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Dr Luana Main is a Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She primarily teaches Principles of Exercise and Sport Science and Functional Human Anatomy, although she is also involved with the teaching of Applied Sports Science 1 & 2. Dr Main supervises higher degree by research students and is an active researcher in maladaptive fatigue following stress exposure in applied contexts.
Unit Chair & Lecturer HSE101 Principles of Exercise and Sport Science
Unit Chair & Lecturer HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy
Unit Chair & Lecturer HSE 311 Applied Sport Science 1
Tutor HSE314 Applied Sports Science 2
Co-supervises two PhD students and one Honours student
Taken collectively, Dr Mainís research is seeks to provide new insights to possible mechanisms behind the aetiology and monitoring of enduring fatigue. Given the converging evidence from several lines of research implicating the role of pro-inflammatory cytokines as a cause of the sickness behaviours, researchers have begun to consider their potential role in various clinical disease models. Central to this hypothesis is the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α. Thus her research investigates the relationship between stress (physical +/- psychological) exposure, brain-behaviour interrelationships, and the resultant fatigue in a variety of applied contexts (i.e. endurance sports and physically demanding occupations) with the view to identify early warning signs of excessive stress exposure to ameliorate risks of long term health risks.