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Richard Burden

Senior Lecturer - Sport Science

About Research

Biography

Richard completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Studies at Roehampton University, a master’s degree in applied sports science from St Mary’s University and a PhD from the University of Surrey, examining ‘The Influence of Iron Deficiency and Iron Repletion in the Endurance Athlete’.

Richard’s research focuses on iron metabolism and haematology and interests include biomarkers of training adaptation, recovery and the female athlete. He has a number of research collaborations with academic institutions including University College London, Loughborough University and Harvard University as well as with elite sport national governing bodies and professional sport. He is also Senior Consultant Editor (Elite Sport) for the journal Experimental Physiology.

Richard is also Technical Lead Physiologist at the English Institute of Sport where he provides leadership in the innovation and delivery of physiology support to British Olympic and Paralympic Sport. Richard has provided physiological support to a number of Olympic and Paralympic endurance athletes and organisations across three Olympic cycles including GB Rowing Team and the British Olympic Association's Intensive Rehabilitation Unit, and individual Olympians such as Stephanie Twell and Paralympic champion David weir. Richard is a consultant Sport Scientist with Orreco who specialise in bioanalytics, working predominantly in professional sport in the United States.


Research

Publications

  • Burden RJ. (2017). Editorial Comment. Ferritin does not identify iron deficiency in non-anaemic athletes. Acta Haematologica. Accepted for publication.
  • Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, Cushway T, Brown N, Pedlar C and Richards T. (2017). The impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) and iron status in exercising females. Plos One. Accepted for publication.
  • Burden RJ. (2017). Supporting Paralympic Champion David Weir. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 54, 16-17.
  • Pedlar CR, Brugnara C, Bruinvels G, Burden RJ. (2017). Invited Review:  Iron Balance and Iron Supplementation for the Female Athlete: A Practical Approach. European Journal of Sport Science. Accepted for publication.
  • Wang G, Durussel J, Shurlock J, Mooses M, Fuku N, Bruinvels G, Pedlar CR, Burden RJ, Murray A, Yee B, Keenan A, McClure JD, Sottas PE, Pitsiladis YP. (2017). Validation of whole-blood transcriptome signature during micro dose recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) administration. BMC Genomics. Accepted for publication.
  • Lewis NA, Redgrave A, Mark Homer M, Burden RJ, Martinson W, Moore B, & Pedlar CR (2017). Alterations in redox homeostasis during recovery from unexplained underperformance syndrome in an elite international rower. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Accepted for publication
  • Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, McGregor AJ, Ackerman KE, Dooley M, Richards T & Pedlar C. (2016). Sport, exercise and the menstrual cycle: where is the research? British journal of Sports Medicine, Published online first April 2016.
  • Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, Brown N, Richards T, Pedlar CR. (2016). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (Menorrhagia) in elite and non-elite athletes. Plos One, 11, 1-8.
  • Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, Brown N, Richards T, Pedlar CR. (2016). The prevalence and impact of heavy menstrual bleeding among athletes and mass start runners of the 2015 London Marathon. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50, 566.
  • Lewis NA, Newell J, Burden RJ, Howatson G & Pedlar CR (2016). Critical difference and biological variation in biomarkers of oxidative stress and nutritional status in athletes. Plos One, 11.
  • Burden RJ, Pollock N, Richards T, Otto J, Srai K, Busbridge M, Whyte G, Pedlar CR. (2015). Impact of intravenous iron on aerobic capacity and iron metabolism in elite athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47, 1399-1407.
  • Burden RJ, Morton K, Richards T, Whyte G, Pedlar CR. (2015). Is iron treatment beneficial in iron deficient but non anaemic (IDNA) endurance athletes: A meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49, 1389-1397.
  • Holliss B, Burden RJ, Jones AM, Pedlar CR. (2014). Eight weeks of intermittent hypoxic training improves sub-maximal variables in highly trained runners. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28, 2195-2203.
  • Pedlar CR, Whyte GP, Burden RJ, Moore B, Horgan G, Pollock N. (2013). A case study of an iron deficient female Olympic 1500m runner. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 695-698.
  • Burden RJ, Glaister M. (2012). Physiological and Performance Responses of Ionised and Non-ionised Compression Tights during Sprint and Endurance Cycling. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26, 2837-2843.

Conference presentations

  • Pedlar CR, Higgins JM, Brown M, Shave R, Michaud-Finch J, Otto J, Chaudhury J, Burden RJ, Moore B, Brugnara C, Baggish AL. (2017). Haematological responses to detraining following the Boston Marathon. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Denver, USA.
  • Lewis NA, Burden RJ, Bruinvels G, Cheeseman J, Pickering S, Price C, Currell K, Bartu J, Howatson G, Pedlar CR. (2017). The effect of blackcurrant polyphenols on recovery
  • and performance in elite endurance athletes in preparation for the world championships. Haematological responses to detraining following the Boston Marathon. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Denver, USA.
  • Bruinvels G, Burden RJ, Cushway T, Brown N, Pedlar C and Richards T. (2017). The impact of heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) and iron status in exercising females. IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in sport, Monaco
  • Bruinvels G, Pedlar C, Burden RJ, Butcher A, Chau M, Richards T. (2017). IRONWOMAN Trial: the impact of intravenous iron on exercise performance in iron deficient, exercising women. NATA Annual Symposium, Florence, Italy.
  • Bruinvels G, Pedlar C, Burden RJ, Butcher A, Chau M, Cushway T, Richards T. (2017). The impact of heavy menstrual bleeding and iron status on fatigue in menstruating women. NATA Annual Symposium, Florence, Italy
  • Burden RJ, Higgins J, Whyte GP, Pedlar CR. (2016). Modelling red cell population dynamics and iron status in elite endurance athletes. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Boston, USA.
  • Burden RJ, Pollock N, Richards T, Pedlar CR, Whyte G. (2015). A case study of 5 elite runners: Ferritin does not identify iron deficiency in non-anaemic athletes. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, San Diego, USA.
  • Burden RJ, Pollock N, Richards T, Otto J, Srai K, Busbridge M, Whyte G, Pedlar CR. (2014). Impact of intravenous iron on aerobic capacity and iron metabolism in elite athletes. Oral presentation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, St George’s Park, United Kingdom
  • Burden RJ, Morton K, Richards T, Whyte G, Pedlar CR. (2014). Is iron treatment beneficial in iron deficient but non anaemic (IDNA) endurance athletes: A meta-analysis. British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, St George’s Park, United Kingdom
  • Burden RJ (2014). Iron deficiency and the endurance athlete. British Blood Transfusion Society Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • Burden RJ, Holliss BA, Jones AM, Pedlar CR. (2012). Intermittent Hypoxic Training Improves Running Economy in Elite Distance Runners. Oral Presentation. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Pedlar C, Burden RJ, Whyte G, Moore B, Pollock N. (2012). A case study of an iron deficient female Olympic 1500m runner. Oral Presentation. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Pedlar C, Burden RJ, Hill J, Whyte G. (2011). Physiological responses to simulated anti-gravity during treadmill running. Abstract. ACSM Annual Conference, Denver, USA
  • Burden RJ, Glaister M. (2011). The effects of ionised and non-ionised compression garments on sprint and endurance cycling. Abstract. ACSM Annual Conference, Denver, USA
  • Holliss BA, Burden RJ, Glaister M, Jones AM, Pedlar CR. (2011).The Jäeger Oxycon Pro® Provides a Valid Estimate of Pulmonary Oxygen Uptake in Normobaric Hypoxia. Abstract. European College of Sports Science Congress, Liverpool, United Kingdom