EP. 094

Brendan Egan – 094

Brendan Egan, PhD is Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology at the School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Ireland, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola. Brendan received his BSc Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick (Ireland), MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University (UK), and PhD from Dublin City University, and completed post-doctoral training at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. His research has investigated the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle function and adaptation across the life course with special interest in the synergy between nutrition and exercise interventions ranging from athletes to older adults. His research group now primarily performs human trials involving both acute and chronic interventions for outcomes around performance (physical and cognitive), recovery and adaptation. Nutrients recently and presently under investigation include caffeine, creatine, omega-3 fatty acids, resveratrol, leucine, protein hydrolysates, and exogenous ketone supplements. In the healthy ageing realm, the group is exploring novel exercise training modalities in older adults including the efficacy of bodyweight-based training methods and the application of concurrent aerobic and resistance exercise training. Outside of academic research, Brendan has been an applied practitioner working in performance nutrition for over 15 years, predominantly with team sport athletes such as Gaelic games where he himself played at an elite level for over 10 years, but also recently moving into endurance sports with the Irish paratriathlon team among others.

Researchgate Profile

Research and Books mentioned:

Comparison of time-matched aerobic, resistance or concurrent exercise training in older adults

Metformin blunts muscle hypertrophy in response to progressive resistance exercise training in older adults: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial: The MASTERS trial

Podcasts mentioned:


OPEX Podcast: #065 – Daniel Davey Head of Sports Performance Nutrition w/ Leinster Rugby, CEO of Foodflicker

Video’s mentioned:

Muscle matters: Dr Brendan Egan at TEDxUCD

People and Resources mentioned:

Dublin City University

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

University of Loughborough

Karolinska Institutet

Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)

Ronald Maughan

Donal O’Gorman

Juleen Zierath

Daniel Davey

Giuseppe De Vito

James Fitzgerald 

Peter Attia

ACSM Updated Physical Activity Guidelines

Mike Boyle

Robb Wolf


0:00 – 5:25 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Brendan about his background

5:26 – 8:38 – Robbie asks Brendan about his research around sarcopenia 

8:39 – 11:32 – Brendan discusses prevention strategies for sarcopenia

11:33 – 20:07 – Robbie asks Brendan about protein needs for older adults

20:08 – 29:43 – Robbie asks Brendan about the best types of exercise to prevent sarcopenia

29:44 – 38:30 – Robbie asks Brendan about habit change

38:31 – 45:41 – Robbie asks Brendan what areas of research currently excite him

45:42 – 46:45 – Robbie wraps up the show!