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GeneralFeb 23, 2021

Southampton-based academic Maria Stokes joins Covid-19 BAME research project

Maria Stokes, professor of musculoskeletal rehabilitation at the University of Southampton, has joined a Covid-19-related research project.

Professor Stokes, a physiotherapist by background, joins the Consortium on Practices for Wellbeing and Resilience in BAME Families and Communities (Co-POWeR), led by Professor Iyiola Solanke at the University of Leeds.

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As the news was unveiled on the university’s website, Professor Stokes said: ‘It is well known that regular physical activity, which requires good nutrition, helps to prevent and improve underlying health conditions that affected the severity of impact of Covid-19 on health, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. 

‘These conditions are also common in BAME communities, so it’s vital to ensure that people who are vulnerable to the conditions are active and eat well.' 

The 18-month long Co-POWeR project is backed by £2.5 million in funding from UK Research and Innovation, via the Economic and Social Research Council.

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