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The Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep Consortium (ProPASS)

Using wearables to quantify the effects of physical activity and sleep behaviours on health outcomes
ProPASS is a collaborative platform aimed at generating evidence to be used in the next generation of physical activity, sleep and exercise medicine guidelines.

The ultimate aim of ProPASS is to generate knowledge that will directly feed into the evidence base that will shape future physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep guidelines and the policies that make use of such guidelines.

The objectives of ProPASS are to:

  • Establish a data resource on physical activity, posture, sleep, and longitudinal health outcomes;
  • Develop a set of tools for processing, harmonising, and pooling data of existing such studies; 
  • Develop a set of tools and methods for harmonising the methodologies of future studies on physical activity, posture allocation, and sleep;
  • Carry out individual participant meta-analyses examining the associations between cross-sectional and longitudinal health outcomes and detailed physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep patterns.  

Thigh-worn accelerometry is unique in that it captures detailed and accurate information about several dimensions of physical behaviour including activity types as well as other aspects of lifestyle for which we have an incomplete or poor understanding. 

ProPASS is the largest international collaboration of cohort studies that used or plan to use thigh-worn accelerometry to explore the complex links between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, and posture with health and disease. ProPASS is supported by a number of epidemiological cohorts such as the HUNT (Norway), 1970 British Birth Cohort Study, Maastricht Study and Australian Longitudinal Study one Women’s Health.  

Our research will bring together a number of international leading cohorts with physical activity and sleep data. This will help us understand how unexplored aspects of physical activity and sleep influence health outcomes and help prevent chronic disease.  

Internal Collaborators

External Collaborators

  • Prof Andreas Holtermann,
  • Prof Mark Hamer
  • A/Prof Annemarie Koster
  • A/Prof Vegar Rangul
  • Prof Ulf Ekelund
  • Dr Charles Matthews
  • Prof I-Min Lee 
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Visit the ProPASS Consortium website for more information.

Project Node Leader

Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis
View Emmanual Stamatakis' profile