School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Inflammation Exercise and Metabolism Research Group photo

Inflammation Exercise and Metabolism Research Group

During the past 10 years, our group has added to the evidence base that exercise has a profound effect on the immune system. This research is equally applicable to the elite athlete as it is to those suffering from chronic disease.

The discovery that contracting muscle fibres release substantial amounts of cytokines during exercise together with the fact that enlarged adipocytes of obese individuals recruit macrophages and promote inflammation necessitates that our studies combine whole body exercise interventions with detailed analysis of blood, muscle and adipose tissue. A key element of the group’s work is how we can optimise the exercise intervention and use nutrition to manipulate the relationship between exercise and the subsequent inflammatory response.

Through a mixture of both fundamental and applied research involving a multidisciplinary approach our work strives to produce a clear evidence base on which to advise athletes and those undertaking exercise for health on how to optimise their training regimens.

People in the Group

Professor Mike Gleeson (Group Leader)
Dr Lettie Bishop
Dr Richard Ferguson
Professor Adrianne Hardman
Dr Carl Hulston
Dr Lewis James
Dr Martin Lindley
Dr Sarabjit Mastana
Dr David Stensel
Dr Keith Tolfrey
Dr Phil Watson
Professor Clyde Williams

Visting academics

Dr Harumi Hayshida

Research Associates

Dr Amarjit Saini

Post-doctoral assistants

Dr James King

PhD students

Jessica Douglas
Cheng-Shiun He (Leo)
Jamie Pugh
Paul Sindall
Siobhan Svendsen

External collaborations

Prof. S. Agrawal - Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
Dr Judith Allgrove - Greenwich University
Dr P Ansley - Northumbria University
Dr Rachel Batterham - University College London
Dr David Broom - Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Stephen Burns - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr Graeme Close - Liverpool John Moores University
Dr H.K. Datta - Newcastle University
Prof M Davies - University of Leicester
Dr Glen Davison - University of Kent
Prof. R. Deka - University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Prof William Fraser - University of East Anglia
Prof Simon Jones - Cardiff University
Prof K Kunti - University of Leicester
Dr T.D. Mickleborough - Indiana University USA
Dr Masashi Miyashita - Waseda University, Japan
Prof I Pavord - Leicester Institute of Lung Health
Prof Alvaro Reischak-Oliveira - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
Dr A. Samanta - University Hospital and Leicester University
Dr D. Shaw - Nottingham University
Dr Rickie Simpson - University of Houston, USA
Dr Alice Smith - Leicester University/UHL
Dr Caroline Sunderland - Nottingham Trent University
Dr Pedro Tauler - University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Dr Ana Texeira - Coimbra University, Portugal
Prof Paul Travers - Edinburgh University
Prof V Unnithan - Staffordshire University
Prof Neil Walsh - Bangor University

Professor Mike Gleeson

Professor Mike Gleeson talks about his research

Dr David Stensel

Dr David Stensel talks about his research

Dr Richard Ferguson

Dr Richard Ferguson talks about his research