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Dr Flaminia Ronca
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. 

I am passionate about social mobility and seek ways to facilitate this through my work. I founded and directed a youth charity in Tottenham, London, for 8 years, where we have successfully supported 600+ young people through mentoring, education, sport and physical activity, seeing numerous members successfully enrol in further/higher education and improve their quality of life through our support. I sit on the Mayor of London's Sport and Serious Youth Violence Steering Group, and have worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to tackle youth crime and antisocial behaviour. 

Upon closing the charity in 2021, I opened the Exercise Neuroscience Research Group (ENRG) scholarship fund, which supports disadvantaged young people with high potential who are struggling to pursue higher education. I have embedded Community Engaged Learning in the new Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc programme which I designed.                     

Research Summary

My principal research interests lie in the interaction between exercise and the central nervous system. Through collaborative research with the Faculty of Brain Sciences and UCL Engineering, we are unpacking the physiological and behavioural mechanisms through which physical activity impacts brain activity and cognitive function. Together we have constituted the Exercise Neuroscience Research Group (ENRG).

I work closely with police forces to support the health, wellbeing and performance of police officers through scientific research. 

Teaching Summary

I am programme director of the iBSc and BSc courses in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health. In 2021 I substantially redeveloped the BSc programme to deliver a new, unique and innovative programme that will produce experienced graduates with practical experience and insight in clinical applications of exercise and physical activity, in both clinical and athletic contexts. 

I am a strong believer in research-led education and involving students in all aspects of the research process. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students from multiple faculties to facilitate interdisciplinary research under the Connected Curriculum framework. 

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