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

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Chronic disease of lifestyle
  • Activity and behavioural interventions

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 on physiological health. My research highlights the importance of developing individualised exercise prescription for at-risk populations.

Teaching | Current

Semester 2, 2019

EXERSCI 710: Exercise Rehabilitation

EXERSCI 772: Clinical Exercise Practicum II

EXERSCI 774: Clinical Exercise Practicum II

EXERSCI 202: Principles of Tissue Adaptation

Postgraduate supervision

Current students supervised or co-supervised:

  • Bronwyn Paterson (MSc, Wits)
  • Yusuf Suleiman Kaoje (PhD, Wits)

Project topics available:

If you are interested in a postgraduate degree in a topic related to physical activity research in clinical populations, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss further.


I am the Deputy Academic Programme Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) and serve on the Department of Exercise Sciences CEP Advisory Board in that role.

Areas of expertise

Objective and subjective activity behaviour monitoring

Exercise physiology

Exercise related trials

Committees/Professional groups/Services

I am serving as the Deputy Theme Leader in the Faculty of Science Research Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Communities, until December 2019.

I serve on the Department of Exercise Sciences Undergraduate Committee.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • 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 nutrition, 110 (2), 349-357. 10.1093/ajcn/nqz073
  • 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
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

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