Department for Health

Dr John Campbell

Prize Fellow in exercise oncology and immunology

Prize FellowPhD

1 West 5.123
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5495

Supervision of early career researchers

Supervision of early career researchers John is happy to be contacted to discuss supervision of research projects in the area of exercise and cancer prevention.


John joined the Department for Health in 2016 as a Prize Fellow and is developing a research programme investigating the anti-cancer properties of exercise. John is collaborating with the Bath Royal United Hospital, as well as national and international collaborators, to investigate how exercise and other lifestyle factors influence cancer development.

Prior to undertaking his role as a Prize Fellow, John completed his PhD in 2010 at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham UK. During his PhD, John investigated the benefits of exercise on immunological competency, whereby he conducted numerous randomised-controlled trials to determine how exercise improved vaccination responses in humans. Following his PhD, John undertook 5 years of post-doctoral training at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Birmingham Medical School. During this time, John co-invented the world’s first near-patient test for measuring free light chains (Seralite, Abingdon Health Ltd) - biomarkers for diagnosing and monitoring monoclonal gammopathies including MGUS and multiple myeloma. John has received principle / co-investigator funding from the MRC, NIHR and numerous other funding bodies.

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Exercise Immunology
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • British Society of Immunology
  • The Physiological Society UK
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Active collaborative and industry links

  • Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia
  • School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, UK
  • School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, USA
  • Radboud university medical centre Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Abingdon Health Ltd, Birmingham, UK.

Research interests

  • Exercise oncology and immunology
  • Inflammation, ageing and cancer
  • Vaccination and immune competency
  • Lifestyle behaviours and cancer prevention
  • Biomarker and assay development


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