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Dr Alasdair O'Doherty

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Alasdair is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Health in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. After completing his Undergraduate and Masters degrees at Coventry University, Alasdair gained experience working in a Cardiology department at Lewisham Hospital. He then  moved to University College London (UCL) where he was responsible for the day to day running of cardiopulmonary exercise testing services for clinical and research purposes across 3 London teaching hospitals. In addition to his role, Alasdair was a guest lecturer on the UCL Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy masters courses and was an investigator on the 2010 Xtreme Alps expedition. Alasdair went on to complete a PhD at the University of Hull where he investigated exercise and nutritional strategies that targeted reducing cardiometabolic dysregulation after eating fat. Alasdair’s research interests are in cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and cardiometabolic responses to exercise and nutritional interventions. A major strand of his current research has stemmed from evaluating the provision of exercise training within UK cardiac rehabilitation through a national survey that was supported by the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Alasdair is passionate about using his research to help with disease prevention, reducing disease progression and improving patient-centred outcomes.

Alasdair O'Doherty

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234, Northumberland Building,
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Physiology PhD March 05 2018
  • Teaching and Learning PGCert October 01 2013
  • Sports Science MSc October 01 2007
  • Sports Science BSc (Hons) July 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exercise-induced attenuation of treatment side-effects in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer beginning androgen-deprivation therapy, Ndjavera, W., Orange, S., O'Doherty, A., Leicht, A., Rochester, M., Mills, R., Saxton, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: BJU International
  • The effect of acute exercise on environmentally induced symptoms of dry eye, Peart, D., Walshe, I., Sweeney, E., James, E., Henderson, T., O'Doherty, A., McDermott, A. Jan 2020, In: Physiological Reports
  • The effect of protein and essential amino acid supplementation on muscle strength and performance in patients with chronic heart failure, Nichols, S., McGregor, G., al-Mohammad, A., Ali, A., Tew, G., O'Doherty, A. 1 Aug 2020, In: European Journal of Nutrition
  • Hemodynamic effects of portable non-invasive ventilation in healthy men, Chynkiamis, N., Armstrong, M., Manifield, J., Hume, E., Reilly, C., Aliverti, A., O'Doherty, A., Vogiatzis, I. 1 Oct 2019, In: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
  • Influence of appendicular skeletal muscle mass on resting metabolic equivalents in patients with cardiovascular disease, Nichols, S., O’Doherty, A., Carroll, S., Ingle, L. 10 Jun 2019, In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
  • Low skeletal muscle mass is associated with low aerobic capacity and increased mortality risk in patients with coronary heart disease - A CARE CR Study, Nichols, S., O'Doherty, A., Taylor, C., Clarke, A., Carroll, S., Ingle, L. Jan 2019, In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
  • The repeatability of the abbreviated (4‑h) Oral Fat Tolerance Test and influence of prior acute aerobic exercise, O'Doherty, A., Sathyapalan, T., Rigby, A., Ingle, L., Carroll, S. Feb 2018, In: European Journal of Nutrition
  • The effects of acute interval exercise and strawberry intake on postprandial lipaemia, O'Doherty, A., Jones, H., Sathyapalan, T., Ingle, L., Carrol, S. Nov 2017, In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • Validity and Reliability of the Apple Watch for Measuring Heart Rate During Exercise, Khushhal, A., Nicols, S., Evans, W., Gleadall-Siddall, D., Page, R., O'Doherty, A., Carroll, S., Ingle, L., Abt, G. 18 Oct 2017, In: Sports Medicine International Open
  • Genetic Factors Associated with Exercise Performance in Atmospheric Hypoxia, Hennis, P., O'Doherty, A., Levett, D., Grocott, M., Montgomery, H. May 2015, In: Sports Medicine

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Emily James Start: 01/10/2019

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