Dr May Silveira Bianchim

Research Officer


Research Officer and Patient and Public Involvement lead for the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research

Intern at Cochrane's Qualitative Implementation Methods Group Methodology  


My research focuses on population health, patient and public involvement and co-development. I have experience conducting research in child and adolescent health involving chronic conditions, physical activity and cardiovascular health. I am currently developing skills in health systems and co-developing systems interventions. 

Teaching and Supervision

I supervised postgraduate students from 2020 to 2022 at the University of Stirling for the Msc in Health Research. During my PhD at Swansea University, I worked as a student demonstrator facilitating lectures in 5 different modules for the Bsc of Sports Sciences. I also delivered lectures as a guest lecturer at the Federal University of Sao Paulo for the modules of physiology, anatomy and kinesiology; including the following: 'Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System', 'Heart Rate Variability', and 'The Skeleton System Anatomy'. Prior to that, I worked as a student demonstrator at the Federal University of Sao Paulo for the modules of Clinical Cardiology, Clinical Neurology, Women's Health, Anatomy and Molecular Biology.

Grant Awards and Projects

Awards and Academic Honours

 2023: Nominated for a Research Culture award for the category of Outstanding Collaborator, University of Stirling (UK)

2022: International travel awards for Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (USA)

2021: Runner-up for Best Early Career Researcher Presentation Award at Paediatric Work Physiology Conference 2021, Swansea University (UK)

2021: Top presentation award (Compositional Analysis of Physical Activity, Sedentary Time and Sleep and Associated Health Outcomes in Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis) at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) Online Meeting’

2018: 3MT – Three Minutes Theses Competition winner for the College of Engineering, Swansea University (UK)

2017: Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary Student Prize 2016/17 for Outstanding Contribution, Swansea University (UK)

2017: EMH Postgraduate Student Award, Swansea University (UK)

2012: Top poster (Short-term Heart Rate Variability and Associated Risk) award at The Tenth International Catecholamine Symposium’, California (US)

Research Activity at Previous HEIs

Research Fellow, University of Stirling

2020-2022: Researcher for the CHAMPION project which is funded by the NIHR. This position involved liaising with a multi-disciplinary team, members of the public and healthcare professionals in order to deliver high-quality research on paediatric chronic pain. Specifically, I was responsible for conducting the day-to-day project tasks and had a key role in literature searches and data analysis. I also led patient and public involvement activities with support from the team. I was fundamental to ensure the successful day-to-day running of the project.

2020-2021: Supervision of placement students for the module NURP010. My role consisted of organising tasks for the intern, revising their work and providing meaningful feedback. I also kept them updated about the project.

Research assistant, Swansea University

2019: Consultancy for Hydromon to produce a systematic review in order to inform and support the launch of a hydration tracking device

2018: Consultancy for Sports England to produce a systematic review and a final report on physical activity and physical wellbeing

2017: Data collection and data analysis for Lookahead academic project

2018: Management of a research project in partnership with the NGO ‘Circus Eruption’

Research areas and keywords


  • RZ Other systems of medicine - Patient and public involvement, co-production, Population Health
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services - Chronic pain, Cystic Fibrosis, Physical activity

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2023 - Other , Specialisation Degree in Physical Activity and Nutrition, a clinical and academic perspective – NUTRAFIS (2021 - 2023)
  • 2021 - Sport and Exercise Science (2016 - 2019)
  • 2015 - MSc , Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (2013 - 2015)
  • 2012 - BA , Physiotherapy (2009 - 2012)

Research outputs (15)

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Accolades (7)

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