Dr Alex Beaumont

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I graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a 1st class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2014. Following this, I studied for an MSc by Research in Exercise Physiology at the same institution, investigating the influence of various types of exercise training on resting and exercise cardiac function by using novel methods of echocardiography. I continued in this line of research by undertaking a PhD at the University of the West of Scotland with a principle focus of ageing, exercise training and cardiac function. I have presented some of my work at national and international conferences and published in journals such as, Sports Medicine, Echocardiography and European Journal of Applied Physiology. Beyond cardiac physiology, I have a global interest in cardiovascular science, health and performance among topics of which some include; vascular health and function, paediatric physiology and high-intensity interval training. Within these areas, I have internal and external collaborations with ongoing research and proposed future projects. I joined York St. John University in November 2018, where I am currently a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology.

Further Information

Teaching

I predominately teach on the Sport and Exercise Science programme, in addition to supervising undergraduate dissertation students.

Research

The main focus of my research to date has been within the field of cardiac physiology. My research has centred around using conventional and novel ultrasound techniques to asses the structure and function of the heart across the age spectrum. In particular, I am interested in how chronic exercise training in young and older individuals alters the structure and function of the heart and whether exercise can be a useful mitigate of the age related declines in heart functioning. In addition, I have investigated the cardiac responses during acute bouts of exercise stress by assessing the associated changes during aerobic and resistance types of exercise.

Professional Activities

I have presented at national, international and internal conferences including British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Performance Sports Science and European College of Sport Science (ECSS). I have been invited to peer review articles for journals including Cardiology in the young, Biology of Sport and Internal and Emergency Medicine.

Publications and Conferences

Journal Articles:

Beaumont, A., Campbell, A., Grace, F., Sculthorpe, N., 2018. Cardiac Response to Exercise in Normal Ageing: What Can We Learn From Masters Athletes. Curr Cardiol Rev. 

Beaumont, A., Grace, F., Richards, J., Hough, J., Oxborough, D., Sculthorpe, N., 2017. Left Ventricular Speckle Tracking-Derived Cardiac Strain and Cardiac Twist Mechanics in Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Studies. Sports Med 47, 1145–1170.

Beaumont, A., Hough, J., Sculthorpe, N., Richards, J., 2017. Left ventricular twist mechanics during incremental cycling and knee extension exercise in healthy men. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 117, 139–150. 

Beaumont, A., Sculthorpe, N., Hough, J., Unnithan, V., Richards, J., 2018. Global and regional left ventricular circumferential strain during incremental cycling and isometric knee extension exercise. Echocardiography 35, 1149–1156. 

Beaumont, A.J., Grace, F.M., Richards, J.C., Campbell, A.K., Sculthorpe, N.F., 2018. Aerobic Training Protects Cardiac Function During Advancing Age: A Meta-Analysis of Four Decades of Controlled Studies. Sports Med. 

Grace, F., Herbert, P., Elliott, A.D., Richards, J., Beaumont, A., Sculthorpe, N.F., 2018. High intensity interval training (HIIT) improves resting blood pressure, metabolic (MET) capacity and heart rate reserve without compromising cardiac function in sedentary aging men. Exp. Gerontol. 109, 75–81.

 

Conferences:

Beaumont, A., Grace, F., Richards, J., Campbell, A., Sculthorpe, N. 2018. Aerobic Training
Protects Cardiac Function during Advancing Age: A Meta-Analysis of Four-Decades of Controlled Studies. (Oral). European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Dublin, Ireland.

Beaumont, A. Cardiac Adaptations to Aerobic Exercise in Older Adults at Rest and During Exercise: What Can We Learn from the Masters Athlete? (Oral) University of the West of Scotland ‘Who owns health’ symposium, Hamilton, UK.

Beaumont, A. (2016). Left Ventricular Mechanics in the Athlete’s Heart Using Speckle Tracking Echocardiography. (Oral). University of the West of Scotland Annual Student Research Conference, Paisley, UK.

Beaumont, A., Grace, F., Richards, J., Hough, J., Oxborough, D. and Sculthorpe, N (2017). Left Ventricular Speckle Tracking Derived Cardiac Strain and Cardiac Twist Mechanics in Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Studies. (Poster). Performance Sports Science Conference, Glasgow, UK.

Beaumont, A., Richards, J. (2014). Association of Cardiorespiratory Fitness with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and the Influential Effects of Alcohol Consumption. (Poster). British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Annual Student Conference, University of Portsmouth, UK.

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