Dr Nicholas Gant

BSc(Hons), MSc, (Dist), PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

Dr Nicholas Gant is director of the Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory. His group investigate the brain’s role in controlling metabolism and fatigue during exercise. The team are particularly interested in 'brain foods' involved in energy signaling that modify fatigue and improve health. Dr Gant’s laboratory is an F-MARC accredited Centre of Excellence, he is a principal within the Centre for Brain Research and leads the interdisciplinary Human Performance research theme within the Food & Health Programme. His research is currently funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Lottery Health Research, the Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust, and several industry partnerships.

Teaching | Current

Dr Gant is the Academic Programme Leader for the Exercise Sciences. He also coordinates three Exercise Physiology and Nutrition courses within his department and delivers lectures in courses hosted by the School of Biological Sciences, School of Medical Sciences and School of Population Health.

Nick holds a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching Excellence (2011), the Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence (2010) and several prizes for science communication. Nick delivered a 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Public Lecture in the series: Exercise is Medicine.

Teaching contributions:

Exercise Prescription (EXERSCI105), Exercise Nutrition (EXERSCI206), Life Cycle Nutrition (POPLHLTH206), Exercise Physiology for Special Populations (EXERSCI302), Nutritional Science (BIOSCI358), Seminar in Advanced Exercise Physiology (EXERSCI706), Critical Evaluation of Nutritional Therapies (MEDSCI712), Science in Action (SCISCHOL102).

Distinctions/Honours

  • University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching Excellence (2011)
  • Dean’s award for Teaching Excellence (2010)

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Exercise Neurometabolism
  • Nutritional Neuroscience

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Turuwhenua, J., Srzich, A., & Gant, N. (2017). Effects of Dopamine and Norepinephrine on Exercise-induced Oculomotor Fatigue. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49 (9), 1778-1788. 10.1249/mss.0000000000001307
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua
  • Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Turuwhenua, J., Hess, R. F., & Gant, N. (2017). Caffeine increases the velocity of rapid eye movements in unfatigued humans. Psychopharmacology, 234 (15), 2311-2323. 10.1007/s00213-017-4638-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua
  • Connell, C., Thompson, B., Turuwhenua, J., Srzich, A., & Gant, N. R. (2017). Fatigue-related impairments in oculomotor control are prevented by norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibition. Scientific Reports, 7.10.1038/srep42726
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33259
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua
  • Mooney, R. A., Coxon, J. P., Cirillo, J., Glenny, H., Gant, N., & Byblow, W. D. (2016). Acute aerobic exercise modulates primary motor cortex inhibition. Experimental brain research, 234 (12), 3669-3676. 10.1007/s00221-016-4767-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32035
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cirillo, Winston Byblow, Ronan Mooney
  • Connell, C., Thompson, B., Kuhn, G., & Gant, N. R. (2016). Exercise-Induced fatigue and caffeine supplementation affect psychomotor performance but not covert visuo-spatial attention. PLoS One, 11 (10).10.1371/journal.pone.0165318
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31400
  • Rawstorn, J. C., Gant, N., Direito, A., Beckmann, C., & Maddison, R. (2016). Telehealth exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart, 102 (15), 1183-1192. 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-308966
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31105
  • Rawstorn, J. C., Gant, N., Meads, A., Warren, I., & Maddison, R. (2016). Remotely Delivered Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: Design and Content Development of a Novel mHealth Platform. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4 (2), 1-16. 10.2196/mhealth.5501
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29371
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Meads, Ian Warren
  • Harvey, D., Pollock, N. W., Gant, N., Hart, J., Mesley, P., & Mitchell, S. J. (2016). The duration of two carbon dioxide absorbents in a closed-circuit rebreather diving system. Diving and hyperbaric medicine, 46 (2), 92-97.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29253
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Mitchell

Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 731 - Bldg 731
Level 3, Room 335
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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