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Public Lecture Series: Professor Glyn Howatson

Northumbria University


Professor Glyn Howatson, Professor of Human & Applied Physiology and Research and Innovation Lead, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation 

From Brawn to Brain and Back Again

Refreshments will be available from 6pm



As the margins of success and failure in elite sport become ever decreasing, athletes endeavour for marginal gains to improve their performance. Consequently, athletes continually engage in strenuous training to optimise the adaptive response to jump higher - run faster - be stronger.  Engaging in this activity is not without its challenges and can pose significant physiological stress, so an understanding of these issues is critical to realising an individual’s potential.

In this lecture, Professor Glyn Howatson will discuss the physiological challenges that face athletes, highlighting work - on brain-to-muscle stresses imposed by training and competition and how recovery strategies can facilitate a positive response for athletes - that has informed practice facilitating athletic development at the very highest level.   He will present how the work of sport and exercise science has valuable currency beyond the athletic arena to other populations and species.

About the speaker

After a six-year stint in the British Army and a further 5 years in the security industry, Glyn moved to Higher Education and completed undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Kingston University, London. Glyn lectured at Kingston University and St. Mary's University College, London before arriving at Northumbria University in 2009, where he is now Professor of Human & Applied Physiology. Glyn is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a Chartered Scientist. 

Currently, Glyn is the Research and Innovation Lead for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation; with significant contributions from talented researchers in the department and collaborators, he has developed a growing reputation for international research excellence. Glyn’s personal research interests predominantly lie in the physiological aspects of optimising human performance, where his team are largely focussed on the response to strenuous exercise, recovery strategies, and optimising adaptation to exercise. However, there is an increasing interest in the use of functional foods and exercise to improve health in wider populations. Collectively in these research areas, Glyn has published more than 100 original research papers and review articles with departmental colleagues, UK and international collaborators. He regularly delivers invited talks on the international stage and because of the relevance and public interest, contributes regularly to the popular press in areas relating to his research.

Glyn has previously contributed to the support of numerous international athletes that include, European, World and Olympic medallists, and has been consultant physiologist to Premiership and Super League Rugby and Premier League Football. Glyn now collaborates extensively with colleagues in elite sport, such as the English Institute of Sport and industry where expertise is shared to explore and apply factors influencing human performance, particularly in the area of physiological adaptation and recovery during training and competition.  

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Room CCE 002, Business & Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle Upon Tyne


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