Dr. Brian Carson

Qualifications: BSc Sports Science and Health, PhD Exercise Physiology (DCU, Ireland).

Email address  brian.carson@ul.ie
Phone number +353 61 234943
Room number  P1046


Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

Teaching and Research Interests:

Brian is the Course Director for the BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences course, he also teaches Physiology on the Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science degree programmes as well as the Postgraduate Speech and Language Therapy programme within Education and Health Sciences.
Brian's research interests are primarily focussed on the plasticity and metabolic adaptation of skeletal muscle in response to physical activity and exercise. Brian's PhD thesis is titled "The regulation of metabolic gene expression in human skeletal muscle by exercise: the influence of exercise intensity and contraction frequency". Brian has also investigated the activation of intracellular signalling cascades and subsequent regulation of metabolic gene profiles in human skeletal muscle biopsy samples as well as cardiac and skeletal muscle cell models.
Brian has also carried out research into the regulation of intracellular trafficking and exocytosis of certain adipokines, incuding adiponectin, associated with the prevalence of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in fully differentiated adipocytes. Other research has investigated the role of long-chain-fatty-acid-CoA ligase isozymes in lipid biosynthesis and oxidation.

Research Funding

  • University of Limerick SEED Award 2011. Myokines in metabolism: €2000

  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Travel Grant Award 2011: €500

Personal Profile:

Brian joined the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department at the University of Limerick as a lecturer in January 2011. Brian has a BSc in Sport Science and Health (2005) from the School of Health and Human Performance at DCU where he also completed his PhD (2010) which was funded by a scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). Brian came to the PESS department from the University of Liverpool where he had spent 18 months as a Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Selected Publications:

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