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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.
PhD Exercise Physiology.
PgCert in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education.
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Chris is a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology.

He graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a First class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Following his graduation, he was awarded a prestigious JPR Williams Research Scholarship at the same institution, which allowed him to work towards an MPhil in Exercise Physiology. In 2012, Chris began working towards his PhD entitled “Cardiorespiratory fitness and its impact on cerebrovascular function: link to cognition”, which he completed in 2016. Chris had previously lectured at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he contributed to the Exercise Physiology, as well as the Physical Activity, Health and Special Population modules.


Chris is course leader for:
MSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science

Chris is module leader for the following modules:
Exercise Physiology (SR4S043)
Exercise Physiology III (SR3S14)
Sports Nutrition (SR3S31)
Environmental Physiology (SR3S07)
Exercise Prescription (for non-referred populations) (SR1S179)

Chris also contributes to the following modules:
Research Methods (SR4S028)
Research Project (SR4T001)
Dissertation (SR3D005)


Peer Reviewed Publications:
Burley CV, Bailey DM, Marley CJ and Lucas SJE. Brain train to combat brain drain; focus on exercise strategies that optimise neuroprotection. Exp Phys, 2016.

Davies NA, Llwyd O, Brugniaux JV, Davies GR, Marley CJ, et al. Effects of exercise intensity on clot microstructure and mechanical properties in healthy individuals. Thromb Res, 2016.

Brugniaux JV, Marley CJ, Hodson D, New KJ and Bailey DM. Acute exercise stress reveals cerebrovascular benefits associated with moderate gains in cardiorespiratory fitness. JCBFM, 2014.

Bailey DM*, Marley CJ*, Brugniaux JV, Hodson D, New KJ, Ogoh S and Ainslie PN*. Elevated aerobic fitness sustained throughout the adult lifespan is associated with improved cerebral hemodynamics. Stroke, 2013 (* = equal contributions).

Bailey DM; Jones DW; SinnotT A; Brugniaux JV; New KJ; Hodson D; Marley CJ; Smirl JD; Ogoh S; Ainslie PN. Impaired cerebral haemodynamic function associated with chronic traumatic brain injury in professional boxers. Clin Sci (London), 2013.

Oral Presentations Published in Proceedings:
Marley CJ, Hodson D, Brugniaux JV and Bailey DM. Elevated cardiorespiratory fitness and reduced aortic stiffness confer improved cerebral perfusion and memory. Physiological Society, Cardiff, 2015

Marley CJ, Hodson D, Brugniaux JV and Bailey DM. Effect of post-prandial lipidaemia on cerebrovascular function. Physiological Society, London, 2014.

Posters Published in Peer Reviewed Journals:
Marley CJ, Sinnot A, Hodson D, Brugniaux JV, New KJ, Fall L, Hall J, Lewis MJ and Bailey DM. Clinical interpretation of neurocognitive function following carotid endarterectomy; the dilemma of habituation. European Stroke Conference, London, 2013.

Posters Published in Proceedings:
Marley CJ, Davies A, Hodson D, Brugniaux JV, Liddle L and Bailey DM. L-arginine supplementation does not impact cerebrovascular function in young adults. Physiological Society, Dublin, 2016.

Marley CJ, Brugniaux JV, Hodson D, Ainslie PN, New KJ and Bailey DM. Influence of aerobic fitness and gender on cerebrovascular reactivity to carbon dioxide. Physiological Society, London, 2014.

Marley CJ, Hodson D, Brugniaux JV, New KJ, Ainslie PN, Evans K and Bailey DM. Benefits of aerobic fitness on cerebrovascular reactivity to carbon dioxide. International Union of Physiological Sciences Birmingham, 2013. (Poster Competition Finalist)

Marley, CJ, Hodson, D., Brugniaux, JV, New, KJ and Bailey, DM. Improvement in neurocognitive function: time to re-assess evaluation techniques? Physiological Society, Edinburgh, 2012.

Marley, CJ, Hodson, D., Brugniaux, JV, New, KJ, Sinnot, A., Hall., J and Bailey, DM. Neurocognitive function assessment: Disassociating habituation from treatment effect. Physiological Society, Oxford, 2011. (Poster Competition Finalist)


Registered Exercise Professional 2016 – Present
The American Physiological Society 2013 – Present.
The Physiological Society: 2011 – Present.
Older People and Ageing Research Network: 2011 – 2015.

Member of the University of South Wales Health and Wellbeing Research Institute.


Chris has facilitated the delivery of two multi-site, randomised control trials, which were funded by the National Institute of Social Care and Health Research Cymru and led by Cardiff University. The trials aim to assess the feasibility and potential functional benefits of physical activity (Engage-HD) and structured exercise training (ExeRT-HD) in patients diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition Huntington’s disease.

Chris has also previously been the Stroke Research Coordinator for the Older People and Ageing Research Network Cymru (2011-2015), where he was responsible for facilitating new and developing existing innovative collaborations in stroke research in Wales.

Physiological Society Travel Grant, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
International Union of Physiological Sciences Travel Grant, Birmingham, 2013.
Physiological Society Travel Grant, 2011 and 2012.
JPR Williams Research Scholarship recipient, 2010.


Chris provided scientific support as part of “Project Everest Cynllun” – Richard Parks’ attempt to summit Mount. Everest without supplemental oxygen.
Documentary can be viewed here:


Current research interests:
1. Physical activity as a means of reducing stroke and neurodegenerative risk factors.
2. Factors that influence oxygen delivery to the brain.

Chris is currently a co-supervisor for 3 PhD students:
Mr Thomas Calverley – Exercise and Brain Health
Mr Benjamin Stacey – The Hypoxic Brain and Dementia
Mr Thomas Owens – Concussion and Brain Health

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