Faculty of Health

Dr Stephen Brown


Phone: (03) 5327 6258
Email: sj.brown@federation.edu.au
Room: P914
Position: Senior Lecturer Anatomy and Physiology


  • BSc (Hons) 1993
  • PhD 1997

Teaching areas

  • Human Physiology
  • Human Anatomy

Professional associations

  • ESSA
  • EVCC

Research interests

  • Teaching and Learning in Health Sciences and Physiology
  • Human cardioresporatory physiology
  • Human skeletal muscle physiology

Examples of supervised projects

  • Human Cardiovascular Autonomic regulation during LBNP (PhD)
  • Skeletal Muscle metabolism following eccentric exercise (PhD)
  • Exercise duration and calorie expenditure – 'Bite-size' (MSc)
  • Erythrocytes as a sink for K+ (MSc)
  • Effects of hypoxia and hypercapnia on human cardiac autonomic control (MSc)
  • Ventilatory efficiency in athletes (MSc)


S.J. Brown, R. Howden (2008) The Effects of a Respiratory Acidosis on Human Heart Rate Variability. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 605:361-5

S.J Brown, Bryant M, Mündel T., Stannard S.R. (2009) Human ventilatory efficiency and respiratory sinus arrhythmia during head-up tilt. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 59(4):771-780

S.J. Brown, Mündel T, Barnes M. and Brown J.A. (2009) Tilt-induced changes in human heart rate variability with and without a respiratory acidosis. J Physiol Sci, 59:31-36.

S.J. Brown and Brown, J.A. (2009) Heart rate variability and ventilatory efficiency. International Journal of Sports Medicine 30:1-7.

Brown J.A. and Brown S.J. (2010) Exercise and dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004142. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004142.pub2

Brown J.A. and Brown S.J. (2010) Exercise and dysmenorrhoea. Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2010; 116 (1):186-7.

Brown S.J. (2010) Dissociation of Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and High Frequency Heart Rate Variability following Exercise. Medicina Sportiva 14(2):43-49.

Sin PY, Webber MR, Galletly DC, Ainslie PN, Brown SJ, Willie CK, Sasse A, Larsen PD, Tzeng YC (2010) Interactions between heart rate variability and pulmonary gas exchange efficiency in humans. Exp Physiol, ;95(7):788-97

Hughes JD, Johnson NA, Brown SJ, Sachinwalla T, Walton DW, Stannard SR. (2010) Effects of eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage on intramyocellular lipid concentration and high energy phosphates. Eur J Appl Physiol.110(6):1135-41

S.J. Brown (2010) Cardio-respiratory system efficiency in trained endurance athletes. Medicina Sportiva 14(4):176-181.

S.J. Brown, A. Donnelly. (2011) Changes in human skeletal muscle length during stimulated eccentric muscle actions. J Physiol Sci 61(1):31-6.

S.J Brown, Bryant M, Mündel T., Stannard S.R. (2011) Human cardiac autonomic responses to head-up tilting during 72 Hour starvation. Eur J Appl Physiol DOI : 10.1007/s00421-011-2207-6.

S.J. Brown, A. Raman, Z. Schlader, S.R. Stannard (2011) Cardiac autonomic control in elite juvenile cyclists. Medicina Sportiva 15(3):107-113.

S.J. Brown. (2012) A comparison of methods to determine ventilatory efficiency in athletes. Medicina Sportiva 16(4): 140-145.

SJ Brown et al. (2012) Human cardiac autonomic responses to head-up tilting during 72-h starvation. Eur J Appl Physiol. 112(6): 2331-9.

Davison G, Brown SJ (2013) The potential use and abuse of thymosin Beta-4 in sport and exercise. Journal of Sport Sciences DOI:10.1080/02640414.2013.771958.

S.J. Brown, A. Raman, Z. Schlader, S.R. Stannard. (2013) Cardio-respiratory efficiency in elite juveniles. J Sci Med Sport (DOI.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2012.06.010).

SJ Brown, et al. (2013) Autonomic cardiovascular response to acute hypoxia and passive head-up tilting in humans. Eur J Appl Physiol DOI 10.1007/s00421-013-2601-3

Hughes JD, Chapman P, Brown SJ, Johnson NA, Stannard SR. (2013) Indirect measures of substrate utilization following exercise induced muscle damage. European Journal of Sport Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2012.755570

S.J. Brown, J. Brown, A. Foskett (2013) The effects of caffeine on repeated sprint performance in team sport athletes – a meta-analysis. Sport Science Reviews (in press)