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Prof. Alan Donnelly

Biography

Professor Alan Donnelly is Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology in the department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. A graduate of Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities, he has worked in Ireland, the UK, USA and Australia. He is theme leader for Lifestyle and Health in UL's Health Research Institute (HRI), and also leads the HRI's "Physical Activity for Health" research cluster. His research encompasses the objective measurement of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and health. His current research projects focus on accurate measurement of physical behaviours, including sedentary behaviour, physical activity and standing. His current projects include both cross sectional and activity intervention studies. He works on populations including adolescents and older adults, where his team uses worn devices to explore the relationship between physical behaviours and health outcomes. Current projects include the Limerick Adolescent Study, a cross sectional study of activity behaviour and health markers in adolescents, the Youth-Fit pilot study for a national school based fitness and health measurement system, plus collaborations on the Mitchelstown Cohort Rescreen, the CSPPA study of child and adolescent activity and sports participation, and the Move for Life intervention in older adults.

Research Interests

Alan Donnelly's Core research interests include:

The objective measurement of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in adolescents and adults, and the consequences for health of these behaviours. This work includes developing and validating measurement systems, in addition to measurement of sedentary behaviour, standing time, and time spent in light, moderate and vigorous physical activity. This is linked to measures of adiposity and of health, to determine how behaviour patterns and health outcomes are associated. One large, cross-sectional study of adolescents is underway, and I am collaborating with UCC on a large cohort study "The Mitchelstown Cohort Study" where we are measuring sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the population. Similar work is also progressing in clinical populations.

As a part of the European "DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub" we have systematically reviewed methodologies for measurement of both physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Skeletal muscle physiology, particularly the physiology of exercise-induced muscle damage. I have developed specific methods for safely inducing muscle soreness using an isokinetics system, and have employed this method to evaluate correlates of muscle damage, including changes to connective tissue and muscle antioxidant status. The same methodology has been employed by my group to evaluate treatments, including cold water cryotherapy and whole body cryotherapy.

Publications

Conference Publication

2016

The Comparison Of Free-living Sedentary Time Using The Activpal3 Micro And The ActiGraph Gt3x.
Hayes, G,Dowd, KP,Powell, C,MacDonncha, C,Donnelly, AE
Medicine and science in sports and exercise DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485947.57746.1a

2015

JPI HDHL Joint Action: DEDIPAC
Ahrens, W,Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, NN,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
Annals Of Nutrition And Metabolism

2015
2001

Proceedings of the International Sports Medicine Conference
Regan J, Donnelly A, Roper H and Jakeman PM

Other Publication

2017

Does exercise impact on sleep for people who have rheumatoid arthritis? A systematic review
McKenna, S,Donnelly, A,Fraser, A,Comber, L,Kennedy, N
Rheumatology international DOI: 10.1007/s00296-017-3681-x

2016

Sleep and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among People with Rheumatic Disease in Ireland
McKenna, S,Donnelly, A,Fraser, S,Kennedy, N
Arthritis & Rheumatology

Peer Reviewed Journal

2017

Simultaneous validation of five activity monitors for use in adult populations
Powell, C,Carson, BP,Dowd, KP,Donnelly, AE
Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports DOI: 10.1111/sms.12813

2017

Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings
Brug, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Loyen, A,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,De Craemer, M,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Lien, N,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nicolaou, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,van den Berg, M,Schulze, MB,Steinacker, JM,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,Lakerveld, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0609-5

2014

Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub
Lakerveld, J,van der Ploeg, HP,Kroeze, W,Ahrens, W,Allais, O,Andersen, LF,Cardon, G,Capranica, L,Chastin, S,Donnelly, A,Ekelund, U,Finglas, P,Flechtner-Mors, M,Hebestreit, A,Hendriksen, I,Kubiak, T,Lanza, M,Loyen, A,MacDonncha, C,Mazzocchi, M,Monsivais, P,Murphy, M,Nothlings, U,O'Gorman, DJ,Renner, B,Roos, G,Schuit, AJ,Schulze, M,Steinacker, J,Stronks, K,Volkert, D,van't Veer, P,Lien, N,De Bourdeaudhuij, I,Brug, J,DEDIPAC Consortium
International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition And Physical Activity DOI: 10.1186/s12966-014-0143-7