- Dr Oliver Neubauer
- Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - IPTM
- Discipline *
- Physiology, Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics, Human Movement and Sports Science
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Doctor in Natural Sciences (University of Vienna)
Applied physiology, Nutrition and exercise interventions in human studies, Molecular and integrative mechanisms, Translational physiology, Promoting physiological function and health, Skeletal muscle, Immune system, Skeletal muscle - immune interactions, Recovery from exercise, Sports nutrition and exercise metabolism
Research Area and Interests
The general area of my research is applied physiology with the major focus on nutrition and exercise interventions in human studies. I am particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of the integrative physiology underlying the responses of skeletal muscle and the immune system to these interventions.
Inspired by the concept of ‘translational physiology’, a strong emphasis of my research is on the implications for developing lifestyle-strategies that promote physiological function and health in different settings and different population groups.
Publication output (overview)
- Nineteen peer-reviewed publications in total, 16 of which were published in top-ranked (Q1) journals in the respective subject category
- Average 5-year Impact Factor of the journals in which these publications were published: 4.294
- Current h-Index: 12 (over 340 received citations, so far)
- Numerous oral and several invited presentations at international and national conferences
- Contribution of a book chapter for Antioxidants in Sports Nutrition (CRC press, Taylor & Francis)
- Several popular-scientific articles for Triathlon Magazin
- Various public relations including press coverages in quality Austrian newspapers (e.g., Der Standard, Die Presse), The New York Times, as well as radio interviews for programs of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
From Ironman Triathletes to Healthy Ageing
Over the the last view years, I have been acquiring international recognition in the area as well as a solid expertise in performing and leading multi- and trans-disciplinary research projects. In accordance with my own experience as a former Ironman triathlete, my doctoral studies at the University of Vienna (Austria) were aimed to examine acute stress and recovery responses in participants of an Ironman triathlon, and the implications of these responses for the health of these athletes. On the basis of these studies, I developed a specific research focus on the molecular basis of the responses of the immune system and skeletal muscle to physiological stress.
Within the scope of an Austrian Science Fund (FWF)-funded research fellowship abroad, I undertook and coordinated a collaborative study at Griffith University (Australia) that revealed new insights into the changes of global gene expression responses of skeletal muscle and blood neutrophils during recovery from endurance exercise. By applying an advanced bioinformatic method, we identified previously unknown gene networks that are preserved between skeletal muscle and blood leukocytes. This has significant implications for biomedical research and for the development of blood biomarkers to assess physiological and pathophysiological changes in the muscle.
I am currently undertaking and leading another research project aimed to examine the acute effects of nitrate-rich beetroot juice on blood pressure, haemostasis and vascular health-related immune functions in the elderly. Further research avenues include investigations of how ageing affects the release of ‘exercise factors’ (e.g., muscle-derived endocrine factors), muscle-immune interactions, and the functional recovery of skeletal muscle following exercise.
Affiliations and Memberships
In 2014, I have been awarded with a Vice Chancellor´s Research Fellowship at QUT, where I started in May 2015, affiliated with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). In addition to several collaborations with researchers at QUT, collaboration partners include researchers at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Vienna, where I am also a Guest Lecturer and Scientific Speaker of the Research Platform Active Ageing.
I am a member of the American Society of Physiology (APS), the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), and the International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI). Furthermore, I am a member of the expert committee of the Austrian Society of Sports Nutrition (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sporternährung, ÖGSE).
I am leading and lecturing a Master student-course entitled Molecular-physiological Aspects of Sports Nutrition as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria.
- Broadbent JA, Sampson DL, Sabapathy S, Haseler L, Wagner K, Bulmer AC, Peake JM, Neubauer O, (2017) Gene networks in skeletal muscle following endurance exercise are co-expressed in blood neutrophils and linked with blood inflammation markers, Journal of Applied Physiology p1-42
- Peake JM, Neubauer O, Della Gatta P, Nosaka K, (2017) Muscle damage and inflammation during recovery from exercise, Journal of Applied Physiology p559-570
- Peake JM, Neubauer O, Walsh NP, Simpson RJ, (2016) Recovery of the immune system after exercise, Journal of Applied Physiology p1-35
- Neubauer O, Yfanti C, (2015) Antioxidants in athlete's basic nutrition: Considerations towards a guideline for the intake of vitamin C and vitamin E, Antioxidants in sport nutrition p39-66
- Neubauer O, Sabapathy S, Ashton KJ, Desbrow B, Peake JM, Lazarus R, Wessner B, Cameron-Smith D, Wagner K, Haseler L, Bulmer AC, (2014) Time-course dependent changes in the transcriptome of human skeletal muscle during recovery from endurance exercise: from inflammation to adaptive remodeling, Journal of Applied Physiology p274-287
- Neubauer O, Sabapathy S, Lazarus R, Jowett JB, Desbrow B, Peake JM, Cameron-Smith D, Haseler L, Wagner K, Bulmer AC, (2013) Transcriptome analysis of neutrophils after endurance exercise reveals novel signaling mechanisms in the immune response to physiological stress, Journal of Applied Physiology p1677-1688
- Neubauer O, Reichhold S, Nics L, Hoelzl C, Valentini J, Stadlmayr B, Knasmuller S, Wagner K, (2010) Antioxidant responses to an acute ultra-endurance exercise: impact on DNA stability and indications for an increased need for nutritive antioxidants in the early recovery phase, The British Journal of Nutrition p1129-1138
- Neubauer O, Reichhold S, Nersesyan A, Konig D, Wagner K, (2008) Exercise-induced DNA damage: is there a relationship with inflammatory responses?, Exercise Immunology Review p51-72
- Neubauer O, Konig D, Kern N, Nics L, Wagner K, (2008) No indications of persistent oxidative stress in response to an ironman triathlon, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise p2119-2128
- Neubauer O, Konig D, Wagner K, (2008) Recovery after an Ironman triathlon: sustained inflammatory responses and muscular stress, European Journal of Applied Physiology p417-426
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.