Staff profile

Dr Mark Faghy


Associate Professor in Respiratory Physiology

Subject

Sport and Exercise Science

College

College of Science and Engineering

Department

School of Human Sciences

Research centre

University Professorial Council, Human Sciences Research Centre

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-8163-7032

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

M.Faghy@Derby.ac.uk

About

I am an Associate Professor in Respiratory Physiology in the School of Human Sciences and an active researcher in the Human Science Research Centre. After completing an undergraduate (2011) and PhD programme (2015) at the University of Derby, I joined the teaching team as a tutor in exercise physiology at Loughborough University (2015) before returning to Derby on a lectureship in 2016.

My research focus is in the area of respiratory physiology and my current projects are in the area of understanding recovery in acute respiratory infection (COVID-19 and Pneumonia), the use of non-medicinal interventions to support COPD patients and the use of integrated wearable technologies in the monitoring and diagnosis of long-term conditions. My research activities also see me serve as a core member of the Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-Pivot) international network and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Public Advisory and External Affairs Committee, where we actively engage in parliamentary activity to shape and influence policy. I am also accredited as an exercise scientist by BASES and continue to work with athletes from applied settings.

Teaching responsibilities

My current teaching responsibilities include the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects as well as making contributions to several undergraduate modules in the areas of exercise physiology, physical activity and health and applied sports practices. I also currently supervise ten PhD students that are related to several externally funded projects in the area of respiratory physiology and innovative technologies.

Professional interests

My main professional interests are centred mainly on understanding recovery and the impact of reduced respiratory function has upon patient quality of life, with a focus on developing bespoke approaches to improve patient outcomes.

Research interests

My research interests investigate the use of non-medicinal interventions to increase the capability of the respiratory system in all populations, my current research involves working closely with clinical groups nationally and internationally. At present, I am involved in multiple trials with different patient groups including COVID-19, Pneumonia and COPD.

Our COVID-19 work is supporting an increase in the understanding of COVID-19 symptomology and the impact this has upon patients in hospital and community settings. We are attempting to profile the determinants of recovery to inform the development of COVID specific support pathways to increase patient outcomes and functional status.

My interest in COVID-19 work has led to engaging in several parliamentary exercises, including establishing the COVID-19 areas of research interest (2020), multiple submissions to parliamentary select committees and inclusion in the House of Lords National Plan for Sport and Recreation Report (2021).

I am also a research sub-theme lead for the area of Respiratory Diseases/Physiology where I coordinate a team of research-active staff in the delivery of numerous projects aligned to the biomedical sciences.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Derby
  • PhD in Respiratory Physiology, University of Derby
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016-Present)

Recent conferences

Invited Talks and Presentations: 

  1. Despite its best efforts, Sport and Exercise Sciences has more lessons to learn from COVID-19 and further change is required (2021). Invited Keynote Talk. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference. November 2021
  2. Physiology Knowledge Exchange Case Studies from University of Derby. Invited Presentation (2021). Praxis Aural/Physiological Society webinar (co-presentation with Dr Amanda Baxendale). June 2021
  3. How can exercise physiologists and the exercise sciences come together to support the post-COVID pandemic response? Invited Keynote Talk (2021), The Physiological Society; Future of Physiology Conference (Online)
  4. Sports for Sustainable Development: Overcoming Covid-19 Crisis (2020), Virtual Webinar on behalf of BASES and the Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-India
  5. The role of Sports Science in Clinical Research. Invited Talk. (2019), The British Lung Foundation Scientific Reception. London, UK
  6. The use of Inspiratory Muscle Training in clinical settings. Invited Keynote Talk (2018). Japanese Society Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Key Note Presentation, Fukui, Japan
  7. Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) When and Why Does It Work. Invited Keynote Talk. (2018). Japanese Institute of Sport Science and Japanese Olympic Association. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Inspiratory muscle training and the relevance and application to human performance. Invited Keynote Speaker. (2016). Power breathe international distributor meeting, Dusseldorf, Germany
  9. Inspiratory muscle training and the benefits to health. Invited Keynote Speaker. (2016), Power breathe international distributor meeting, Dusseldorf, Germany
  10. What does a PhD mean, what is it all about and where can it lead? Invited Keynote Speaker. (2016). University of Derby Annual Research Conference

Recent conference proceedings:

  1. Toon, N., McMaster, S., Outram, T., Faghy, M, A., (2021)., Assessing the Validity of the Kinematic Knee Sleeve., International Conference on the Challenges, Opportunities, Innovations and Applications in Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles), Oral Presentation: Manchester, England
  2. Armstrong-Booth, K., Staples, V., Akehurst, S., Faghy, M, A., (2021)., Using COM-B and the Behaviour Change Wheel to design and implement a large-scale quantitative questionnaire to ascertain physical activity levels, health and wellbeing of grandparents and their grandchildren. BPS Division of Health Psychology. Online Conference
  3. Armstrong-Booth, K., Staples, V., Akehurst, S., Faghy, M, A., (2020)., Exploring the experiences of Grandparents spending active leisure time with their grandchildren: An. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The Midlands Health Psychology Network. Online Conference
  4. Faghy, M, A., Mayes, JP., Brown, PI., Keenan, J., Maden-Wilkinson. T., (2019), Flow resistive face masks worn during high-intensity interval training sessions do not improve 5-kilometre running performance. Oral presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual congress, Leicester, England
  5. Duncan, M, J., Eyre, E., Roscoe, CMP., Faghy, M, A., Cox, V., Dobell, A., (2019), Calibration of hip-worn actigraph GT3X accelerometers in children during locomotor, 7460cycling and fundamental movement skill activity. Poster Presentation. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual congress, Leicester, England
  6. Pick, H., Faghy, M, A., Bewick, T., Wei Shen, L., (2018), Feasibility of using IMT techniques in patients discharged with community-acquired pneumonia, Poster presentation, British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, London, England
  7. Faghy, M, A., (2018), IMT and its use in clinical settings, Japanese Society Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Invited Keynote Talk, Fukui: Japan
  8. Faghy, M, A., Brown, P, I., (2018), Functional training of the inspiratory muscles improves load carriage performance, poster presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual congress, Harrogate, England
  9. Penny J.C., Faghy M., Bussell C., Sheffield D. (2018)., The relationship between the number of physical activity sites, facilities and activities on physical activity levels in Derby, UK. BASES Conference 2018 – Programme and Abstracts, Journal of Sports Sciences, 36:sup1, 1-94. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1521633
  10. Richardson, D, L., Faghy, M, A., Rutter, H., Cavill, N., Bussell, CD., (2018), A Whole system approach to tackling inactivity across Derby City, UK. The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress. London, England

Experience in industry

I currently lead and have established a number of projects with industrial partners which includes being awarded funding for two projects via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for productivity through innovation awards with SoeHealth and Footfalls & Heartbeats. 

I also work with several UK and European partners on projects related to respiratory muscle training.

International experience

I have a strong international profile through my work with the Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-Pivot) network and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and membership of the Exercise is Medicine Committee. I also hold visiting researcher status at the University of Illinois Chicago, USA. 

These roles have led to international keynote presentations at national and international events.

Additional interests and activities

Parliamentary and Government Contributions:

  1. Smith, A., Akubat, I., Broom, D., Gledhill, A., Faghy, M, A., Maxwell, N., de Oliveira, R., Knowles, Z., Ross, M., (2021) BASES Evidence to the DCMS sport select committee on major cultural and sporting events. Published 22 June 2021.https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/35621/html/ 
  2. Smith, A., de Oliveira, R., Faghy, M, A., M., Maxwell, N., (2021)., How can we lead more active lifestyles? NPS0035 - National Plan for Sport and Recreation, House of Lords Committee call for evidence. https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/21797/html/ 
  3. Bunn, S., (2020)., Mental health impacts of COVID 19 on NHS staff. Research Briefing. https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pn-0634/ Acknowledged as an official contributor.
  4. Smith, A., de Oliveira, R., Faghy, M, A., M., Maxwell, N., (2020)., Sport in our communities BASES evidence to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/21797/html/

Expert Acknowledgements/Media Contributions:

  1. 2020 - Expert Contribution to UK Parliament’s Covid-19 outbreak response. https://post.parliament.uk/horizon-scanning/expert-aknowledgements/
  2. 2020 - Expert Witness Report for Her Majesties Coroners Court for Derby and Derbyshire.
  3. Faghy, M, A., (2020)., Science Council, Showcasing Science Article: Post COVID-19 Recovery – Looking to Sport Science https://sciencecouncil.org/showcasing-science-post-covid-19-recovery-looking-to-sport-science/
  4. Faghy, M, A., (2020)., Aiding the fightback to lung health (Online Blog). Posted on April 6 2020, https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2020/04/lung-health-respiratory-recovery-coronavirus/
  5. Realising a nation’s footballing dreams using sport science (Online Blog). Posted on June 15 2019, https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2019/06/sport-science-guyana-concacaf-gold-cup/
  6. Traditional training methods vs newer methods (Online Blog). Posted on 7 May 2018, https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/05/traditional-training-methods-vs-newer-methods/
  7. Should you wear a mask during training? Restricted airflow's all the rage. MH tries training like Bane. Published in Men's Health, Posted on 27 June 2016, http://www.menshealth.co.uk/fitness/should-you-wear-a-mask-during-training
  8. Is English football hurting the Premier League and putting players at risk? Published in ESPN, Posted on 26 Jan 2016, http://www.espn.co.uk/football/barclays-premier-league/23/blog/post/2794056/premier-league-fixture-congestion-set-to-continue

Governing Body Papers and Position Stands:

  1. Arena, R., Myers, J., Kaminsky, L, A., Williams, M., Sabbahi, A., Popovic, D., Axtell, R., Faghy, M, A., , A, P., Lizett, S., Olivares, O., Lopez, M., Pronk, N., Laddu, D., Babu, A, S., Josephson, R., Whitsel, L, P., Severin, R., Christle, J, W., Dourado, V., Niebauer, J., Savage, P., Austford, L, D., Lavie, C, J., (2021), Current Activities Centered on Healthy Living and Recommendations for the Future: A Position Statement from the HL-PIVOT Network., Current Problems in Cardiology.,IF: 2.966
  2. Smith, A., de Oliveira, R., Faghy, M, A,, M., Maxwell, N., (2020)., Reopening of Sport and Exercise Science Departments in Higher Education after lockdown’. BASES Position Stand
  3. Smith, A., de Oliveira, R., Faghy, M, A.,, M., Maxwell, N., (2020)., The BASES Position Stand on the ‘Reopening’ of Sport and Exercise Science Departments in Higher Education After Lockdown  

In the media

  1. Aiding the fightback to lung health (Online Blog). Posted on April 6 2020
  2. Realising a nation’s footballing dreams using sport science (Online Blog). Posted on June 15 2019
  3. Science Council, Showcasing Science Article: Post COVID-19 Recovery – Looking to Sport 
  4. Aiding the fightback to lung health (Online Blog). Posted on April 6 2020
  5. Invited talk (webinar). The role of the exercise scientists in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaipur National University. India
  6. Traditional training methods vs newer methods (Online Blog). Posted on 7 May 2018
  7. Should you wear a mask during training? Restricted airflow's all the rage. MH tries training like Bane. Published in Men's Health, Posted on 27 June 2016
  8. Is English football hurting the Premier League and putting players at risk? Published in ESPN, Posted on 26 Jan 2016
  9. The countdown to the Derby 10k is on – but how much should you train? Derby Telegraph, Posted on March 28 2015

Recent publications

For a full list of publications and works please see:

Most Recent Publications:

  1. Parente, F., Hernandez, Y, A, T., Faghy, M, A., Roscoe, C, M, P., Maratos, F, A., (In Press)., Influence of the COVID-19 lockdown on remote workers’ physical and psychosocial wellbeing and work productivity. JMIRx
  2. Arena, R., Faghy, M, A., (2021)., Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing as a Vital Sign in Patients Recovering from COVID-19., Expert Review of Cardiovascular TherapyIF: 2.23
  3. Gough, L., Sparks, A, S., McNaughton, L, R., Higgins, M, F., Newbury, J, W., Trexler, E., Faghy, M, A., Bridge, C, A., (2021)., A critical review of citrulline malate supplementation and exercise performance. European Journal of Applied Physiology. IF: 3.467
  4. Pagan Lassalle, P., Meyer, M, L., Conners, R., Zieff, G, Rojas, J., Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Vermeesch, A., Joesph, R, P., Keith, N., Stoner, L., (2021)., Targeting Sedentary Behavior in Minority Populations as a Feasible Health Strategy During and Beyond COVID-19: On Behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine
  5. Bates, L., Zieff, G., Conners, R., Keith, N., Stevens, S., Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Stoner, L., (2021)., Physical activity and sedentary behavior in people with spinal cord injury: Mitigation strategies during COVID-19 on behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT. Disability and Health Journal. IF: 2.554
  6. Alansare, Ab, B., Bates, L, C., Stoner, L., Kline, E, N., Nagle, E., Jennings, R, J., Hanson, E, D., Faghy, M, A., Barone-Gibbs, B., (2021)., Associations of Sedentary Time with Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. IF: 3.390
  7. Arena, R., Lavie, C, J., Faghy, M, A., (2021)., What Comes First, the Behavior or the Condition? In the COVID-19 Era, It May Go Both Ways., Current Problems in Cardiology, IF:2.966
  8. Conners, R, J., Bates, L, C., Lassalle, P, P., Zieff, G., Whitehead, P, N., Stevens, S., Killen, L., Cochrum, R., Rodebaugh, K, L., Faghy, M, A., Stoner, L., (In Press)., Current and Future Implications of COVID-19 Among Youth Wheelchair Users: 24-hour Activity Behavior., Children, IF: 2.863
  9. Kowalsky, R, J., Stoner, L., Faghy, M, A., Barone-Gibbs, B., (2021)., A Call to Clarify the Intensity and Classification of Standing Behavior., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. IF: 3.390
  10. Foo, W, L., Faghy, M, A., Sparks, A, S., Newbury, J, W., Gough, L, A., (2021), The Effects of a Nutrition Education Intervention on Sports Nutrition Knowledge during a Competitive Season in Highly Trained Adolescent Swimmers., Nutrients, IF: 4.546
  11. Stoner, L., Faghy, M, A., Conners, R., (2021), Covid-19 infection and cardiometabolic complications: short-and long-term treatment and management considerations. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine. IF: 2.93
  12. Faghy, M, A., Armstrong-Booth, K., Staples, V., Duncan, M., Roscoe, C, M, P., (2021)., Multi-component physical activity interventions in the UK must consider determinants of activity to increase effectiveness. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology
  13. Arena, R., Bond, S., Romero Calvo, I., Lebowicz., Ozemek, C., Severin, R., Laddu, D., Faghy, M, A., Lavie, C., Carbone, S., (2021), Shelter from the cytokine storm: Healthy living is a vital preventative strategy in the COVID-19 era, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. IF: 8.194
  14. Arena, R., Myers, J., Ozemek, C., Hall, G., Severin, R., Laddu, D., Kaminsky, L., Stoner, L., Conners, R., Faghy, M, A., (2021)., An Evolving Approach to Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Muscle Function and Bone/Joint Health in the COVID-19 Era., Current Problems in Cardiology. IF: 6.763
  15. Dobell, A.; Pringle, A.; Faghy, M. A.; Roscoe, C.M.P. (2021), Educators Perspectives on the Value of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills for Early Years Foundation Stage Children in England, Children, 7, 224. IF: 2.863
  16. Silva, R, N., da Luz Goulart, C., Oliveira, M, R., Tacao, G, Y., Back, D., Severin, R, Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Borghi-Silva, A., (2021)., Cardiorespiratory and skeletal muscle damage due to COVID-19: making the urgent case for rehabilitation. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine), IF: 2.432
  17. Faghy, M, A., Arena, R., Stoner, L., Haraf, R, H., Josephson, R., Hills, A, P., Dixit, S., Popovic, D., Smith, A., Myers, J., Bacon, S, L, Niebauer, J., Dourado, V, Z., Babu, A, S., Maden-Wilkinson, T, M., Copeland, R, J., Gough, L, A., Bond, S., Stuart, K., Bewick, T., Ashton, R, E, M., (2021)., The case for the inclusion of Exercise Science in an integrated response to COVID-19: A position statement from the international HL-PIVOT Network., Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. IF: 8.194
  18. Pick, H., Faghy, M, A., Cresswell, G., Ashton, D., Bolton, C, E., McKeever, T., Lim, WS., Bewick, T., Wei-Shen., L., (2021), Feasibility of using inspiratory muscle techniques in patients discharged from hospital with community acquired pneumonia. Journal: Advances in Respiratory Medicine. IF: 1.82
  19. Faghy, M, A., Pringle, A., Duncan, M., Buchanan-Meharry, J., Roscoe, C, M, P., (2021)., UK University Staff experience high levels of sedentary behaviour during work and leisure time., International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics., IF: 1.601
  20. Haraf, R, H., Faghy, M, A., Carlin, B., Josephson, R, A., (2021)., The Physiological Impact of Masking Is Insignificant and Should Not Preclude Routine Use During Daily Activities, Exercise, and Rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. Vol41(1), pp.1-5, IF: 1.803
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Dr Mark Faghy, Associate Professor in Respiratory Physiology at the University of Derby, discusses the journey that led his team from research in occupational physiology and the possible benefits to respiratory patients, to informing the support and treatments that would improve recovery for patients post pandemic.

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As many people recover from Covid-19's attack on the respiratory system, Dr Mark Faghy discusses work being done to help people fully regain their health after recovery.

Michael Johnson and Guyana team

Our sport science expertise has helped Guyana's national football team reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. Here's how they did it.

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Dr Mark Faghy, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at the University of Derby, discusses the pros and cons of new and old training programmes