Dr Richard Bracken
Associate Professor
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 513059
Room: Academic Office - A111
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Research:

Development of foods for diabetes-specific markets through human nutrition testing
Technology Strategy Board
The metabolic and glycaemic responses to reductions in rapid-acting insulin dose after running exercise in Type 1 diabetes
Diabetes UK
Nutritional Intervention in a Pre-Surgery Rapid Recovery Programme
ABMU Trust
Workplace health assessment and intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships
Resistance exercise and glycaemic control in those with type 1 diabetes
Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships
Evaluation of Behavioural Intervention -Project Sir Gar
NISCHR
Identification of breath biomarkers of oxidative stress in people with diabetes: relationships to established blood markers and effects of alterations in diet and exercise
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Collaborative partners:

Beneo Group
Trioni Ltd
Vitaflo Ltd
Vitargo Ltd

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry; Diabetes

Publications

  1. & Physical exercise and non‐insulin glucose‐lowering therapies in the management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a clinical review. Diabetic Medicine
  2. & Could Age, Sex and Physical Fitness Affect Blood Glucose Responses to Exercise in Type 1 Diabetes?. Frontiers in Endocrinology 9
  3. & Different Heart Rate Patterns During Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise (CPX) Testing in Individuals With Type 1 Diabetes. Frontiers in Endocrinology 9
  4. & Reduction in insulin degludec dosing for multiple exercise sessions improves time spent in euglycaemia in people with type 1 diabetes: A randomized crossover trial. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
  5. & Insulin therapy and dietary adjustments to normalize glycemia and prevent nocturnal hypoglycemia after evening exercise in type 1 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care 3(1), e000085-e000085.

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Teaching

  • SR-112 Human Physiology

    The purpose of the module is to provide a basic introduction to the physiological systems and metabolic processes responsible for the transfer and utilisation of energy during exercise. This module is lecture and practical based and is intended to develop introductory knowledge and understanding on the structure and function of the human body from cellular to gross body systems fundamental to the later study of sports and exercise. The module practically investigates how to assess the physiological and biochemical state at rest and during exercise.

  • SR-145 Human Physiology

    The purpose of the module is to provide a basic introduction to the physiological systems and metabolic processes responsible for the production and utilization of energy during exercise. This module is lecture and practical based and is intended to develop introductory knowledge and understanding on the structure and function of the human body from cellular to gross body systems fundamental to the study of sports and exercises. The module practically investigates how to assess the physiological and biochemical state at rest and during exercise.

  • SR-147 Strength & Conditioning

    This module provides the students with an insight into the roles that Sports Physiology and Strength & Conditioning play in elite sport. The module takes the students through the process of working within elite sport and covers topics such as how to conduct a needs analysis, designing training programs and then monitoring the fidelity and effectiveness of the training programmes.

  • SR-334 Sport and Exercise Physiology

    The primary aims of the module are to provide a strong theoretical and practical background in the use of current lab and field-based physiological tests used by sports and exercise physiologists in the areas of (i) endurance (ii) sprinting (iii) team sports (iv) strength events. A secondary aim of this module is to explore the impact of alterations in human body thermoregulation on the above mentioned types of exercise.

Supervision

  • Provisional Title: Influence of adjusting rapid-acting insulin aspart on post-exercise nocturnal hypoglycaemia in recreationally active people with type 1 diabetes on insulin degludec (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Bain
  • Characterising the aerobic exercise-induced glycaemic response in individuals with type 1 diabetes using insulin Fiasp and Aspart (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Othmar Moser
  • 'Metabolic effects of bovine colostrum supplementation in people with normal and dysregulated glucose control (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Prior
  • Interstitial glucose monitoring around sustained moderate intensity exercse in individuals with type 1 diabetes (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Bain
  • A randomised controlled trial of the effects of a supervised 7-week interval walking intervention on anthropometric, cardio-respiratory, metabolic and glucoregulatory variables in obese individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Performance Profiling of International Rugby Union (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Liam Kilduff
  • ''Exercise in haemodialysis and renal transplant patients and the impact on physical function and body composition'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Lewis

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
0 Present PhD Sympatho-adrenal responses to physical exercise Coventry University
0 Present MSc Exercise Physiology Manchester Metropolitan University
0 Present BSc Sport and Exercise Science University of Limerick, Ireland

External Responsibilities

  • Invitations to referee or review publications, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport

    0 - Present

  • External peer review of grant applications , Several charities and grant-giving bodies

    0 - Present

  • Lead, Physical Activity Research Development Group within UK Diabetes

    0 - Present

  • BASES Accreditation, Research in Exercise Physiology

    2011 - 2016

  • Scientific Advisor, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen

    0 - Present

  • Executive Board Member, Diabetes Research Network (DRN, Cymru)

    0 - Present

  • The Physiological Society representative, Swansea University

    0 - Present

  • ‘Innovators in Diabetes (IDia)’, Diabetes UK Graduate

    0 - Present

  • Honorary Research Contract, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust

    0 - Present

  • Editorial board, Welsh Institute of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (WISHES)

    2008 - Present

  • Convenor, BASES workshop on the ‘Exercising Diabetes Patient’

    0 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Equipment grant. Royal College of Surgeons 0

    , with Barry, J., Stephens, J.W., £8,300

  • Development of foods for diabetes-specific markets through human nutrition testing. Technology Strategy Board 2012

    , £24,800

  • The metabolic and glycaemic responses to reductions in rapid-acting insulin dose after running exercise in Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes UK 2012

    , with DJ West, S.C. Bain, M Walker, £17, 219

  • Nutritional Intervention in a Pre-Surgery Rapid Recovery Programme. ABMU Trust 2012

    , with Harris, D, Bain, S.C., £5,000

  • Workplace health assessment and intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2011 - 2014

    , with Mellalieu, SD, Bain, S.C., Stephens, J., Lewis, K, Williams, M. , £57,897

  • Resistance exercise and glycaemic control in those with type 1 diabetes. Higher Skills Wales Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2011 - 2014

    , with Bain, S., Luzio, S., £57,897

  • Evaluation of Behavioural Intervention -Project Sir Gar. NISCHR. 2011 - 2014

    , with SD Mellalieu, Stephens, J., Williams, M, Rice, S, Lewis, K. , £59,983

  • Identification of breath biomarkers of oxidative stress in people with diabetes: relationships to established blood markers and effects of alterations in diet and exercise. Welsh Office of Research and Development PhD Studentship 2009 - 2012

    , with Foley, P., Stephens, J.W., Bain, S., £68,240

  • Strategies pertaining to the reduction in onset of hypoglycaemia in Type 1 diabetes patients. Welsh Office of Research and Development PhD Studentship 2008 - 2011

    , with Stephens, J.W., Bain, S., £68,327

  • Metabolic and hormonal responses to simulated games activity and continuous exercise in type 1 diabetic patients. Diabetes UK 2007 - 2008

    , with Stephens, J.W., Kingsley, M., Bain, S., £47,904

  • Effects of walking training on sympatho-adrenal, metabolic, hormonal and cardio-respiratory variables of Type 2 diabetes patients. Welsh Office of Research and Development 2007 - 2009

    , with Stephens, J.W., Bain, S., £15,279

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Health and Safety Areas Adviser

    0 - Present

  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory Leader

    0 - Present

  • Teaching and Learning Committee

    0 - Present

  • Ethics Advisory Committee

    0 - Present

  • Research Committee

    0 - Present