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Public Lecture: Professor Ioannis Vogiatzis

Northumbria University


Professor Ioannis Vogiatzis, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Northumbria University

Strategies to Evaluate and Improve Exercise Performance in Health and Disease

Design Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm 


One of the major advances in Sports Medicine is the application of physical exercise (in the form of exercise training and exercise testing) for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions. Worldwide, medical societies have reached consensus guiding physicians and health care providers to prescribe exercise training as part of the comprehensive treatment plan.

In this lecture, Professor Ioannis Vogiatzis, will discuss two important lines of his research leading to the application of high intensity interval exercise training in clinical practice and the introduction of innovative methodology to assess respiratory muscle blood flow in humans during exercise testing.

High-intensity interval exercise training was first introduced as an effective training modality for athletes in 1960s, but only recently was realised to be beneficial in patients with long-term breathing conditions in the setting of pulmonary rehabilitation. In these patients, the respiratory muscles work very hard necessitating a relatively large proportion of the body’s blood supply, thus compromising energy supply to the locomotor muscles Only in the last decade, direct measurement of respiratory muscle blood flow became available to researchers, thus allowing the investigation of interventions to ‘unload’ the respiratory muscles during exercise, thereby enhancing exercise tolerance. 

About the Speaker

Professor Ioannis Vogiatzis is the Faculty co Lead for the Multidisciplinary Research Theme (MDRT) on Integrated Health and Social Care. He is leading the MDRT subtheme on Prevention and Management of Long-term Conditions. Ioannis possesses a strong background in sport, exercise and clinical physiology with a record of 110 publications in prestigious physiology and medical journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board the Journal of Applied Physiology and the Journal of Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. Ioannis is recognised internationally as an opinion leader in Pulmonary Rehabilitation holding until recently the chair of this group in the European Respiratory Society. He chaired and contributed to several Position Statements published by the American and European Respiratory Societies on pulmonary rehabilitation and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. 

In addition, Ioannis has a long track record working with athletes and investigating approaches to enhance athletic performance. He served for 8 years as a member of the Medical Commission of the International Sailing Federation and participated as a coach in the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000) and in Athens (2004). 

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
School of Design, Ground Floor Lecture Theatre
Newcastle upon Tyne


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