Skip navigation

My research focuses on diversity in physiology. Specifically, how age, sex, and hormonal status interact to determine physiological function in health and disease. I aim to detail the interaction between systems and quantify acute responses and chronic adaptation to interventions, such as exercise.

To perform this research, I combine techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, high-density electromyography, near-infrared spectroscopy, and pulmonary gas exchange to identify aetiologies of physiological alterations and adaptations.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Effect of Menstrual-Cycle Phase on Immune Responses to a 5-km Cycling Time Trial: An Exploratory Study, Hicks, K., Orange, S., Dulson, D., Ansdell, P., Todryk, S., Gilbert, S., Saxton, J. 1 Apr 2023, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • COVID-19 and the long-term cardio-respiratory and metabolic health complications, Ashton, R., Ansdell, P., Hume, E., Maden-Wilkinson, T., Ryan, D., Tuttiett , E., Faghy, M. 9 Feb 2022, In: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Does the reticulospinal tract mediate adaptation to resistance training in humans?, Atkinson, E., Skarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Goodall, S., Howatson, G., Thomas, K. 1 Sep 2022, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • The knowns and unknowns of neural adaptations to resistance training, Škarabot, J., Brownstein, C., Casolo, A., Del Vecchio, A., Ansdell, P. 1 Mar 2021, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Variation in physiological function within and between menstrual cycles: uncovering the contributing factors, McNulty, K., Hicks, K., Ansdell, P. 1 Jul 2021, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Corticospinal responses during passive shortening and lengthening of tibialis anterior and soleus in older compared to younger adults, Škarabot, J., Ansdell, P., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Durbaba, R. 1 Mar 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Physiological sex differences affect the integrative response to exercise: Acute and chronic implications, Ansdell, P., Thomas, K., Hicks, K., Hunter, S., Howatson, G., Goodall, S. 1 Dec 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • Reply to: Comment on: “The Effects of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Exercise Performance in Eumenorrheic Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Exercise Performance in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”, Elliott-Sale, K., McNulty, K., Goodall, S., Ansdell, P., Thomas, K., Swinton, P., Dolan, E., Hicks, K. 17 Dec 2020, In: Sports Medicine
  • Sex differences in fatigability following exercise normalised to the power‐duration relationship, Ansdell, P., Škarabot, J., Atkinson, E., Corden, S., Tygart, A., Hicks, K., Thomas, K., Hunter, S., Howatson, G., Goodall, S. 15 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Physiology
  • Sodium bicarbonate supplementation delays neuromuscular fatigue without changes in performance outcomes during a basketball match simulation protocol, Ansdell, P., Dekerle, J. 1 May 2020, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Padraig Spillane Neurophysiology and plasticity across the female lifespan Start Date: 01/10/2022

I am an Early Career Research Theme Lead for Human, Environmental, and Exercise Physiology within the Physiological Society, and I have won the following awards:

2020 Inaugural Review Prize - The Physiological Society, Experimental Physiology

2018 Young Investigator Award - European College of Sports Science

2016 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence - University of Brighton

Sports Science BSc (Hons) June 30 2016

Back to top