Dr Jenna Panter

Senior Research Associate at Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)

Senior Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology Unit and Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge

Before joining CEDAR, Jenna spent several years based on the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) where she collected and used geographical data in several studies to explore how characteristics of the environment such as access to greenspace access act to influence walking, cycling and physical activity. Jenna has collaborated with academics from the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol, providing evidence for several pieces of public health guidance from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Jenna moved to the MRC Epidemiology Unit in 2010 to work as the lead quantitative researcher on the Commuting and Health in Cambridge study. She then won an NIHR post-doctoral fellowship (2013 to 2015) which focused on understanding the effects of environmental changes on walking, cycling and physical activity, as well as understanding the mechanisms by which such changes in behaviour are brought about.

Her current research focuses on examining patterns and determinants of change in physical activity, evaluating local and national environmental and policy interventions and evidence synthesis. She is also interested in in the role of physical activity for the prevention of weight gain and obesity, cardiovascular and mental health in adults and children.