Dr. Nicky Keay

Sports and Dance Endocrinologist and Honorary Fellow Dept Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University.

 BA, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP.

Nicky has been dancing from a young age and still takes four Ballet classes per week. Nicky is passionate about applying clinical and research medical experience to support dancers of all levels reach their full potential

Nicky studied medicine at Cambridge University, with clinical attachments including sports medicine clinics in Australia and University of Geneva. After gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, Nicky trained in Endocrinology. As a Research Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital, she was part of the international medical team which developed an anti-doping test for growth hormone. With sport medicine grants, Nicky researched and published on the training effects on the Endocrine system in dancers. Most recent publications of competitive male cyclists and relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S). Currently Honorary Fellow at Durham University in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences researching the risk of RED-S in dancers and athletes. 

Nicky wrote the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) educational website Health4Performance on RED-S, is the medical advisor to Scottish Ballet, runs a clinic for dancers and athletes, and Chief Medical Officer of Forth Edge, providing medical interpretation of blood tests to dancers and athletes.