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Influence of exercise and nutrition on human metabolism

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    Dr Wallis
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Project Description

I am interested in defining optimal strategies that incorporate exercise as a means to prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes. As well, I seek to generate deeper mechanistic understanding to contribute to the underpinning evidence for the benefits of exercise in maintaining good health. Finally, I am interested in how nutrition can influence responses to exercise, be that for the improvement of sports performance, or in the optimisation of exercise for health.

To study these areas I use the most relevant experimental model, the human, and utilise a range of experimental approaches that enable detailed profiling of metabolic responses to exercise and nutrition intervention. This includes exercise testing, nutritional intervention, stable isotope tracer techniques, biological tissue/fluid collection and clinical and analytical chemistry including mass spectrometry.

My research efforts to date have been focussed on trying to understand why humans exhibit substantial inter-individual variability in their capacity to use fat as a fuel for exercise and also what the potential physiological and practical significance of this variability is. This has informed the development of several novel nutrition and exercise intervention strategies, which are currently under investigation, aimed at manipulating fat oxidation during exercise in order to ultimately produce improvements in metabolic health or physical performance.

If you are interested in the research focus described above, please consult the Funding Notes and feel free to contact me to discuss opportunities further.

Funding Notes

You can search for sources of funding at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact:
[email protected]

I welcome applications from Home/EU and overseas students. The University of Birmingham offers a number of competitive scholarships for students of the highest calibre. Further details are available at : http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/fees/postgraduate/scholarships/index.aspx.

Students are also welcome to apply with their own funding for this project, either through their own personal funds or by securing a scholarship.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.40

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