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Dr Rebecca Mary Meiring

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD Physiology, PGDip HSci Edu (Wits)


I joined the Department in October 2018 from the School of Physiology, where I was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am a physiologist with a specific interest in exercise physiology. I completed my PhD in 2014 and am an honorary research fellow in the School of Physiology at Wits. 

Research | Current

My research interest lies in the field of habitual activity monitoring and the effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health outcomes in clinical populations. My research uses accelerometry to monitor activity behaviours in patients following treatment in order to determine whether changes in behaviours have an effect on risk factors for lifestyle disease. I am also interested in the efficacy of novel exercise training protocols (HIIT) on physiological health. My research highlights the importance of developing individualised exercise prescription for at-risk populations.

Teaching | Current

EXERSCI 703 Cardiac rehabilitation course coordinator

Postgraduate supervision

Current students:

Bronwyn Paterson - The effect of a high fat low carbohydrate diet on physiological health: a randomised controlled trial (MSc, Wits)

Yusuf Suleiman Kaoje - Sedentary behaviour in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis: daily activity behaviours and physiological mechanisms (PhD, Wits)

Past students:

Emmanuel Frimpong - The effects of total knee arthroplasty on habitual physical activity and sedentary behaviour and health outcomes in osteoarthritis patients (PhD, Wits)

Nonhlanhla Mthembu - Associations between disease activity, biomarkers of bone turnover and habitual physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (MSc, Wits)

Jason Dunning - The effect of interrupting sedentary behaviour on the cardiometabolic health of adults with sedentary occupations (MSc, Wits)

Yusuf Kaoje - Physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns in knee osteoarthritis patients (MSc, Wits)

If you are interested in a postgraduate degree in a topic related to any of the research areas mentioned above, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss further.

Areas of expertise

Objective and subjective activity behaviour monitoring

Exercise physiology

Exercise related trials

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Frimpong, E., McVeigh, J. A., van der Jagt, D., Mokete, L., Kaoje, Y. S., Tikly, M., & Meiring, R. M. (2019). Light intensity physical activity increases and sedentary behavior decreases following total knee arthroplasty in patients with osteoarthritis. Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA, 27 (7), 2196-2205. 10.1007/s00167-018-4987-2
  • Iacovides, S., Goble, D., Paterson, B., & Meiring, R. M. (2019). Three consecutive weeks of nutritional ketosis has no effect on cognitive function, sleep, and mood compared with a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet in healthy individuals: a randomized, crossover, controlled trial. The American journal of clinical nutrition10.1093/ajcn/nqz073
  • Frimpong, E., McVeigh, J. A., & Meiring, R. M. (2018). Sedentary Behavior in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis Before and After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. Journal of aging and physical activity, 26 (4), 671-681. 10.1123/japa.2017-0214
  • Dunning, J. R., McVeigh, J. A., Goble, D., & Meiring, R. M. (2018). The Effect of Interrupting Sedentary Behavior on the Cardiometabolic Health of Adults With Sedentary Occupations: A Pilot Study. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 60 (8), 760-767. 10.1097/jom.0000000000001327
  • Iacovides, S., & Meiring, R. M. (2018). The effect of a ketogenic diet versus a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet on sleep, cognition, thyroid function, and cardiovascular health independent of weight loss: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 19 (1)10.1186/s13063-018-2462-5
  • Magutah, K., Meiring, R., Patel, N. B., & Thairu, K. (2018). Effect of short and long moderate-intensity exercises in modifying cardiometabolic markers in sedentary Kenyans aged 50 years and above. BMJ open sport & exercise medicine, 4 (1)10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000316
  • Oosthuyse, T., McVeigh, J. A., Micklesfield, L. K., & Meiring, R. M. (2017). Radial and tibial bone indices in athletes participating in different endurance sports: a pQCT study. European journal of sport science, 17 (2), 231-240. 10.1080/17461391.2016.1219770
  • Meiring, R. M., Micklesfield, L. K., & McVeigh, J. A. (2016). The effect of loading and ethnicity on annual changes in cortical bone of the radius and tibia in pre-pubertal children. Annals of human biology, 43 (6), 520-526. 10.3109/03014460.2015.1106009

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 228
New Zealand