Faculty of Health

Dr Brendan O'Brien

staff photoPhone: (03) 5327 9677
Email: b.obrien@federation.edu.au
Room: P904
Position: Senior Lecturer, Exercise Physiology
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science


Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Ballarat)
  • B App Sci (Human Movement – Honours)

Teaching areas

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription.

Research interests

  • The impact of exercise on telomere regulation
  • The impact of exercise on the epigenome
  • Impact of exercise on endurance performance

Grants and Publications

External Grant Applications since 2008:

  1. $356,000. Grace F, Charchar FJ & O’Brien BJ. Grant to investigate the impact of Episwitch ™ to determine training adaptation. EpiFit ™ (2017).
  2. $14,000 O’Brien BJ. Grant to investigate the impact of sports beverage (LFE ®) on endurance performance. LFE ® (2015).
  3. $20,000 Temple E, Mesagno CM, O’Brien BJ, Gill P. Grant to investigate improved health in Ballarat city Council employees. Ballarat City council (2015).
  4. $14,500 Foy D & O’Brien BJ. Grant to investigate the impact of social networking on repeated sprint performance and training adherence. Telematics Trust Foundation (2011).
  5. $100,000 Finch, C., Donaldson, A., O'Brien, B., Otago, L., Mesagno, C., Twomey, D., Ullah, S., White, P., Young, W. Grant for Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of the Athlete. International Olympic Committee (2009).

Journal Publications Since 2008

  1. Feros SA, Young WB & O’Brien BJ. (2017). The Reliability and Sensitivity of Performance Measures in a Novel Pace Bowling Test. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0140.
  2. Feros SA,Young, WB, & O’Brien BJ. (2017). Quantifying cricket fast bowling skill. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0169.
  3. Chilton W, O’Brien BJ & Charchar, F.J. (2017). Telomeres, exercise and cardiovascular disease: finding the means to justify the ends. Acta Physiologica. 220 (2), 186-188
  4. Klaus A, Bradshaw R., Young W., O’Brien B & Zois, J. (2017). Success in Elite Junior Tennis: Tactical perspectives. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching 12(5). https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117727792
  5. Denham J,Marques FZ, Bruns, EL, O'Brien BJ &Charchar FJ. (2016). Epigenetic changes in leukocytes after eight weeks of resistance exercise training European Journal of Applied Physiology. 116(6), 1245-1253.
  6. Denham J, O'Brien BJ, Prestes PR, Brown NJ & Charchar FJ. (2016). Increased expression of telomere-regulating genes in endurance athletes with long telomeres. Journal of Applied Physiology 120(2), 148-158.
  7. Denham J, O'Brien BJ &Charchar FJ. (2016). Telomere Length Maintenance and Cardio-Metabolic Disease Prevention Through Exercise Training. Sports Medicine 46 (9), 1213-1237.
  8. Denham J,Brown NJ, O'Brien BJ &Charchar FJ. (2016). Aortic augmentation index in endurance athletes: a role for cardiorespiratory fitness. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 116 (8), 1537-1544.
  9. Feros SA, Young WB & O’Brien, BJ. (2015). The relationships between selected physical qualities and bowling performance, with “match-intensity” and “maximal-effort” deliveries in cricket pace-bowlers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning Research 22(5), 120-123.
  10. Denham J, O’Brien BJ, Marques FZ & Charchar FJ.  (2015).Changes in the Leukocyte Methylome and its Effect on Cardiovascular Related Genes after Exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 15 (118), 475-488.
  11. Denham J, Feros SA & O’Brien BJ. (2015). Four Weeks of Sprint Interval Training Improves 5km Run Performance.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 29(8):2137-2141
  12. Denham J, O'Brien BJ, Harvey JT & Charchar FJ. (2015). Genome-wide sperm DNA methylation changes after 3 months of exercise training in humans. Epigenomics 13, 1-15.
  13. Clark B, Paton CD & O’Brien BJ. (2015). The physiological correlates of variable gradient cycling performance. Journal of Science and Cycling 4(3), 31-36.
  14. Denham J, O’Brien BJ, Marques FZ & Charchar FJ.  (2014). Exercise: Putting action into our epigenome. Sports Medicine 44, 189-209.
  15. Chilton WL, Marques FZ, West J, Kannourakis G, Berzins SP, O’Brien BJ & Charchar FJ. (2014). Acute Exercise Leads to Regulation of Telomere-Associated Genes and MicroRNA Expression in Immune Cells PloS one, 9(4), e92088.
  16. Clark B, Costa VP, Paton CD & O’Brien BJ. (2014). Effects of a seven day overload-period of high-intensity training on performance and physiology of competitive cyclists. PloS one 9(12), e115308.
  17. Clark B, Paton CD & O’Brien BJ. (2014). The reliability of performance during computer-simulated varying gradient cycling time trials.Journal of Science and Cycling 3(3), 29-33.
  18. Larkin P, O’Brien B, Mesagno C, Berry J, Harvey J & Spittle M. (2014). Assessment of decision-making performance and in-game physical exertion of Australian football umpires. Journal of Sport Sciences, 1-8.
  19. Cormack SJ, Smith RL, Mooney MG, Young WB & O'Brien BJ. (2014).Accelerometer Load as a Measure of Activity Profile in Different Standards of Netball Match Play. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9: 283-291.
  20. Mooney MG, Cormack S, O’Brien BJ, Morgan W & McGuigan M. (2013). Impact of neuromuscular fatigue on match exercise intensity and performance in elite Australian football. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(1), 166 – 173.
  21. Pratt D, O'Brien BJ & Clark B. (2013). Oxygen Uptake in Maximal Effort Constant Rate and Interval Running. The Scientific World Journal, Article ID 680326.
  22. Denham J, Nelson CP, O’Brien BJ, Nankervis SA, Denniff M, Harvey JT, Marques FZ. Codd V, Zukowska-Szczechowska E, Samani NJ, Tomaszewski M & Charchar FJ. (2013). Longer Leukocyte Telomeres Are Associated with Ultra-Endurance Exercise Independent of Cardiovascular Risk Factors PloS one, 8(7), e69377.
  23. Feros SA, Young WB & O'Brien BJ. (2013). The acute effects of heavy ball bowling on fast bowling performance. Australian Strength and Conditioning Journal. 21(S2): 41-44.
  24. Bradshaw, RJ, Young WB, O'Brien BJ & Feros SA. (2012). Agility training for tennis. Australian Strength and Conditioning Journal. 102-107.
  25. Feros SA, Young WB, O’Brien B, & Bradshaw RJ. (2012). Physically preparing the fast bowler in cricket: A review of the literature. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning Research, 20(S1), 117-122.
  26. Mooney, M, Cormack S, O’Brien B, & Coutts AJ. (2013). Do physical capacity and interchange rest periods influence match exercise-intensity profile in Australian football? International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8(2), 165 – 172.
  27. Mooney MG, O’Brien BJ, Cormack S, Coutts A, Berry J & Young, WB. (2011). The effect of physical capacity on match exercise intensity and performance in elite Australian Football: A mediation approach. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 14(5), 447 – 452.
  28. Hunter JR,O’Brien BJ, Mooney MG, Berry J, Young WB & Down N. (2011). Repeated sprint training improves intermittent peak running speed in team-sport athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(5), 1318 – 1325.
  29. Mooney MG, Hunter JR, O’Brien BJ, Berry JT & Young WB. (2011). Reliability and validity of a novel intermittent peak running speed test for Australian football. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(4), 973 – 979.
  30. Young W, Gulli R, Rath D, Russell A, O’Brien BJ & Harvey JT. (2010). Acute effect of exercise on kicking accuracy in elite Australian football players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 13, 85-89.
  31. Walklate BM, O'Brien BJ,Paton CD & YoungW. (2009). Supplementing regular training with short duration sprint ability training leads to a substantial increase in repeated sprint ability performance with national level badminton players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(5), 1477-1481.
  32. McNicol AJ. O’Brien BJ, Paton CD & Knez WL. (2009). The effects of increased absolute training intensity on adaptations to endurance exercise training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 12, 485-489.
  33. Stratton EM, O’Brien BJ, Harvey, JT, Blitvich J, McNicol AJ, Janissen D, Paton CD & Knez WL. (2009). Final treadmill velocity best predicts 5 km run performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine 30(1), 40-45.
  34. O’Brien BJ, Wibskov JF, Knez WL, Paton CD & Harvey JT. (2008). The effects of interval-exercise duration and intensity on oxygen consumption during treadmill running. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 11, 287-290.
  35. Coffey VG, Pilegaard H, Garnham AP, O'Brien BJ & Hawley JA. (2009). Consecutive bouts of diverse contractile activity alter acute responses in human skeletal muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology 106(4), 1187-1197.

Book Chapters since 2008

  1. Regulation of Fatigue in Exercise. Editor: Frank E Marino. (2011). Chapter 9. An overview of the epidemiological evidence linking injury to fatigue in Sports. Identification of research needs and opportunities. Caroline F Finch, Ann Williamson and Brendan O’Brien. Novel Publishers, ISBN 978-1-61209-334-5.

Referred conference abstracts since 2008

  1. Prestes PR, O’Brien BJ, Charchar FJ. (2017). Can Long-Term Endurance Exercise Change MicroRNA Profiles and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?  Circulation 134 (Suppl 1), A20716-A20716.
  2. Feros SA.,Young WB., & O’Brien,BJ. (in press). Real-time prediction of internal load during cricket fast bowling. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
  3. Feros SA,Young, WB., & O’Brien BJ. (in press). The effect of resistance training on potentiation in cricket pace bowling. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. ISSN: 1064-8011.
  4. Feros SA,Young WB., & O’Brien BJ. (2016). The effects of combined general, special, and specific resistance training on pace bowling speed and accuracy. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 24(6), 17. ISSN: 1064-8011.
  5. Denham J, Brown NJ, Tomaszewski M, O’Brien BJ, Charchar FJ. (2015). Aortic Pulse wave reflections and central blood pressure in endurance-trained athletes: a role for cardio-respiratory fitness. Journal of Hypertension 33, e278.
  6. Denham J, O’Brien BJ, Marques FZ & Charchar FJ (2015). Leukocyte Epigenetic Changes After Four Weeks Of Sprint Interval Training (SIT). Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 47 (5S), 875.
  7. Chilton WL, Marques FZ, O'Brien BJ & Charchar F (2014). The Acute Effects of Cardiorespiratory Exercise on Telomere-Associated Genes and MicroRNA Expression in Immune Cell Subsets. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings 10 (1), 42.
  8. O'Brien BJ, Frost L & Clark B. (2014). A reverse VO2max protocol does not produce a higher VO2max value on a cycle ergometer. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46 (5), 831.
  9. Paton C, Clark B, Costa V, O’Brien B & Guglielmo L. (2014). Effects of a seven day period of high-intensity training on performance and physiology of competitive cyclists. Journal of Science and Cycling 3(2), 40.
  10. Feros SA,Young WB & O’Brien BJ. (2014). The relationships between selected physical qualities and bowling performance, with “match-intensity” and “maximal-effort” deliveries in cricket pace-bowlers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 22(5), 120-123. ISSN: 1064-8011.
  11. Feros SA, Young WB, & O’Brien BJ. (2013). The acute effects of heavy-ball bowling on fast bowling performance in cricket. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(S2), 41-44. ISSN: 1064-8011.
  12. O’Brien BJ & Pratt D. (2013). Maximal effort interval and constant-rate running use similar amounts of oxygen. Book of Abstracts. 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, p 679, Barcelona, Spain.
  13. Clark B, Paton CD & O’Brien BJ. (2013). The reliability of power output and performance time during simulated dynamic cycling time trials.  Book of Abstracts 18th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, p62, Barcelona, Spain.
  14. Chilton W, Marques FZ, O’Brien B & Charchar F. (2012). The Acute Effects of Intense Cardiorespiratory Exercise on Human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase and Sirtuin 6 Expression in White Blood Cells Journal of Hypertension 30, e49.
  15. Telomere Attrition Is Attenuated in Ultra-Marathon Runners. (2012). Denham J, Nankervis SA, Debiec R, Harvey JT , Pascoe DA, Marques FC, O’Brien BJ, Codd V, Zukowska-Szczechowska E, Samani NJ, Tomaszewski M & Charchar FJ. Journal of Hypertension 30, e37.
  16. Berry J, Millar L & O'Brien B. (2012) Taking a punt on skill testing: Out of the lab and onto the sports field Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, S67-S68.
  17. Feros SA, Young,W.B., O’Brien BJ., & Bradshaw RJ. (2012). Physically preparing the fast bowler in cricket: A review of the literature. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 20(S1), 117-122. ISSN: 1064-8011.
  18. Bradshaw RJ, Young WB, O’Brien BJ, & Feros, S. A.(2012). Agility training for tennis. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 20(S1). ISSN: 1064-8011