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Paul Fournier

Professor Paul Fournier

Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry (School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health)

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Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry
The University of Western Australia (M408)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1356
+61 8 6488 1039
BSc PhD Laval
Professor Fournier is an exercise biochemist/physiologist who received his PhD from Laval University, Canada, before joining the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Fournier specializes in the field of bioenergetics in exercise, health and disease. This discipline is concerned with not only the regulation of energy utilization, intake and storage, but also with the mechanisms whereby these processes are affected by exercise, nutrition, and metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. The success of the research programmes initiated by Professor Fournier is best illustrated by the many national competitive grants he has been awarded since the start of his career, his published work in high impact journals, and the many postgraduate students he has supervised.
Key research
Dr Paul Fournier is an exercise biochemist and physiologist at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia who has directed a number of research programmes in exercise biochemistry, diabetes research, evolutionary biology, and nutrition biochemistry involving over 33 postgraduate students, 55 Honours students, and a number of state, interstate and international collaborators. In particular, his research in recent years has focused on (a) the evolution of glycogen sparing mechanisms in vertebrates, (b) exercise as a therapeutic tool for the prevention of hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes mellitus, (c) dietary strategies to facilitate carbohydrate loading in athletes, and (d) the role of oxidative stress in muscle fatigue. As a result of his work, he has published extensively in high impact refereed journals, and has been an invited speakers at a number of national and international conferences.
Selected recent publications over the past five years

Fahey AN. Paramalingam N, Davey RJ, Davis EA, Jones TW, Fournier PA (2012) The effect of a short sprint on post-exercise whole body glucose production and utilisation rates in individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Medicine. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 97(11):4193-200

Crisp NA, Fournier PA, Licari MK, Braham R, Guelfi K (2012) Adding sprints to exercise at the intensity that maximises fat oxidation: implications for acute energy balance and enjoyment. Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental. 61(9):1280-1288.

Iscoe KE, Davey RJ, Fournier PA. (2012). Is the Response of Continuous Glucose Monitors to Physiological Changes in Blood Glucose Levels Affected by Sensor Life? Diabetes Technol Ther. 14(2):135-142.

Armstrong AE, Zerbes R, Fournier PA, Arthur PG.(2011) A fluorescent dual labeling technique for the quantitative measurement of reduced and oxidized protein thiols in tissue samples. Free Radic Biol Med. 50(4):510-7.

Rubenson J, Lloyd DG, Heliams DB, Besier TF, Fournier PA. (2010) Adaptations for economical bipedal running: the effect of limb structure on three-dimensional joint mechanics. J R Soc Interface. 2011 May 6;8(58):740-55.

Barnes, P.A., Singh, A. and P.A. Fournier (2009) Homogenisation-free extraction of acid-soluble glycogen and its responses to exercise and re-feeding in humans: artefact or not? Metabolism. 58 (12): 1832-1839.

Raja, G., Bräu, L., Palmer, T.N. and P.A. Fournier (2008) Fiber-specific responses of muscle glycogen repletion in fasted rats physically active during recovery from high-intensity physical exertion. Am. J. Physiol. 295: R633-641.
Funding received
As a testimony of the impact and quality of his collaborative research work, Dr Fournier has been highly successful in receiving funding from national (National Health Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council) as well as international competitive (International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) research funding organisations, totaling in the vicinity of $6,000,000.00 over the past decade.
English and French
Currently, Dr Fournier is a member of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Physiological Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Australian Diabetes Society, and the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, Sports Medicine Australia, and Higher Education Research and Development.
Honours and awards
Professor Fournier has won several University,State and National awards for outstanding teaching and research supervision. In particular, he has been the recipient in recent years of a UWA Excellence in Teaching Award for Individual Teaching, was nominated by his University for a Carrick Teaching Awards, and was finalist for a Premier’s Science Award for teaching. In recognition of his performance as a supervisor, Dr Fournier was awarded a UWA Excellence in Teaching Awards for Honours Research Supervision, and a Faculty of Life and Physical Science's Postgraduate Research Supervision Award. Finally, Professor Fournier was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation Award for outstanding teaching and postgraduate supervision.
Dr Fournier's current teaching responsibilities are to:

(a)Teach a third year unit entitled Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance

(b)coordinate and co-teach the undergraduate unit Exercise prescription for Special Populations

(c)Provide a series of lectures on the role of exercise in the management of metabolic disorders for the postgraduate unit Medical Conditions and their Exercise Implications,

Research profile
Research profile and publications

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