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John Hough

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


Dr. Hough is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. He a module leader for Hormone and Immune Function in Sport and Exercise and has experience in teaching in the areas of exercise physiology; endocrinology and environmental physiology.

Career overview

Dr. Hough graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology. Following this he completed an MSc. in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University and remained at Loughborough to complete a part-time PhD while also working as an Exercise Physiology technician. His PhD examined the endocrine responses to endurance training specifically focusing on the use of hormones as biomarkers of training stress. Following a period as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire he moved to Nottingham Trent University to take up a role as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. His research at Nottingham Trent University focuses on the endocrine and immune responses to external stressors (e.g. exercise training and mental stress) and their alterations during recovery.

Research areas

Dr. Hough is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Centre.  Since completing his PhD he has continued to focus on the impact of stress on the endocrine and immune systems. Specifically, his research focuses on the impact of stress on the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) and hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axes and on a number of the appetite regulating hormones. He also focuses on the impact that chronic exercise stress has on specific human immune cells (T-cells and dendritic cells).

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

External activity

Journal reviewer (including but not limited to the below journals):

Sports Medicine;


Journal of Sport Sciences;

International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism;

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance;

Frontiers Physiology;

Physiology Reports;

European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Grant reviewer:

The Leverhulme Trust.

Membership of Professional Bodies:

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES);

International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI);

European College of Sport Science (ECSS);

The Physiological Society;

Society for Endocrinology;

Fellow of the The Higher Education Academy.

Press expertise

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise training
  • Stress
  • Overtraining
  • Hormones and exercise
  • Immunity
  • Exercise immunology

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