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Prof Alan Donnelly

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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 Mitchesltown health study, which is evaluating how health behaviours determine the health of 1,500 50-70 year olds who live in the town.


Dowd, K., Szeklicki, R., Minetto, M.A., Murphy, M., Polito, A., Ghigo, E., van der Ploeg, H., Ekelund, U.,  Maciaszek, J. Stemplewski, R., Tomczak, M. & Donnelly, A. (2018). A systematic literature review of reviews on techniques for physical activity measurement in adults: A DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 15 (15).

McKenna, S., Donnelly, A., Esbensen, B., Comber, L., NG, W.L., Anjum, A.M., Fraser, A. & Kennedy, N. (2018). THU0716-HPR The impact of exercise on sleep in people with rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 77: 1786. DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-eular.2307.

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.

Cremona, A., O’Gorman, C., Cotter, A., Saunders, J. & Donnelly, A. (2018). Effect of exercise modality on markers of insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control in pregnancies complicated with gestational diabetes mellitus: A systematic review. Obesity Science & Practice. 4 (5): 455-467.

McKenna, S., Donnelly, A., Esbensen, B., Fraser, A.D., Kennedy, N.M. (2018). The impact of exercise on sleep (time, quality, and disturbance) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Rheumatology International. 38 (7): 1191-1198.