Andrew Mckune

Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1) Stress-response and metabolic systems in children living in military and first responder families: Potential targets for individualising exercise treatment of anxiety? 2) Skin-Autofluorescence and Ethylene trace gas deterction as mon-invasive biomarkers for training status, physical overloading, illness and injury risk in athletes. 3) Adipose tissue lipolysis, body composition and fitness changes in response to high-fat diets and high intensity interval training in overweight/obese men.

19982021

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Biography

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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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