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Dr Romer’s research is focused on the cardiorespiratory responses, interactions and limitations to exercise in health, disease and disability.  His research has shown that the respiratory muscles are susceptible to fatigue under certain conditions and that it is possible to improve performance in a variety of exercise settings by specifically training these muscles.  More recent work has shown that the cardiovascular consequences of respiratory muscle work/fatigue and arterial hypoxaemia have direct implications for muscle function and exercise tolerance.  These findings in healthy individuals have direct implications for the management of disease conditions in which the function of the respiratory muscles is impaired or the loads that they must overcome are elevated (e.g., cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular disorders).  He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to these areas, including several invited scholarly reviews.  He has also produced invited book chapters for leading national and international organisations, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Physiological Society (APS), British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and International Olympic Committee (IOC).  Furthermore, he has delivered numerous invited presentations at international conferences, including several prestigious keynotes.  His research has been supported by external agencies, including the Canadian Lung Association, UK Sport, British Paralympic Association, Integrated Spinal Rehabilitation Foundation, The Royal Society, The Physiological Society (PhySoc), The Nuffield Foundation, amongst others.  He has been awarded fellowships from the ACSM, BASES and PhySoc in recognition of his distinguished professional achievements.  He is an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism and serves on the Editorial Board for several other prominent journals, including the European Journal of Applied Physiology, European Journal of Sport Science, and Nature Publishing Group’s Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology.  He has a wide network of national and international collaborators and has ongoing projects with academics based in the UK, EU, US and Canada.