COGNITION

COGNITION

The GSK Human Performance Lab aims to assess, monitor and train aspects of cognitive function that are relevant to health and human performance. The science will not only support elite performance, but also provide insights into how mental function can be sustained through life.  

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Podcast episode 4 – Pain and cognition

In the fourth episode of the GSK HPL podcast series, HPL Senior Scientist, Dr. Phill Bell, is joined by HPL Senior Scientist Paul Smith, and neuroscientist, Dr. Barry O’Neill , to discuss the relationship between pain and cognition.
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Sleep and the common cold

The common cold and influenza have detrimental effects on central nervous system (CNS) function, in particular psychomotor speed, that is the speed of response to a given stimulus. 
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Pain and cognitive function

Pain is a complex multidimensional phenomenon which can have a large effect on the physical and psychological wellbeing of an individual.
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PHYSIOLOGY

PHYSIOLOGY

By studying aspects of human physiology such as strength, recovery, immunity and respiratory function, the GSK Human Performance Lab will inform our understanding of human health and performance and support the science behind GSK’s consumer healthcare brands.

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Ken’s Comment: From podium to public health

There’s much debate as to whether elite sport can have a wider impact on society, not least on public health. Recently, I took part in a conference panel discussion on this very topic.
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Chris Froome visits the GSK HPL

Double Tour de France winner and Olympic medallist, Chris Froome, recently visited the GSK Human Performance Lab to complete a series of independent physiological assessments. 
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The science of respiratory muscle fatigue

Before continuing, it’s important to elucidate the techniques used in the assessment of respiratory muscle fatigue. Early research quantified fatigue by asking subjects to perform maximal inspiratory efforts into a mouthpiece.
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MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT

Using the latest isokinetic dynamometer and biomechanical approaches, the GSK Human Performance Lab will generate scientific insights which can help inform opportunities to improve functional ability, mobility and quality of life. 

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Pain and movement – Do we understand the relationship between the two?

Pain has been defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (ISAP) as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in such terms”. 
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Symposium: The impact of movement on health, performance and pain

On Friday 16th September 2016, the GSK HPL hosted its annual symposium, exploring the scientific background and practical considerations of movement and its role within maturation, elite performance and pain.
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NUTRITION

NUTRITION

The GSK Humans Performance Lab’s expertise in nutrition and hydration will inform optimum development, fuelling and recovery strategies and support product information for GSK consumer healthcare.

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Webcast: The adolescent athlete – considerations for health and performance

On Friday 1st July 2016, the HPL held its second webcast of 2016 focussing on considerations for health and performance in the adolescent athlete.
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Endurance sport, nutrition and bone health

HPL Sport Dietitian and Nutritionist Ana Anton-Solanas outlines the research that was performed with the Coxless Crew, the group of four females to be the first in rowing across the Pacific Ocean.
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DIGESTIVE HEALTH

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

The GSK HPL will provide important insights around the relationship between gut health and immunity and performance and cognition. It will also inform on maintaining a healthy microbiome and its impact on health and performance, as well as the science behind common symptoms.

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Acidity in focus

Acidity is a term used to describe a range of common upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. It is often associated with common upper GI symptoms such as heartburn, dyspepsia (acid indigestion), bloating or abdominal distension and sometimes pain, which are reported as recurrent or chronic complaints.
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Webcast: Digestive health and performance 

On Friday, 6th May 2016, the HPL held its first Science Community webcast of 2016, Digestive health and performance, exploring background insights into gastrointestinal physiology, prevalence and incidence of gastrointestinal distress in the population, as well as causes.
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Gut health and exercise

There are approximately 100 trillion microorganisms in the gastro-intestinal tract although the type and function of these differ over the length of the tract. The large bowel is home to the majority of microbes, consisting of three main gut microbial communities; Bacteroides, Ruminococcus and Prevotella and it is here where they assist fermentation of undigested food components.  Read more

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Cognition

Assessing, monitoring and training cognitive function, relevant to health and performance. Supporting elite performance and providing insight into how mental function can be sustained through life.

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Physiology

Studying aspects of human physiology, the HPL will inform our understanding of human health and performance and support innovation in GSK consumer healthcare.

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Movement

Using the latest isokinetic dynamometry and biomechanical approaches, scientific insight from the GSK HPL will support opportunities to improve functional ability, mobility and quality of life.

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Nutrition

Expertise in nutrition and hydration will inform optimum development, fuelling and recovery strategies and support product innovation for GSK consumer healthcare. 

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Digestive Health

Providing important insight around the relationship between gut health and immunity and performance and cognition, as well as maintaining a healthy microbiome and its impact on health and performance.

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