After completing my degree in Biosciences at the University of Exeter, I developed a PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science for which I was awarded a University Scholarship. This series of studies investigated the modulatory effect of biological maturity on the physiological responses to exercise of intensively trained children.

During the final year of my three year PhD, I took a post-doctoral position at Swansea University investigating the development of a model of cardiorespiratory control for an ambulatory artificial lung. This challenging project involved extensive collaboration with colleagues in the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine and Computer Science and is an area I continue to pursue following my appointment as a lecturer.

My research focuses on investigating the influence of modulatory factors on the cardiorespiratory system and its relationship with health and performance. These factors range from investigating the effect of training in children and the presence of a maturational threshold to understanding functional limitations in pathological conditions and assessing interventions to alleviate such limitations.

Whilst I am involved in an increasingly diverse range of projects, my central interest remains understanding the mechanistic basis for the adaptations that occur in response to regular physical activity in both healthy populations and those suffering from a variety of pathologies such as Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Emphysema and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, an area of research which, I believe, necessitates an inter-disciplinary approach. This interest has led to the investigation of effective strategies in enhance physical activity levels and thus functional capacity through interventions such as inspiratory muscle training and high intensity interval training.

Publications

  1. McNarry, M., Mackintosh, K. Calibration and Validation of Accelerometry to Measure Physical Activity in Adult Clinical Groups: A Systematic Review Preventive Medicine Reports 101001
  2. McNarry, M., Mackintosh, K. Cross-validation and comparison of energy expenditure prediction models using count-based and raw accelerometer data in youth Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour
  3. Runacres, A., Bezodis, N., Mackintosh, K., McNarry, M., McNarry, M., Mackintosh, K., Bezodis, N. The reliability of force-velocity-power profiling during over-ground sprinting in children and adolescents Journal of Sports Sciences 1 7
  4. Mackintosh, K., Ridgers, N., McNarry, M. Compensatory changes in physical activity and sedentary time in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis Journal of Sports Sciences 1 6
  5. McNarry, M. Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Youth: Characteristics, Interpretation, and Application Pediatric Exercise Science 31 2 175 183

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Teaching

  • SR-253 Exercise Physiology

    The module develops the understanding gained from Human Anatomy (SR-141) and Human Physiology (SR-145). This lecture and practical based module will provide information on: homeostatic mechanisms; energy supply during exercise; the short term and chronic effect of exercise on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; the sites of fatigue during exercise and the physiological challenges presented by extreme environments. Throughout this module, we will discuss how ageing and disease influence the response to exercise, as will the techniques available to assess physiological responses. The module provides an essential base for progression to level 3 modules and projects in Sport and Exercise Physiology.

  • SR-367 Exercise, Growth and Development

    This module will develop a detailed understanding of the physiological, psychological and behavioural underpinnings that determine sports and physical activity participation and performance and the manner in which these elements change with growth, maturation and exercise training.

Supervision

  • Do children with asthma compensate their physical activity in response to a high intensity interval training programme?«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Measuring and defining children's fundamental movement skills (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Assessing ‘worst case scenarios’ in movement demands from GPS during professional soccer matches: Rolling averages versus fixed length epochs (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Assessing ‘Worst Case Scenarios’ in Movement Demands from GPS during International Women’s Rugby Union Matches: Rolling Averages versus Fixed Length Epochs (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Williams
  • Exercise in cystic fibrosis – effects on physiological and psychological parameters (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Calibration and Cross-Validation of Accelerometry in youth and adults with Cystic Fibrosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • The developmental trajectories of fundamental movement skills during late childhood and adolescence«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Metcalfe
  • The effects of an inspiratory muscle training programme in children and adults with cystic fibrosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Providing an in-depth understanding on the barriers and facilitators to sport, exercise and physical activity in older adults. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Investigating the long-term influences of intensive training during childhood (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Investigating the role of habitual physical activity on cardiac risk and disease severity in chronic disease. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Williams
  • 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: Prof Michael Lewis
  • Novel methods of measuring and visualising youths' physical activity (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Locomotor Characteristics, Internal Load and Technical Attributes During Biological vs. Chronological Age Banded Small-Sided Games In Elite Youth Soccer. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Influence of oral sodium supplementation on endurance performance, thermoregulation and cardiovascular function (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • Investigating the effect of a 5-month swimming training cycle in children and adolescents in response to anaerobic physiological parameters. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • The effect of a school-based military style physical activity intervention on children''s health and well-being (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Physical activity and lifestyle behaviours in obesity and the preention of type 2 diabetes: The PREVIEW Project (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
  • The X4A trial: exercise for Asthma (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Stratton
    Other supervisor: Prof Gwyneth Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Catherine Thornton
  • 'The investigation of measuring neuromuscular variables in paeadtric populations' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Nicholas Owen
  • 'The relationship between physical activity and metabolic control in Children with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'The effect of Constant Intensity Endurance Training (CIET) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on aerobic and anaerobic parameters in youth' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Investigating the Influence of High-Intensity Interval Training on Autonomic Function during Exercise in Adolescents with and without Asthma' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh

Collaborative Partners

Partner Name Description
Haemair Ltd Haemair Ltd owns patented technology for a Blood / Air Mass Exchanger.
Haemaflow Ltd Haemaflow develops spin-out inventions arising from the Haemair work on supporting people with lung disease or lung damage.
Hockey Wales Welsh Hockey Union
Nudjed Nudjed uses unique software to make health and wellbeing programmes more effective.
Fram3 Technologies Fram3 make content, websites and software applications more accessible to people with disabilities.
Wildbyte Technologies Suppliers of daily diaries, devices to provide behaviour analysis.
Commando Joe’s Commando Joe’s is an elite team of military veterans using their extensive experience to help build character and confidence.

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2016 Welsh Crucible - Future Research Leaders
2016 Invited talk at the Southwest Respiratory Network
2012 Keynote at Chester Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference
2014 Symposium at BASES Annual Conference

Key Grants and Projects

  • The X4A Trial: eXercise for Asthma Trial 2014

    Asthma UK, £68,000

  • Physical Activity across the Globe: The G-Sphere (Co-PI) 2015

    TecHealth, £5,000

  • Prevention of Diabetes in Europe and Worldwide 2012

    FP7, €8.7 million

  • Strategic Investment Partnerships 2013

    , £7,500

  • Application of nanotechnology and computer science to the development of physical activity sensors 2013

    Bridging the Gaps, £9,974

  • Investigating the role of technology in accurately assessing the daily energetic costs of children 2015

    Illuminate Research Fund, £2,500

  • Making physical activity tangible for children 2015

    Illuminate Research Fund, £2,500

Current Research Projects

  • Developing non-pharmacological interventions to enhance functional capacity and quality of life in patients with Cystic fibrosis
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation programs for patients with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Investigating the presence of a maturational threshold in the physiological trainability of children and adolescents
  • Investigating the influence of high-intensity interval training in children with Asthma

Research Scholarships Available

Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Investigating the Measurement of Physical Activity and its Impact on Quality of Life in Youth with Cystic Fibrosis