School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Professor David Stensel

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Professor of Exercise Metabolism

Associate Dean (Research)

Qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Sport Studies and History, West London Institute of Higher Education 1986
  • PGCE Physical Education and History, West London Institute of Higher Education 1987
  • MSc Physical Education and Sports Science, Loughborough University 1988
  • PhD (funded by the British Heart Foundation), Loughborough University 1993
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2015

Present posts

  • Professor of Exercise Metabolism (from 1 September 2016), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
  • Associate Dean for Research (from 1 August 2016), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

Previous posts

  • Associate Dean for Enterprise, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University (November 2011 to July 2016)
  • Reader in Exercise Metabolism (October 2010 to August 2016), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
  • Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology (May 2006 to September 2010), School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
  • Lecturer in Exercise Physiology (September 1999 to April 2006) School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
  • Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology (August 1993 to August 1999), School of Physical Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Research areas

  • Physical activity and health
  • Exercise and appetite regulation
  • Exercise and cardiovascular disease risk
  • Exercise and lipoprotein metabolism
  • Factors affecting individual variation in responses to exercise

Selected research grants

  • £1,393,765 awarded to Loughborough University by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in April 2017 as part of the Lifestyle theme of the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Professor Mark Hamer is the Principal Investigator of the grant at Loughborough University. Professor Mark Lewis and Professor David Stensel are Co-investigators at Loughborough University. Professor Melanie Davies (University of Leicester) is the Director of the Leicester BRC. Period of award: April 2017 to March 2022.
  • £2,229,134 awarded to Loughborough University by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in April 2012 as part of the Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU). Professor Myra Nimmo was the Principal Investigator of this grant in 2012. David Stensel took over as the Principal investigator of this grant in October 2014. The grant ended on 31 March 2017. Professor Melanie Davies (University of Leicester) acted as the Director of the BRU throughout (April 2012 to March 2017).

 External research collaborators

  • Professor Greg Atkinson, Teesside University, UK
  • Dr Daniel Bailey, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Professor Rachel Batterham, University College London, UK
  • Dr Stephen Burns, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Dr James Burton, University of Leicester, UK
  • Professor Melanie Davies, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr John Hough, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Dr Masashi Miyashita, Waseda University, Japan
  • Professor Alvaro Reischak-Oliveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Professor Sally Singh, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Glenfield Hospital
  • Professor Alice Smith, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr Caroline Sunderland, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Dr David Webb, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr Tom Yates, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr Julia Zakrzewski-Fruer, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Current PhD students

  1. Ms Fernanda Reistenbach-Goltz (Loughborough University matched funded studentship): Exercise-induced responses on appetite: individual variability. Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. External supervisor: Professor Greg Atkinson (Teesside University). Registered 1 July 2015.
  2. Dr Matthew Graham-Brown (Loughborough University Clinical PhD studentship): The changes in structural, functional and hormonal properties of the heart as a result of a programme of intra-dialytic cycling. Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. External supervisor: Dr James Burton (University of Leicester). Registered 1 October 2015.
  3. Ms Asya Bartcu (self-funded student): Eating behaviour and dietary and exercise interventions in recreationally active individuals. Lead supervisor: Dr Lewis James. Second supervisors: Dr Gemma Witcomb and Professor David Stensel. Registered 1 October 2015.
  4. Mr Patrick Hington (Loughborough University School studentship): Exercise, inflammation and immune function in end stage renal disease. Lead supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Registered 1 October 2015.
  5. Mrs Faatihah Niyi-Odumosu (Commonwealth Scholarship): Exercise and early stage chronic kidney disease. Lead supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. External supervisor: Professor Alice Smith (University of Leicester). Registered 1 October 2015.
  6. Mr Matthew Roberts (National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine studentship): Exercise and cardiovascular disease risk markers in South Asian females. Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr James King. External supervisor: Dr David Webb (University of Leicester). Registered 1 October 2016.
  7. Mr Scott Willis (Loughborough University School studentship): The role of exercise and nutrition in the prevention and management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Lead supervisor: Dr James King. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. External supervisor: Professor Guru Aithal (University of Nottingham). Registered 1 October 2016.
  8. Mr Tareq Alotaibi (Funded by the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London): Exercise, cardiovascular disease risk markers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr Emma O’Donnell. External supervisor: Professor Sally Singh (Centre for Exercise Rehabilitation Science, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Glenfield Hospital). Registered 1 October 2016.
  9. Mr Turki Alanazi (Funded by the King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London): Exercise, appetite and sleep. Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr Iuliana Hartescu. Registered 1 October 2017.
  10. Ms Amber Lenoard (self-funded international student): Interaction between exercise, appetite hormones, chronic inflammation and obesity. Lead supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Registered 1 October 2017.

 Completed PhD students

  1. Dr Violette Lin (Nanyang Technological University studentship): Effects of exercise on body composition, aerobic fitness, energy balance and cardiovascular disease risk in overweight Singaporean boys. Registered for PhD in 1996, awarded PhD in 2001 by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr Lin is currently working at the Centre for Food Safety in Hong Kong.
  2. Dr Laura Barrett (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): The effect of exercise on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in adolescents and young adults. Registered for PhD in 2000, awarded PhD in December 2004. Joint supervisor with Dr Mary Nevill of Loughborough University. Dr Nevill was the lead supervisor. Dr Barrett is currently working as a Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
  3. Dr Stephen Burns (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): Resistance exercise, postprandial triacylglycerol metabolism and C-Reactive protein. Registered for PhD in July 2003, awarded PhD in August 2006. Dr Burns is currently working as an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
  4. Dr Masashi Miyashita (self-funded international student): The effects of accumulating physical activity on postprandial lipaemia and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. Registered for PhD in October 2003, awarded PhD in September 2006. Dr Miyashita is currently working as an Associate Professor at Waseda University in Japan.
  5. Dr David Broom (funded by a Loughborough University Faculty studentship): The effects of exercise on hunger and the hunger related hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. Registered for PhD in October 2004, awarded PhD in October 2008. Dr Broom is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
  6. Dr James King (funded by a Loughborough University Departmental studentship): The effects of exercise on appetite, food intake and the gastrointestinal hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. Registered in October 2007, awarded PhD in November 2010. Dr King is currently working as a Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.
  7. Dr Lucy Wasse (funded by an East Midlands Universities Association studentship): Effect of exercise and different environmental conditions on appetite, food intake and the appetite-regulatory hormones ghrelin and peptide YY. Registered in December 2007, awarded PhD in July 2011. Joint supervisor with Dr Caroline Sunderland of Nottingham Trent University. Dr Wasse is currently working as a Research Coordinator at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
  8. Dr Saravana Arjunan (self-funded international student): Effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk markers in South Asian versus White European men. Registered in July 2009, awarded PhD in May 2013. Dr Arjunan is currently working as a University Teacher at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
  9. Dr Kevin Deighton (Loughborough University Faculty studentship): Effects of exercise on appetite, food intake and circulating concentrations of gastrointestinal hormones. Registered in October 2010. Awarded in November 2013. Dr Deighton is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Becket University.
  10. Dr Nawal Alajmi (funded by the Ministry of Education, Kuwait): The acute effects of exercise on appetite perceptions, gut hormones and food intake in females. Registered in April 2009. Awarded July 2014. Dr Alajmi is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait.
  11. Dr Maurice Dungey (Loughborough University School studentship): The inflammatory, immunological, metabolic and hormonal effect of intradialytic exercise on patients with end-stage renal disease. Registered in October 2011. Awarded in March 2015. Lead supervisor: Dr Lettie Bishop. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Dr Dungey is currently studying for a medical degree at Warwick University. 
  12. Dr Veronica Varela-Mato (Biomedical Research Unit studentship): Sedentary behaviours, physical activity and cardiovascular health amongst bus and lorry drivers. Registered October 2013. Awarded December 2016. Lead supervisor: Dr Stacy Clemes. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. External supervisor: Dr Tom Yates (University of Leicester). Dr Varela-Mato is currently working as Research Associate in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. 
  13. Dr David Clayton (Loughborough University School studentship): Effect of energy restriction on appetite regulation and metabolism at rest and during exercise. Registered in October 2012. Awarded in December 2016. Lead supervisor: Dr Lewis James. Second supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Dr Clayton is currently working as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University.
  14. Dr Jessica Douglas (Biomedical Research Unit studentship): Acute effects of exercise on appetite, appetite regulatory hormones and energy intake in lean and overweight men and women. Registered in October 2012. Awarded in December 2016. Lead supervisor: Professor David Stensel. Second supervisor: Dr James King. Dr Douglas is currently working as a Trial Coordinator for Cancer Research UK at the University of Birmingham.
  15. Dr James Dorling (Loughborough University School match-funded studentship): Effect of exercise and common obesity single nucleotide polymorphisms on appetite and appetite-regulatory hormones. Registered in January 2014. Awarded in December 2017. Collaborative studentship with University College London. Jointly supervised by Professor David Stensel and Professor Rachel Batterham (University College London). Dr Dorling is currently working as a Research Associate in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Editorial role

Associate Editor for the International Journal of Obesity (January 2013 to present)

Scientific advisory roles

 Visiting professorship

  • Visiting professor in the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Japan      (July 17 to August 24, 2011)

External evaluation role

  • Chairperson of the Visiting Committee for Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (22 to 24 November 2017)

Selected invited speaking invitations

  • Acute and chronic effects of exercise on appetite regulation. Association for the Study of Obesity. 4th UK Congress on Obesity.University of South Wales – Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, Pontypridd, Wales. (7 September 2017)
  • Exercise and Metabolic Health. Exercise Science, Technology and Medicine – The Diversified Roles of Human Movement in Modifying Health. Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. (10 April 2017)
  • Exercise and Appetite Regulation. 2nd International Conference in Sports Science & Technology (ICSST), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. (13 December 2016)
  • The influence of diet and exercise on obesity. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science annual conference. East Midlands Conference Centre. (29 November 2016)
  • Exercise and appetite regulation. All-Island Obesity Action Forum. Dublin. (8 November 2016)
  • Diet, exercise and appetite: how does exercise alter post-exercise energy intake? American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Professionals in Nutrition and Exercise Science (PINES) symposium. 63rd ACSM annual meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (31 May 2016)
  • The dangers of physical activity. Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium. University Hospital of Wales. Cardiff. (30 January 2016)
  • Physical activity and health: opportunities and challenges. 9th International Sport Science Symposium on “Active Life”. Waseda University, Japan. (30 November 2013)
  • Exercise and appetite regulating hormones. Annual conference of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Toronto, Canada. (17 October 2013)
  • Exercise and appetite regulation: appetite responses to acute exercise. Annual Conference of the Brazilian Physiological Society. Gramado, Brazil. (4 September 2012)
  • Exercise and postprandial lipaemia. Annual Conference of the Brazilian Physiological Society. Gramado, Brazil. (3 September 2012)
  • Physical activity and energy balance. British Nutrition Foundation conference. Physical activity: latest on its contribution to energy balance and health. Portland Place, London. (13 October 2011)
  • Exercise and appetite regulation. 5th International Sport Sciences Symposium on “Active Life”. Waseda University, Japan. (11 August 2011)
  • Exercise, appetite and weight management. Nestlé Sport Nutrition Conference, Mallorca. (3 December 2009)
  • Exercise and appetite regulation. 64th Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine conference, Niigata City, Japan. (19 September 2009) (This lecture was also given at Fukuoka University, Japan on Monday, 14 September 2009 and at the University of Tsukuba, Japan on Wednesday, 16 September 2009.) 
  • Exercise and appetite regulation. International Gatorade Seminary, Deville Hotel, Porto Alegre, Brazil. (10 May 2008)
  • Physical activity in the prevention and management of obesity in children and adolescents: what does the evidence tell us? Royal Society of Medicine symposium ‘Sport in Schools’, Royal Society of Medicine, London. (30 November 2007)
  • Exercise, nutrition and health: how exercise and diet influence fat metabolism. International Symposium on Sports Science and Health. Taichung City, Taiwan. (16 April 2005)

 Memberships 

  • American College of Sports Medicine (since 1993)
  • Association for the Study of Obesity (since 2012)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (since 1999)

Grant reviewing

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • British Heart Foundation (BHF)
  • Academic Research Fund, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Diabetes UK
  • Hong Kong Research Grants Council
  • BUPA Foundation
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)

 

External examining (degree/MSc) 

  1. External examiner for BSc Applied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh. October 2012 to September 2016.
  2. External examiner for MSc Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University.  September 2010 to July 2014.
  3. External examiner for BSc Physiology and Sports Science degree programmes at the University of Glasgow. October 2008 to September 2012.
  4. External examiner for MSc Exercise and Sport programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University. October 2006 to December 2010.

 

External examining (PhD)

  1. Mr Dean Allerton, Northumbria University, 13 February 2017
  2. Mr Yung-Chih Chen, University of Bath, 17 January 2017
  3. Ms Ciara O’Hagan, University College Dublin, 15 November 2013
  4. Ms Katy Horner, Queensland University of Technology, 1 November 2013
  5. Mr Jean-Philippe Walhin, University of Bath, 17 September 2013
  6. Mr Javier Gonzalez, Northumbria University, 29 August 2013
  7. Ms Catherine Gibbons, University of Leeds, 9 May 2013
  8. Ms Shaea Ayed Alkahtani, Queensland University of Technology, 23 October 2012
  9. Mr Daniel Crabtree, University of Birmingham, 17 September 2012
  10. Mr James Currie, Oxford Brookes University, 29 March 2011
  11. Ms Sareena Hamzah, University of Glasgow, 11 March 2011
  12. Ms Andrea McNeilly, University of Ulster, 18 May 2010
  13. Mr Christopher Morris, Liverpool John Moores University, 11 February 2010
  14. Ms Supaporn Silalertdetkul, University of Bath, 20 November 2009
  15. Mr Adam Lund, University of Bath, 6 November 2009
  16. Ms Francesca Burton, University of Glasgow, 29 April 2008

You can view a fuller publications list on the University Publications Database.