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Celebrating world-leading public health and sports performance research Loughborough University

Guests from the Physiological Society alongside members of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at the plaque unveiling

World-leading physiological research was recognised at an event held on 20th June to celebrate the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) has been awarded the ‘Excellence in Physiology Award’ from The Physiological Society, the largest network of physiologists in Europe, supporting their members to improve lives through physiological discovery.

This prestigious award commemorates the internationally renowned research at SSEHS, which has resulted in significant improvements to public health initiatives and sports performance worldwide.

To mark the accolade, a plaque was unveiled by Professor Clyde Williams at the University’s Clyde Williams building, which is home to many of the University’s physiology laboratories.

Professor Clyde Williams OBE, Emeritus Professor of Sports Science at Loughborough University said: “It is a great honour to receive this award, acknowledging the School’s contributions to teaching and research in human physiology over the last 46 years.

“The Physiological Society’s high scientific standards have been our benchmark in training our young researchers. The Society’s culture of fostering high quality research, teaching and outreach have helped us nurture and direct the careers of graduates who have gone on to become highly productive scientists: a legacy of which both Loughborough University and the Physiological Society can be justly, very proud”. 

Dariel Burdass, Chief Executive of The Physiological Society

“We are delighted to be at Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences to unveil this plaque to recognise the School’s world-renowned research impact.

“The Physiological Society’s Excellence in Physiology Award honours outstanding physiology departments who have contributed to the advancement of the life sciences through their discoveries.”

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University said: “We are delighted to receive this award to recognise the work of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in physiology. This award recognises not just the work of the excellent researchers we have today but also those who have gone before and laid the foundations for excellence in physiology at Loughborough. The award is particularly meaningful coming from the Physiological Society who has such a lengthy tradition at the forefront of this field.”

Following the plaque unveiling, guests were invited to a series of talks by prominent researchers from SSEHS who gave a background to physiology at SSEHS, including its history in supporting para athletes, as well as insights into current research in the School, including work being conducted into female physiology and performance as well as physiology of endurance and fatigue.

Talks from the day can be viewed below.