Francis is a PhD candidate in Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology. He holds academic qualifications in Bachelor of Science in Medical laboratory science (University of Ghana); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - MBBS (Shenyang Medical College, China); Master of Surgery (Hebei North University, China); and Master of Public Health (Australian Catholic University, Australia). Also, he is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. His current thesis title is Sedentary Behaviour and Musculoskeletal Pain Disorders in Type 2 Diabetes.
Sedentary behaviour (too much sitting, as distinct from too little physical activity or exercise) is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes and reducing and breaking up sitting time is now recommended as part of diabetes management. Recent evidence indicates an increasing prevalence of musculoskeletal pain disorders in those living with type 2 diabetes. However, little is known about the relationships of sedentary behaviour with musculoskeletal pain disorders in type 2 diabetes. Besides, mechanisms underpinning musculoskeletal pain disorders in type 2 diabetes need to be elucidated.
Francis’ PhD focus, therefore, is to explore the association of sedentary behaviour with musculoskeletal pain conditions in adults with type 2 diabetes. The research approach is using statistical modelling methods to understand the impact of reducing and interrupting prolonged sitting with physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes and outcomes related to musculoskeletal pain disorders. The findings will provide new insights into the potential role of sedentary behaviour in the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain disorders in type 2 diabetes.