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Public Health and Sport Sciences

Clinical trials into optimising muscle health

As a group we are always considering the human application of our work. We therefore conduct human clinical trials that directly forward-translate our findings from fundamental research in C. elegans or that explore the mechanisms of muscle maintenance across the lifespan and/or the efficacy of new exercise and drug interventions.

For example, ongoing research projects include:

  • Examining the efficacy of NAD+ precursors for improving muscle health in older people.
  • Investigating the effects of nicotinamide riboside supplementation plus exercise training for muscle health in younger and older people.
  • Establishing predictive biosignatures of individual responsiveness to environmental stimuli, including exercise training.
  • Exploring mechanisms of early exercise habituation in untrained people after uphill versus downhill running.
  • Establishing whether the molecules that regulate muscle growth are the same as those controlling muscle loss.

A researcher talking to an older man as part of an experiment. He is cycling, with electrodes on his chest linked to a machine.


Funded by DSTL, Dunhill Medical Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Wellcome Trust. 

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