My research interests include the effects of physical activity and exercise on risk factors for long-term chronic diseases, particularly those related to ageing, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Chronic low-grade inflammation is a common link between these disease and many others and I am interested in how exercise can alter metabolic and inflammatory proteins in disease states.
I am particularly interested in the added health benefits that may be achieved by taking part in high intensity intermittent training, including changes in body composition, metabolism and markers of inflammation in healthy and ‘at risk’ populations.
Other research that I am involved in has looked at the role of ageing and vitamin D status. This research has focused on the link between physical activity status and vitamin D, and if there is a role of ageing and exercise on vitamin D concentration and vitamin D receptor expression.