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Dr Oliver Witard

School of Sport

University of Stirling




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Oliver Witard is a lecturer in the school. Previously, he was a post-doctoral research fellow (2008-10) and doctoral candidate (2005-08) in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham. Both his doctoral and postdoctoral work was under the supervision of Professor Kevin Tipton.
Oliver’s research focuses on the adaptive response of human skeletal muscle to exercise and nutrition, in particular protein feeding. His primary interest is optimising nutritional strategies to support the gain of muscle mass in athletes, exercisers and the elderly. Other interests include the role of nutrition for maintaining performance and immune function during intensified periods of endurance training (‘overreaching’). He has given both oral and poster presentations at international conferences showcasing findings from his work. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at international seminars in Europe. In 2010, he received the Young Investigator Award (1st place in poster competition) at the European College of Sports Sciences Congress, Antalya, Turkey (2010) for his work investigating the effect of increased protein intake on tolerance to endurance training.

Oliver also maintains a keen interest in applied sports science. His previous experience extends to offering physiological support and nutrition advice to Birmingham City FC and Warwickshire CC. In 2005, he enjoyed an extended period supporting athlete scholars at the Australian Institute of Sport and New Zealand Academy of Sport.


Research Articles
Witard, OC., Jackman, S., Kies, AK., Jeukendrup, AE. & Tipton, KD. (2011) Effect of increased dietary protein on tolerance to intensified training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise April 43(4): 598-607.

Turner, JE., Aldred, S., Witard, OC., Drayson, MT., Moss, PM. & Bosch, JA. (2010) Latent Cytomegalovirus infection amplifies CD8 T-lymphocyte mobilisation and egress in response to exercise. Brain, Behavior and Immunity Nov 24(8): 1362-70.

Jackman, SR., Witard, OC., Jeukendrup, AE. & Tipton, KD. (2010) Branched amino acid supplementation can ameliorate soreness from eccentric exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 42(5): 962-970.

Witard, OC., Tieland, M., Beelen, M., Tipton, KD., van Loon, LJC. & Koopman, R. (2009) Resistance exercise further augments muscle protein synthesis and S6 phosphorylation following food intake. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 41(1): 144-154.

Stevenson, E., Williams C, Nute, M Humphrey, L & Witard OC (2008) Influence of the glycaemic index of an evening meal on substrate oxidation following breakfast and during exercise the next day in healthy women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 62(5): 608-616.

Invited Reviews and Book Chapters
Tipton, KD. and Witard, OC. (2007) Protein requirements and recommendations for athletes: Relevance of ivory tower arguments for practical recommendations. Clinics in Sports Medicine 26: 17-36.