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

Exercise, Health & Ageing

Research in this theme is performed in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) at the University of Leeds. The MCRC was established in 2008 with the mission of advancing our understanding of cardiovascular disease and thereby improve human life in health, ageing and chronic disease. Here we focus on:

  • How integrated cardiovascular and neuromuscular function supports the ability to maintain exercise
  • The mechanisms by which the cardiovascular system adapts to exercise training stimuli

This research in this theme has received support from BBSRC, MRC, BHF, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, British Council and The University of Leeds MCRC. Visit the Research page to learn about some the current projects in this theme.

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Recent Publications

Ferguson C, Cannon DT, Wylde LA, Benson AP, Rossiter HB. Power-velocity and power-efficiency implications in the limitation of ramp incremental cycle ergometry: Reply to Morales-Alamo et al. Journal of Applied Physiology 120 477-, 2016

Keir DA, Benson AP, Love LK, Robertson TC, Rossiter HB, Kowalchuk JM. Influence of muscle metabolic heterogeneity in determining the V?o2p kinetic response to ramp-incremental exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Mar 1;120(5):503-13.
doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00804.2015.

Harris E, Rakobowchuk M, Birch KM. Sprint interval and sprint continuous training increases circulating CD34+ cells and cardio-respiratory fitness in young healthy women. PLoS One. 2014 Sep 29;9(9):e108720.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108720.

Ferguson C, Wylde LA, Benson AP, Cannon DT, Rossiter HB. No reserve in isokinetic cycling power at intolerance during ramp incremental exercise in endurance-trained men. Journal of Applied Physiology 120 70-77, 2016

Egginton S, Hussain A, Hall-Jones J, Chaudhry B, Syeda F, Glen KE. Shear stress-induced angiogenesis in mouse muscle is independent of the vasodilator mechanism and quickly reversible. Acta Physiologica 218 153-166, 2016

Olfert IM, Baum O, Hellsten Y, Egginton S. Advances and challenges in skeletal muscle angiogenesis. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 310 H326-H336, 2016

Walton RD, Jones SA, Rostron KA, Kayani AC, Close GL, McArdle A, Lancaster MK. Interactions of Short-Term and Chronic Treadmill Training With Aging of the Left Ventricle of the Heart. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 71 1005-1013, 2016

Jones SA, Lancaster MK. Progressive age-associated activation of JNK associates with conduction disruption in the aged atrium. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 146-148 72-80, 2015

Bowen TS, Koga S, Amano T, Kondo N, Rossiter HB. The Spatial Distribution of Absolute Skeletal Muscle Deoxygenation During Ramp-Incremental Exercise Is Not Influenced by Hypoxia. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;876:19-26.
doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3023-4_2.

Porszasz J, Blonshine S, Cao R, Paden HA, Casaburi R, Rossiter HB. Biological quality control for cardiopulmonary exercise testing in multicenter clinical trials. BMC Pulm Med. 2016 Jan 16;16:13.
doi: 10.1186/s12890-016-0174-8.

Taylor BJ, Snyder EM, Richert ML, Wheatley CM, Chase SC, Olson LJ, Johnson BD. Effect of β2-adrenergic receptor stimulation on lung fluid in stable heart failure patients. J Heart Lung Transplant -, 2016

Taylor BJ, Coffman KE, Summerfield DT, Issa AN, Kasak AJ, Johnson BD. Pulmonary capillary reserve and exercise capacity at high altitude in healthy humans. European Journal of Applied Physiology 116 427-437, 2016