Prof. Brian Carson is an Exercise Physiologist in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department at the University of Limerick. Brian's research interests are primarily focused on the plasticity and metabolic adaptation of skeletal muscle in response to exercise and how this can be modified through interaction with nutrition. Brian’s current research projects are investigating exercise and nutrient interventions to optimise skeletal muscle and whole body metabolism in populations across the health and lifespan. Therefore, the regulation of whole body metabolism by skeletal muscle contraction and myokine release is of specific interest. In collaboration with a number of PIs at UL, Brian currently receives funding from the Food for Health Ireland 2 (FHI2) programme to investigate the efficacy of nutrient supplementation with proteins mined from milk to provide metabolic outcomes which support Healthy Ageing and Performance Nutrition (HAPN).


Powell, C., Herring, M., Dowd, K., Donnelly, A. & Carson, Brian. (2018). The cross‐sectional associations between objectively measured sedentary time and cardiometabolic health markers in adults – a systematic review with meta‐analysis component. Obesity Reviews. 19 (3): 381-395.

Davies, R., Carson, B. & Jakeman, P. (2018). The Effect of Whey Protein Supplementation on the Temporal Recovery of Muscle Function Following Resistance Training: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 10 (2): 221.

Aird, T., Davies, R. & Carson, B. (2018). Effects of fasted vs fed-state exercise on performance and post-exercise metabolism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 28 (5): 1476-1493.|

Ubeda, N., Carson, B., García-González, Á., Ros, A., Enrique Díaz-Martínez, Á., Venta, R., Terrados, N., O'Gorman, D. & Iglesias-Gutiérrez, E. (2018). Muscular contraction frequency does not affect plasma homocysteine concentration in response to energy expenditure and intensity matched acute exercise in sedentary males. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 43 (2): 107-112.

Powell, C., Carson, B., Dowd, K. & Donnelly, A. (2017). Simultaneous validation of five activity monitors for use in adult populations. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 27 (12): 1881-1892.