Department for Health

Dr Javier Gonzalez

Lecturer in Human and Applied Physiology with particular interests in Nutrition and Metabolism

Javier Gonzalez

Lecturer BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD

1 West 4.103
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5518

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Professional Associations
  • The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
  • European College of Sport Science
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • The Nutrition Society
  • The Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine


I joined the Department for Health as a Lecturer in 2014 and my research interests are nutrition and metabolism.

Studying postprandial metabolism gives insight into the future risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. I am embarking on a programme of research to explore the interactions between nutrition and exercise and the effects on metabolic health, particularly in the postprandial state. By understanding how metabolically active organs such as muscle, adipose and the liver interact within whole-body human physiology in response to nutrition and exercise, more precise interventions can be developed to target specific health conditions.

In a sports performance context, I have performed research in highly trained cyclists and triathletes, studying how nutrition can influence metabolism during endurance exercise and in recovery, and how respiratory physiology affects performance. Additionally, I am the Nutrition Section Editor for the International Rugby Board (IRB) Science Network.

I completed my PhD in Human Nutrition and Metabolism in 2013. My thesis covered topics including nutrition, exercise, metabolism and appetite. During my PhD studies I also spent time at the Department of Metabolic Medicine at Imperial College London, to work under Prof Sir Steve Bloom. Following this, I undertook a post-doc which used 13C and 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to investigate the effects of nutrition on liver and muscle metabolism during exercise.

Research interests

  • Human Nutrition
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Energy Balance


Jump to: Articles


Campbell, M. D., Walker, M., Ajjan, R. A., Birch, K. M., Gonzalez, J. and West, D. J., 2017. Forthcoming. An additional bolus of rapid-acting insulin to normalise postprandial cardiovascular risk factors following high-carbohydrate high-fat meal in patients with type 1 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial:Cardiovascular risk and high fat feeding in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research

Gonzalez, J., Frampton, J. and Deighton, K., 2017. Postprandial suppression of appetite is more reproducible at a group than an individual-level:implications for assessing inter-individual variability. Appetite, 108, pp. 375-382.

Goodall, S., Thomas, K., Barwood, M., Keane, K., Gonzalez, J., St Clair Gibson, A. and Howatson, G., 2016. Forthcoming. Neuromuscular changes and the rapid adaptation following a bout of damaging eccentric exercise. Acta Physiologica

Betts, J. and Gonzalez, J., 2016. Forthcoming. INVITED REVIEW Personalised Nutrition: What Makes You So Special? Nutrition Bulletin

Campbell, M. D., Walker, M., King, D., Gonzalez, J. T., Allerton, D., Stevenson, E. J., Shaw, J. A. and West, D. J., 2016. Carbohydrate counting at meal time followed by a small secondary postprandial bolus injection at 3 hours prevents late hyperglycemia, without hypoglycemia, after a high-carbohydrate, high-fat meal in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 39 (9), e141-e142.

Gonzalez, J. T., Fuchs, C. J., Betts, J. A. and van Loon, L. J. C., 2016. Liver glycogen metabolism during and after prolonged endurance-type exercise:hepatic glycogen and endurance exercise. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 311 (3), E543-E553.

Deighton, K., Frampton, J. and Gonzalez, J., 2016. Test-meal palatability is associated with overconsumption but better represents preceding changes in appetite in non-obese males. British Journal of Nutrition, 116 (5), pp. 935-943.

Perkin, O. J., Travers, R. L., Gonzalez, J. T., Turner, J. E., Gillison, F., Wilson, C., McGuigan, P. M., Thompson, D. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. Exercise strategies to protect against the impact of short-term reduced physical activity on muscle function and markers of health in older men:study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 (1), 381.

Betts, J. A., Chowdhury, E. A., Gonzalez, J. T., Richardson, J. D., Tsintzas, K. and Thompson, D., 2016. Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

Fuchs, C., Gonzalez, J., Beelen, M., Cermak, N., Smith, F., Thelwall, P., Taylor, R., Trenell, M., Stevenson, E. and van Loon, L. J. C., 2016. Sucrose ingestion after exhaustive exercise accelerates liver, but not muscle glycogen repletion when compared to glucose ingestion in trained athletes. Journal of Applied Physiology, 120 (11), pp. 1328-1334.

Allerton, D. M., Campbell, M. D., Gonzalez, J. T., Rumbold, P. L. S., West, D. J. and Stevenson, E. J., 2016. Co-ingestion of whey protein with a carbohydrate-rich breakfast boes not affect glycemia, insulinemia or subjective appetite following a subsequent meal in healthy males. Nutrients, 8 (3), 116.

Gonzalez, J. T., 2016. Appetite effect of breakfast ommission - constrained to morning? Nutrition, 32 (2), pp. 287-288.

Gonzalez, J. T., 2016. Re. "Effect of breakfast omission on subjective appetite, metabolism, acylated ghrelin and GLP-1(7-36) during rest and exercise" Constrained to morning? Nutrition, 32 (2), pp. 287-288.

Gonzalez, J. T., Fuchs, C. J., Smith, F. E., Thelwall, P. E., Taylor, R., Stevenson, E. J., Trenell, M. I., Cermak, N. M. and van Loon, L. J. C., 2015. Ingestion of glucose or sucrose prevents liver but not muscle glycogen depletion during prolonged endurance-type exercise in trained cyclists. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 309 (12), E1032-E1039.

Gonzalez, J., Barwood, M., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. and Howatson, G., 2015. Alterations in whole-body insulin sensitivity resulting from repeated eccentric exercise of a single muscle group:a pilot investigation. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 25 (4), pp. 405-410.

West, D. J., Campbell, M. D., Gonzalez, J. T., Walker, M., Stevenson, E. J., Ahmed, F. W., Wijaya, S., Shaw, J. A. and Weaver, J. U., 2015. The inflammation, vascular repair and injury responses to exercise in fit males with and without Type 1 diabetes:an observational study. Cardiovascular Diabetology, 14 (1), p. 71.

Campbell, M. D., Gonzalez, J. T., Rumbold, P. L. S., Walker, M., Shaw, J. A., Stevenson, E. J. and West, D. J., 2015. Comparison of appetite responses to high– and low–glycemic index postexercise meals under matched insulinemia and fiber in type 1 diabetes. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101 (3), pp. 478-486.

Gonzalez, J., Green, B. P., Brown, M. A., Rumbold, P. L. S., Turner, L. A. and Stevenson, E. J., 2015. Calcium ingestion suppresses appetite and produces acute overcompensation of energy intake independent of protein in healthy adults. Journal of Nutrition, 145 (3), pp. 476-482.

Campbell, M. D., Walker, M., Bracken, R. M., Turner, D., Stevenson, E. J., Gonzalez, J., Shaw, J. A. and West, D., 2015. Insulin therapy and dietary adjustments to normalize glycemia and prevent nocturnal hypoglycemia after evening exercise in type 1 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, 3, e000085.

Green, B. P., Gonzalez, J. T., Thomas, K., Stevenson, E. and Rumbold, P. L. S., 2014. Agreement between fingertip-capillary and antecubital-venous appetite-related peptides. Endocrine Connections, 3 (4), pp. 233-42.

Johnson, M. A., Gregson, I. R., Mills, D. E., Gonzalez, J. T. and Sharpe, G. R., 2014. Inspiratory muscle warm-up does not improve cycling time-trial performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 114 (9), pp. 1821-1830.

Gonzalez, J. T., 2014. Paradoxical second-meal phenomenon in the acute postexercise period. Nutrition, 30 (9), pp. 961-967.

Gonzalez, J. T., Green, B. P., Campbell, M. D., Rumbold, P. L. S. and Stevenson, E. J., 2014. The influence of calcium supplementation on substrate metabolism during exercise in humans:a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68 (6), pp. 712-718.

Mills, D. E., Johnson, M. A., McPhilimey, M. J., Williams, N., Gonzalez, J. T., Barnett, Y. A. and Sharpe, G. R., 2014. Influence of oxidative stress, diaphragm fatigue, and inspiratory muscle training on the plasma cytokine response to maximum sustainable voluntary ventilation. Journal of Applied Physiology, 116 (8), pp. 970-979.

Gonzalez, J. T. and Stevenson, E. J., 2014. Calcium co-ingestion augments postprandial glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide1-42, glucagon-like peptide-1 and insulin concentrations in humans. European Journal of Nutrition, 53 (2), pp. 375-385.

Gonzalez, J. T. and Stevenson, E. J., 2014. Assessment of the post-exercise glycemic response to food:considering prior nutritional status. Nutrition, 30 (1), pp. 122-123.

Veasey, R. C., Gonzalez, J. T., Kennedy, D. O., Haskell, C. F. and Stevenson, E. J., 2013. Breakfast consumption and exercise interact to affect cognitive performance and mood later in the day. A randomized controlled trial. Appetite, 68, pp. 38-44.

Gonzalez, J. T., Rumbold, P. L. S. and Stevenson, E. J., 2013. Appetite sensations and substrate metabolism at rest, during exercise, and recovery:impact of a high-calcium meal. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 38 (12), pp. 1260-1267.

Gonzalez, J. T., Veasey, R. C., Rumbold, P. L. S. and Stevenson, E. J., 2013. Breakfast and exercise contingently affect postprandial metabolism and energy balance in physically active males. British Journal of Nutrition, 110 (4), pp. 721-732.

Mills, D. E., Johnson, M. A., McPhilimey, M. J., Williams, N. C., Gonzalez, J. T., Barnett, Y. A. and Sharpe, G. R., 2013. The effects of inspiratory muscle training on plasma interleukin-6 concentration during cycling exercise and a volitional mimic of the exercise hyperpnea. Journal of Applied Physiology, 115 (8), pp. 1163-1172.

Gonzalez, J. T., Rumbold, P. L. S. and Stevenson, E. J., 2012. Effect of calcium intake on fat oxidation in adults:a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Obesity Reviews, 13 (10), pp. 848-857.

Gonzalez, J. T., Veasey, R. C., Rumbold, P. L. S. and Stevenson, E. J., 2012. Consistency of metabolic responses and appetite sensations under postabsorptive and postprandial conditions. Appetite, 59 (2), pp. 228-233.

Johnson, M. A., Mills, D. E., Brown, D. M., Bayfield, K. J., Gonzalez, J. T. and Sharpe, G. R., 2012. Inspiratory loading intensity does not influence lactate clearance during recovery. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44 (5), pp. 863-871.

Gonzalez, J. T. and Stevenson, E. J., 2012. New perspectives on nutritional interventions to augment lipid utilisation during exercise. British Journal of Nutrition, 107 (3), pp. 339-349.

Gonzalez, J. T. and Stevenson, E. J., 2012. Postprandial glycemia and appetite sensations in response to porridge made with rolled and pinhead oats. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 31 (2), pp. 111-116.

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