Paul Fournier

Professor, BSc PhD Laval

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

    6009 Perth


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Professor Fournier is an exercise biochemist/physiologist who received his PhD from Laval University, Canada, before joining the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Fournier specializes in the field of bioenergetics in exercise, health and disease. This discipline is concerned with not only the regulation of energy utilization, intake and storage, but also with the mechanisms whereby these processes are affected by exercise, nutrition, and metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. The success of the research programmes initiated by Professor Fournier is best illustrated by the many national competitive grants he has been awarded since the start of his career, his published work in high impact journals, and the many postgraduate students he has supervised.

Funding overview

As a testimony of the impact and quality of his collaborative research work, Dr Fournier has been highly successful in receiving funding from national (National Health Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council) as well as international competitive (International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) research funding organisations, totaling in the vicinity of $6,000,000.00 over the past decade.

Teaching overview

Dr Fournier's current teaching responsibilities are to:

(a)Teach a third year unit entitled Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance

(b)coordinate and co-teach the undergraduate unit Exercise prescription for Special Populations

(c)Provide a series of lectures on the role of exercise in the management of metabolic disorders for the postgraduate unit Medical Conditions and their Exercise Implications,


Dr Paul Fournier is an exercise biochemist and physiologist at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia who has directed a number of research programmes in exercise biochemistry, diabetes research, evolutionary biology, and nutrition biochemistry involving over 33 postgraduate students, 55 Honours students, and a number of state, interstate and international collaborators. In particular, his research in recent years has focused on (a) the evolution of glycogen sparing mechanisms in vertebrates, (b) exercise as a therapeutic tool for the prevention of hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes mellitus, (c) dietary strategies to facilitate carbohydrate loading in athletes, and (d) the role of oxidative stress in muscle fatigue. As a result of his work, he has published extensively in high impact refereed journals, and has been an invited speakers at a number of national and international conferences.


English and French

Research expertise keywords

  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise biochemistry and metabolism
  • Oxidative stress and cell signalling
  • Comparative physiology and ecophysiology
  • Exercise in type 1 diabetes
  • Nutrition and sport performance


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