Staff Profile of Julian Owen

Julian Owen
Lecturer, Sport Physiology
01248 382197
Padarn Building, Room 007.6


Following an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (BSc, JMU) and 3-years working within academic (University of Liverpool) and pharmaceutical research (Astra Zeneca), Julian returned to Liverpool John Moores University to study for an MSc in Sport Physiology. An 8-year period followed working in education and applied sport science within professional soccer, rugby union and international hockey before starting a PhD at Bangor University in 2010. In 2013-2014 Julian was a Postdoctoral Fellow within the School before being appointed as a Lecturer in 2014.

Professional Qualifications

  • PhD Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport Physiology
  • BSc Biochemistry     
  • PGCE Further and Higher Education                                 


  • Introduction to Applied Sport Science (Yr 1 BSc)
  • Human Physiology (Yr 1 BSc)
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology (Yr 2 BSc)
  • Supervised Experience (MSc)

Research Areas

My main research interest is human hydration, specifically how we assess changes in hydration status and how dehydration and fluid intake can affect exercise performance, well-being and possibly contribute to the development of disease (e.g. obstructive sleep apnoea, obesity). A second emerging theme attempts to apply the principles of interoception (our awareness of physiological changes within the body, eg thirst, hunger, thermal discomfort, pain) to aspects of sport, exercise and health.

Selected Publications

Fortes, M.B., Owen, J.A., Raymond-Barker, P., Bishop, C., Elghenzai, S., Oliver, S.J. and Walsh, N.P. (2015). Is this elderly patient dehydrated? Diagnostic accuracy of hydration assessment using physical signs, urine and saliva markers. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(3), 221-228.

Owen, J.A., Kehoe, S.J. and Oliver, S.J. (2013). Influence of fluid intake on soccer performance in a temperate environment. Journal of Sport Sciences, 31 (1), 1-10.

Walsh, N.P., Fortes, M.B., Raymond-Barker, P., Bishop, C., Owen, J.A., Tye, E., Esmaeelpour, M., Purslow, C., Elghenzai, S. (2012). Is whole-body hydration an important consideration in dry eye? Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Sciences, 53(10), 6622-7.

External Funding and Awards

  • Owen, J.A., Moore, J.P., and Kubis, H.P. Pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnoea. Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD studentship. £53,577. April 2015.
  • Owen, J.A. Conference and travel grant. European Hydration Institute. £1000. October 2012.
  • Owen, J.A., Walsh, N.P., and Oliver, S.J. Hypertonic and isotonic dehydration: effects on hydration marker utility and human performance. European Hydration Institute: Graduate research grant for the study of Human Hydration. £5,000. January 2012.


Invited reviewer for the following journals: Physiology & Behaviour, Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sport Medicine, Journal of Sport Sciences, Archives of Oral Biology, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

Membership of professional organisations

British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES)

UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA)

European College of Sport Sciences (ECSS)

Hobbies and interests

5-a-side football, jogging and watching sport including rugby and football.