Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology
School of Sport
T: 87 6795
I graduated from University of Limerick with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. I then completed an MSc by distinction at Manchester Metropolitan University investigating the effect of antioxidant supplementation on recovery from exhaustive exercise in recreationally active women. I then moved to Liverpool John Moores University to complete my PhD investigating the effect of menopause and pregnancy on the peripheral and cerebrovascular system. I am particularly interested in how physical activity, sedentary behaviour and exercise affect various aspects of the vascular health during the lifespan. I am currently a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at York St. John University within the School of Sport.
I am responsible for delivering teaching in Exercise Physiology and supervising dissertation projects at undergraduate level.
My research area is focused on the cardiovascular system in young and older adults, predominantly through the use of ultrasound to assess the function and structure of cerebral and peripheral arteries. I am interested in how lifestyle behaviours such as physical activity, sedentary behaviour and fitness influence the cardiovascular system. Specifically, I have investigated how these lifestyle behaviours during menopause and pregnancy affect the female cardiovascular system. Further to this, I am interested in how exercise during pregnancy translates to offspring artery health.
I have presented at national, international and internal conferences including European Congress of Sport and Exercise Science (ECSS) and the Northern Vascular Biology Forum.
Publications and Conferences
Brislane, Á., Jones, H., Carter, S.E., Holder, S.M., Low, D.A., Hopkins, N.D. (2019) Cerebral and peripheral vascular differences between pre- and postmenopausal women. Menopause: The journal of the North American Menopause Society, 27 (2), Published online ahead of print.
Papers Under Review
Brislane, Á., Jones, H., Holder, S.M., Low, D.A., Hopkins, N.D. The Effect of Exercise During Pregnancy on Maternal and Offspring Vascular Outcomes: A Pilot Study. Under Review.