting successful transition to University.

Staff Interview with Dr Victoria (Vikki) Burns

Teaching

Victoria was awarded a University of Birmingham Teaching Fellowship, in recognition of her work developing the generic skills training programme for postgraduate students. She provides training and advice in good teaching practice for both undergraduate and postgraduate level across the University, as well as contributing to the assessment of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Along with Dr Jennifer Cumming, Victoria secured Educational Enhancement funds in 2010 from the Centre of Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) for teaching-related research into the transfer of teamwork skills learnt at the University’s Raymond Priestley Outdoor Pursuits Centre to academia.

Victoria teaches Anatomy to first year undergraduates, and Exercise and Behavioural Immunology to third years. She uses technology, as well as more simple techniques, to promote interactive teaching and learning. She also supervises third year project students, and delivers lectures to the whole third year on essay and dissertation writing and examination technique.

Postgraduate supervision

Current postgraduate students

Sam Cooley (2011 - 2014) Development of groupwork skills in higher education through outdoor education (PhD)

Fredrik Weibull (2010 - 2014) Exercise imagery (PhD)

Jerrald Rector (2010 – 2013) Psychosocial determinants of immunological ageing. (PhD)

Emily Novacovic (2012-2013) Extracurricular activities, transferable skills, and transition to university (MPhil)

Former postgraduate students

Joanna Long, PhD (2008 - 2011) Exercise and antibody response to vaccination in healthy and HIV+ populations (currently post-doctoral fellow in Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham)

Natalie E Riddell, PhD (2006 – 2010) Adrenergic regulation of T cell function (currently post-doctoral fellow in Experimental Immunology, University College London).

Leila H Anane, PhD (2005 – 2009) Stress lymphocytosis: mechanisms and clinical relevance (currently teaching staff at Numidia Academy).

John Campbell, PhD (2006 - 2010) Behavioural adjuvants to vaccination (currently post-doctoral fellow in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences)

Anna Phillips, PhD (2002 - 2005) Psychosocial factors, reactivity, and antibody response to vaccination (currently Reader in Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham)

Kate Edwards, PhD (2002 - 2005) Acute stress and the immune response to vaccination in humans (currently lecturer at the University of Sydney)

Research

Victoria's current research focusses on her teaching related activities, including exploring the development of transferable skills in students to support transition to university. Along with Dr Jennifer Cumming, she started the Birmingham Evaluating Skill Transfer (BEST) project (www.bestskills.com), that explores the roles of extracurricular activities in developing skills for a variety of contexts. This has been funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Centre for Learning and Academic Development, and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

She also retains an interest in exercise immunology, collaborating with Dr John Campbell in the School of Immunity and Infection, and Dr Jos Bosch at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. This work explores how periods of acute stress and exercise are characterised not by a generalised mobilisation of immune cells, as was previously thought, but by a highly specific and functionally relevant mobilisation of cells with immediate killing potential.

Other activities

Victoria is Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement (QAE) for the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Director of Teaching Quality Enhancement for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. She has been the postgraduate training lead for both the School and the College and remains a member of the University Graduate Training Group.

Victoria is also interested in communicating science to a wider audience and completed a British Association for the Advancement of Science Media Fellowship, during which she worked as a science journalist for the Irish Times. She also won first prize in the National Brain Science Writing prize for an article about research conducted in our department, which went on to be published in the Telegraph. She helps students to develop these skills in her module, with Natural Sciences students, and through a postgraduate Outreach course. She delivers lectures to school children in collaboration with the Outreach team at the University.

Publications

Cooley SJ, Holland MJG, Cumming J, Novakovic EG, Burns VE. Introducing the use of a semi-structured video diary room to investigate students’ learning experiences during an outdoor adventure education groupwork skills course. Higher Education 2013 Online First.

Turner JE, Campbell JP, Edwards KM, Howarth LJ, Pawelec G, Aldred S, Moss P, Drayson MT, Burns VE, Bosch JA. Rudimentary signs of immunosenescence in Cytomegalovirus-seropositive healthy young adults. Age 2013; Jul 12 [epub ahead of print].

Long JE, Ring C, Bosch JA, Eves F, Drayson MT, Calver R, Say V, Allen D, Burns VE. A lifestyle physical activity intervention and the antibody response to pneumococcal vaccination in women. Psychosomatic Medicine 2013; 75(8): 774-82.

Cooley SJ, Williams SE, Burns VE, Cumming J. Methodological variations in guided imagery interventions using movement imagery scripts in sport: A systematic review. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity 2013; 8(1): 13-34.

Long JE, Ring C, Drayson M, Bosch J, Campbell JP, Bhabra J, Browne D, Dawson J, Harding S, Lau J, Burns VE. Vaccination response following aerobic exercise: Can a brisk walk enhance antibody response to pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations? Brain Behavior and Immunity 2012; 26(4): 680-7.

Quested E, Bosch J, Burns VE, Cumming J, Ntoumanis N, Duda JL. Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction Cognitive Appraisals and Dancers’ Hormonal and Emotional Responses. Health Psychology. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 2011; 33(6): 828-46.

Anane LH, Edwards KM, Burns VE, van Zanten JJCS, Drayson MT, Bosch JA. Phenotypic characterisation of γδ T cells mobilized in response to acute psychological stress. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2010; 24(4): 608-14.

Burns VE, Gallagher S. Antibody response to vaccination as a marker of in vivo immune function in psychophysiological research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews 2010 35(1):122-6.

Campbell JP, Edwards KM, Ring C, Drayson MT, Bosch JA, Downes C, Long JE, Lumb JA, Merry A, Paine NJ, Burns VE. Exercise intensity does not influence the efficacy of eccentric exercise as a behavioural adjuvant to vaccination. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2010; 24:623-630.

Campbell JP, Edwards KM, Ring C, Drayson MT, Bosch JA, Inskip A, Long JE, Pulsford D, Burns VE. The effects of vaccine timing on the efficacy of eccentric exercise as a behavioural adjuvant to vaccination. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2010;24:236-242.

Aldred S, Rohalu M, Edwards KM, Burns VE. DHEA and DHEAS response to exercise in healthy older adults; altered response in comparison to younger adults and implications for oxidative status. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2009; 17: 77-88.

Anane LH, Edwards KM, Burns VE, Drayson MT, Riddell NE, van Zanten JJCS, Wallace G, Mills PJ, Bosch JA. Mobilization of gammadelta T lymphocytes in response to psychological stress, exercise, and beta-agonist infusion. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2009; 23:823-829.

Campbell JP, Riddell NE, Burns VE, Turner M, Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Drayson MT, Bosch JA. Acute exercise mobilises CD8+ T lymphocytes exhibiting an effector-memory phenotype. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2009; 23:767-775.

Phillips AC, Carroll D, Burns VE, Drayson M. Cardiovascular Activity and the Antibody Response to Vaccination. J Psychosom Res 2009;67:37-43.

Burns VE, Edwards KM, Ring C, Drayson M, Carroll D. Complement cascade activation following an acute psychological stress task. Psychosomatic Medicine 2008; 70: 387-96

Phillips A, Burns VE. A shot in the arm for research. The Psychologist 2008: 22(3), p202-5

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Adkins AE, Carroll D, Drayson M, Ring C. Meningococcal A vaccination response is enhanced by acute stress in men. Psychosom Med 2008; 70:147-51.

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Carroll D, Drayson M, Ring C. The acute stress-induced immunoenhancement hypothesis. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 2007;35:150-5.

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Allen LM, McPhee JS, Bosch JA, Carroll D, Drayson M, Ring C. Eccentric exercise as an adjuvant to influenza vaccination in humans. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 2007;21:209-17.

Phillips AC, Burns VE, Lord JM. Stress and exercise: Getting the balance right for aging immunity. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 2007; 35: 35-39.

Phillips A, Burns VE. Why are vaccinations interesting to psychologists? The Psychologist 2007; 21: 202-204.

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Reynolds T, Ring C, Carroll D, Drayson M. Acute stress exposure prior to influenza vaccination enhances antibody response in women. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 2006; 20:159-68.

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Ring C, Carroll D. Individual differences in the IL-6 response to maximal and submaximal exercise tasks. Journal of Sport Sciences 2006; 24: 855-862.

Edwards KM, Burns VE, Ring C, Carroll D. Sex Differences in the interleukin-6 response to acute psychological stress. Biological Psychology 2006; 71: 236-239.

Phillips AC, Carroll D, Burns VE, Ring C, Macleod J, Drayson M. Bereavement and Marriage are Associated with Antibody Response to Influenza Vaccination in the Elderly Brain, Behavior and Immunity 2006; 20:279-289.

Burns VE, Ring C, Carroll D. Factors influencing influenza vaccination uptake in an elderly, community-based sample. Vaccine 2005; 23: 3604-3608.

Phillips AC, Carroll D, Burns VE, Ring C, Drayson M. The association between life events, social support and antibody status following thymus-dependent and thymus-independent vaccinations in healthy young adults. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 2005; 19: 325-333.

Phillips AC, Carroll D, Burns VE, Drayson M. Neuroticism, cortisol reactivity, and antibody response to vaccination. Psychophysiology 2005; 42: 232-238.

Burns VE. Stress and antibody response to vaccination: implications of animal studies for human clinical research. Expert Reviews of Vaccines 2004; 3: 141-149.

Burns VE, Ring C, Harrison LK, Carroll D, Drayson M. Reductions in secretory immunoglobulin A to cold pressor stress are not influenced by timing of saliva sampling. Biological Psychology 2004; 66: 91-98.

Veldhuijzen van Zanten JJCS, Ring C, Burns VE, Edwards KM, Drayson M, Carroll D. Mental stress-induced haemoconcentration: sex differences and mechanisms. Psychophysiology 2004; 41:541-551

Burns VE, Carroll D, Ring C, Drayson M. Antibody response to vaccination and psychosocial stress in humans: Relationships and mechanisms. Vaccine 2003; 21: 2523-34

Burns VE, Carroll D, Drayson M, Whitham M, Ring C. Life events, perceived stress, and antibody response to influenza vaccination in young, healthy adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2003; 55: 569-572.

Burns VE, Ring C, Drayson M, Carroll D. Cortisol and cardiovascular reactions to mental stress and antibody status following hepatitis B vaccination: A preliminary study. Psychophysiology 2002; 39: 361-368.

Burns VE, Drayson M, Ring C, Carroll D. Perceived stress and psychological well-being are associated with antibody status after meningitis C conjugate vaccination. Psychosomatic Medicine 2002; 64: 963-970.

Burns VE, Carroll D, Ring C, Harrison LK, Drayson M. Stress, coping, and hepatitis B antibody status. Psychosomatic Medicine 2002; 64: 287-293.

Ring C, Burns VE, Carroll D. Shifting hemodynamics of blood pressure control during prolonged mental stress. Psychophysiology 2002; 39: 585-590.

Harrison LK, Denning S, Easton HL, Hall JC, Burns VE, Ring C, Carroll D. The effects of competition and competitiveness on cardiovascular activity. Psychophysiology 2001; 38: 601-606.

Harrison LK, Carroll D, Burns VE, Corkill AR, Harrison CM, Ring C, Drayson M. Cardiovascular and secretory immunoglobulin A reactions to humorous, exciting and didactic film presentations. Biological Psychology 2000; 52: 113-126.

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