Owen Tomlinson
Associate Research Fellow

Research

Research interests

Owen’s research focuses on the role of exercise testing in the assessment and management of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), the most common genetically-inherited disease in the UK. The goal of this work is to improve exercise capacity, health and quality of life for children with disease in the region, and help inform and improve clinical practice. This research is being conducted in conjunction with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.

This research has several aims, with primary objectives being the validation of outcome measures derived from exercise testing; characterising longitudinal changes in exercise capacity in CF; identification of mechanistic limitations to exercise; and the utility of exercise testing in assessing interventions.

Alongside this, Owen is involved in feasibility studies assessing the use of Skype in the delivery of exercise interventions in CF, and the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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Owen is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, British Association for Lung Research, European Cystic Fibrosis Society, European Respiratory Society and the Physiological Society. 

Publications:

Journal articles:

Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Chubbock, L. V., Stevens, D., Saynor, Z. L., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A.,(2018). Analysis of oxygen uptake efficiency parameters in young people with cystic fibrosis. European Journal of Applied Physiology. In Press.

Williams, C. A., Tomlinson, O. W., Chubbock, L. V., Stevens, D., Saynor, Z. L., Oades, P. J., & Barker, A. R. (2018). The oxygen uptake efficiency slope is not a valid surrogate of aerobic fitness in cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Pulmonology, 53 (1), 36-42.

Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Tomlinson, O. W. (2017). Letter to the Editor: Measurement of VO2max in clinical groups is feasible and necessary. Response to: Measurement of the maximum oxygen uptake VO2max: VO2peak is no longer acceptable (Poole and Jones, J Appl Physiol, 122: 997 – 1002). Journal of Applied Physiology. 123, 1017.

Tomlinson, O. W., Shelley, J., Denford, S., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2017). Promotion of exercise in the management of cystic fibrosis – Summary of national meetings. European Journal for Person Centred Healthcare. 6 (2), 196-203.   

Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2017). Scaling the oxygen uptake efficiency slope for body size in cystic fibrosis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 49 (10), 1980-1986.  

Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Tomlinson, O. W., Oades, P. J., & Barker, A. R. (2017). Skeletal muscle metabolic abnormalities in cystic fibrosis responses of the metabolic system relative to changes in exercise intensity. Comment in response to CrossTalk debate: ‘Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity is/is not altered in patients with cystic fibrosis’. Journal of Physiology. 595 (5), 1.

Tomlinson, O. W., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., & Williams, C. A. (2016). Exercise capacity following a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy in a young female with cystic fibrosis: a case report, Physiological Reports, 4 (16), e12904

Saynor, Z. L., Barker, A. R., Oades, P. J., Tomlinson, O. W., & Williams, C. A. (2016). Validity and Reliability Concerns Associated with Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Young People with Cystic Fibrosis, Respiration, 92 (1), 61-62

Cockcroft, E. J., Williams, C. A., Tomlinson, O. W., Vlachopoulos, D., Jackman, S. R., Armstrong, N. & Barker, A. R. (2015) High intensity interval exercise is an effective alternative to moderate intensity exercise for improving glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in adolescent boys, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 (6), 720-724

Williams, C. A., Saynor, Z. L., Tomlinson, O. W. & Barker, A. R. (2014) Cystic fibrosis and physiological responses to exercise, Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 8 (6), 751-762

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