Research students

I was exposed to high quality data collection from day one, involved with gaining ethical approval for my own studies – which many research students don’t get to do – and actively encouraged to present at top conferences. My first oral conference presentation was at the main meeting of the Physiological Society in Cambridge University. These are skills that are absolutely invaluable to young or early career researchers.
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Current research students

Teresa Filipponi
Research title: Monge’s Disease: from Molecule to Malady, Bolivia, South America

Chronic Mountain Sickness (CMS) – or Monge’s Disease as it was first described by Dr Carlos Monge in 1925 – affects 5% of the population in Bolivia A recent research experiment carried out by Professor Damian Bailey in collaboration with the Bolivian Institute for High-Altitude Studies (IBBA) has identified a novel molecular mechanism that could account for overt vascular endothelial dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension observed in this patient group. My research aims to study the association between lifestyle, dietary antioxidant intake and vascular endothelial function. This is a novel departure from what has traditionally been considered a respiratory disease and provides an alternative, potentially more effective strategy to treat, indeed prevent the disease through lifestyle intervention and dietary antioxidant prophylaxis.


Chris Marley
Research title: The Impact of Ageing and Fitness on Cerebrovascular and Neurocognitive Function
Supervisors: Dr Julien V. Brugniaux, Dr Karl J. New and Professor Damian M. Bailey

The aging population is growing rapidly and is likely to be associated with an increase in cerebrovascular events such as stroke and dementia. Since there are no therapeutic options available for the treatment of these conditions, focus should be on prevention, with emphasis on modifiable risk factors, such as physical inactivity. Preliminary evidence suggests that regular aerobic exercise is beneficial to cerebrovascular and neurocognitive function across the spectrum of ageing. However, the mechanisms by which regular aerobic exercise helps preserve (or possibly improves) brain health and function remains unclear. My research aims to provide a unique insight into how regular aerobic exercise impacts upon molecular, metabolic, haemodynamic and neurobehavioral determinants of brain health, across the spectrum of healthy ageing.


Danielle Hodson
Research title: Implication of Concussion for Cerebral Haemodynamic and Neurocognitive Function
Supervisors: Dr Julien V. Brugniaux, Dr Karl J. New and Professor Damian M. Bailey

The objective of the current research is to establish the implication of obesity for cardiovascular and cerebral haemodynamic function, with the aim to determine if an increased body mass index will affect cardiovascular and cerebral haemodynamic function. It is hypothesised that cardiovascular function and in turn cerebral haemodynamic function will be directly related to an increased body mass index, by definition with the worst case scenario been the obese individual. Read more about my research


Nathan Appleton
Jun Seok Cho
Helen Giles
Stuart Jarvis
Mike Lewis
Matthew Giles
Dean Whitcombe

Find out more about becoming a research student at the University of South Wales.