Dr Jamie Macdonald

Senior Lecturer

Contact info

Email: j.h.macdonald@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1248 38 3272

Twitter: @sportscimac

Brief bio:

After graduating with a Sport Science degree and working as freelance Outdoor Activities Instructor for some years, I returned to academia to complete my PhD in clinical exercise physiology. I am now Head of School of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University (www.bangor.ac.uk/sport).

I teach and complete research and impact activities in two distinct areas: i) clinical exercise physiology in chronic kidney disease; ii) and how to enhance health and performance in high altitude environments. 

Contact Info

Email: j.h.macdonald@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1248 38 3272

Twitter: @sportscimac

Brief bio:

After graduating with a Sport Science degree and working as freelance Outdoor Activities Instructor for some years, I returned to academia to complete my PhD in clinical exercise physiology. I am now Head of School of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University (www.bangor.ac.uk/sport).

I teach and complete research and impact activities in two distinct areas: i) clinical exercise physiology in chronic kidney disease; ii) and how to enhance health and performance in high altitude environments. 

Research

I research two distinct areas: i) clinical exercise physiology in chronic kidney disease; ii) enhancing health and performance in high altitude environments. 

Teaching and Supervision

I teach Advanced Research Design (JXH4003/JXH4020) to our Masters students and Academic Skills to our Undergraduate students (JXH1021). I also teach Research Expedition (JXH2030) to our Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) students.

I typically supervise undergraduate and masters project/dissertation students, intercalated students, Foundation Year 2 Medical Doctors, and three PhD students.

Personal

When not working, I can be found desperately trying to encourage my six year old daughter to be as passionate about outdoor pursuits as I am. My main hobbies are climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking.

Overview

After finishing my PhD at Bangor University investigating body composition in patients living with chronic kidney disease, I completed a Post Doc in the Renal Unit at Gwynedd Hospital, studying fatigue. I returned to the University and I am now Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (www.bangor.ac.uk/sport). We are comprised of two groups that complete world leading impactful research: The Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance and The Institute for Applied Human Physiology.

I teach and complete research and impact activities in two distinct areas: i) clinical exercise physiology, particularily related to chronic kidney disease; ii) and how to enhance health and performance in extreme environments, particularily related to high altitude. 

High Altitude:

Jamie’s interest in high altitude physiology has led to him participating in multiple medical research expeditions, whilst his enjoyment of working with outdoor practitioners has resulted in collaborations with various tourism businesses and voluntary organisations working in the outdoor sector.  

 

Clinical Exercise Physiology:

I maintain my honorary contract with the local Health Board and lead their kidney disease exercise rehabilitation program. I am Co-Chair of the Kidney Research UK Physical Activity and Wellbeing Clinical Study Group (www.kidneyresearchuk.org/research/exercise), I am the exercise and nutrition thematic lead for the Wales Kidney Research Unit (www.kidneyresearchunit.wales) and a founder member of the Welsh Institute for Physical Activity, Health and Sport (www.swansea.ac.uk/sports-science/astem/wipahs). I am currently involved in three multicentre studies: PEDAL (PrEscription of intra-Dialytic exercise to improve quAlity of Life: www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/trials/trial-details/trial-details?trialNumber=NCT02222402); BISTRO (BioImpedance Spectroscopy to maintain Renal Output: www.keele.ac.uk/bistro), and evaluation of the Kidney Beam platform (www.beamfeelgood.com/kidney%20disease). 

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I am willing to supervise students in either of my research areas of interest (clinical exercise physiology in chronic kidney disease or high altitude physiology). I have supervised four PhD students to completion who are now employed in prestigious positions worldwide: Professor at the University of Innsbruk; Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond; Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital of Wales and Spire Cardiff Hospital; post doctoral research fellow at The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, Reading University. 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Professional , Good Clinical Practice eLearning (Secondary Care)
  • 2011 - Professional , Fellow
  • 2006 - PhD , Clinical Exercise Physiology , Bangor University
  • 2001 - BSc , Sport Science , Bangor University
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