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Adrian has been a member of the sport and exercise science programme team within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity since October 2012. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Hull at which he completed his PhD in exercise physiology. He currently leads BSc Sport and Exercise Science modules in exercise and health and in clinical exercise physiology. In addition to his academic qualifications in sport and exercise science, Adrian holds many vocational qualifications in health and fitness, including specialist qualifications in cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, exercise referral, older adults, pre- and postnatal exercise, corrective exercise, and management of low back pain He is the Designated Individual for human tissue compliance within the University, and sits on the central university ethics committee.

Research interests

Adrian’s is probably best known for his research into the measurement and development of cardiorespiratory fitness. He also has a strong interest in factors that explain exercise tolerance during maximal exercise. His current research focuses on exercise testing and prescription in clinical populations, such as those with head and neck cancer, cardiac disease, and pulmonary disease. Adrian is currently collaborating with Prof Simon Rogers at Aintree University Hospital and Dr Bashir Matata at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on this research. Adrian also has a long-term research collaboration with Dr Felipe da Cunha at the Rio de Janeiro State University investigating different aspects of the physiology of exercise in health and disease.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise physiology, PhD, University of Hull

Research Institutes

  • Health Research Institute

Research Centres

  • Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre

Research Groups

  • Movement Behaviours, Health & Wellbeing Research Group


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