Researcher biography

Max graduated with a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) from the University of Bath in 2018. Whilst on placement at the Children’s Health and Research Exercise Centre (CHERC), University of Exeter, Max led a study investigating the influence of acute hypoxia on oxygen uptake and muscle oxygenation kinetics in children. After his degree, Max completed a Physiological Society studentship at CHERC, studying dynamic cerebral autoregulation in adolescents, recently winning Rob Clarke abstract and poster awards at Physiology 2019. Max assisted studies exploring how cerebrovascular function and health is influenced by exercise intensity and concussion. Max is completing a PhD with the QUEX global partnership (Universities of Exeter and Queensland), studying the promotion of cardiovascular health during childhood and adolescence. His first study is exploring the influence of exercise intensity and age on the cerebral blood flow response to exercise, and investigating the underlying physiological mechanisms.

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Research interests

Exercise physiology, cardiovascular health, cerebrovascular health and function, paediatric health, role of exercise in promotion of cardiovascular health in childhood and adolescence

Project title

The interaction between exercise, diet and adiposity; how can we best promote cardiometabolic health in children and adolescents?


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