Brian Roy: Associate Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Brian Roy: Associate Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Research: integrated physiology, muscle metabolism, stable isotopes, exercise physiology, endocrinology, nutrition

Brian Roy’s research suggests it might be time to drink milk at the sports field as well as the dinner table.

Roy’s research focuses on the regulation of integrated physiological responses and muscle metabolism during physical activity and dietary manipulations. He’s particularly interested in the effects of dietary supplementation of various compounds, including dairy products, on muscle and bone metabolism in healthy, diseased, and aging populations. Roy’s review of research suggests that bovine milk as a post-exercise drink appears to result in greater muscle development and lean body mass than traditional sports drinks.

Roy’s current work is focused on the impact of alterations in muscle cell volume on the regulation of muscle metabolism and muscle hypertrophy and atrophy. As the director of Brock’s Centre for Muscle Metabolism and Biophysics, he also drives research between Brock’s departments of Physical Education and Kinesiology and Community Health Sciences and colleagues from other institutions. Collectively, they develop a greater understanding of the functioning and adaptability of muscle tissue, leading to a better understanding how this tissue contributes to health and disease.