Human & Exercise Physiology - HE

The HE Theme  is a forum for those interested in basic, applied or translational human and exercise physiology. It covers research from cellular and molecular pathways that regulate the metabolic responses to exercise and nutrition in health and disease, to ‘whole body’ studies investigating how our musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems respond to various stress challenges.

Taking skeletal muscles (those attached to bones) as an example, research that falls under the HE Theme aims to identify the molecular and cellular events that underlie the weakening and shrinking of muscles as we age. Research also looks at how muscles respond to regular physical training and lifestyle changes aiming to minimise daily periods of very low physical activity. Researchers aim for this knowledge to help people maintain their vitality throughout their lifespan – whether they are elite athletes recovering from injury or frail patients recovering from illnesses, or simply any person wanting to understand how to further improve and optimise their healthy status.

This Theme also covers how the body responds to changes in environmental conditions such as extremes of heat, cold, or atmospherics – this research is important to see how the body responds when working in different climates, at different altitudes, or even in space.

The current convenors are Dr Gladys Onambele-Pearson (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Kostas Tsintzas (University of Nottingham).

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