Henry Chung

PhD Researcher
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Psychology and Sport Science

[email protected]
MRC Epidemiology Unit
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Henry's background is in Sport Sciences, where he completed his MSc in Sports & Exercise Sciences. Following this, he worked at Addenbrookes hospital’s Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS), in Epidemiology for the University of Cambridge (UoC). His role was aiding the management of projects and dealing with robotics, laboratory work and external companies, to support the completion of laboratory-based research projects for the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cambridge. Henry has also achieved the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellows and has become a Mentor and Associate Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition for the School of Psychology and Sports Science, here at ARU.

Research interests

Thesis title:

The physiological and metabolic responses to exercise training based on genotype.

Supervisory Team

Dr Dan Gordon
Dr Don Keiller
Prof Justin Roberts

Research Group

Henry is a member of our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Summary of Research

The aim of Henry's research is to understand the link between exercise adaptations and how the genotype mapping affects this adaption observed in both physiological and metabolic responses. Current research suggests relationships between certain or single candidate genes and exercise responses. The goal is to see whether there are associations with a list of multiple candidate genes across a genotype spectrum and to cater a training program specifically to that genotype, in theory benefiting the individual more so, than generic prescriptions of training. If successful, this could also give information on the psychological aspects to training perception and adherence to the training programmes. The larger goal of this project is to increase participation in exercise and increase well-being and health of the general untrained population.

Selected recent publications

Chung, H.C., Keiller, D.R., Roberts, J.D. & Gordon, D.A., 2021. Do exercise-associated genes explain phenotypic variance in the three components of fitness? a systematic review & meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 16(10): e0249501. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0249501.

Chapman, S., Chung, H., Trott, M., Smith, L. & Roberts, J., 2021. Nutritional supplements to reduce muscle damage and enhance athlete recovery. Physiology News, (122), p.18.

Chapman, S., Chung, H.C., Rawcliffe, A.J., Izard, R., Smith, L. & Roberts, J.D., 2021. Does Protein Supplementation Support Adaptations to Arduous Concurrent Exercise Training? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis with Military Based Applications. Nutrients, 13(5), p.1416.

Gordon, D., Swain, P., Keiller, D., Merzbach, V., Gernigon, M. & Chung, H., 2020. Quantifying the effects of four weeks of low-volume high-intensity sprint interval training on V̇O2max through assessment of hemodynamics. The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, 60(1), p.53.

Gordon, D.A., Swain, P., Keiller, D., Merzbach, V., Johnson, D., Prado, L., Maia-Lima, A. & Chung, H., 2019. Four weeks of low volume high-intensity interval training has no effect on VO2max: 771: Board# 5 May 29 2: 00 PM-3: 30 PM. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(6), p.187.

Gordon, D.A., Merzbach, V., Scruton, A., Roberts, J. & Chung, H., 2017. The effects of 4-weeks Hiit and continuous based training on the incidence of plateau at Vo2max and the anaerobic capacity: 3504 Board# 5 June 3 900 AM-1100 AM. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49(5S), p.998.

McDonald, K., Tsukada, M. & Chung, H., 2016. Understanding the female judoka’s “coach–athlete” relationship: a British perspective. Arch Budo, 12, pp.69-76.

Recent presentations and conferences

External conferences

Anglia Ruskin, Paris Saclay & UFMG: 2nd Integrated exercise physiology: Summer school - Effects on Cooper 12-minute run performance to aerobic endurance training and its’ relationship to exercise genetics.

ACSM conference Denver - poster presentation - The effects of 4-weeks HiiT and continuous based training on the incidence of plateau at VO2max and the anaerobic capacity.

ACSM conference Orlando - poster presentation - Four weeks of low volume high-intensity interval training has no effect on VO2max despite increasing the anaerobic capacity.

Internal conferences

  • School of PSS PhD conference - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
  • Anglia Ruskin Funded Summer Intern Student Conference - Physical Activity and Health: Understanding the effects of e-gaming on eye and general health outcomes.
  • 14th Annual PGR Conference – Presentation on exercise genetics.
  • Biomedical Science student conference with Harvey’s Gang.
  • Research mini conference – Psychology & Sport Science.
Media experience

Henry recently co-wrote a web article for The Conversation called 'How your genes influence whether a certain type of exercise works for you – new research' (October 2021)

Henry has also contributed to articles for the Daily Mail and the Telegraph