Myra Nimmo

Myra Nimmo BSc PhD is Professor of Exercise Physiology and Dean of School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Following a physiology degree and returning from competition in the Olympics, she committed herself to a career in exercise science. After early work on skeletal muscle metabolism and the physical challenges faced by athletes, her work naturally led to more basic science into the mechanisms behind the adaptation and specifically to the role of inflammation and recovery in the exercise adaptation process. These basic science studies have been paralleled by work closer to the second translation gap with multidisciplinary teams.

Current work

She continues to investigate the interplay of exercise and inflammation and how these mechanisms can be manipulated to optimise exercise interventions in elite athletes and those suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

UK Government Advisor

Prof Nimmo is currently Chair of the Sport and Exercise Medicine National Centre – a consortium of three Universities and three National Health Service Trusts in the UK committed to attracting research funding, advising government and providing educational and clinical services to elite and recreational athletes, NHS and private patients, clinicians and healthcare professionals.


She is also co-Director of the Sport Research Institute in Singapore, a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University and Loughborough University.