UWB Crest

The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE)

Research Themes - Physiology and Health

Synergies in research into physiology and health are evident across IRESE.  These fall into several categories of physiology research in both humans and other species (eg great apes). Research is concentrated on three specialist areas relating to performance and health in active or clinical populations and across a range of environments (eg altitude, extreme temperatures): 

Extremes Research – The primary aim of this multidisciplinary group, led by Professor Neil Walsh, is to advance knowledge and understanding of human performance and health in 'extreme' natural and artificial environments and conditions. The main foci are on human responses and adaptations to a range of stressors including: thermal, altitude, dehydration, energy restriction, sleep deprivation, psychological and prolonged exercise.  

Health and Exercise Rehabilitation – This group, based at Bangor University, aims to improve understanding of how exercise and nutrition influence wellbeing and health throughout all stages of life including ageing, disease and recovery from illness.  It also includes the Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders with Exercise Sciences, (ReMeDES) group, led by Professor Andrew Lemmey which has RDG status in the Wales Arthritis Research Network (WARN).

Led by Professor Rob Shave, the Physiology and Health research group in the Cardiff School of Sport is engaged in a wide scope of research ranging from the physiology underpinning elite performance to the role of exercise in the management and treatment of disease.  A core focus of the work is to understand the acute and chronic effects of exercise upon cardiac structure and function in a variety of different populations (e.g. children, athletes, patients and primates).  Understanding both physiological and talent development as they relate to sport performance is another area of study as is the impact of playing surface on the development of fatigue.  The team has an emerging international reputation for not only cardiac imaging in humans, but that of great apes as well.