Dr Melitta McNarry
Senior Lecturer
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 513069
Room: Academic Office - A104
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

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. Understanding Youth¹s Ability to Interpret 3D Printed Physical Activity Data and Identify Associated Intensity Levels. Journal of Medical Internet Research
  2. Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Youth: Characteristics, Interpretation, and Application. Pediatric Exercise Science, 1-9.
  3. Perceptions of Visualising Physical Activity as a 3D-printed Object: A Formative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research
  4. & Assessing the Perceptions of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Children With Cystic Fibrosis and Their Multidisciplinary Team: Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting 1(2), e11189
  5. & Energy expenditure associated with walking speed and angle of turn in children. European Journal of Applied Physiology 118(12), 2563-2576.

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Supervision

  • Influence of oral sodium supplementation on endurance performance, thermoregulation and cardiovascular function (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Tom Love
  • The effects of an inspiratory muscle training programme in children and adults with cystic fibrosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Potential utility of bio-banding in youth football players (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Investigating the effect of a 5-month swimming training cycle in children and adolescents in response to anaerobic physiological parameters. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Quantifying movements patterns derived from global positioning systems of international women’s rugby union, comparing the use of fixed time epochs, rolling averages and ball in play analysis (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • GPS assessment of ‘worst case scenario’ movement demands in elite men’s soccer (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • Do children with Cystic fibrosis compensate their physical activity in response to a high intensity interval training or aerobic training programme? (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Functional and physiological effeciveness of a bespoke pulmonary rehabilitation programme in patients with interstitial lung disease (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Lewis
  • Novel methods of measuring and visualising youths' physical activity (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Respiratory muscles endurance, methodology , evaluation and links with physiological markers in respirartory patients. (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
  • 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
  • A longitudinal approach to the influence of maturational status on FMS and their relationship with physical activity behaviour and components of health related fitness. (current)

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

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'The investigation of measuring neuromuscular variables in paeadtric populations' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Nicholas Owen
  • 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 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
  • '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