José González-Alonso is a professor of exercise and cardiovascular physiology, the Director of the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CSMHP) since 2015 and a member of staff in the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Department of Life Sciences. José joined Brunel University London in 2006 and served as the Director of the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance from 2006-2013. Prior to that, he worked for 6 years as a senior researcher at The Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre, Rigshospitalet, a centre of excellence in integrative human physiology led by Professor Bengt Saltin, and for 5½ years as a post-doctoral fellow at the then Department of Human Physiology, August Krogh Institute, now Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed his MA and PhD in Exercise Physiology at the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, USA, under the supervision of Professor Edward F. Coyle, and his undergraduate studies (Licenciado) in Physical Education at the ‘Instituto Nacional de Educación Física de Cataluña,’ University of Barcelona, Spain.
He has authored or co-authored more than 100 original research articles, reviews and perspectives (PubMed; Google Scholar total citations > 11500 with a h-index of 56) and given more than 60 invited presentations at international scientific conferences and meetings including some keynote lectures. His main area of expertise is integrative physiology of exercise with particular emphasis on human cardiovascular control and skeletal muscle blood flow regulation during exercise and environmental stress. His research has implications not only for human performance and health, but also for rehabilitation and the treatment of some cardiovascular disorders.
José is currently a member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) Scientific Committee (2016-present) and a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Applied Physiology (Advisory Editor). He has served as a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) sub-panel 26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism and a member of the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Physiology (2010-2013) and Frontiers in Physiology - Exercise Physiology Section (2016- 2018). José is also a member of the Physiological Society (Physoc), the American Physiological Society (APS) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science.
Articles of general interest
New ideas about hydration and its impact on the athlete’s brain, heart and muscles. Sports Sci Exch 29 (196): 1-7, 2019.
The brain has a remarkable ability to cope with dehydration during exercise. The Conversation. 31 July 2014.
Newest selected publications
Hohtola, E. and González-Alonso, J. (2019) 'Motor unit function during cold induced thermogenesis in muscle—New perspectives on old concepts'. Acta Physiologica, 228 (2). pp. 1 - 2. ISSN: 1748-1708
González-Alonso, J. (2019) 'New ideas about hydration and its impact on the athlete's brain, heart and muscles'. Sport Science Exchange, 29 (196). pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 0932-0555 Open Access Link
Chiesa, S., Trangmar, S., Watanabe, K. and González-Alonso, J. (2019) 'Integrative human cardiovascular responses to hyperthermia', in Périard, J. and Racinais, S. (eds.) Heat Stress in Sport and Exercise - Thermophysiology of Health and Performance. Springer International Publishing. pp. 45 - 65. ISBN 13: 9783319935140. Open Access Link
Trangmar, SJ. and González-Alonso, J. (2019) 'Heat, Hydration and the Human Brain, Heart and Skeletal Muscles'. Sports Medicine, 49 (S1). pp. 69 - 85. ISSN: 0112-1642 Open Access Link