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Dr Kevin Deighton

Dr Kevin Deighton
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Dr Kevin Deighton


Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 23582 K.Deighton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Kevin Deighton

Kevin completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, and MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University. During these degrees he received several academic awards including the Development Trust Prize for outstanding undergraduate achievement and a Graduate School Full-Fee MSc Scholarship, as well as the Gatorade Sports Science Institute Award and Yakult Prize for outstanding postgraduate achievement. Kevin then completed a fully-funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr David Stensel at Loughborough University. During his doctoral programme, Kevin's research was rewarded with the Nutrition Society Postgraduate Competition Prize and BASES Oral Presentation Award.

Kevin has a number of research interests in the fields of nutrition, metabolism and exercise physiology. His publication record includes a focus on the influence of exercise and diet on appetite regulation, gastrointestinal hormone release and cardiovascular disease risk factors. He has also published research in relation to nutritional methodologies, ergogenic aids, and statistics. Kevin serves as an editor for the British Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Nutritional Sciences, jointly leads the Level 5 Metabolism Journal Club, and has published pedagogical research to inform university approaches for teaching and supporting students.

Outside of academia, Kevin has won national athletics titles and represented Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships.

Current Teaching

  • Module Leader
    • Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance (Level 7)
  • Lectures
    • Nutrition for Health, Sport & Exercise (Level 5)
    • Nutritional Manipulations for Health, Sport & Exercise (Level 6)
    • Obesity Management (Level 6) o Sport & Exercise Nutrition (Level 7)
    • Ergogenic Practices & Nutritional Manipulation in Sport & Exercise (Level 7)
    • Measurement & Evaluation in Sport & Exercise Nutrition (Level 7)
    • Research & Professional Practice (Level 7)
  • Research Supervision
    • Dissertation (Level 6)
    • Major Independent Study (Level 7)
  • PhD Supervision
    • Kelsie Johnson (Exercise and nutritional interventions to improve appetite regulation, body composition and muscle function in older adults).
    • Alex Griffiths (Substrate utilisation and carbohydrate supplementation in hypoxia).
    • Nessan Costello (Evaluating the nutritional requirements of adolescent rugby league players).
    • Tom Geeson-Brown (Longitudinal development of lean mass in rugby players and supportive interventions to promote development).
    • Sarah Chantler (Influence of dietary intake on immune function and recovery ability in rugby players).

Research Interests

Kevin leads the 'Appetite & Energy Balance' theme within the SARCA research group. This theme focuses on understanding appetite and energy balance regulation to develop appropriate interventions that support weight control. The associated research includes approaches to maintain energy deficits for weight loss in overweight populations, as well as methods for promoting a positive energy balance to increase muscle mass in older adults. The theme also contributes to the Centre for Human Performance with aligned research to optimise energy balance in athletes and expedition personnel.

Kevin's personal research investigates the effects of exercise and nutritional interventions on appetite regulation, energy balance, and metabolic health in a range of populations. This is complemented by a strand of related research which aims to improve experimental methodologies and statistical interpretations within physiology and nutrition research. Kevin has also developed an interest in extreme environments, as demonstrated by his role as a research lead for the Dhaulagiri Medical Research Expedition in 2016.

Kevin has wider interests in the topics of exercise metabolism, ergogenic aids, and sports performance. In collaboration with Professor Ben Jones, he supervises PhD students with a focus on nutrition and metabolism as part of the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (40)

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