Dr Andy Blannin BSc PhD PGCEHE

Dr Andy Blannin

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Dr Andy Blannin is an expert in the mechanisms through which exercise can be helpful for people with (or at risk of) obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.


  • BSc (Cardiff)
  • PhD (Coventry)


His first degree was in Physiology after which he obtained a PhD in Exercise Immunology. Andy moved to Birmingham in 1996 as a research fellow funded by the English Sports Council and was appointed as a lecturer in 1999. The focus of his early work was on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on immunological integrity. More recently Andy has investigated postprandial lipaemia, appetite endocrinology and aspects of the Metabolic Syndrome such as ways to reverse insulin resistance in sedentary and obese individuals.


Dr Andy Blannin is the module lead for Exercise Metabolism (year 2) and Athletic Training and Conditioning (year 3)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Andy Blannin is currently supervising Israel Podesta’s PhD on the effects of exercise on appetite regulation.


Dr Andy Blannin’s research interests lie in the study of the physiological and biochemical responses to exercise and training. The focus of his recent work has been on postprandial lipaemia, appetite endocrinology and aspects of the Metabolic Syndrome. He is currently studying the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effect of walking on the blood fat concentration after eating, and the effect of exercise on the hormonal regulation of hunger. 

Current collaborations

He is currently collaborating with Dr Gareth Wallis to investigate the effect of exercise on food intake and Dr Frank Thielecke to investigate the impact of omega-3 supplementation on exercise performance.

Other activities

Dr Andy Blannin is an associate editor for the European Journal of Sports Science. He is also a member of the Physiological Society, BASES and the European College of Sport Science.

Dr Blannin has appeared on ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’ and ‘Britain’s Favourite Foods: Are They Good For You?


Recent publications

Points-based physical activity: a novel approach to facilitate changes in body composition in inactive women with overweight and obesity. Holliday A, Burgin A, Fernandez EV, Fenton SAM, Thielecke F, Blannin AK. BMC Public Health. 2018 Feb 17;18(1):261. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5125-2.

Appetite, food intake and gut hormone responses to intense aerobic exercise of different duration. Holliday A, Blannin A. J Endocrinol. 2017 Dec;235(3):193-205. doi: 10.1530/JOE-16-0570. 

Very Low Volume Sprint Interval Exercise Suppresses Subjective Appetite, Lowers Acylated Ghrelin, and Elevates GLP-1 in Overweight Individuals: A Pilot Study. Holliday A, Blannin AK. Nutrients. 2017 Apr 5;9(4):362. doi: 10.3390/nu9040362.

Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in primary care patients with obesity: RCT. Parretti HM, Aveyard P, Blannin A, Clifford SJ, Coleman SJ, Roalfe A, Daley AJ. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Sep;23(9):1785-91. doi: 10.1002/oby.21167. 

Effects of exercise in the cold on Ghrelin, PYY, and food intake in overweight adults. Crabtree DR, Blannin AK. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jan;47(1):49-57. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000391.

A novel tool to predict food intake: the Visual Meal Creator. Holliday A, Batey C, Eves FF, Blannin AK. Appetite. 2014 Aug;79:68-75. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.04.001. 

Matching energy intake to expenditure of isocaloric exercise at high- and moderate-intensities. Holliday A, Blannin AK. Physiol Behav. 2014 May 10;130:120-6. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.03.014.

No evidence of dehydration with moderate daily coffee intake: a counterbalanced cross-over study in a free-living population. Killer SC, Blannin AK, Jeukendrup AE. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 9;9(1):e84154. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084154.

The effects of high-intensity exercise on neural responses to images of food. Crabtree DR, Chambers ES, Hardwick RM, Blannin AK. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Feb;99(2):258-67. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.071381. 

Is the beneficial effect of prior exercise on postprandial lipaemia partly due to redistribution of blood flow? Hurren NM, Balanos GM, Blannin AK. Clin Sci (Lond). 2011 Jun;120(12):537-48. doi: 10.1042/CS20100460. 

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