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Ruth James

Ruth James

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Ruth James is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Nutrition & Exercise Physiology. She is Module Leader for second year Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Dr James has on going research interests in sport and health nutrition and environmental exercise physiology. She is an active member of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group.

Career overview

Dr James completed her PhD at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Ron Maughan. She then worked at NTU as a Research Fellow for 3 years before moving into her current position in the Sports Science team.

Research areas

Dr James is currently involved in research on nutritional interventions for health and sport performance, as well as projects looking at heat and cold exposure for performance and recovery. Dr James is also involved in research on muscle and bone metabolism.

For information about carrying out a PhD under the supervision of Dr James please contact her directly. Furthermore, internally funded opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website at

External activity

Invited reviewer for over 10 international peer review journals.

Invited consultant to the Diet and Physical Activity Program within the Department of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

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Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:


Selected publications (under the name of James or Hobson)

  • James RM, Ritchie S, Rollo I & James LJ. No dose response effect of carbohydrate mouth rinse on cycling time trial performance. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 27; 25-31. 2017
  • De Smet S, Van Thienen R, Deldicque L, James RM, Sale C, Bishop DJ, & Hespel P. Nitrate intake promotes shift in muscle fiber type composition during sprint interval training in hypoxia. Frontiers in Physiology 7; 233. 2016
  • Sale C, Varley I, Jones TW, James RM, Tang JCY, Fraser WD and Greeves JP. Effect of carbohydrate feeding on the bone metabolic response to running. Journal of Applied Physiology 119; 824-830. 2015.
  • Solis MY, Cooper S, Hobson RM, Artioli GG, Otaduy MC, Roschel H, Robertson J, Martin D, Painelli VS, Harris RC, Gualano B and  Sale C. Effects of Beta-Alanine Supplementation on Brain Carnosine and Cognitive Function: an Exploratory Study. PlosOne 10; e0123857. 2015.
  • Hobson RM and James LJ. The addition of whey protein to a carbohydrate-electrolyte drink does not influence post-exercise rehydration. Journal of Sports Sciences 33; 77-84. 2015.
  • James RM, Cooper S, Robertson J, Martin D, Harris RC and Sale C. Effect of β-alanine supplementation on 20 km cycling time trial performance. The Brazilian Journal of Physical Education and Sport 28; 395-403. 2014.
  • James LJ, Mattin L, Aldiss P, Adebishi O and Hobson RM. Effect of Whey Protein on Post-Exercise Rehydration. Amino Acids 46:1217–1224. 2014.
  • Hobson RM, Harris RC, Martin D, Smith P, Macklin B, Elliott-Sale K and Sale C. Effect of sodium bicarbonate supplementation on 2000m rowing performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 14; 139-144. 2014

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Press expertise

Dr James is able talk to the press regarding:

  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Thermoregulation during sport and exercise