Gary O'Donovan - Researcher
Gary O’Donovan, Ph.D.
Researcher in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health
- Observational research, including cross-sectional studies of fatness, fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors (O’Donovan etal., Metabolism, 2012, 61, 213-220).
- Experimental research, particularly the dose-response relationship between exercise and health (O’Donovan et al., Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005, 98,1619-1625).
- Epidemiology, including associations between physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and health (O’Donovan et al., Preventive Medicine, 2013, 57, 201-205)
- Exercise testing and exercise prescription
- Pilot studies and feasibility studies to inform the design and evaluation of full-scale trials, in keeping with MRC guidelines (Craig et al., BMJ, 2008, 337, a1655).
Current research projects
- In January 2014, Dr Deirdre Harrington and I received an award from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund for our study, “A pilot study of the ‘systems biology’ approach in exercise science.
- I am working on an observational study in the Human Metabolism Research Unit of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Warwick Medical School.
- I am a reviewer for more than a dozen leading journals in medicine, public health, and sport science.
- I am a Section Editor (Exercise and Health) of European Journal of Sport Science.
- I have been a guest lecturer at University College London and Barts and The London since 2007.
- I was a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) from 1996 to 2013; And, I was the leading author of the association’s consensus statement on physical activity and health (O’Donovan et al., Journal of Sports Sciences, 2010, 28, 573-591).
- I represented BASES at SkillsActive, which sets and monitors standards for entry to the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). I was a panel member from 2009 and Chair from 2010 to 2014.
- I have been a reviewer for research councils and other research funders.
- I have written more than a dozen feature-length articles in health and fitness magazines and I still write for Peak Performance magazine (online).
- North East Physical Activity Forum, 2011: The ABC of Physical Activity for Health
- Annual Conference of BACPR, 2011: The ABC of Physical Activity for Health
- Annual Conference of BASES, 2011: Linking medicine with front-line practice (symposium)
Gary O’Donovan Ph.D.
Researcher in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health
Diabetes Research Centre
University of Leicester
Leicester General Hospital
Leicester LE5 4PW
Peer reviewed publications
- Harrington, D., Sherar, L. and O’Donovan, G. Are physical fitness levels declining in UK children and should we be worried? (Editorial). Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2014;99(1):1-2.
- O'Donovan, G., Hillsdon, M., Ukoumunne, O., Stamatakis, E. and Hamer, M. Objectively measured physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors in the health survey for England. Preventive Medicine, 2013;57(3):201-205.
- Stamatakis, E., Hamer, M., O’Donovan, G., Kivimaki, M. and Batty, D. A non-exercise testing method for estimating cardiorespiratory fitness: associations with cardiovascular mortality in a pooled analysis of eight population-based cohorts. European Heart Journal, 2013;34(10):750-758.
- O’Donovan, G., Kearney, E., Sherwood, R. and Hillsdon, M. Fatness, fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors in middle-aged white men. Metabolism. 2012;61(2):213-220.
- O’Donovan, G., Blazevich, A., Boreham, C., Cooper, A., Crank, H., Ekelund, U., Fox, K.,Gately, P., Giles-Corti, B., Gill, J., Hamer, M., McDermott, I., Murphy, M., Mutrie, N., Reilly, J., Saxton, J. and Stamatakis, E. The ABC of Physical Activity for Health: a Consensus Statement from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2010;28(6):573-91.
- Hamer, M. and O’Donovan, G. Cardiorespiratory fitness and metabolic risk factors in obesity. Current Opinion in Lipidology. 2010;21(1):1-7.
- O’Donovan, G., Thomas, E., McCarthy, J., Fitzpatrick, J., Durighel, G., Mehta, S., Morin, S., Goldstone, A., and Bell, J. Fat distribution in men of different waist girth, fitness level and exercise habit. International Journal of Obesity. 2009;33(12)1356-62
- O’Donovan, G. and Shave, R. British adults’ views on the health benefits of moderate and vigorous activity. Preventive Medicine. 2007;45(6):432-35.
- O’Donovan, G., McEneny, J., Kearney, E., Owen, A., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. LDL particle size in habitual exercisers, lean sedentary men and abdominally obese sedentary men. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2007;28(8)644-49.
- O’Donovan, G., Kearney, E., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. The effects of 24 weeks of moderate- or high-intensity exercise on insulin resistance. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2005;95(5-6):522-28.
- O’Donovan, G., Owen, A., Bird, S., Kearney, E., Nevill, A., Jones, D. and Woolf-May, K. Changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and coronary heart disease risk factors following 24 weeks of moderate- or high-intensity exercise of equal energy cost. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2005;98(5):1619-25.
- O’Donovan, G., Owen, A., Kearney, E., Jones, D., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. Cardiovascular disease risk factors in habitual exercisers, lean sedentary men and abdominally obese sedentary men. International Journal of Obesity. 2005;29(9):1063-69.
- Owen, A., Theakston, S., O’Donovan, G. and Bird, S. Right and left ventricular diastolic function of male endurance athletes. International Journal of Cardiology. 2004;95(2):231-
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