Dr Carolyn Greig MSc PhD

Dr Carolyn Greig

Reader in Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health

Contact details

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

Carolyn Greig is a translational scientist with research interests in the influence of use, disuse, age and disease on human skeletal muscle mass and function. She is particularly research active in the design and conduct of nutritional and physical activity interventions to maintain muscle mass and function in older healthy men and women and in frail patient groups. She also has an interest in human sedentariness and the development of interventions to reduce sitting time in older adults.  


  • BSc (Hons) University of Newcastle 1981
  • MSc University of London King’s College 1982
  • PhD Council for National Academic Awards 1988 (funded by the Sports Council of Great Britain)
  • Fellow of the Physiological Society 2017


Carolyn contributes to a number of BSc and MSc modules within SportexR and the college of Medical and Dental Sciences. She co-directs and is a module lead for the MSc in Musculoskeletal Ageing which is run under the auspices of the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research.

Other activities

Within the University of Birmingham, Carolyn is theme lead for Exercise and Health within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and co-leads the interventions theme for the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research. She is also a member of the University of Birmingham Clinical Trials Oversight Committee.

In addition, Carolyn is an active member of the UK Physiological Society and a co-opted member of the Society’s Meetings Committee. She is also a member of the Society for Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders. She reviews for a number of journals and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 


Recent publications


Aunger, J, Greaves, C, Davis, E & Greig, C 2019, 'A novel behavioural INTErvention to REduce Sitting Time in older adults undergoing orthopaedic surgery (INTEREST): protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 5, 54. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-019-0437-2

Willett, MJ, Greig, C, Rogers, D, Fenton, S, Duda, J & Rushton, A 2019, 'Barriers and facilitators to recommended physical activity in lower-limb osteoarthritis: protocol for a qualitative study exploring patients and physiotherapist perspectives using the theoretical domains framework and behaviour change taxonomy', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 10, e029199. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029199

McKendry, J, Shad, B, Smeuninx, B, Oikawa, SY, Wallis, G, Greig, C, Phillips, S & Breen, L 2019, 'Comparable rates of integrated myofibrillar protein synthesis between endurance-trained master athletes and untrained older individuals', Frontiers in Physiology, vol. 10, pp. 1084. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.01084

Willett, M, Duda, J, Fenton, S, Gautrey, C, Greig, C & Rushton, A 2019, 'Effectiveness of behaviour change techniques in physiotherapy interventions to promote physical activity adherence in lower limb osteoarthritis patients: a systematic review', PLoSONE, vol. 14, no. 7, e0219482. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219482

McKendry, J, Joanisse, S, Baig, S, Liu, B, Parise, G, Greig, CA & Breen, L 2019, 'Superior aerobic capacity and indices of skeletal muscle morphology in chronically trained master endurance athletes compared with untrained older adults', The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glz142

Asamane, EA, Greig, CA, Aunger, JA & Thompson, JL 2019, 'Perceptions and factors influencing eating behaviours and physical function in community-dwelling ethnically diverse older adults: a longitudinal qualitative study', Nutrients, vol. 11, no. 6, 1224. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11061224

Welch, C, Greig, CA, Hassan-Smith, ZK, Pinkney, TD, Lord, JM & Jackson, TA 2019, 'A pilot observational study measuring acute sarcopenia in older colorectal surgery patients', BMC Research Notes, vol. 12, no. 1, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4049-y

Shvedko, AV, Thompson, JL, Greig, CA & Whittaker, AC 2018, 'Physical Activity Intervention for Loneliness (PAIL) in community-dwelling older adults: protocol for a feasibility study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 187. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0379-0

Alrushud, AS, Rushton, AB, Bhogal, G, Pressdee, F & Greig, CA 2018, 'Effect of a combined programme of dietary restriction and physical activity on the physical function and body composition of obese middle-aged and older adults with knee OA (DRPA): protocol for a feasibility study', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 12, e021051. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021051

Husi, H, MacDonald, A, Skipworth, RJE, Miller, J, Cronshaw, A, Greig, C, Fearon, KCH & Ross, JA 2018, 'Urinary diagnostic proteomic markers for dynapenia in cancer patients', Biomedical Reports, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 547-556. https://doi.org/10.3892/br.2018.1092

Seniors USP Team & Greig, C 2018, 'What do older people do when sitting and why? implications for decreasing sedentary behavior', The Gerontologist. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny020

Shvedko, A, Whittaker, AC, Thompson, JL & Greig, CA 2018, 'Physical activity interventions for treatment of social isolation, loneliness or low social support in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 34, pp. 128-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.003

Review article

Doody, P, Aunger, J, Asamane, E, Greig, C, Lord, J & Whittaker, A 2019, 'Frailty Levels In Geriatric Hospital paTients (FLIGHT)-the prevalence of frailty among geriatric populations within hospital ward settings: a systematic review protocol', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 8, e030147, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030147

Aunger, JA, Doody, P & Greig, CA 2018, 'Interventions targeting sedentary behavior in non-working older adults: a systematic review', Maturitas, vol. 116, pp. 89-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.08.002

McKendry, J, Breen, L, Shad, B & Greig, C 2018, 'Muscle morphology and performance in master athletes: A systematic review and meta-analyses', Ageing Research Reviews, vol. 45, pp. 62-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2018.04.007

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