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Nana is the Director of Division of Global Public Health at the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Nana's work on Economics of Physical Activity has been used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to formulate three national public health guidelines on exercise referral schemes, and brief advice for adults in primary care.

He has quantified how time and money prices influence behaviour change.

Having won the Walduck Prize for Research Impact, Nana’s work further secured prestigious UK Department of Health funding to conduct the first ever English general population survey on the economics of physical activity.

His interests in public health are wide-ranging. How primary care can improve health outcomes; whether financial incentives improve maternal and child health; and what the link between shopping vouchers and breastfeeding may be, are some of the public health questions Nana is keen to answer.

As an ardent gym goer himself, his quest for knowledge led him to investigate whether physical activity was any more independent from sedentary behaviour.

Nana is Chair of ISPAH LMIC Council and a member of the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) College of Experts. As Institute of Leadership and Management certified coach and mentor and a former broadcast journalist, Nana is passionate about communicating research and supporting research careers through podcasts – the Research Life, which he co-founded with colleagues.

Nana has a PhD in Health Economics (Brunel), an MSc in Environmental Resources Management from Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and, a BA in Economics and Sociology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana).

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Director, Division of Global Public Health

Course Director, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

Coordinator, Brunel Global Public Health Academy

Newest selected publications

Ryan, J., Theis, N., Koufaki, P., Phillips, S., Anokye, N., Andreopoulou, G., et al. (2020) 'The effect of RaceRunning on cardiometabolic disease risk factors and functional mobility in young people with moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy: protocol for a feasibility study.'. BMJ Open, 10 (7). pp. e036469. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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Ryan, J., McKay, E., Anokye, N., Noorkoiv, M., Theis, N. and Lavelle, G. (2020) 'A comparison of the CHU-9D and the EQ-5D-Y instruments in adolescents with cerebral palsy.'. BMJ Open. pp. 1 - 23. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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Norris, M., Fortune, J., Ryan, J., Stennett, A., Kilbride, C., Lavelle, G., et al. (2020) '“I can do this”: a qualitative exploration of acceptability and experiences of a physical activity behaviour change intervention in people with multiple sclerosis in the UK'. BMJ Open, 10 (3). pp. e029831 - e029831. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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Ryan, JM., Cameron, MH., Liverani, S., Smith, KJ., O'Connell, N., Peterson, MD., et al. (2019) 'Incidence of falls among adults with cerebral palsy: a cohort study using primary care data from the United Kingdom'. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 62 (4). pp. 477 - 482. ISSN: 0012-1622 Open Access Link

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Ryan, JM., Fortune, J., Stennett, A., Kilbride, C., Lavelle, G., Hendrie, W., et al. (2019) 'Safety, feasibility, acceptability and effects of a behaviour-change intervention to change physical activity behaviour among people with multiple sclerosis: results from the iStep-MS randomised controlled trial.'. Multiple Sclerosis, 26 (14). pp. 1907 - 1918. ISSN: 1352-4585 Open Access Link

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