Carla's work

Co-investigator on a community-based research project investigating the relationship between lifestyle factors, cardiometabolic health, cognitive functioning and cardiorespiratory fitness in South African women from a low socioeconomic community.

We have completed the last phase of our participant testing in December 2017. My role was to test each of the 60 participants’ baseline cognitive function and measure changes in cerebral oxygenation with a two-channel near-infrared spectrometer while the participants performed cognitive tests of variant levels of difficulty.

Focus of research article: The associations between cerebral haemodynamics, cognitive function and education levels in South African women from a low socioeconomic community.

Other projects/articles: The acute effect of high-intensity interval exercise on cognitive function in healthy young men.

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Louise's work

Co-investigator on a community-based research project investigating the relationship between lifestyle factors, cardiometabolic health, cognitive functioning and cardiorespiratory fitness in South African women from a low socioeconomic community.

My aim was to measure the maximal fat oxidation (MFO) rate during exercise, and investigate how MFO links to metabolic health and risk factors such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and identify factors that may predict MFO.

 

Ongoing investigation: The Effect of the Absa Cape Epic on physiological strain, fatigue and recovery.

The aim of the study is to quantify the physiological strain and sleeping and eating habits of participants that take part in the Absa Cape Epic, an 8-day multi stage mountain bike event. As part of this aim riders will be followed up to three weeks after the Cape Epic to quantify the time that required to recover from an event like the ABSA Cape Epic.