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Area of academic expertise - outline

As an Exercise Physiologist, my experience spans a number of related disciplines.  My primary area of expertise is in the use of exercise to prevent or reduce cardiovascular risk.  This includes using ultrasound to non-invasively assess numerous indices of cardiovascular health. I also have experience in using exercise to treat different populations, and have performed exercise prescription and exercise testing in athletes and clinical patients. I also have an extensive background in sports doping, and androgenic anabolic steroid abuse in particular.  This background has meant that, in addition to research outputs, I have also worked on media productions in both print and television.  I also have expertise in data combination and synthesis having published a number of meta analyses and meta regressions, as well as ROC analyses.

Current research activities

My current work reflects these areas.  My research group has recently completed the Carmarthen Healthy Ageing Project (CHAP) which examined Low Frequency Interval Training (LFIT) in ageing sedentary men.  In a number of publications stemming from this work we have demonstrated improvements in vascular function, cardiovascular risk, body composition, aerobic, and muscle power despite requiring only 3 min of exercise every five days.  We are currently investigating how the heart adapts in response to different types of exercise training including LFIT.  Using the relatively new techniques of strain and strain rate imaging, to asses how any adaptations contribute to improved cardiac mechanics, and ventricular torsion in particular, both at rest and during exercise.

Desired research direction

My future work is based around expanding and strengthening these research themes.  We are already planning data collection on a 3 year follow up to the CHAP study.  This will provide invaluable data regarding the how LFIT might ameliorate the age released decline in physical function and cardiovascular health.  In a related project, we will examine if LFIT can also improve the quality of life and physical function of treated hypothyroid patients.  Once again this will involve assessing changes in metabolic, musculoskeletal, cardiac and vascular function in response to the programme.  Outwith our exercise programming, I am also involved in an international collaboration with the European Anti Doping Education Network (EADEN).  This seven country group aims to improve the education available amateur and recreational coaches and athletes.  These individuals operate outside the elite arenas in which the majority of anti-doping resources tend to be focused, and consequently are in urgent need of greater support and education.

Target collaborative companies

1. Delapre PS

2. Maximuscle Ltd

3. Actiflow

Target collaborative organisations

1. HEA

2. UEFA

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Research Output

  • The effect of varying intensities of lower limb eccentric muscle contractions on left ventricular function

    Howlett, L. A., O'Sullivan, K., Sculthorpe, N. & Richards, J., 16 Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. 120, p. 539-548 10 p.

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    Aerobic training protects cardiac function during advancing age: a meta-analysis of four decades of controlled studies

    Beaumont, A. J., Grace, F. M., Richards, J. C., Campbell, A. K. & Sculthorpe, N. F., 28 Feb 2019, In : Sports Medicine. 49, 2, p. 199-219 21 p.

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    Activities

    • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Glasgow Science Festival at UWS

    Nicholas Sculthorpe (Examiner)
    7 Jun 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Interface and Scottish Enterprise Event

    Nicholas Sculthorpe (Invited speaker), Fiona Hutchinson (Organiser)
    30 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Active Ageing Research Conference

    Nicholas Sculthorpe (Invited speaker)
    10 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Inside out Science @ UWS part of Glasgow Science Festival

    Nicholas Sculthorpe (Examiner)
    8 Jun 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

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