A member of the Royal College of Physicians, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University and former Research Fellow at St. Thomas’ Hospital, Nicky has extensive clinical and research experience in the fields of endocrinology (hormones/hormonal regulation of the body) and sport and exercise medicine.
Over her career, she has lent her expertise to numerous sporting bodies including the International Olympic Committee, the Australian Institute of Sports and the University of Geneva. A regular contributor to leading academic publication, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Nicky also produces educational resources for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Nicky’s particular areas of interest lie in sports endocrinology, RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) and bone health, and over the course of her career, she has worked with elite athletes, professional ballet dancers and aspiring sportspeople.
A passionate dancer, Nicky is a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK, as well as a choreographer and teacher. She’s always been active, having competed in swimming, gymnastics and tennis, and as a result, has herself experienced the Female Athlete Triad; low energy, menstrual dysfunction and low bone density.
Keay N, Francis G, Hind K. Low energy availability assessed by a sport-specific questionnaire and clinical interview indicative of bone health, endocrine profile and cycling performance in competitive male cyclists. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine 2018; 4(1)DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000424
Keay N, Francis G, Entwistle I, et al. Clinical evaluation of education relating to nutrition and skeletal loading in competitive male road cyclists at risk of relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S): 6-month randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine 2019; 5(1)DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000523
BA, MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, MRCP. Honorary Fellow Dept Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University
BSc (hons) PGDIP (DIET)
PGCERT(sportsnutr) RD BASES
Consultant clinical scientist, FRCPath, BSc Biochemistry, MSc Clinical Biochemistry, PhD Biochemistry