Peter Peeling

BSc(Hon), MBA, PhD , Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 180, Exercise Science Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Peter received his PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he investigated the impact of exercise on various mechanisms associated to iron deficiency in endurance athletes. This work highlighted the influence of exercise-induced inflammation on the transient increase of the hormone, hepcidin, which plays a regulatory role in controlling dietary iron absorption in the gut. As a result of this early work, Peter has continued to explore the impact of exercise on iron metabolism, with a focus on practical strategies that can optimise iron stores in active populations. In addition to his research interests, Peter has also worked as an applied sports physiologist in the Australian National Institute Network, where he provided sports science services in the daily training environment of many Western Australian athlete’s competing at a National and International level across multiple 4-year Olympic cycles. As Peter’s role in the NIN has progressed, he now finds himself as the Director of Research at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), where he oversees the WA High Performance Sport Research Centre. This centre is a collaborative principal partnership between UWA and WAIS, providing evidence-based, innovative solutions to performance-driven questions, through practical and applied transdisciplinary research, which can be translated into an athlete’s daily training environment to optimise current practice or performance. The research centre works with PhD scholars from four Western Australian universities, providing work integrated learning experiences, significant industry network development, and invaluable student exposure to relevant workplace skills. Accordingly, the centre acts as a source of new knowledge generation and future workforce development. Finally, Peter holds a teaching and research role at the University of Western Australia, in the School of Human Sciences, where he teaches courses in general health and fitness, and in applied sports physiology. In this role, Peter also supervises a number of graduate research students in areas relevant to iron metabolism; training methodologies for enhanced athlete adaptation; and the efficacy of various ergogenic aids on athletic performance.

Funding overview

  1. Gucciardi D, Crane M, Temby P, Pietsch S, Graham S, Peeling P. (2020) Optimising team development and performance via team reflection protocols. Defence Science Centre Collaborative Research Fund. Value: $144,303AUD.
  2. Peeling P, Cox G, McCormick R, Sim M, Goodman C, Dawson B. (2017) Iron Consumption: Timing is everything – but when is best? Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $34,188AUD.
  3. McKay A, Pyne D, Peeling P, Ross M, Burke L. (2017) Effect of acute and chronic manipulation of carbohydrate availability on health parameters in elite race walkers. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $49,500AUD.
  4. Cox G, McKay A, Heikura I, Ross M, Sharma A, Pyne D, Peeling P, Hawley J, Wang B, Burke L. (2017) Effect of periodising carbohydrate availability on performance, iron and bone health in elite triathletes. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $57,640AUD.
  5. Donnelly CJ, Weir G, Peeling P, Alderson J. (2017) A reliable video based lower limb and knee injury screening tool. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund and The Western Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Research Centre Top-up Fund. Value: $36,000 AUD.
  6. Sim M, Feros S, Ryan M, Peeling P, Trinder D. (2016) The benefits of exercise on iron status and vitamin D synthesis in inactive overweight individuals: A pilot study. Federation University Faculty of Health Seed Funding Grants. Value: $10,000 AUD.
  7. Gucciardi D, Ntoumanis N, Crane M, Ducker K, Peeling P, Parker S, Thøgersen-Ntoumani C, Quested E. (2016) A dynamic and temporal perspective to optimise to team resilience. DST Group Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) grants. Value: $556,775 AUD.
  8. Peeling P, Badenhorst C, Sim M, Cox G, Dawson B. (2015) Ironing out the problem: Can a carbohydrate rich diet enhance iron metabolism in athletes? Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Applied Sports Science Research Grant. Value: $15,000 AUD.
  9. Cox G, Peeling P, Kent G, Eastwood A, Dawson B, Burke L. (2015) Effect of nitrate-rich beetroot juice supplementation on thermoregulation and exercise performance in the heat. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $19,459.
  10. Binnie M, Peeling P, Dawson B, Sim M. (2015) Influence of ischemic preconditioning on repeated 1000 m kayak efforts in a simulated competition format. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $11,830AUD.
  11. Sim M, Peeling P, Binnie M, Dawson B. (2015) Effect of supplementary tart cherry juice on sleep quality, recovery and next day performance in elite waterpolo players. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $9,354AUD. 
  12. Peeling P, Dawson B, Cox G. (2013) Influence of pre-exercise muscle glycogen status on post exercise iron-regulatory hormone activity in endurance athletes. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $19,789AUD.
  13. Garvican L, Abbiss C, Govus A, Peeling P, Gore C. (2013) The effect of acute hypoxic training on post exercise iron status. Inflammatory cytokine and hepcidin levels in well trained male endurance runners. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $20,556AUD.
  14. Peeling P, Gore C, Cox G, Goodman C, Dawson B. (2012) Influence of post-exercise hypoxic exposure on subsequent iron metabolism in athletes. Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund. Value: $16,983AUD.
  15. Cox G, Bullock N, Peeling P, Burke L. (2011) The effects of nitrate (beetroot juice) supplementation on sprint kayak performance. Australian Institute of Sport, Sports Innovation Fund. Value: $7,000AUD.
  16. Peeling P. (2011) The influence of gender and menstrual cycle phase on the response of hepcidin levels post-exercise. University of Western Australia Research Development Award. Value: $13,550AUD.
  17. Peeling P. (2010) The effect of hyperoxic gas supplementation on the inflammatory and haemolytic responses post-exercise. University of Western Australia Research Development Award. Value: $16,400AUD.
  18. Trinder D, Peeling P, Dawson B. (2009) Effect of carbohydrate consumption on post-exercise IL-6 attenuation and hepcidin. Fremantle Hospital Research Foundation. Value: $14,990AUD.
  19. Trinder D, Olynyk J, Peeling P, Dawson B. (2008) Time course of exercise effects on hepcidin production.Fremantle Hospital Research Foundation. Value: $14,859AUD.
  20. Landers G, Dawson B, Peeling P. (2008) The role of hepcidin in exercise induced iron deficiency in athletes. University of Western Australia Research Development award. Value: $10,100AUD.

Teaching overview

SSEH1103 Phsyical Fitness and Health (Summer School)

SSEH3365 Sport Physiology

SSEH4644 Advanced Exercise Physiology

Research

Iron metabolism in athletes.
Inflammatory and haemolytic responses to endurance exercise.
Ergogenic aids and athletic performance.

Research expertise keywords

  • Applied sports physiology
  • Iron metabolism in athletes
  • Athlete performance optimisation

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