Building bridges with China

University academics boosted research collaboration and cooperation during visits to China. 

Promoting the benefits of genetic testing in health and disease applications were the subjects discussed by Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, the University’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, during one visit. 

He and Dr Guan Wang, Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management, also discussed the advantages of biomedicine, artificial intelligence, and engineering.  Continue reading

40 transgender athletes volunteer for Brighton research

University of Brighton scientists are researching how to resolve international controversy over whether transgender sportswomen are competing fairly.

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis in his white coat in the labsProfessor Yannis Pitsiladis and colleagues are conducting a study of more than 40 individuals going through transition, with the aim of determining the fairest way of integrating transgender athletes into elite sport.

Testosterone increases muscle mass and under International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines athletes who have transitioned from male to female are required to keep their levels of testosterone under 10 nanomoles per litre. Continue reading

Women firefighters: the added risks

More female firefighters are being hired but new research, co-led by the University of Brighton, suggests that fire services need to ensure appropriate consideration is given to female specific needs. 

More than 800 women firefighters from 14 different countries, 255 in the UK, told researchers via an online survey that they face injury, illness and heat illness risk at similar rates to that of male firefighters. The report said specific issues such as protective equipment, clothing, health issues and long-term training need further consideration and improvement.   Continue reading

Boosting facilities for students

the new gym facilitiesA new gym, learning space and seminar room have been unveiled at the University’s Eastbourne campus.

The Queenwood Seminar Room and Social Learning Spaces feature state-of-the-art furniture and technology to facilitate student collaboration. Key additions include two edit suit rooms, USB power chargers throughout and fixed and flexible furniture, including coffee tables and collaboration desks.

The Queenwood G30 seminar room has capacity for 54 people. The space is highly flexible and features bespoke desks that can be folded and stacked away. A height-adjustable lectern provides increased flexibility during lectures. Continue reading

Catching up with Professor Nick Webborn

a picture of Nick with a paralympic athleteAs a preview to his upcoming inaugural lecture we spoke to the clinical professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University.

Nick Webborn OBE has been at the forefront in the development of Paralympic medicine, and is now chair of the British Paralympic Association.

Nick incurred a spinal cord injury while serving in the Royal Air Force in 1981 and his own experience of the rehabilitation process inspired his career in sports medicine. In this episode, ahead of his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 27 February, Paralympic Sports Medicine – The Evolution of a Specialty, Nick traces the story of his career journey and mission to bring the same level of support to Paralympians as Olympians.

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How sport boosts international development

Children playing football in AfricaThe University of Brighton has joined forces with a charity to study how sport is boosting international development and improving lives.

It is partnering with the Brighton-based charity TackleAfrica in funding a PhD student for three years to focus on the politics and production of evidential knowledge in sport-for-development.

The student, Arthur Gaillard, is researching how sport-for-development initiatives are monitored and evaluated, and will identify ways of demonstrating programme effectiveness and impact. Continue reading

Marina speaks to the BBC One on overtourism

Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and A smiling Marina in a striped jumperAcademic Lead for the University’s Responsible Futures, appeared on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain programme as expert on the subject of overtourism.

Professor Novelli, who is globally renowned for her research on the impact of tourism, told the BBC: “The problem of overtourism is in need of much attention and research. The problem with tourism is primarily rooted in the lack of innovative planning strategies and sustainable management approaches.

“Much of the success of tourism is measured according to the number of visitors arriving at a destination, rather than the short, medium and long term positive and negative impacts that the sector brings to a destination. The currently widely used tourism growth paradigm does not work anymore. Continue reading

The Spectacle of Fashion

Image of a fashion model from the 1920sSenior Lecturer, Susan Bishop, has an exhibition and talk taking place titled ‘The Spectacle of Fashion at Barkers Department Store 1928-1930‘.

University of Brighton launches cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne

The University of Brighton has launched an exercise-based cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne.

Designed to help individuals with or recovering from cancer, the scheme, entitled Active Recovery, has been developed by experts from the University and Freedom Leisure in consultation with Cancer United’s CU Fitter™ initiative. Funding has been generously supplied by the cancer charity Macmillan via Albion in the Community and a University of Brighton ECHO grant.

Harrison helping Active Recovery client David with his exercises in the university's gym

Harrison with Active Recovery client David

Classes are run weekly by Stephanie Wadlow from Freedom Leisure and Harrison Collier-Bain, an Applied Exercise Physiology MSc student at the University. The programme aims to help cancer patients lead more active, healthier and happier lives during every stage of their treatment by improving physical fitness, psychological well-being and quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing side effects of cancer treatment and reducing risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Continue reading

Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Prpfessor Pitsiladis at the lecturnIn the first of this year’s sport and exercise science seminar series Professor Yannis Pitsiladis delivered a lecture entitled Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Over the course of his talk to a mixed audience of students, academics and practitioners Professor Pitsiladis updated the attendees on his global collaborations centred on aspects of doping detection and the three pillars of anti-doping in top level sport. Continue reading