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Dr Karen Keane

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

255 Karen KeaneTeaching interests lie primarily in applied biochemistry, nutritional and physiological aspects of sport, exercise and health.  After completing a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences (First Class Honours) at the University of Limerick in 2012, Karen went on to complete an MRes looking at the impact of high intensity interval training and/or selenium supplementation on oxidative stress and antioxidant status in females at Robert Gordon University.  Most recently, Karen has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Karen’s thesis investigated the Polyphenol Pharmacokinetics and Cardiovascular, Cognitive and Exercise Pharmacodynamics following Montmorency Tart Cherry Intake in Humans. By using novel analytical chemistry techniques to examine the uptake and absorption of phenolic compounds and methods of cardiovascular assessment, Karen’s findings have added to the area investigating the application of functional foods.  Additionally, Karen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Graduate Registrant of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.

Broadly speaking, Karen’s research interests focus primarily on the use of functional foods to improve exercise performance, recovery and human health.  Karen is also interested in sex differences in exercise-induced muscle pain and muscle damage.  Karen works closely with professional football clubs including Sunderland AFC and Hartlepool United FC providing nutrition workshops and support.

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Campus Address

City Campus

Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Sports Science PhD July 11 2017
  • Sports Science MRes October 31 2013
  • Sports Science BSc September 01 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Student British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2015
  • Student Nutrition Society (NS) 2015

Key Publications

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  • Dietary intake of anthocyanins and risk of cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, Kimble, R., Keane, K., Lodge, J., Howatson, G. 2 Jan 2020, In: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Prolonging the duration of cooling does not enhance recovery following a marathon, Kwiecien, S., Mchugh, M., Hicks, K., Keane, K., Howatson, G. 30 Aug 2020, In: Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports
  • The unaided recovery of marathon-induced serum metabolome alterations, Stander, Z., Luies, L., Mienie, J., van Reenen, M., Howatson, G., Keane, K., Clifford, T., Stevenson, E., Loots, D. 6 Jul 2020, In: Scientific Reports
  • Methodological Considerations for a Vascular Function Test Battery, Kimble, R., Keane, K., Lodge, J., Howatson, G. 1 Aug 2019, In: International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Effects of montmorency tart cherry (L. Prunus Cerasus) consumption on nitric oxide biomarkers and exercise performance, Keane, K., Bailey, S., Vanhatalo, A., Jones, A., Howatson, G. Jul 2018, In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • Minimal muscle damage after a marathon and no influence of beetroot juice on inflammation and recovery, Clifford, T., Allerton, D., Brown, M., Harper, L., Horsburgh, S., Keane, K., Stevenson, E., Howatson, G. Mar 2017, In: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism
  • Polyphenol Pharmacokinetics and Cardiovascular, Cognitive and Exercise Pharmacodynamics following Montmorency Tart Cherry Intake in Humans, Keane, K. Jan 2017
  • Student Use and Perception of Technology Enhanced Learning in a Mass Lecture Knowledge-Rich Domain First Year Undergraduate Module, Peart, D., Rumbold, P., Keane, K., Allin, L. 1 Dec 2017, In: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
  • The plasma bioavailability of nitrate and betanin from Beta vulgaris rubra in humans, Clifford, T., Constantinou, C., Keane, K., West, D., Howatson, G., Stevenson, E. Apr 2017, In: European Journal of Nutrition
  • Adaptation to damaging dance and repeated sprint activity in females, Brown, M., Howatson, G., Keane, K., Stevenson, E. 1 Sep 2016, In: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research


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