Gary O'Donovan - Researcher


      Gary O’Donovan, Ph.D.

      Researcher in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health


      Research interests

      • Observational research, including cross-sectional studies of fatness, fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors (O’Donovan etal., Metabolism, 2012, 61, 213-220).
      • Experimental research, particularly the dose-response relationship between exercise and health (O’Donovan et al., Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005, 98,1619-1625).
      • Epidemiology, including associations between physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and health (O’Donovan et al., Preventive Medicine, 2013, 57, 201-205)
      • Exercise testing and exercise prescription
      • Pilot studies and feasibility studies to inform the design and evaluation of full-scale trials, in keeping with MRC guidelines (Craig et al., BMJ, 2008, 337, a1655).

      Current research projects
       

      • In January 2014, Dr Deirdre Harrington and I received an award from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund for our study, “A pilot study of the ‘systems biology’ approach in exercise science.
      • I am working on an observational study in the Human Metabolism Research Unit of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Warwick Medical School.

      Professional activities


      • I am a reviewer for more than a dozen leading journals in medicine, public health, and sport science.
      • I am a Section Editor (Exercise and Health) of European Journal of Sport Science.
      • I have been a guest lecturer at University College London and Barts and The London since 2007.
      • I was a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) from 1996 to 2013; And, I was the leading author of the association’s consensus statement on physical activity and health (O’Donovan et al., Journal of Sports Sciences, 2010, 28, 573-591).
      • I represented BASES at SkillsActive, which sets and monitors standards for entry to the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). I was a panel member from 2009 and Chair from 2010 to 2014.
      • I have been a reviewer for research councils and other research funders.
      • I have written more than a dozen feature-length articles in health and fitness magazines and I still write for Peak Performance magazine (online).

       

      Invited presentation


      • North East Physical Activity Forum, 2011: The ABC of Physical Activity for Health
      • Annual Conference of BACPR, 2011: The ABC of Physical Activity for Health
      • Annual Conference of BASES, 2011: Linking medicine with front-line practice (symposium)


      Contact:


      Gary O’Donovan Ph.D.
      Researcher in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health
      Diabetes Research Centre
      University of Leicester
      Leicester General Hospital
      Leicester LE5 4PW

      e: go36@le.ac.uk


      Peer reviewed publications


      1. Harrington, D., Sherar, L. and O’Donovan, G. Are physical fitness levels declining in UK children and should we be worried? (Editorial). Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2014;99(1):1-2.
      2. O'Donovan, G., Hillsdon, M., Ukoumunne, O., Stamatakis, E. and Hamer, M. Objectively measured physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors in the health survey for England. Preventive Medicine, 2013;57(3):201-205.
      3. Stamatakis, E., Hamer, M., O’Donovan, G., Kivimaki, M. and Batty, D. A non-exercise testing method for estimating cardiorespiratory fitness: associations with cardiovascular mortality in a pooled analysis of eight population-based cohorts. European Heart Journal, 2013;34(10):750-758.
      4. O’Donovan, G., Kearney, E., Sherwood, R. and Hillsdon, M. Fatness, fitness and cardiometabolic risk factors in middle-aged white men. Metabolism. 2012;61(2):213-220.
      5. O’Donovan, G., Blazevich, A., Boreham, C., Cooper, A., Crank, H., Ekelund, U., Fox, K.,Gately, P., Giles-Corti, B., Gill, J., Hamer, M., McDermott, I., Murphy, M., Mutrie, N., Reilly, J., Saxton, J. and Stamatakis, E. The ABC of Physical Activity for Health: a Consensus Statement from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2010;28(6):573-91.
      6. Hamer, M. and O’Donovan, G. Cardiorespiratory fitness and metabolic risk factors in obesity. Current Opinion in Lipidology. 2010;21(1):1-7.
      7. O’Donovan, G., Thomas, E., McCarthy, J., Fitzpatrick, J., Durighel, G., Mehta, S., Morin, S., Goldstone, A., and Bell, J. Fat distribution in men of different waist girth, fitness level and exercise habit. International Journal of Obesity. 2009;33(12)1356-62
      8. O’Donovan, G. and Shave, R. British adults’ views on the health benefits of moderate and vigorous activity. Preventive Medicine. 2007;45(6):432-35.
      9. O’Donovan, G., McEneny, J., Kearney, E., Owen, A., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. LDL particle size in habitual exercisers, lean sedentary men and abdominally obese sedentary men. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2007;28(8)644-49.
      10. O’Donovan, G., Kearney, E., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. The effects of 24 weeks of moderate- or high-intensity exercise on insulin resistance. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2005;95(5-6):522-28.
      11. O’Donovan, G., Owen, A., Bird, S., Kearney, E., Nevill, A., Jones, D. and Woolf-May, K. Changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and coronary heart disease risk factors following 24 weeks of moderate- or high-intensity exercise of equal energy cost. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2005;98(5):1619-25.
      12. O’Donovan, G., Owen, A., Kearney, E., Jones, D., Nevill, A., Woolf-May, K. and Bird, S. Cardiovascular disease risk factors in habitual exercisers, lean sedentary men and abdominally obese sedentary men. International Journal of Obesity. 2005;29(9):1063-69.
      13. Owen, A., Theakston, S., O’Donovan, G. and Bird, S. Right and left ventricular diastolic function of male endurance athletes. International Journal of Cardiology. 2004;95(2):231-
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