Dr Neil Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. He is module leader for Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Principles of Training, and postgraduate module leader for Current Topics in Performance Nutrition. Neil contributes to several other modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree pathways with an emphasis on exercise physiology, respiratory physiology, nutrition and extreme environments.
Dr Williams completed his PhD at Nottingham Trent University and his research activity is focused on the aetiology of asthma and investigating novel dietary interventions for the management of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. His current research focus is looking at the use of prebiotics and the role the gut microbiota plays in respiratory health and exercise performance.
Previously Neil has worked on projects involving the physiological assessment of the armed forces for the MOD and commercial clients in a range of extreme environments; and consulted with athletes and ex-Olympians in supporting British runners in the Marathon de Sables.
Previous work includes:
- Exercise and Thermal Physiologist, QinetiQ Ltd. Experienced in the physiological assessment of armed forces in a range of extreme environments.
- Lead physiologist for The Marathon Des Sables "Toughest Race on Earth" TV Documentary for Discovery Channel UK. Responsible for heat acclimation protocol design, and field data collection of an ex-Olympic athlete
- Occupational Physiologist, Optimal Performance Ltd.
Dr William's is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group.
His research is primarily focused on exercise physiology and nutrition, with emphasis on the aetiology of asthma and novel dietary interventions to reduce exercise induced-bronchoconstriction and airway inflammation. Dr Williams’s research also focuses on the role the gut microbiota play in respiratory disease and exercise performance, with studies investigating the gut microbiota as a novel therapeutic target through dietary prebiotics.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD may exist in all areas outlined above and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
Current PhD Students:
- Paul Lester
- Robert Needham
- Member of the Physiological Society
- Member of the European Respiratory Society
- Member of the Nutrition Society
- Peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals
- Dissemination of research at numerous internationally-renowned scientific conferences
- Invited speaker on topics related to asthma, nutrition and the gut microbiota
Neil is able to act as a consultant in the following areas:
- Physiological responses to exercise and assessment of fitness
- Preparation and acclimation for exercise in extreme environments
- Diagnostic assessments of exercise induced asthma and measurement of pulmonary function
Sponsors and collaborators
Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:
Dr Stephanie McCardle, Senior Research Fellow, Biosciences
Dr Kirsty Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition
Dr Graham Sharpe, Principal Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
Dr Mike Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
Dr Gemma Walton, Lecturer in Metagenomics, University of Reading
Dr Dominick Shaw, City Hospital, Nottingham
Dr Ian Spendlove, The University of Nottingham
Food Microbial Sciences Research Group, University of Reading
Clasado Biosciences Ltd.
Preparation for, and physiological responses to competing in the Marathon des Sables: A case report. Williams NC, Scott JPR, Barker N, Gilmour K and Wickes S, Journal of Sports Medical and Physical Fitness, 2014, 54 (1)
Influence of oxidative stress, diaphragm fatigue, and inspiratory muscle training on the plasma cytokine response to sustainable voluntary ventilation. Mills DE, Johnson MA, McPhilimey MJ, Williams NC, Gonzalez JT, Barnett YA and Sharpe GR, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2014, 116 (8)
The effects of inspiratory muscle training on plasma interleukin-6 concentration during cycling exercise and a volitional mimic of the exercise hyperpnea. Mills DE, Johnson MA, McPhilimey MJ, Williams NC, Gonzalez JT, Barnett YA and Sharpe GR, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2013, 115 (8)
The effect of a carbohydrate beverage on the physiological responses during prolonged load carriage. Blacker SA, Williams NC, Fallowfield JL, Willems MET, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2011, 111 (8)
Carbohydrate vs protein supplementation for the recovery of neuromuscular function following prolonged load carriage. Blacker SA, Williams NC, Fallowfield JL, Bilzon JL and Willems MET, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2010, 7 (2)See all of Neil Williams's publications...
- The effects of extreme environments on the human body
- Respiratory conditions in athletes
- Role of the gut microbiota in health and exercise
- Prebiotic and probiotic dietary interventions
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