Leigh Breen


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Leigh Breen's expertise centres on understanding how nutrition and exercise modulate muscle metabolism in healthy (i.e. athletes) and vulnerable (i.e. elderly, obese) populations.

Dr Breen has received extensive training in the use of analytical techniques to study muscle protein metabolism in a variety of subject populations at the whole-body and molecular level. More specifically, Dr Breen is interested in the molecular and metabolic interactive effects of exercise and nutrient provision in human skeletal muscle. Dr Breen is interested in how these paradigms can be applied in:

1. Athletic populations - to help optimize adaptations to different modes of training.

2. Ageing - to maintain/restore muscle mass and physical function within the elderly.

3. Obesity - to assist in weight management and offset complications associated with metabolic disease.

Dr Breen welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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