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Dr Luca Angius

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Luca Angius After completing a BSc, MSc in Sport Science, Luca completed a PhD in Biology Biochemistry of Human and Environment at University of Cagliari (IT). Luca then moved to the University of Kent where he completed his second PhD in Sport & Exercise Science and Sports Therapy in 2016. Luca then worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent until May 2018 before taking up a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow position at Northumbria University in September 2018.

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Room 430a, Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

My research activity focuses on the cardiovascular and neurophysiological response during physical exercise. More precisely I investigated the impact of various diseases on group III/IV muscle afferents activity and how these diseases contribute to abnormalities of the cardiovascular response during exercise. Furthermore, I performed a series of experiment to study role of group III/IV muscle afferents in the development of central fatigue.

Recently, my research mainly focuses on the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study how the central nervous system is involved in exercise regulation and in the development of exercise induced fatigue.

The main goal of my research is to understand the neurophysiological and psychological mechanisms causing fatigue during physical exercise and how this knowledge can be applied to improve the life quality of healthy adults and populations affected by cardiovascular and neurological disorders.

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  • Ischemic preconditioning of the muscle reduces the metaboreflex response of the knee extensors, Angius, L., Pageaux, B., Crisafulli, A., Hopker, J., Marcora , S. 1 Jan 2022, In: European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Physical and mental fatigue reduce psychomotor vigilance in professional football players, Angius, L., Merlini, M., Hopker, J., Bianchi, M., Fois, F., Piras, F., Cugia, P., Russell, J., Marcora, S. 1 Sep 2022, In: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Commentaries on Viewpoint: Time to reconsider how ventilation is regulated above the respiratory compensation point during incremental exercise, Sheel, A., Scheinowitz, M., Iannetta, D., Murias, J., Keir, D., Balmain, B., Wilhite, D., Babb, T., Toffoli, G., Silva, B., da Silva, G., Gruet, M., Romain, A., Pageaux, B., Sousa, F., Rodrigues, N., de Araujo, G., Bossi, A., Hopker, J., Brietzke, C., Pires, F., Angius, L. May 2020, In: Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Exercise intolerance and fatigue in chronic heart failure: is there a role for group III/IV afferent feedback?, Angius, L., Crisafulli, A. 1 Nov 2020, In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
  • Task-specific strength increases after lower-limb compound resistance training occurred in the absence of corticospinal changes in vastus lateralis, Ansdell, P., Brownstein, C., Škarabot, J., Angius, L., Kidgell, D., Frazer, A., Hicks, K., Durbaba, R., Howatson, G., Goodall, S., Thomas, K. 1 Jul 2020, In: Experimental Physiology
  • A comparison of different methods to analyse data collected during time-to-exhaustion tests, Nicolò, A., Sacchetti, M., Girardi, M., Mccormick, A., Angius, L., Bazzucchi, I., Marcora, S. 1 Dec 2019, In: Sport Sciences for Health
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation over the Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Improves Inhibitory Control and Endurance Performance in Healthy Individuals, Angius, L., Santarnecchi, E., Pascual-Leone, A., Marcora, S. 1 Nov 2019, In: Neuroscience
  • Bilateral extracephalic transcranial direct current stimulation improves endurance performance in healthy individuals, Angius, L., Mauger, A., Hopker, J., Pascual-Leone, A., Santarnecchi, E., Marcora, S. 1 Jan 2018, In: Brain Stimulation
  • Brain stimulation and physical performance, Angius, L., Pascual-Leone, A., Santarnecchi, E. 2018, Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part C, Elsevier
  • The effect of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over left and right temporal cortex on the cardiovascular response: a comparative study, Angius, L., Marcora, S., Hopker, J., Mauger, A. 18 Dec 2018, In: Frontiers in Physiology


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