Reseach Group Aims & Objectives

  • To become a world-class focus for research excellence in exercise science, building on its distinctive identity in understanding the basic mechanisms, and translational applications of physical activity in health, disease, injury and rehabilitation.
  • To see Leeds internationally recognised for its innovative research, building on strong links to the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering and local NHS hospitals, exploiting the interface between exercise and clinical sciences to provide high quality translational outcomes.
  • To improve understanding of the integrated systems biology of physical activity, from youth to senescence, where exercise tolerance, nutritional support, biomechanical efficiency, motor control or psychological wellbeing is limited.
  • To develop innovative solutions to a number of key societal priorities with academic impact that requires an unusually broad molecular cell-to-systems research portfolio, supporting diagnostic and stratification approaches, with translational benefits ranging from physical capability to elite performance.


The translational benefit of these approaches include:

  • Better understanding the dynamic relationship between activity patterns, physical and mental health, predisposition to and recovery from chronic conditions (e.g. cardiorespiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer), across the lifespan.
  • Ameliorate the consequences of physical inactivity, inform disease prevention, aid rehabilitation of patients with impaired movement, and underpin developments in wellbeing and healthy ageing.


The group has research meetings to:

  • Facilitate activity through discussion of research in the exercise sciences
  • Aid grant success through peer review
  • Develop multidisciplinary research activities
  • Support junior members in these activities


Research Themes

Cardiovascular and Exercise Physiology
Exercise and the Cardiovascular System
Pulmonary Dysfunction in Exercise
The Ageing Heart and Skeletal Muscles
Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics
Alternative Exercise Strategies
Physical Activity in Clinical and Public Health

Biomechanics, Motor Control and Exercise Psychology
Upper and Lower Limb Coordination
Neural Control of Movement & Rehabilitation
Biomechanics in Sport and Injury
Locomotor Efficiency;
Promotion of Physical and Mental Well-being Across the Lifespan
Psychology of Exercise as a Health-related Behaviour