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Craig Sale

Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Sport

Role

Professor Sale is the Director for the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Centre. He was the UoA C26 Coordinator for REF 2014 and continues in this role towards the next REF. Professor Sale is Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee and sits on the University Research Integrity Committee and the School Research Committee. He teaches on the Current Topics in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and the MRes Exercise Physiology modules.

Career overview

Professor Sale is currently a Professor of Human Physiology and the Director for the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He was awarded his doctorate from Liverpool John Moores University in 2002 following the completion of his BSc (Hons) and MSc programmes at the same institution. Following his studies Professor Sale was a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester and then a Senior Scientist and Deputy Capability Group Leader at QinetiQ Ltd.

Research areas

Professor Sale is a member of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group, within the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Centre.  He has spent over 20 years investigating the impact of exercise and nutrition on health and performance in humans, with a particular focus on the triggers for adaptations in bone and muscle. His publication record, including over 50 publications within the current REF period (since January 2014), provides evidence of a varied research background and wide-ranging expertise. He has worked and published in the areas of bone metabolism and health, muscle metabolism and performance, genetics, sports nutrition, broader human nutrition, biomechanics, cognitive function and environmental physiology. He is committed to delivering real world impact of significance and reach through his research, having experience of conducting research on a range of human participants, including elite level and recreational level athletes, military personnel and members of the general population. Professor Sale is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Chair of the ACSM BONE Interest Group, Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Health, a Section Editor for the European Journal of Sports Sciences and a nutrition editor for the BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist.

Current postdoctoral supervisions:

  • Dr Emma Bostock
  • Miss Thea Jackson
  • Dr Livia Santos

Past postdoctoral supervisions:

  • Dr Ruth James (nee Hobson)
  • Dr Ricci Hannah
  • Dr Bryan Saunders (University of Sao Paulo)
  • Dr Eimear Dolan (University of Sao Paulo)

Current PhD students:

  • Mr Charlie Lavilla
  • Mr Joseph Matthews
  • Miss Stephanie Hanley
  • Miss Rita Civil Villalonga
  • Mr Merell Billacura
  • Mr Reece Scott
  • Miss Janelle Tarun
  • Miss Elisa Nedelec
  • Mr Arnold Tan
  • Mr Tommy Slater

Previous PhD students:

  • Dr Jo Corbett (University of Chichester)
  • Dr Chester Hill (University of Chichester)
  • Dr Glenys Jones (University of Chichester)
  • Dr Bryan Saunders
  • Dr Ian Varley
  • Dr Maria Papageorgiou
  • Dr Becky Townsend
  • Dr Rebecca Jones
  • Dr Fergal Coulter
  • Dr Sarah Jackson (University of East Anglia)
  • Dr Olivia Brown
  • Dr Daniel Martin

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Professor Sale has acted as an external panel member for several validation events for institutions such as Liverpool John Moores University, Northumbria University, Glyndwr University and the University of Hertfordshire. In addition, he is an experienced Chief and External Examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate level for institutions such as Liverpool John Moores University, London Metropolitan University, University of Limerick, the University of Essex and Glyndwr University.

Professor Sale has been external examiner for >20 PhD theses and has also acted as an external scrutiniser for MPhil/PhD applications. Added to this, he has had experience as a grant reviewer for funders in the UK, Canada, Belgium and Poland, has worked on the organising committees for international conferences and has given numerous invited lectures and keynote talks at both National and International conferences. Professor Sale is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of:

Internal Collaborators:

  • Dr Cleveland Barnett, Lecturer in Biomechanics
  • Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale, Reader in Female Physiology
  • Dr Ruth James, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Dr Mark Turner, Reader in Biomedical Molecular Biosciences
  • Dr Rob Morris, Reader in Physics
  • Dr Stephanie McArdle, Senior Research Fellow in Bioscience
  • Dr Craig Doig, Lecturer in Biosciences
  • Dr Jessica Piasecki, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Dr Ian Varley, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

External Collaborators:

  • Professor Phillip Atherton, Professor of Clinical, Metabolic & Molecular Physiology, University ot Nottingham
  • Dr Beth Phillips, Associate Professor in Clinical, Metabolic and Molecular Physiology, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Alun Williams, Reader in Sport and Exercise Genomics, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Bruno Gualano, Professor of Physical Education and Sports, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor Guilherme Artioli, Professor of Physical Education and Sports, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor Hamilton Roschel, Professor of Physical Education and Sports, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dr Bryan Saunders, Research Fellow, University of Sao Paulo
  • Dr Eimear Dolan, Research Fellow, University of Sao Paulo
  • Professor Hugh Montgomery, Director, UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, University College London
  • Dr Julie Greeves, Research Director, Department of Army Health and Performance Research, Ministry of Defence
  • Professor Roger Harris, Junipa Ltd
  • Professor William Fraser, Professor of Medicine, Norwich Medical School
  • Professor Graeme Close, Professor of Human Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor James Morton, Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry, Liverpool John Moores University

Publications

Circulating parathyroid hormone concentrations are reduced following acute treadmill running. Scott JPR, Sale C, Greeves JP, Casey A, Dutton J and Fraser WD, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2014, 99 (5), 1774-1782

Influence of training status on high-intensity intermittent performance in response to ß-alanine supplementation. Painelli VS, Saunders B, Sale C, Harris RC, Solis MY, Roschel H, Gualano B, Artioli GG and Lancha Junior AH, Amino Acids, 2014, 46(5), 1207-1215

Carnosine: from exercise performance to health. Sale C, Artioli GG, Gualano B, Saunders B, Hobson RM and Harris RC, Amino Acids, 2013, 44 (6), 1477-1491

Effect of recovery duration between two bouts of running on bone metabolism. Scott JPR, Sale C, Greeves JP, Casey A, Dutton J and Fraser WD, Medicine and Science is Sports and Exercise, 2013, 43 (5), 429-438

Effect of fasting versus feeding on the bone metabolic response to running. Scott JPR, Sale C, Greeves JP, Casey A, Dutton J and Fraser WD, Bone, 2012, 51, 990-999

The role of exercise intensity in the bone metabolic response to an acute bout of weight-bearing exercise. Scott JPR, Sale C, Greeves JP, Casey A, Dutton J and Fraser WD, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2011, 110 (2), 423-432

The effect of training status on the metabolic response of bone to an acute bout of exhaustive treadmill running. Scott JPR, Sale C, Greeves JP, Casey A, Dutton J and Fraser WD, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2010, 95 (8), 3918-3925

Effect of beta-alanine plus sodium bicarbonate on high-intensity cycling capacity. Sale C, Saunders B, Hudson S, Wise JA, Harris RC and Sunderland CD, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011, 43 (10), 1972-1978

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