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Internal News - 09 July 2008

Male volunteers needed for research into exercise and disease prevention

Researchers from the School for Health are looking for volunteers who are willing to spend a week adopting the lifestyle of someone who is sedentary and eats too much.

They are interested in hearing from active males who exercise at least four times a week and do not smoke. The study will investigate whether a certain form of exercise can overcome the effects of overfeeding and under-activity.

Dr Dylan Thompson from the Sport, Health & Exercise Science group, said: “This study will provide useful information on what happens when we become inactive and eat more than is required, which is an increasing problem for the UK and many other parts of the world.

“We want to find out if exercise can prevent these changes from taking place and we want to better understand the physiological systems that are involved. In the long-term, this will allow us to make better recommendations about what people should and should not be doing for health.

Jean Philippe Walhin, the PhD student who is conducting the study, said: “A sedentary lifestyle and a high intake of calories potentially contribute to chronic low-grade inflammation, which plays a key role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“We all know that exercise is good for us, but the exact mechanisms by which it benefits health are still unclear. This research will enable us to see what role fat tissue plays in those diseases and how exercise helps prevent them.”

Why take part?

As well as helping University research, all eligible volunteers will receive a copy of their personalised results, and the ‘normal’ values for these measurements, including;

To find out more about the project, please contact: Jean Philippe Walhin Ext 6478