Cory Dugan

Cory Dugan

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  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, currently investigating the relationship between iron deficiency and exercise performance in exercising females, as well as the effect of iron supplementation on exercise capacity.

 

There is a need to raise awareness towards the impact of iron deficiency and anaemia on exercise performance in female athletes (given the extremely high prevalence rates in female athletes). This research aims to generate empirical evidence to allow female athletes to make more informed decisions regarding iron supplementation. 

Roles and responsibilities

(1) UWA Exercise and Performance Centre- Exercise Physiologist (2020 onwards)

  • Specialising in clinical exercise assessments and interventions for a range of different populations
  • Roles have included indirect calorimetry assessment and testing for the life now study (cancer council WA)

 

(2) UWA- Academic Tutor, Lab Demonstrator & Lecturer (2020 onwards)

  • Academic tutor, lab demonstrator and/or lecturer for the following units:
  • The Musculoskeletal System and Movement 1101
  • Health and Fitness 1103
  • Exercise Physiology 2260
  • Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance 3366
  • Sports Physiology 3365

 

(3) UWA PhD Candidate- Doctor of Philosophy (2020 onwards)

  • Investigating the effect of intravenous iron therapy on performance measures in iron deficient, exercising females

Research

Research output [1-7]

Current research output is detailed below. The majority of this work focuses on the relationship between iron deficiency and exercise performance in exercising females, as well as the effect of iron supplementation on exercise capacity. A review article was published in Anaesthesia which summates this body of work, demonstrating the need to single out women and investigate iron deficiency rather than accept the dogma of normality and differential treatment; this is to say, the need to change the current standard of care for women.

 

References 

1. Uchiyama K, King J, Wallman K, Taggart S, Dugan C, Girard O. The influence of rest break frequency and duration on physical performance and psychophysiological responses: a mining simulation study. European journal of applied physiology 2022.

2. Devlin P, Davies A, Dugan C, Richards T, Miles LF. Non-erythropoiesis-stimulating agent, non-iron therapies for the management of anaemia: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ open 2022; 12: e059059.

3. Attwell C, Dugan C, McKay AKA, Nicholas J, Hopper L, Peeling P. Dietary Iron and the Elite Dancer. Nutrients 2022; 14: 1936.

4. Dugan CW, Maloney SK, Abramoff KJ, et al. Effects of simulated high altitude on blood glucose levels during exercise in individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2021: dgab881.

5. Dugan C, Scott C, Abeysiri S, Baikady RR, Richards T. The need to screen for anemia in exercising women. Medicine 2021; 100: e27271.

6. Dugan C, Maclean B, Cabolis K, et al. The misogyny of iron deficiency. Anaesthesia 2021; 76: 56-62.

7. Abeysiri S, Dugan C, Raobaikady R, Richards T, Scott C. The need to screen for anaemia in female populations. Journal of science and medicine in sport 2021; 24: S30-S1.

 

Current ongoing research The IRONWOMAN Trial (Clinical trial)

The IRONWOMAN trial will utilise a double blind, randomised control design to investigate the effects of IV iron therapy on performance outcomes, quality of life and mood states in iron deficient recreational female athletes.

 

Potential participants will be screened from the general population at universities and sporting events via the use of a female health questionnaire. Participants, who provide informed consent, will undergo familiarisation followed by baseline testing, which will involve a graded exercise test (GXT), survey completion, and a total haemoglobin mass test, using the optimised carbon monoxide rebreathing technique. Following this, participants will be randomly assigned to either an IV therapy group (to receive 20 mg/kg of body weight ferric derisomaltose) or a placebo group (receiving 100 ml/saline). Follow up assessments utilising the baseline test protocol will occur at 4 days post-, 4 weeks post-, and 3 months post- intervention.

 

The overarching aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of intravenous iron injections on performance outcomes, quality of life and mood states in iron deficient recreational female athletes.

Research interests

Exercise Physiology. Specifically;

  1. Iron metabolism
  2. Ergogenic aids and athletic performance
  3. Philosophy and epistemology

Teaching overview

Academic tutor, lab demonstrator and/or lecturer for the following units:

  1. The Musculoskeletal System and Movement 1101
  2. Health and Fitness 1103
  3. Exercise Physiology 2260
  4. Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance 3366
  5. Sports Physiology 3365

Community engagement

ABC Radio- interview to raise awareness to iron deficiency

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/mornings/iron-deficiency-in-women/13226720

 

UWA Exercise and Performance Centre- Exercise Physiologist (2020 onwards)

  • Specialising in clinical exercise assessments and interventions for a range of different populations
  • Community engagement includes;
    • Coordinating and conducting school excursions to the school of human sciences at UWA
    • Assessment and testing for the life now study (cancer council WA)

Funding overview

Funding (> $200,000 in research funding)

  1. Australian Government research training program (RTO) fees offset scholarship and RTP Stipend ($180,000) (2020)
  2. Telethon Kids Institute- Children’s Diabetes Centre Seeding Grant ($17,000) (2019)
  3. The Frank Pyke Memorial Scholarship (Sports Science Honours) ($5000) (2018)
  4. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Type 1 Diabetes Honours Scholarship ($5000) (2018)
  5. UWA ethics committee 2018 application of the year award ($5000) (2018)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Science (Sport Science, Exercise and Health), Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 25 Nov 2019

Science (Sport Science, Exercise and Health), Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 30 Jul 2018

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