Dr Theocharis Ispoglou, Reader

Dr Theocharis Ispoglou


Dr Theocharis Ispoglou, PhD, MSc, PGCHE, SFHEA, is a Reader at Leeds Beckett University. Theocharis has a keen interest and expertise in studying the effects of nutritional and exercise interventions as a means to optimise human performance.

Theocharis is an established all-round academic with a sustained record in research, teaching, and service delivery. He has demonstrated excellent leadership, management and organisational skills by successfully undertaking diverse roles and activities when leading and coordinating diverse groups of staff and students. These roles include but are not limited to: Quality Principal Lecturer, Director of PhD programmes, Course and Level Leader, Coordinator of the MSc Major Independent Study, Research Ethics Coordinator , Examiner and Chair for PhD oral examinations, External Examiner of Undergraduate Courses, and Chair of Examination Committees and Boards.

Current Teaching

Theocharis has vast experience in leading course validation events and teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels and I constantly deliver high quality service. He has been voted as Course Leader of the Year in 2010 for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Course, Course team of the Year (2013) and has been short-listed for Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise and Innovation (2016).
Currently his main contributions are in post-graduate provision for the course of MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and supervision of a large number of PhD students. Indicative modules he currently leads or has previously led include Ergogenic Practices and Nutritional Manipulation in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (MSc), Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance (MSc), Major Independent Study coordinator (MSc), Nutritional Manipulation & Ergogenic Aids (L6), Nutrition and Biochemistry (L4).

Research Interests

Theocharis’ research activities span the areas of healthy ageing and sports performance and contribute to different research centres. As a Principal Investigator, he has conducted randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in the area of “Active and Healthy Ageing”. These include: a) Proof of concept trials involving nutritional supplementation in older men and women as a means to combat muscle weakness (sarcopenia). b) Development of novel nutritional prototypes as a means to address malnutrition and undernutrition in clinical and non-clinical populations. Theocharis currently coordinates a vibrant multidisciplinary research team with an interest in promoting active ageing in health and disease (SARCA group). Through the Active Lifestyle Research Centre (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/research/research-centres/active-lifestyles/ ), the group’s mission is to optimise health and well-being of clinical and non-clinical populations by implementation of physical activity/exercise and/or nutrition interventions and initiatives underpinned by basic science.

Theocharis also leads the Sarcopenia Special Research Interest group of SARCA. With an ever-increasing ageing population, more people will suffer from sarcopenia, which is a new geriatric giant and contributing factor to frailty, accelerated functional decline across the lifespan, and adverse health outcomes. Sarcopenia can be delayed and mitigated with nutrition and exercise. Yet, despite the benefits of exercise and nutrition to muscle health, we know that physical activity levels decline with age, with levels lowest in the very old. There are also many reports of nutritional deficiencies in older people in both clinical and independent living community settings, resulting in undernutrition and malnutrition characterised mainly by low protein and energy intakes. Theocharis’ future research focus is the successful management, treatment or prevention of sarcopenia in either clinical or non-clinical settings as a means of improving quality of life, functional and/or clinical outcomes.

Dr Theocharis Ispoglou, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Sport
  2. Exercise
  3. Physiology
  4. Nutrition
  5. Diet
  6. Physical Activity

Selected Outputs

  • Ispoglou T; Lees M; Harlow P; Duckworth L; Hind K; Butterworth M (2018) Αcute effects of essential amino acid gel‐based and whey protein supplements on appetite and energy intake in older women. In: 11th International Conference on Cachexia, Sarcopenia & Muscle Wasting, 7 December 2018 - 9 December 2018, Maastricht.

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  • Ispoglou T (2018) D. Late breaking clinical science & clinial trial update "Αcute effects of essential amino acid gel-based and whey protein supplements on appetite and energy intake in older women". In: The 11th International SCWD Conference on Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle Wasting, 7 December 2018 - 9 December 2018, Maastricht.

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  • Lees MJ; Wilson O; Hind K; Ispoglou T (2018) Strength of the dominant upper and lower extremities predicts skeletal muscle mass irrespective of age and gender. In: 23rd Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 4 July 2018 - 7 July 2018, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

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  • Ispoglou T; Deighton K; King R; White H; Lees M (2016) THE IMPACT OF ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENTS ENRICHED WITH L-LEUCINE ON APPETITE AND ENERGY INTAKE IN ELDERLY WOMEN. In: 38th ESPEN Congress, 17 September 2016 - 20 September 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  • Ispoglou T; Deighton K; King R; White H; Lees M (2016) MON-P108: The Impact of Essential Amino Acid Supplements Enriched with L-Leucine on Appetite and Energy Intake in Elderly Women.


  • Butterworth M; Wilson O; Hind K; Duckworth L; Ispoglou T (2016) Diet, functional performance and muscle quality of independent-living men and women aged 65-75 years. In: Joint Meeting of the American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society, 29 July 2016 - 31 July 2016, Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland.


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  • Nicholson G; Ispoglou T; Dinsdale A; Bissas A (2016) Implementation of Cluster Training Within Resistance Training: Key Challenges.

  • Ispoglou T; Low C; Cooke C (2010) Strength & Power Training. In: Cooke C; Bunting D; O’Hara J ed. Mountaineering; Training & Preparation. USA: pp. 149-186.

  • Ispoglou T (2008) Muscles, Strength & Power. In: Kirk D; Cooke CC; Flintoff A; McKenna J ed. Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Science..

  • Ferentinos P; Tsakirides C; Swainson M; Davison A; Martyn-St James M; Ispoglou T (In press) The impact of different forms of exercise on circulating endothelial progenitor cells in cardiovascular and metabolic disease. European Journal of Applied Physiology


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  • Ispoglou T; Witard O; Duckworth L; Lees M (2020) The efficacy of essential amino acid supplementation for augmenting dietary protein intake in older adults: implications for skeletal muscle mass, strength and function. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society


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  • Lees M; Wilson O; Webb E; Traylor D; Prior T; Elia A; Harlow P; Black A; Parker P; Harris N (2020) Novel essential amino acid supplements following resistance exercise induce aminoacidemia and enhance anabolic signaling irrespective of age: a proof-of-concept trial. Nutrients


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  • Lees MJ; Wilson O; Hind K; Ispoglou T (2019) Response: Muscle strength and function rather than muscle mass in sarcopenia. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 pp. 1673-1674.


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  • Lees MJ; Wilson O; Hind K; Ispoglou T (2019) Muscle quality as a complementary prognostic tool in conjunction with sarcopenia assessment in younger and older individuals. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 (5), pp. 1171-1181.


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  • Butterworth M; Lees M; Harlow P; Hind K; Duckworth L; Ispoglou T (2019) Αcute effects of essential amino acid gel-based and whey protein supplements on appetite and energy intake in older women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44 (11), pp. 1141-1149.


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  • Matu J; Gonzalez JT; Ispoglou T; Duckworth L; Deighton K (2018) The effects of hypoxia on hunger perceptions, appetite-related hormone concentrations and energy intake: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Appetite, 125 pp. 98-108.


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  • Matu J; Deighton K; Ispoglou T; Shannon O; Duckworth L (2017) A high fat breakfast attenuates the suppression of appetite and acylated ghrelin during exercise at simulated altitude. Physiology and Behavior, 179 (1), pp. 353-360.


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  • Matu J; O'Hara J; Hill N; Clarke S; Boos C; Newman C; Holdsworth D; Ispoglou T; Duckworth L; Woods D (2017) Changes in appetite, energy intake, body composition, and circulating ghrelin constituents during an incremental trekking ascent to high altitude. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117 (9), pp. 1917-1928.


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  • Matu J; Deighton K; Ispoglou T; Duckworth L (2017) The effect of moderate versus severe simulated altitude on appetite, gut hormones, energy intake and substrate oxidation in men. Appetite, 113 pp. 284-292.


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  • Board L; Ispoglou T; Ingle L (2016) Validity of Telemetric-Derived Measures of Heart Rate Variability : A Systematic Review. Journal of Exercise Physiology - Online, 19 (6), pp. 64-84.


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  • Ispoglou T; Legget D; Driscoll J; Kaldaridou K (2016) Serial Ingestion or Co-ingestion of Creatine and Sodium Bicarbonate on Performance Following a Resistance Exercise Workout: A Pilot Study. Athens Journal of Sports, 3 (3), pp. 179-195.


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  • Nicholson G; Ispoglou T; Bissas A (2016) The impact of repetition mechanics on the adaptations resulting from strength-, hypertrophy- and cluster-type resistance training. European Journal of Applied Physiology


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  • Ispoglou T; O'Kelly D; Angelopoulou A; Bargh M; O'Hara J; Duckworth L (2015) Mouth-Rinsing with Carbohydrate Solutions at the Postprandial State Fail to Improve Performance During Simulated Cycling Time Trials. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 (8), pp. 2316-2325.


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  • Nicholson G; Mcloughlin G; Bissas A; Ispoglou T (2014) Do the acute biochemical and neuromuscular responses justify the classification of strength and hypertrophy-type resistance exercise?. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 (11), pp. 3188-3199.


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  • Ispoglou T; Nicholson G; Pollit L; Bissas A (2011) Acute Metabolic Responses Associated with Typical Hypertrophy and Strength Workouts Using the Back Squat. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43 (Supplement 5),

  • Ispoglou T; King RFGJ; Zanker C; Oldroyd B; Truscott J (2005) Changes in Body Composition associated with Leucine Supplementation and Resistance Training. International Journal of Body Composition Research, 3 pp. 116.