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Dr Tori Sprung BSc (Hons), PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Musculoskeletal Biology II

Biography

Personal Statement

Tori graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 with a first class degree in Sports Science (Physiology) and later went on to complete her PhD in 2012. Tori's PhD work examined the effects of exercise training on endothelial and metabolic health in clinical populations, specifically women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and resulted in 5 peer-reviewed manuscripts, several scientific communications and two young investigator research prizes. Tori continued as a Research Assistant in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) until September 2012; this appointment involved pilot work (focus groups and data collection) examining the physiological mechanisms (cardiovascular and thermoregulatory) that underpin hot flushes in post-menopausal females. Following this, Tori was invited by Professor Daniel Green to complete a 4-month sabbatical working in his laboratory at The University of Western Australia. During this time, Tori conducted two mechanistic experimental studies investigating (i) the impact of sympathetic nerve activity on endothelial dysfunction and (ii) the effect of exercise during euthermic water immersion on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular parameters.

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool, Tori has set up two large-scale clinical trials in collaboration with the Liverpool Clinical Trials Unit (LCTU) and coordinates a number of experimental clinical studies. Tori is currently co-supervising two PhD students .

Current research topics:-
• The relationship between insulin resistance, hormonal status and cardiovascular health in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
• The effect of Liraglutide in obese sleep apnoea patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
• Compensatory changes in energy balance during Dapagliflozin treatment in type 2 diabetes.
• The physiological mechanisms of physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyles.
• Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obesity.

Personal Distinctions

  • Guest Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, Kings College London 2015)
  • Young Investigator Award (Prize, European College of Sports Science (ECSS) 2011)
  • Best Oral Presentation (Prize, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) 2011)

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