Professor Michael Lewis
Professor
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 513043
Room: Academic Office - A114
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Head of the Exercise, Medicine and Health Research Group

Fellowships and professional membership:

• Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
• Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
• Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
• Chartered Physicist (CPhys) and Chartered Scientist (CSci)
• Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (MIPEM).

Research interests:

• Non-invasive physiological assessment of the cardiovascular, haemodynamic and autonomic nervous systems (CHANS) in health and disease
• Cardiovascular and haemodynamic responses to physical exercise
• Cardiovascular influences of pregnancy and antenatal exercise
• Computer modelling of cardiovascular and respiratory control
• Fetal cardiology and congenital heart disease
• Cardiovascular and respiratory changes in chronic lung disease
• Cardiovascular and respiratory changes during cancer treatment
• Sensors for medical applications
• The development and application of physiological measurement and analysis techniques, digital signal processing, and algorithm and software development
• Wider applications of physics and engineering to medicine and healthcare

Current research projects:

• Longitudinal Characterisation of Cardiac Function in recently diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients (Ms Erifyli Piastopoulou, PhD Student)
• Physiological and physical improvements in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in response to a 12 week pulmonary rehabilitation program (Mr Sameera Senanayake, PhD Student)
• Physical activity in kidney disease patients (Mrs Laura Mason, PhD Student)
• Influence of regular antenatal physical exercise on CHANS function: The EXPECT Study - Exercise in Pregnancy Evaluative Controlled Trial (With Dr Rhiannon Carpenter)

Areas of Expertise

  • Physiological Measurement
  • Medical Diagnostic Technology
  • Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiac and Haemodynamic Assessment
  • Autonomic Nervous System Assessment
  • Exercise, Medicine and Health

Publications

  1. Lewis, M., Carpenter, R. Influence of a supervised antenatal exercise programme on estimates of heart rate responsiveness Edorium Journal of Maternal and Child Health 4
  2. Senanayake, S., Harrison, N., Lewis, M. Influence of physical rehabilitation on heart rate dynamics in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation 15 1 160 169
  3. Lewis, M. Influence of antenatal physical exercise on haemodynamics in pregnant women: a flexible randomisation approach BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15 186
  4. Carpenter, R., Emery, S., Uzun, O., Rassi, D., Lewis, M., Rassi, D., Lewis, M. Influence of antenatal physical exercise on heart rate variability and QT variability The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 30 1 79 84
  5. Senanayake, S., Harrison, K., Lewis, M., McNarry, M., Hudson, J. Patients’ experiences of coping with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and their recommendations for its clinical management PLOS ONE 13 5 e0197660

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Teaching

  • SR-257 Kinanthropometry

    The purpose of this module is: (i) to develop knowledge of the rationale, theoretical basis and methodology of Kinanthropometry and body composition assessment; (ii) to develop practical skills and confidence in performing kinanthropometric and body composition measurements, and in interpreting the data obtained, (iii) to develop an appreciation of the validity of differing techniques in special populations, including athletes and children.

Supervision

  • A research study exploring the facilitators and barriers of introducing a screening programme for sudden cardiac death, looking at different sporting populations. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Dareyoush Rassi
  • Longitudinal characterisation of cardiac function, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and physical activity in recently diagnosed breast cancer patients (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • Development of a cardiovascular and lymphatic network model during human pregnancy. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
  • Physiological and physical changes in patients with Idiopathic Pulmanary Fibrosis (IPF) in response to an eight-week rehabilitation program (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Experimental measurement of the spin, slide and roll of a golf ball during a putt' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Iwan Griffiths
  • ''Exercise in haemodialysis and renal transplant patients and the impact on physical function and body composition'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Bracken

Key Grants and Projects

  • Development of a control system for an artificial lung. Welsh Government (WG) A4B Collaborative Industrial Research Project. 2010 - 2012

    £236,000 plus Commercial funding £269,000, with Kingsley M, Johns W, Brown S., (Total Value £505,000

  • Cardiovascular, haemodynamic and autonomic nervous system (CHANS) physiology during pregnancy. Welsh Government NISCHR 2010 - 2013

    , £60,000

  • Influence of regular antenatal physical exercise on CHANS function Welsh Government NISCHR 2011 - 2014

    , £60,000

  • The EXPECT Study - Exercise in Pregnancy Evaluative Controlled Trial. Co-operative Pharmacy 2012 - 2014

    , £10,000

  • Pre- and post operative cardiovascular monitoring of large mammals. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Building Global Engagements in Research) 2012 - 2013

    , with McNarry MM , £10,000

  • Lifestyle change: values and volition. Economic and Social Research Council 2010 - 2013

    , with Tapper K (PI), Mayo G, Haddock G, £339,000

  • Older people’s use of unfamiliar spaces. Economic and Social Research Council 2009 - 2011

    , with Phillips J (PI), Foreman N, Hockey A, Walford N, £244,000

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Portfolio Director for Sport and Exercise Science

    2011 - Present

  • Head of the Exercise, Medicine and Health Research Group

    2016 - Present

  • Exams Officer

    2011 - 2015

  • College Learning and Teaching Committee

    2011 - Present

  • Chair - Sport and Exercise Science Ethical Advisory Committee

    2006 - 2013

  • Member of University Senate

    2008 - 2011

  • Director - Third Mission Activities, School of Human Sciences

    2007 - 2009

  • Member - School of Human Sciences Executive Team

    2007 - 2009

External Responsibilities

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

    0 - Present

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (FInstP)

    0 - Present

  • Fellow, European Society of Cardiology (FESC)

    0 - Present

  • Chartered Physicist (CPhys) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), Institute of Physics

    0 - Present

  • Member, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (MIPEM)

    0 - Present