Our Sport & Exercise Science and Nutrition Research Centre works across 3 main research themes, which capitalise on the research strengths of the group. We have a number of specialist laboratories and University facilities available to us. The Research Centre benefits from excellent links into sport and fitness industries and the health sector through our Partnerships.
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Research from within the group has led to the lodging of a number of patents. Two of the patents have been successfully commercialised with products available in the marketplace. Such as Fitflop (through Brandhandling Ltd) and youbreathe. Research and development costs were met in part through external funding from sources such as the Audi Foundation, Department of Trade and Industry and London Development Agency.Visit our product testing and development page for further information
Our research themes can be categorised into:
Muscles act in response to neural command. The neural mechanisms and neuronal pathways through which central commands are delivered to the muscles and the afferent information (feedback from the muscles) reaching the spinal and supraspinal centres and their consequences are investigated.
A dual approach is adopted under the nutrition and muscle metabolism theme, whereby exercise and nutritional interventions are used as tools to investigate metabolic pathways and their control.
Skeletal muscle is an exceptionally malleable tissue. Physical activity and diet are able to profoundly alter protein, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.
Clinicians and increasingly athletes, coaches and national sport governing bodies adopt an evidence-based approach to working practice. This requires evidence generated from thoughtfully designed research projects, a process with which we are fully engaged through the Clinical and applied science theme.
The Research Centre benefits from excellent links with sport and fitness industries and to the health sector through effective research collaborations. The work of the Centre is also tied in with the taught courses in sport and exercise science; physical activity and health; bioscience and sports coaching. Undergraduate and postgraduate students at all levels are offered the opportunity to engage in the research process as part of their studies.
Central to the range of research activities is our equipment base. We have facilities to carry out a complete range of measurements in physiology, biomechanics, psychology and metabolism.
If you would like more information on research, contact:
Senior Research Fellow
Sport & Exercise Science and Nutrition Research Centre
Tel: 020 7815 6281