David Rowlands is Professor of Exercise Metabolism in Massey University’s School of Sport, Exercise, and Nutrition. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and in 2017 won the Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) - American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Sport Nutrition Award.
His research has been on skeletal muscle plasticity associated with metabolic health and muscle performance. Recent work has focused on the optimal carbohydrate blends for energy-hydration and protein feeding to promote skeletal muscle recovery and functional adaptation. He has led several clinical trials to study the impact of functional targeted nutritional interventions on insulin resistance in type-2 diabetes.
Tools used in his research include stable and radio isotope technologies, nuclear magnetic resonance, biochemistry, and ‘omics methodology to map nutrient ingestion, whole-body and muscle substrate metabolism to performance, insulin resistance, and health. The programme in protein, carbohydrate, and hydration attracted funding from industry and the NZ Government.
The current research trajectory forward is optimising energy provision for competition intensity, developing better methods of measurement to study the role of maximal fat metabolism in sport and metabolic health, and expanding the knowledge for the role of nutrition and exercise on skeletal muscle function in insulin resistance, mobility and healthy aging.