Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, Western Sydney University
I am a cardiovascular physiologist, with a background in exercise science and circadian rhythms. Following my PhD in blood pressure control (Liverpool, UK), I was recruited to Western Sydney University (WSU) in 2011. I trained in microneurography – direct recordings of sympathetic activity from peripheral nerves in humans – and I now use this technique to explore the neural control of blood pressure at rest and during stress (e.g. exercise) and at different times of day. This year I was selected for the Franklin Women mentoring program, which targets women who aspire to leadership in health and medical research. I contribute to academic leadership within my institution as an academic course advisor for over 700 exercise science students and as a member of WSU School Academic Committee for Science and Health. As part of WSU Career Development for Academics working group, I have made a positive impact by initiating early career researcher forums and developing tools to support staff in promotion applications. I contribute to science engagement on an international level through my role on the Communications Committee for the American Autonomic Society. When I’m not engaged in science, I can be found at my local parkrun or doing soccer keepy-uppies in the garden!
The International Olympic Committee last week decided to shift next years Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo to protect athletes from the heat. Tokyos average temperatures during the month of August exceed 30℃, with...