Prof Alan Donnelly

Professor of Exercise Physiology

Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Keywords: Physical activity sedentary behaviour accelerometer adolescent health older adults.

Professor Donnelly’s research focus is on the interaction of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in determining health across the lifespan. He is director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Health, a multidisciplinary centre which applies technology to measurement and intervention in health. He currently co-leads the DEDIPAC project at UL, a part of a Europe wide knowledge hub which is setting standards for researchers investigating physical activity, sedentary behaviour, diet and their determinants. He has an interest in device based measurement of behaviour and has recently hosted the international ICAMPAM conference at UL, bringing researchers from across the world to Limerick to present the state of the art in this area. He additionally has projects underway measuring sedentary behaviour and health in adolescents, and is a contributor to the large Michesltown health study, which is evaluating how health behaviours determine the health of 1,500 50-70 year olds who live in the town.


  • Dowd KP, Harrington, Deirdre M.; Hannigan A, Donnelly AE. Light-Intensity Physical Activity Is Associated with Adiposity in Adolescent Females Med Sci Sports Exerc. 46 2295-2300, 2014.
  • Lakerveld, Jeroen; van der Ploeg, Hidde P.; Kroeze, Willemieke; et al. Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub. Int. J. Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 11 Article Number: 143
  • Harrington DM, Belton S, Coppinger T, Cullen M, Donnelly A, Dowd K, Keating T, Layte R, Murphy M, Murphy N, Murtagh E, Woods K.(2014)Results from Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth. J Physical Activity and Health 11, 563-568.
  • Joyce J, Smyth PJ, Donnelly AE, Davranche K. The Simon Task and Aging: Does Acute Moderate Exercise Influence Cognitive Control? Med Sci Sports Exerc. 46(3):630-9, 2014.
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