Andrew Mckune

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Andrew McKune is an Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning at UC. Prior to taking up this role he held positions in Sport and Exercise Science at Tshwane University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds qualifications in sport & exercise science, medical science (physiology), strength and conditioning (CSCS) and a doctoral degree specialising in exercise immunology.

Andrew has published papers in scientific journals, has presented at international conferences and has worked with recreational and elite athletes in a sport science capacity.

Research Interests

  • Dysfunctions in the stress-response, inflammation and bioenergetic systems in mental illness: Targets for exercise and nutrition interventions?
  • Immune/Inflammatory responses to exercise
  • Monitoring disease, health and adaptation to exercise using non-invasive methods e.g. heart rate variability, salivary biomarkers, Ethylene trace gas deterction, skin autofluorescence
  • Strategies to reduce severity of and enhance recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage
  • Understanding lipolysis in response to exercise and nutrition interventions using the microdialysis technique

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 1998 2020

Performance Analysis in Rugby Union: a Critical Systematic Review

Colomer, C. M. E., Pyne, D. B., Mooney, M., McKune, A. & Serpell, B. G., 15 Jan 2020, In : Sports Medicine - Open. 6, 4, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Professional Practice
Sample Size
3 Downloads (Pure)

A Mini-Review of Virtual Reality-Based Interventions to Promote Well-Being for People Living with Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

D'Cunha, N. M., Nguyen, D., Naumovski, N., McKune, A. J., Kellett, J., Georgousopoulou, E. N., Frost, J. & Isbel, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Gerontology. 65, 4, p. 430-440 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Quality of Life
Interpersonal Relations
2 Citations (Scopus)
Salivary alpha-Amylases
Randomized Controlled Trials

Cardiac autonomic function and its association with cardiometabolic disease risk factors in Black South African children

SEMPLE, S., MCKUNE, A., Van Biljon, A., D. DuBose, K. & Kolanisi, U., 1 Jul 2019, In : Autonomic Neuroscience. 219, p. 1-4 4 p., 219.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

HDL Cholesterol
Autonomic Nervous System
LDL Cholesterol

Curcumin for Cognition: Is It Just Hype, Based on Current Data?

D'Cunha, N. M., Seddon, N., Mellor, D. D., Georgousopoulou, E. N., McKune, A. J., Panagiotakos, D. B., Kellett, J. & Naumovski, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.). 10, 1, p. 179-181 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter