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Loughborough University

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Inflammation, Exercise and Metabolism
Research Group

Inflammation, Exercise and Metabolism Research Group

Dr David Stensel talks about his research

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

Dr Sarabjit Mastana talks about his research

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.

Dr Richard Ferguson talks about his research

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.



Latest Activities

September 2012

Dr Stensel delivered 2 invited lectures to the Brazilian Physiological Society at their Annual Conference in Gramado, Brazil: 'Exercise and appetite regulation: appetite responses to acute exercise' and 'Exercise and postprandial lipaemia'.

15 March 2012

Maurice Dungey, a PhD student in the group, has been shortlisted along with colleagues in the Renal Exercise team at University Hospitals Leicester for the British Medical Journal's 'Sport and Exercise Team of the Year' award. The team is one of just four to make the shortlist, which is a great achievement in itself. Maurice is co-supervised by Dr Lettie Bishop and Dr David Stensel.
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6th February 2012

Professor Mike Gleeson is carrying out research into the effects of exercise on immune function and susceptibility to infection and has recorded a podcast on this topic for the Society for General Microbiology.
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9-10th September 2011

Staff and students attended and presented work at the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine 8th Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin, and we are delighted that Marta Oliveira won the prize for the best oral presentation.
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6-8th September 2011

Staff and students attended and presented work at the BASES Annual meeting, held at the University of Essex and we delighted that Kevin Deighton won the Routledge Recently Qualified Researcher Oral Presentation Award.
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1 September 2011

An article, co-authored by members of the group, entitled, 'The anti-inflammatory effects of exercise: mechanisms and implications for the prevention and treatment of disease', has been accepted for publication in the September issue of Nature Reviews Immunology, a leading journal in its field.
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11-13th July 2011

Group staff and students attended and presented work at the 10th Symposium of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology. Our research was very well received with three of our students receiving prizes and commendations for their work.
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6-9th July 2011

Group staff and students attended and presented work at the 16th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

31st May - 4 June 2011

Group staff and students attended and presented work at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.

Group membership

Academic staff

Prof MA Nimmo Professor of Exercise Physiology
Prof M Gleeson Professor of Exercise Biochemistry
Dr D Stensel Reader in Exercise Metabolism
Dr NC Bishop Senior Lecturer
Dr R Ferguson Senior Lecturer
Dr S Mastana Senior Lecturer
Dr K Tolfrey Senior Lecturer
Dr Carl Hulston Lecturer
Dr Lewis James Lecturer
Dr MR Lindley Lecturer
Dr Phil Watson Lecturer
Prof A Hardman Emeritus Professor of Human Exercise Metabolism
Prof C Williams Emeritus Professor of Sports Science

Visiting Academic

Dr Harumi Hayshida

Research Associates

Dr Melanie Leggate
Dr Amarjit Saini

Post-doctoral assistants: 

Dr J.A. King

PhD students

Nawal Alajmi 
Saravana Arjunan
Kevin Deighton
Jessica Douglas
Naroa Etxebarria
Jacqueline Fitt
Cheng-Shiun He (Leo)
Julie Hunt
Ben Kelly
Sohpie Killer
Christof Leicht
Ayu Muhamad
Elena Papacosta
Thomas Paulson
Jamie Pugh
Paul Sindall
Siobhan Svendsen
Aishwarya Varma

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