Dr Nicholas Gant

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

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Associate Professor

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 Royal Society Marsden Fund, 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
  • Human Performance in Extreme Environments
  • Science Communication

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Maddison, R., Rawstorn, J. C., Stewart, R. A. H., Benatar, J., Whittaker, R., Rolleston, A., ... Warren, I. (2019). Effects and costs of real-time cardiac telerehabilitation: randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 105 (2), 122-129. 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313189
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Andrew Meads
  • Rawstorn, J. C., Gant, N., Rolleston, A., Whittaker, R., Stewart, R., Benatar, J., ... Maddison, R. (2018). End Users Want Alternative Intervention Delivery Models: Usability and Acceptability of the REMOTE-CR Exercise-Based Cardiac Telerehabilitation Program. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 99 (11), 2373-2377. 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.06.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Andrew Meads
  • Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Green, H., Sullivan, R. K., & Gant, N. (2018). Effects of regular aerobic exercise on visual perceptual learning. Vision research, 152, 110-117. 10.1016/j.visres.2017.08.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benjamin Thompson
  • Pollock, N. W., Gant, N., Harvey, D., Mesley, P., Hart, J., & Mitchell, S. J. (2018). Storage of partly used closed-circuit rebreather carbon dioxide absorbent canisters. Diving and hyperbaric medicine, 48 (2), 96-101. 10.28920/dhm48.2.96-101
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Mitchell
  • Connell, C. J., Thompson, B., Turuwhenua, J., Srzich, A., & Gant, N. (2017). Effects of dopamine and norepinephrine on exercise-induced oculomotor fatigue. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49 (9), 1778-1788. 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001307
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41382
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua
  • Connell, C. J., 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41192
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua, Benjamin Thompson
  • Del Pozo-Cruz, B., Gant, N., Del Pozo-Cruz, J., & Maddison, R. (2017). Relationships between sleep duration, physical activity and body mass index in young New Zealanders: An isotemporal substitution analysis. PloS one, 12 (9)10.1371/journal.pone.0184472
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44415
  • 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: Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 227
368 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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