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Professor Giuseppe De Vito


Giuseppe De Vito

Full Professor Of Performance Science
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
01 716 6511
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


His main research topic concerns neuromuscular adaptations to a variety of interventions. In particular he has conducted a number of studies which investigated aspects of muscle function both in older and young subjects, including: 1) neuro-mechanical adaptations of muscle, tendons and joints to aging and training; 2) effect of muscle temperature on power production; 3) neuromuscular control studied by surface EMG, and the application of surface EMG to the assessment of endurance athletes 4) Essential Tremor, its assessment and potential application of different training strategy as an alternative therapeuthic countermeasure . More recently, however, he started a new line of research that concerns the study of sarcopenia and how it relates to both aging and chronic diseases such as in type 2 diabetes. In particular, the mechanisms underlying muscle atrophy and the application of specific countermeasures interventions based on exercise and combined (or not) with nutritional supplementation are at present investigated in our laboratory. Finally, because of his involvement with many teams and sports, Prof. De Vito developed a strong interest in studying human performance. In view of this, when working as a sport physician, he always endeavoured to integrate his work with applied research as testified by the papers published on sports-related subjects. In particular, he developed an expertise in Olympic sailing performance (see for instance his articles on Olympic wind surfing). These investigations contributed to the optimization of both training and performance. Grant Activity Obtained under my supervision or in collaboration: FHI (Enterprise Ireland), 2011-2013. Functional Food Science, Functional Food Centre (WP8) Euro 105.600. TRIL, Wellness and exrcise strand (PI). 2010 Euro 168,000 IRCSET; PhD Studentship. Comparison between strength training and visual feedback training on patients affected by exaggerated physiological tremor and Parkinson disease. 2009-2012 Euro 72,000 Technological Sector research: Strand 3(Ireland); Optimisation of Exercise Prescription for Type II Diabetes. 2009-12 Euro328,158. CARDI Using aerobic exercise to promote brain plasticity and increase functional capacity in older people. 2009-2010 - £11,849 European Space Agency; Effects of Repeated Exposure to Rhythmical Electrical Muscle Stimulation Mediated Co-contractions of Large Leg Muscle Groups on Healthy Adult Subjects. 2009 Euro 28,850 PRIN (Italy); Quantitative evaluation of the link between mobility and physical activity level in subjects of both genders aged 25-75 resident in a metropolitan area. 2007-2009 Euro 50,000 IUSM, Rome: Impact of type 2 diabetes and ageing on neuromuscular function of upper and lower limb muscles 2006-2007 - Euro 39,000 Health Foundation (PPP): Ambulation training of older subjects on a treadmill with an apparatus to relieve the body weight 2002-2004 - £62,000 British Heart Foundation: Is aldosterone receptor antagonism of benefit to patients with mild to moderate chronic heart failure on a beta-blocker?" 2002-2003 - £78,300 Research into ageing: Effects of specific speed training on Muscle power and functional ability in elderly women 1999-2001 - £78,800 Unilever: Effects of acid base status on sweat composition 1998-2000 - £110,000 Remedi: Effects of training on the motor unit recruitment in the elderly 1997 - £14,000