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Dr. Chris Easton has led research studies in the fields of applied exercise physiology, physical activity, and health for over ten years. He led the design, measurement and analysis of physical activity and fitness data in 17,000 children across eight different European countries when working on an integrated project funded by the European Commission (www.idefics.eu) to investigate the causes and possible interventions for the rising childhood obesity epidemic in Europe. Dr. Easton has extensive experience conducting exercise tests, training studies, and measuring physical activity and physiological outcomes in a wide-range of different populations including children, the elderly, clinical groups, sedentary adults, trained athletes and Olympic champions. 

His previous research students and staff include:

  • 2017 – 2018: Dr Lauren McMichan (Postdoctoral Researcher), University of the West of Scotland: Evaluation of the Lenus Health Platform (Funded by The Digital Health Institute)
  • 2016 - 2017: Mr Hildyard Junior Mendes (MRes), Impact of varying competition exertions on performance recovery in professional male footballers (Partly funded by Partick Thistle Football Club)
  • 2016 - 2017: Mr Neil Gibson (MRes), Variations in fitness across the season in professional soccer players (Funded by Oriam Performance Centre)
  • 2015 – 2016: Dr David Muggeridge (Postdoctoral Researcher), University of the West of Scotland: Assessing snap40’s health monitoring solution among healthy adults (ASHMANA) (Funded by The Digital Health Institute)
  • 2015 – 2016: Mr Gary McEwan (MRes), Self-Paced Training Modalities in Recreationally Active Individuals (Funded by Oriam Performance Centre)
  • 2015 – 2016: Mr Michael Williams (MRes), University of the West of Scotland: Electromyographic Activity and Ground Reaction Force of the Gluteus Maximus during Performance of the Back Squat, Split Squat, and the Barbell Hip Thruster with Relation to Sprinting;
  • 2014 – 2015: Mr Luke McIlvenna (MRes), University of the West of Scotland: The effects of combined nitrate supplementation and ischemic preconditioning on muscle blood flow and high intensity exercise performance;
  • 2012 – 2015: Dr David Muggeridge (PhD), University of the West of Scotland: The effects of dietary nitrate supplementation on exercise performance in normoxia and hypoxia;
  • 2012 – 2015: Dr Pablo Domene (PhD), Kingston University: The Efficacy of Latin Social Dancing as a Health-Enhancing Leisure-Time Physical Activity for Adults;
  • 2010 2011: Mr Christopher Howe (MRes), Kingston University: Validation of combined tri-axial accelerometry and heart rate for energy expenditure prediction during walking in overweight and obese individuals;
  • 2010 2011: Dr Dimitra Nikoletou (Post-doctoral researcher), Kingston University: Investigation of the effects of a home-based inspiratory muscle training programme on exercise tolerance and breathlessness in obese adults and COPD patients.

Current research activities

Dr Easton's research is broadly centred on exercise and health but has two principal strands of focus. The first is establishing the impact of modulating nitric oxide bioavailability, via the diet and exposure to sunlight, on parameters of cardiovascular health and exercise performance in different populations. The second strand is validating novel mobile methods of assessing physiological and health outcomes in free-living populations for application in health services. Dr Easton's research work has been funded by Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland, The Hannah Research Foundation, and The Digital Health Institute, amongst others.

He is currently Director of Studies for the following research students:

  • 2018 - Present: Mr Patrick Holmberg (MPhil/PhD P/T), The Effects of Acute Dietary Nitrate Supplementation on Muscle Contractile Function in Highly Trained Females.
  • 2018 - Present: Ms Jennifer Hudson (MRes), Validity, Reliability and Sensitivity Hawkins Dynamics Portable Force Plate System for the Assessment of Force Time Characteristics. (Funded by the Centre for Sport and Recreation, University of Strathclyde)
  • 2017 - Present: Mrs Nikki Thomson (MPhil/PhD), Evaluation of the Lenus Health Platform (Funded by the UWS VP Research Excellence Fund)
  • 2016 – Present: Ms Mia Burleigh (PhD), NO Vegetables Please! Interactions Between Diet and Oral Bacteria in the Regulation of Cardiovascular Health (Funded by The Hannah Research Foundation)
  • 2015 – Present: Mr Luke Liddle (PhD),Factors Affecting the Individual Response to Dietary Nitrate Supplementation and Exercise Performance (Funded by the University of the West of Scotland)
  • 2015 – Present: Mr Christopher Monaghan (MPhil [part time]), The effects of ultraviolet light and dietary nitrate ingestion on markers of cardiovascular health and responses to exercise (Part Funded by The School of Science and Sport, University of the West of Scotland);

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Blood, saliva, and urine analysis
  • Body composition
  • Exercise training
  • Sports nutrition
  • Hydration and dehydration
  • Exercise in extreme environments - heat, cold, and altitude

External positions

External Examiner for Physical Activity and Health BSc (Hons), Sport Development BSc (Hons), and Sport Management BA (Hons), Abertay University

20152018

External Reviewer for Curriculum Review of Sports Programmes, Abertay University

2015

External Examiner for Sport and Physical Activity BSc (Hons), University of Strathclyde

20152018

Honorary Member of the Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group, Kingston University London

2012 → …

External Examiner, Cardiff Metropolitan University

20102015

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Research Output 2006 2018

Isometric Contraction
Hip
Electromyography
Muscles
Running

Changes in body posture alter plasma nitrite but not nitrate concentration in humans

Liddle, L., Monaghan, C., Burleigh, M., McIlvenna, L., Muggeridge, D. & Easton, C. 30 Jan 2018 In : Nitric Oxide. 72, p. 59-65

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Nitrites
Posture
Nitrates
Plasmas
Plasma Volume

Interval running with self-selected recovery: physiology, performance and perception

McEwan, G., Arthur, R., Phillips, S., Gibson, N. & Easton, C. 29 May 2018 In : European Journal of Sport Science. 18, 8, p. 1058-1067 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Running
Cues
Heart Rate
Exercise Test
Decision Making

Intra-session and inter-day reliability of the Myon 320 Electromyography System during sub-maximal contractions

Sorbie, G. G., Williams, M. J., Boyle, D. W., Gray, A., Brouner, J., Gibson, N., Baker, J. S., Easton, C. & Ugbolue, U. C. 29 Mar 2018 In : Frontiers in Physiology. 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mya
Electromyography
Muscles
Deltoid Muscle
Isometric Contraction
Soccer
Control Groups
Interviews
Athletes
Wounds and Injuries

Activities 2005 2016

  • 13 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Profiles

Mia Burleigh

Nitrates
Nitrites
Nitric Oxide
Bacteria
Metabolites
Exercise
School Health Services
Waist Circumference
Wrist
Health Education

Rebekka Findlay

Charlotte Finn

Neil Gibson

Athletes
Heart Sounds
Heart Murmurs
Body Surface Area
Electrocardiography