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George rose

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BSc (Hons), MSc, FHEA


George has completed a BSc (Hons), and MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a focus on Exercise Physiology. He started employment as a Senior Laboratory Technician and progressed to Technician Demonstrator, Lecturer, and Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science which is his current role at the University. His teaching focus includes Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Research Methods alongside undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision. He is nearing submission of a PhD titled: Novel biomarkers of vascular oxygen transport; exploring the mechanistic link between impaired cardiopulmonary fitness and post-operative mortality, and morbidity


Alongside his academic studies, George has competed as an international road cyclist and has used this experience in providing physiological support and coaching guidance to endurance athletes, many of whom have become national champions in their chosen discipline. More recently George’s focus has moved towards the mechanistic understanding of oxygen transport and interventions designed to improve post-operative survival in clinical populations.


Award Leadership:
BSc Sports Studies

Module Leadership:
Exercise Physiology II
Research Methods
Nutrition for Health and Exercise
Sports Nutrition
Nutrition for Health and Performance

Module delivery:
Exercise Physiology III
BSc and MSc Dissertation Supervision


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

Bailey, D., Rose, G., Berg, R., Davies, R., Appadurai, I., Lewis, M. and Williams, I. (2020) ‘Cardiorespiratory fitness fails to predict short-term post-operative mortality in patients undergoing elective open surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm’. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, accepted in press.

Rose, G., Adamson, M., Davies, R., Appadurai, I., and Bailey, D. (2020) ‘High intensity exercise training improves perioperative risk stratification in the high-risk patient’. Physiological Reports, accepted in press.

Owens, T., Rose, G., Marley, C., Calverley, T., Stacey, B., Williams, P., Williams J. P. R., and Bailey, D. M. (2019) ‘The changing nature of concussion in rugby union; looking back to look forward’. Journal of Concussion, 3: 1-7.

Rose, G., Davies, R., Appadurai., Lewis, W., Cho, J., Lewis, M., Williams, I., and Bailey, D. (2018) ‘Cardiorespiratory fitness is impaired and predicts mid-term postoperative survival in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm disease’. Experimental Physiology, 103: 1505-1512. This article was featured in Physiology News 2018:113: 30.

Davies, R., Tobin, S., Moses, T., Appadurai, I., Rose, G., and Bailey, D. (2018) ‘Bowel cancer surgery outcomes and preoperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing: insights from real world data’. Anaesthesia, 73:1445-1446.

Rose, G., Davies, R., Davison, G., Adams, R, Williams, I., Lewis, M., Appadurai, I., and Bailey, D. (2018) ‘The cardiopulmonary exercise test grey zone; optimising fitness stratification by application of critical difference’. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 120: 1193-1200. This article was accompanied by an editorial: Shades of grey: embracing uncertainty in the exercise room by R.J.T. Wilson, Br J Anesth 2018:120:1145–1146, doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2018.03.016.

Damian M. Bailey, Thomas A. Calverley, Christopher J. Marley, Benjamin Stacey, Thomas S. Owens, Lewis Fall, George Rose and Martin Steggall. Letter to the Editor "Physical activity, cognitive decline, and risk of dementia: 28 year follow-up of Whitehall II cohort study. BMJ, 2017. Link:

Presentations Published in Proceedings:

Rose, G., Calverly, T., Tsukamoto, H., Byfield, D., Davies, R., Appadurai, I., and Bailey, D. (2018) ‘High intensity exercise training is well tolerated and associated with impressive cardiopulmonary improvement prior to major elective surgery’ Proceedings of Europhysiology 2018, London.

Halligan, C., Davies, R., Funnell, A., Appadurai, I., Rose, G., and Bailey, D. (2018). ‘Does initial clinical impression predict cardiopulmonary exercise testing performance?’. Anaesthesia, 73(S2): 33.

Funnell, A., Davies, R., Appadurai, I., Rose, G., and Bailey, D. (2017). ‘Frailty scoring is moderately associated with cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) performance in patients scheduled for major intra-abdominal surgery’. Anaesthesia, 72(S4): 87.

Halligan, C., Funnel, A., Rose, G., Bailey, D. & Davies, R. (2017). ‘Do echocardiographic parameters correlate with cardiopulmonary exercise testing performance?’ Anaesthesia, 72(S4): 92

Rose, G. and Owens, T. (2016). ‘Acute dietary nitrate ingestion improves short duration supra-maximal exercise performance in trained cyclists’ Proceedings of Physiology 2016, Dublin.

Rose, G., Davies, R., Appadurai, I., and Bailey, D, M. (2015). ‘Automated detection of the anaerobic threshold overestimates cardiorespiratory fitness in colorectal patients; implications for clinical decision making?’ Proceedings of Physiology 2015, Cardiff.

Rose, G. (2014). ‘The influence of aerobic fitness on the oxygen uptake kinetics of trained cyclists’. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3(2): 47.

Rose, G. (2014). ‘The influence of aerobic fitness on the oxygen uptake kinetics of trained cyclists’. Poster presentation at the 2nd World Congress of Cycling Science 2014. Leeds, July.

Rose, G. (2009). ‘Erasmus exchange experiences with Masaryk University, Faculty of Sports Studies’. Oral presentation at the Newport NEXUS Conference 2009. Newport, June.

Rose, G. (2009). ‘Fitness assessment and physiological development in male youth rugby’. Poster presentation at the All Wales Virtual Institute of Sport Health & Exercise Science (WISHES) 2009. Aberystwyth, July.


Associate Member of the Perioperative Exercise Testing & Training Society (POETTS)
Affiliate Member of the Physiological Society
Professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2015 – Present. Department of Anaesthetics, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Journal Peer Reviews:
Experimental Physiology

Invited talks:
Royal College of Surgeons: Getting patients fit for surgery. Cardiff, July 2019


Physical Activity Consultant to the CHALLENGE-UK trial (A phase III study of the impact of a physical activity programme on disease-free survival in patients with high risk stage II or stage III colon cancer: A randomised controlled trial).
Physiological testing for “PROJECT EVEREST CYNLLUN”, Richard Parks.
Physiological and coaching support to Welsh, UK and European champion cyclists


As an Exercise Scientist, George’s research explores the link between preoperative cardiorespiratory fitness and postoperative survival in patients undergoing major surgery. In collaboration with University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Department of Anaesthetics, this work has helped optimise the identification of patients at high risk of postoperative complications and mortality, which supports patient care provision decision processes. The use of exercise training prior to surgery is becoming widely acknowledged as an integral part of multimodal “prehabilitation” strategies, as the stress of undergoing major surgery is much akin to that of running a marathon! Importantly, (low) cardiorespiratory fitness is a modifiable risk factor, therefore this work also focusses on the feasibility and efficacy of preoperative exercise interventions designed to improve postoperative outcomes.

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Areas of Expertise

Cardiorespiratory fitness



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