Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Exercise metabolism
  • Glucose uptake
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Shift work
  • Developmental origins of health and disease

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Glenn McConell

Glenn has an internationally recognised research track record in exercise metabolism. His research focuses on glucose metabolism and exercise. This includes examining the factors regulating skeletal muscle glucose uptake during exercise and how exercise increases insulin sensitivity. He has also been examining whether exercise early in life can prevent the insulin resistance associated with being born small for gestational age or having an obese father. More recently, he has been examining whether exercise can overcome the insulin resistance caused by shift work. These studies involve humans (tracer methodologies, femoral artery-vein measurements, skeletal muscle biopsies), cell culture, rats and genetically modified mice (ex vivo and in vivo).

Glenn graduated with his PhD from the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne. He then worked in the Department of Physiology at Monash University for eight years and then completed a further seven years at the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne. In 2010 he moved to Victoria University as the inaugural Research Leader in Exercise Science. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen (in 2018 ranked number 1 in the world for Exercise and Sports Science). He spent five weeks there in 2013, six months in 2016 and six months in 2019 (as a Danish Diabetes Academy Visiting Professor, working with Professor Erik Richter).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1995
  • MSc, Ball State University, USA, 1991
  • BApplSc, University of Wollongong, Australia, 1989

Key publications

Year Citation
2020 Hanson, E. D., Sakkal, S., Que, S., Cho, E., Spielmann, G., Kadife, E., Violet, J. A., Battaglini, C. L., Stoner, L., & Bartlett, D. B. (200901). Natural killer cell mobilization and egress following acute exercise in men with prostate cancer. Experimental Physiology, 105(9), (1524-1539).

doi: 10.1113/EP088627

2020 McConell, G. K. (200401). It's well and truly time to stop stating that AMPK regulates glucose uptake and fat oxidation during exercise. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 318(4), (E564-E567).

doi: 10.1152/AJPENDO.00511.2019

2020 Keske, M. A., Barrett, E. J., Lindner, J. R., Richter, E. A., Liu, Z., McConell, G. K., Askew, C. D., Serne, E. H., Premilovac, D., & Richards, S. M. (200301). Perfusion controls muscle glucose uptake by altering the rate of glucose dispersion in vivo. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, 318(3), (E311-E312).

doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00430.2019

2020 Atakan, M. M., Guzel, Y., Bulut, S., Koar, N., McConell, G. K., & Turnagol, H. H. (200101). Six high-intensity interval training sessions over 5 days increases maximal oxygen uptake, endurance capacity, and sub-maximal exercise fat oxidation as much as 6 high-intensity interval training sessions over 2 weeks. Journal of Sport and Health Science,

doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2020.06.008

2020 McConell, G. K., Sjberg, K. A., Ceutz, F., Gliemann, L., Nyberg, M., Hellsten, Y., Frsig, C., Kiens, B., Wojtaszewski, J. FP., & Richter, E. A. (200101). Insulin-induced membrane permeability to glucose in human muscles at rest and following exercise. Journal of Physiology, 598(2), (303-315).

doi: 10.1113/JP278600

2020 McConell, G. K., Wadley, G. D., Le, plastrier., & Linden, K. C. (200101). Skeletal muscle AMPK is not activated during 2h of moderate intensity exercise at 65% VO2peak in endurance trained men. Journal of Physiology,

doi: 10.1113/JP277619

2020 Falcao-Tebas, F., Marin, E. C., Kuang, J., Bishop, D. J., & McConell, G. K. (200101). Maternal exercise attenuates the lower skeletal muscle glucose uptake and insulin secretion caused by paternal obesity in female adult rat offspring. Journal of Physiology,

doi: 10.1113/JP279582

2019 Learsi, S. K., Ghiarone, T., Silva-Cavalcante, M. D., Andrade-Souza, V. A., Ataide-Silva, T., Bertuzzi, R., de, Araujo., McConell, G., & Lima-Silva, A. E. (190501). Cycling time trial performance is improved by carbohydrate ingestion during exercise regardless of a fed or fasted state. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 29(5), (651-662).

doi: 10.1111/sms.13393

2019 Zhang, X., Lin, X., & McConell, G. K. (190101). Normal increases in insulin-stimulated glucose uptake after ex vivo contraction in neuronal nitric oxide synthase mu (nNOS) knockout mice. Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology,

doi: 10.1007/s00424-019-02268-1

2019 Lin, X., Parker, L., McLennan, E., Hayes, A., McConell, G., Brennan-Speranza, T. C., & Levinger, I. (190101). Undercarboxylated Osteocalcin Improves Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake in Muscles of Corticosterone-Treated Mice. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 34(8), (1517-1530).

doi: 10.1002/jbmr.3731

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Do modifications of the cytoskeleton via non cGMP dependant nitric oxide signalling regulate skeletal muscle glucose uptake during exercise?
From: Diabetes Australia
For period: 2014-2014
$59,260
Can Exercise Prevent Diabetes in Adults who Grew Poorly before Birth? Studies in an Ovine Model of IUGR
From: Diabetes Australia Research Trust
Investigators: Dr Gunveen Kaur
For period: 2014-2014
$20,000

Circadian rhythm disruption and metabolic function
From: NHMRC - Projects
For period: 2012-2014
$108,725

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

    Project grant funding: five project grants as CIA and one project grant as CIB

  • Diabetes Australia Research program

    Project grant funding: five project grants as CIA and one project grant as CIB

  • Danish Diabetes Academy funded by Novo Nordisk

    Danish Diabetes Academy Visiting Professorship to the University of Copenhagen. 400,000 Danish Kroner (~AUD84,000), 6 months in 2019.

  • Lundbeck Foundation

    Funding for research visit to the University of Copenhagen, six months in 2016.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor
3 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor
PhD (3) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Glenn has been an external supervisor during and after his 6-month sabbatical in Human Physiology for a masters student at the University of Copenhagen in 2016. The principal supervisor was Professor Erik Richter for the project 'Changes in interstitial glucose and insulin sensitivity during NOS inhibition and ATP infusion in humans muscle'.

Teaching activities & experience

Glenn has taught the following.

15 hours per week of face-to-face teaching in semester 1, plus Research in Denmark semester 2, during 2019:

  • three lectures for third year advanced exercise physiology unit
  • six two-hour practicals per week for third year advanced exercise physiology unit.

15 hours per week of face-to-face teaching in semester 1, plus five hours per week in semester 2, during 2018:

  • subject coordinator and sole teacher of all lectures and laboratories for Physiology and Exercise Physiology for Physical Education
  • three lectures for third year advanced exercise physiology unit
  • six two-hour practicals per week for third year advanced exercise physiology unit
  • Honours unit convenor and 12 two-hour lectures and tutorials.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2010 - Dec 2014
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Research Leader in Exercise Science
Victoria University
Jan 2015 - Jul 2018
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Program Leader in Muscle and Exercise Metabolism
Victoria University
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Muscle Stream Leader
Victoria University
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Member of the Steering Committee
Victoria University
May 2011 - Feb 2013
Inaugural Leader of the Faculty Research Unit, Biomedical and LifestyLE Diseases (BioLED)
Victoria University
Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Western Centre for Health, Research and Education (WCHRE), Management Committee Member
Victoria University
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2010 -
Dec 2014
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Research Leader in Exercise Science
Victoria University
Jan 2015 -
Jul 2018
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Program Leader in Muscle and Exercise Metabolism
Victoria University
Jan 2011 -
Dec 2016
Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Muscle Stream Leader
Victoria University
Jan 2011 -
Jun 2012
Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Member of the Steering Committee
Victoria University
May 2011 -
Feb 2013
Inaugural Leader of the Faculty Research Unit, Biomedical and LifestyLE Diseases (BioLED)
Victoria University
Jan 2011 -
Dec 2012
Western Centre for Health, Research and Education (WCHRE), Management Committee Member
Victoria University
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2006 - Dec 2012
Victoria’s Clinical Advisory Panel Member
Diabetes Australia
May 2011 - Nov 2011
Endocrinology and Diabetes Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia
May 2007 - Nov 2007
Endocrinology Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia
May 2006 - Nov 2006
Cardiovascular/Renal/Sports Medicine Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2006 - Dec 2012
Victoria’s Clinical Advisory Panel Member
Diabetes Australia
May 2011 - Nov 2011
Endocrinology and Diabetes Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia
May 2007 - Nov 2007
Endocrinology Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia
May 2006 - Nov 2006
Cardiovascular/Renal/Sports Medicine Grant Review Panel Member
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awards

Year Award
2019

Danish Diabetes Academy Visiting Professorship (grant number NNF17SA0031406), 400,000 Danish Krone (AUD85,000 at time of award), for a six-month research visit to the University of Copenhagen - Novo Nordisk Foundation

2012

Vice-Chancellor's Peak Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research Staff) - Victoria University

2010

“Star reviewer” for Journal of Applied Physiology - American Physiological Society

2009

“Star reviewer” for Journal of Applied Physiology - American Physiological Society

2008

“Star reviewer” for Journal of Applied Physiology - American Physiological Society

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Professional memberships

  • Member. 1993 onwards, Australian Physiological Society
  • Member. 2001–2010, The Australian Society for Medical Research
  • Member. 2003 onwards, Australia Diabetes Society
  • Member. 2006 onwards, American Physiological Society
  • Member. 1989–2000, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member. 2008 onwards, American College of Sports Medicine

Media appearances

20th October 2018

ABC TV's Ask the Doctor

Featured in an episode of ABC TV's Ask the Doctor (lab-exercise trained a presenter and another person for 10 days).

21st June 2018

The Project

Interviewed on The Project in relation to weight lifting and gender.

26th October 2019

Jon Faine Breakfast show, radio.

Interviewed in the studio for ABC National's Jon Faine Breakfast show on the Melbourne Marathon.