School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Brendan O'Brien

Phone: (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

$356,000. Grace F, Charchar F. J & O’Brien B. J. Grant to investigate the impact of Episwitch ™ to determine training adaptation. EpiFit ™ (2017).

$14,000 O’Brien B. J. Grant to investigate the impact of sports beverage (LFE ®) on endurance performance. LFE ® (2015).

$20,000 Temple E, Mesagno C. M, O’Brien B. J, Gill P. Grant to investigate improved health in Ballarat city Council employees. Ballarat City council (2015).

$14,500 Foy D & O’Brien B. J. Grant to investigate the impact of social networking on repeated sprint performance and training adherence. Telematics Trust Foundation (2011).

$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

Feros, S.A., Young, W.B., & O’Brien, B.J. (2018). The relationship between selected physical qualities, bowling kinematics and pace bowling skill in club-standard cricketers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002587.Epub ahead of print.

Feros, S.A., Young, W.B., & O’Brien, B.J. (2018). The Reliability and Sensitivity of Performance Measures in a Novel Pace Bowling Test. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13(2), 151-155.

Feros, S.A., Young, W.B., & O’Brien, B.J. (2018). Quantifying cricket fast bowling skill. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0169.

Chilton, W., O’Brien, B., & Charchar, F. (2017). Telomeres, Aging and Exercise: Guilty by Association? International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(12), 2573; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18122573.

Chilton, W., O’Brien, B.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2017). Telomeres, exercise and cardiovascular disease: finding the means to justify the ends. Acta Physiologica 220 (2), 186-188.

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). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117727792.

Denham, J., O'Brien, B.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2016). Telomere Length Maintenance and Cardio-Metabolic Disease Prevention Through Exercise Training. Sports Medicine, 46 (9), 1213-1237.

Denham, J., Marques, F.Z., Bruns, E.L., O'Brien, B.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2016). Epigenetic changes in leukocytes after eight weeks of resistance exercise training. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(6), 1245-1253.

Denham, J., Brown, N.J., O'Brien, B.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2016). Aortic augmentation index in endurance athletes: a role for cardiorespiratory fitness. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 116(8), 1537-1544.

Denham, J., O'Brien, B.J., Prestes, P.R., Brown, N.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2016). Increased expression of telomere-regulating genes in endurance athletes with long telomeres. Journal of Applied Physiology, 120(2), 148-158.

Denham, J., Feros, S.A., & O’Brien, B.J. (2015). Four Weeks of Sprint Interval Training Improves 5km Run Performance.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(8), 2137-2141.

Denham, J., O’Brien, B.J., Marques, F.Z., & Charchar, F.J.  (2015). Changes in the Leukocyte Methylome and its Effect on Cardiovascular Related Genes after Exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 15 (118), 475-488.

Denham, J., O'Brien, B.J., Harvey, J.T., & Charchar, F.J. (2015). Genome-wide sperm DNA methylation changes after 3 months of exercise training in humans. Epigenomics, 13, 1-15.

Clark, B., Paton, C.D., & O’Brien B.J. (2015). The physiological correlates of variable gradient cycling performance. Journal of Science and Cycling, 4(3), 31-36.

Denham, J., O’Brien, B.J., Marques, F.Z., & Charchar, F.J.  (2014). Exercise: Putting action into our epigenome. Sports Medicine, 44, 189-209.

Chilton, W.L., Marques, F.Z., West, J., Kannourakis, G., Berzins, S.P., O’Brien, B.J., & Charchar, F.J. (2014). Acute Exercise Leads to Regulation of Telomere-Associated Genes and MicroRNA Expression in Immune Cells. PloS one, 9(4), e92088.

Clark, B., Costa, V.P., Paton, C.D., & O’Brien, B.J. (2014). Effects of a seven day overload-period of high-intensity training on performance and physiology of competitive cyclists. PloS one, 9(12), e115308.

Clark, B., Paton, C.D., & O’Brien, B.J. (2014). The reliability of performance during computer-simulated varying gradient cycling time trials. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3(3), 29-33.

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.

Cormack, S.J., Smith, R.L., Mooney, M.G., Young, W.B., & O'Brien, B.J. (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.

Mooney, M.G., Cormack, S., O’Brien, B.J., 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.

Pratt, D., O'Brien, B.J., & Clark, B. (2013). Oxygen Uptake in Maximal Effort Constant Rate and Interval Running. The Scientific World Journal, Article ID 680326.

Denham, J., Nelson, C.P., O’Brien, B.J., Nankervis, S.A., Denniff, M., Harvey, J.T., Marques, F.Z., Codd, V., Zukowska-Szczechowska, E., Samani, N.J., Tomaszewski, M., & Charchar, F.J. (2013). Longer Leukocyte Telomeres Are Associated with Ultra-Endurance Exercise Independent of Cardiovascular Risk Factors PloS one, 8(7), e69377.

Mooney, M., Cormack, S., O’Brien, B., & Coutts, A.J. (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.

Mooney, M.G., O’Brien, B.J., Cormack, S., Coutts, A., Berry, J., & Young, W.B. (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.

Hunter, J.R., O’Brien, B.J., Mooney, M.G., Berry, J., Young, W.B., & 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.

Mooney, M.G., Hunter, J.R., O’Brien, B.J., Berry, J.T., & Young, W.B. (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.

Young, W., Gulli, R., Rath D., Russell, A., O’Brien, B.J., & Harvey, J.T. (2010). Acute effect of exercise on kicking accuracy in elite Australian football players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13, 85-89.

Walklate, B.M., O'Brien, B.J., Paton, C.D., & Young, W. (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.

McNicol, A.J. O’Brien, B.J., Paton, C.D., & Knez, W.L. (2009). The effects of increased absolute training intensity on adaptations to endurance exercise training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12, 485-489.

Stratton, E.M., O’Brien, B.J., Harvey, J.T., Blitvich, J., McNicol, A.J, Janissen, D, Paton, C.D., & Knez, W.L. (2009). Final treadmill velocity best predicts 5 km run performance. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 30(1), 40-45.

Coffey, V.G., Pilegaard, H., Garnham, A.P., O'Brien, B.J., & Hawley, J.A. (2009). Consecutive bouts of diverse contractile activity alter acute responses in human skeletal muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology, 106(4), 1187-1197.

O’Brien, B.J., Wibskov, J.F., Knez, W.L., Paton, C.D., & Harvey, J.T. (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.

O’Rourke, M.J., O’Brien, B.J., Paton, C.D., & Knez, W.L. (2008). Caffeine has small effects on 5 km running performance of well-trained and recreational runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11, 231-233.

Grindrod, D., O’Brien, B.J., Paton, C.D., & Knez, W.L. (2006). 6 minute walk distance is greater when performed in a group than alone. British Journal of Sport Medicine, 40 (10), 876-877.

Kay, B., O’Brien, B.J., & Gill, N.D. (2005). Plasma volume expansion 24-hours post exercise: effect of doubling the volume of replacement fluid. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 4, 179-184.

Kay, B., O’Brien, B.J., & Gill, N.D. (2005). Delayed re-hydration is coincident with raised mean arterial pressure over 30-minutes post exercise. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 4, 422-429.

Kay, B., O’Brien, B.J., & Gill, N.D. (2004). Exercise-induced hypervolemia may not be consequential to exercise-induced dehydration. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 3, 50-55.

O'Brien, B.J., Payne, W.R., Gastin, P.B., & Burge, C.M. (1997). A comparison of active and passive warm ups on energy system contribution and performance in moderate heat. Australian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 29(4), 106-107.

Book chapters since 2008

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

Prestes PR, O’Brien B. J, Charchar FJ. (2017). Can Long-Term Endurance Exercise Change MicroRNA Profiles and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?  Circulation 134 (Suppl 1), A20716-A20716.

Feros SA.,Young WB., & O’Brien,B. J. (in press). Real-time prediction of internal load during cricket fast bowling. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Feros SA,Young, WB., & O’Brien B. J. (in press). The effect of resistance training on potentiation in cricket pace bowling. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. ISSN: 1064-8011.

Feros SA,Young WB., & O’Brien B. J. (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.

Denham J, Brown NJ, Tomaszewski M, O’Brien B. J, 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.

Denham J, O’Brien B. J, Marques F. Z & Charchar FJ (2015). Leukocyte Epigenetic Changes After Four Weeks Of Sprint Interval Training (SIT). Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 47 (5S), 875.

Chilton W. L, Marques F. Z, O'Brien B. J & 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.

O'Brien B. J, 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.

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.

Feros SA,Young WB & O’Brien B. J. (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.

Feros SA, Young WB, & O’Brien B. J. (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.

O’Brien B. J & 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.

Clark B, Paton CD & O’Brien B. J. (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.

Chilton W, Marques F. Z, 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.

Telomere Attrition Is Attenuated in Ultra-Marathon Runners. (2012). Denham J, Nankervis SA, Debiec R, Harvey JT , Pascoe DA, Marques FC, O’Brien B. J, Codd V, Zukowska-Szczechowska E, Samani NJ, Tomaszewski M & Charchar FJ. Journal of Hypertension 30, e37.

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.

Feros SA, Young,W.B., O’Brien B. J., & 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.

Bradshaw R. J, Young W. B, O’Brien B. J, & Feros, S. A.(2012). Agility training for tennis. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 20(S1). ISSN: 1064-8011