• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 2083 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

The scope of my research in exercise physiology that began during my doctoral candidature, includes molecular cell signalling, gene expression/genetics and protein synthesis in skeletal muscle through to whole body metabolism, and attempts to bridge the gap between basic sciences and applied sport science.

My primary interests are in the specificity of training adaptation and nutrient-training interactions to promote adaptation in skeletal muscle.

The focus of my research is related to athletic training and performance, but many of the underlying mechanisms of adaptation also closely align with prevention of obesity and associated co-morbidities, and maintenance of functional capacity with aging.

My current research is exploring the variation in response to different types of contractile overload, and genotype-phenotype interactions that may determine the extent of adaptation in skeletal muscle.

Statement for HDR students

The nature of my field of research dictates that research projects of interest will typically utilise the muscle biopsy technique to enable the quantification of proteins and genes directly in the muscle, rather than being limited to indirect alternatives in the circulating blood (if any) or sports performance outcomes.

Investigating a sub-cellular muscle profile is a difficult proposition, particularly for applied sport scientists or dietitians, but the additional information that it provides is critical for understanding the "how" and "why" of nutrient-training interactions or training adaptation.

Previous post-graduate students that I have supervised have undertaken general thesis titles including:

  • The specificity of training adaptation in skeletal muscle
  • Optimizing protein delivery to promote skeletal muscle protein synthesis
  • Variable CHO-high protein diets for healthy weight loss

My current interests include, but are not limited to, the interference effect with concurrent training, and practical implications of manipulating muscle glycogen concentration on adaptation.


External positions

Queensland University of Technology

Apr 2013Nov 2014

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University


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Research Output 2004 2018

  • 2083 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
  • 36 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 3 Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Comment/debate

Adaptations to Concurrent Training in Combination with High Protein Availability: A Comparative Trial in Healthy, Recreationally Active Men

Shamim, B., Devlin, B. L., Timmins, R. G., Tofari, P., Dow, C. L., Coffey, V. G., Hawley, J. A. & Camera, D. M., 19 Oct 2018, In : Sports Medicine. 15 p.

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JNK regulates muscle remodeling via myostatin/SMAD inhibition

Lessard, S. J., MacDonald, T. L., Pathak, P., Han, M. S., Coffey, V. G., Edge, J., Rivas, D. A., Hirshman, M. F., Davis, R. J. & Goodyear, L. J., 2 Aug 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, 14 p., 3030 .

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Concurrent exercise training: Do opposites distract?

Coffey, V. G. & Hawley, J. A., 27 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Physiology. 595, 9, p. 2883-2896 14 p.

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A randomized trial of high-dairy-protein, variable-carbohydrate diets and exercise on body composition in adults with obesity

Parr, E. B., Coffey, V. G., Cato, L. E., Phillips, S. M., Burke, L. M. & Hawley, J. A., 1 May 2016, In : Obesity. 24, 5, p. 1035-1045 11 p.

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Circulating microrna responses between 'high' and 'low' responders to a 16-Wk diet and exercise weight loss intervention

Parr, E. B., Camera, D. M., Burke, L. M., Phillips, S. M., Coffey, V. G. & Hawley, J. A., 1 Apr 2016, In : PLoS One. 11, 4, e0152545.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Reducing Diet

Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Thesis Examination
  • 1 Oral presentation

The Acute Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Leukocyte Telomere Biology

Vernon Coffey (Examiner)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination

The complexity of mixing exercise modes: is adaptation compromised or just complicated?

Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
29 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

What can research tell us about concurrent strength and endurance training for sport?

Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
29 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Physiological and Practical Challenges in Concurrent Training

Vernon Coffey (Speaker)
25 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Speed Research Presentations

Elisabeth Isenring (Speaker), Jaimon T Kelly (Speaker), Christian Moro (Speaker), Mark Morgan (Speaker), Anna V. Lorimer (Speaker), Vernon G Coffey (Speaker), Rae Louise Thomas (Speaker), Alexandra Bannach-Brown (Speaker), Ray N Moynihan (Speaker), Daniel Maupin (Speaker), Rob Marc Orr (Speaker), Nigel L Barnett (Speaker), Russ Chess-Williams (Speaker)
21 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Student theses