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Research interests

My research interests concern human metabolism and the effects of exercise, nutrition and environmental factors on key regulatory processes. I am particularly interested in the factors regulating body composition and the effects this has on health. I use a range of technologies and methods to address research of problems concerning health, e.g. obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, across the lifespan.  I use stable isotope technology to measure the rate of processes involved in protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. I also have research experience in cell and molecular physiology.

 I have supervised or co-supervised 20 Ph.D., MPhil and MD students with projects relevant to human function. Recent projects have investigated Achilles tendinopathy, heat effects on the elderly, exercise effects on stem cell function and the response of fat and carbohydrate metabolism to hypoxia and exercise.

I received my BSc from the University of Nottingham, my Ph.D. from the University of Hull. I did my first postdoctoral fellowship at the Univesity of Hull and my second at the Univesity of Dundee. I then was appointed to a Wellcome Trust lectureship in stable isotope technology before moving onto a further funded research post at Dundee, then to an established lectureship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Dundee. In 2001 I was appointed the head of Sport and Exercise Science at the Univesity of Brighton. I have been here as a Reader since then.

 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Hull

1 Sep 197830 Aug 1981

Bachelor, University of Nottingham

22 Sep 19749 Jul 1977

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 1985 2019

Changes in Achilles tendon stiffness in gout measured by elastography – a preliminary study

Otter, S., Watt, P., Webborn, N., Payne, C. & Jones, AM., 2 Jun 2019, p. A1464. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

Elasticity Imaging Techniques
Achilles Tendon
Gout
Tendons
Foot

Heat tolerance of Fire Service Instructors

Watkins, E. R., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A. J., 16 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Thermal Biology. 82, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

teachers
heat tolerance
Fires
heat
signs and symptoms (animals and humans)

A new occupational heat tolerance test: A feasibility study

Watkins, E. R., Gibbons, J., Dellas, Y., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A. J., 5 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Thermal Biology. 78, p. 42-50 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Feasibility Studies
heat tolerance
Protective Clothing
protective clothing
heat

Fire Service Instructors' Working Practices: A UK Survey

Watkins, E., Hayes, M., Watt, P. & Richardson, A., 4 May 2018, In : Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Firefighters
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires
Guidelines
Respiration

Physiological and perceptual responses in the elderly to simulated daily living activities in UK summer climatic conditions

Waldock, K. A. M., Hayes, M., Watt, P. W. & Maxwell, N. S., 18 Jun 2018, In : Public health. 161

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Activities of Daily Living
Hot Temperature
Metabolic Equivalent
Exercise
Transgender Persons

Activities 2009 2017

  • 8 Research degree
  • 1 Outreach and Public Engagement

Hypoxic Exercise as a Tool for Weight Loss.

Alan Richardson (Supervisor), Peter Watt (Supervisor)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Optimising heat illness prevention strategies for the elderly population

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Peter Watt (Supervisor), Mark Hayes (Supervisor)
2016 → …

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Optimising heat tolerance and the determinants of endurance performance using acute and chronic strategies.

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Alan Richardson (Supervisor), Peter Watt (Supervisor)
2016

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Optimising heat acclimation to attenuate physiological stress in hypoxia

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Peter Watt (Supervisor)
2015

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

The effects of leg pre-cooling on the kinetics of heat exchange between core and peripheral body compartments prior to intermittent sprint exercise in the heat

Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), Emma Ross (Supervisor), Peter Watt (Supervisor)
2014

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree