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Dr. Gordon McGregor

Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Exercise Physiologist

My Research Vision

Exercise training can be a powerful tool in the rehabilitation and prevention of disease. Although this premise is widely accepted, much remains to be understood of the acute response and chronic adaptation to exercise training in clinical populations. Many current guidelines predate advances in medical therapy and are founded in anecdotal evidence and historical practice rather than empirical data. The overall aim of my research is to holistically assess the benefits of exercise training in clinical populations with a view to challenging outdated and inappropriate guidance. With a focus on physiology in cardiovascular and renal disease, this work is primarily applied, translational research in which the results of trials have the potential to be immediately relevant to clinical practice. 


Dr. Gordon McGregor is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust with many years experience in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. As a clinical academic, he combines leading NHS services with research into the effects of exercise training in clinical populations. He is a BASES Accredited Exercise Physiologist/Chartered Scientist and has a national profile as an elected BACPR council member and immediate past Chair of the BACPR Exercise Professionals Group. He is a director of Atrium Health, a Coventry based Social Enterprise delivering NHS clinical services, maintenance exercise programmes and a wide variety of research initiatives.

Selected Outputs

  • McGregor G, Nichols S, Hamborg T, Bryning L, Tudor-Edwards R, Markland D, Mercer J, Birkett S, Ennis S, Powell R, Begg B, Haykowsky M, Banerjee P, Ingle L, Shave R and Backx K. High intensity interval training versus moderate intensity steady state training in UK cardiac rehabilitation programmes (HIIT or MISS UK): study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation. BMJ Open Nov. 16
  • McGregor G, Gaze D, Oxborough D, O’Driscoll J, Shave R. Reverse left ventricular remodelling – effect of cardiac rehabilitation exercise training in myocardial infarction patients with preserved ejection fraction. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2016 Jun;52 (3):370-8. Epub 2015 Nov 4.
  • Rogan A, McGregor G, Weston C, Krishnan N, Higgins R, Zehnder D, et al. Exaggerated blood pressure response to dynamic exercise despite chronic refractory hypotension: results of a human case study. BMC Nephrol. 2015;16:81.
  • Ting SM, Hamborg T, McGregor G, Oxborough D, Lim K, Koganti S, et al. Reduced Cardiovascular Reserve in Chronic Kidney Failure: A Matched Cohort Study. Am J Kidney Dis. Aug 2015;66 (2):274-284.
  • McGregor G, Ingle L. Cardiopulomnary exercise testing - an overview. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 2014;9 (11):541-543.

Selected Projects

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Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Exercise Physiologist

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