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Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise lies within the field of exercise physiology.  In particular, my research interests are within the area of applied exercise physiology with the aim of improving and understanding sports performance, along with advancing health using high intensity exercise.  

I have extensive experience conducting exercise tests (specific to various sports), training studies, and measuring physiological outcomes in a wide-range of different populations including sedentary "at-risk" adults, trained, elite and world-class athletes.  With a background of working at the sportscotland Institute of Sport as an Exercise Physiologist and using evidenced-based approach in order to try and enhance elite performance, in conjunction with seeing first-hand the unique physiological demands of the female athlete, my interest in the area of the female athlete began.

From a high intensity exercise perspective, my research interests lie within trying to translate the lab-based high-intensity exercise regimes in to modes which are practically feasible in the real-world environment.  

Current research activities

My current areas of research lie within the areas below:

Understanding the female athlete and elucidating the relationship between health, menstrual cycle and performance.

Translating high-intensity exercise from the laboratory into the 'real-world' environement.

Desired research direction

My areas of desired research include:

Develop a more refined understanding of the role and impact menstrual cycle function/dysfunction has on female athlete performance (and health). 

Developing ‘real-world’ effectiveness studies in translating high intensity exercise in a laboratory setting to the community with a multi-disciplinary approach.


Target collaborative organisations

1. Scottish Rugby Union 

2. University of Glasgow

3. sportscotland Institute of Sport

Target collaborative companies

1. SPARC (Sport, Performance and Rehabilitation Centre) at UWS - with the aim of facilitating a business plan to develop a spin-out company. 

2. Scottish Rugby Union 

3. sportscotland Institute of Sport


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Physiological and fitness testing and analysis

Body composition

Sport science support to well-trained-elite athletes

Exercise nutrition


Desired research direction

My areas of desired research include:

Uunderstanding the female athlete and determing the effect female specific physiological functioning has on sporting performance 

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 67 Downloads (Pure)

    Lower limb ischemic preconditioning combined with dietary nitrate supplementation does not influence time-trial performance in well-trained cyclists

    McIlvenna, L. C., Muggeridge, D. J., Forrest, L., Monaghan, C., Liddle, L., Burleigh, M. C., Sculthorpe, N., Fernandez, B. O., Feelisch, M. & Easton, C., 31 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 22, 7, p. 852-857 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    High-intensity interval training: key data needed to bridge the gap from laboratory to public health policy

    Gray, S., Ferguson, C., Birch, K., Forrest, L. & Gill, J., 18 Mar 2016, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    15 Citations (Scopus)

    Effects of single bout of very high-intensity exercise on metabolic health biomarkers in overweight/obese sedentary men

    Whyte, L. J., Ferguson, C., Wilson, J., Scott, R. A. & Gill, J. M. R., 1 Feb 2013, In : Metabolism - Clinical and Experimental. 62, 2, p. 212-219 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    51 Citations (Scopus)

    Combined carbohydrate-protein supplementation improves competitive endurance exercise performance in the heat

    Cathcart, A. J., Murgatroyd, S. R., McNab, A., Whyte, L. J. & Easton, C., 1 Sep 2011, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. 111, 9, p. 2051-2061 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    10 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Participation in conference

    European Congress of Sport Science

    Laura Forrest (Speaker)

    3 Jul 20196 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference