Professor Luc J C Van Loon - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Luc van Loon is a Professorial Fellow at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU.

He is also a Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology and Movement Sciences at Maastricht University Medical Centre.

Luc has an international research standing in the area of skeletal muscle metabolism. Current research in his laboratory focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutrition and exercise interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease. The main research interests of his laboratory include exercise metabolism, sports nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise, and the use of physical activity and/or dietary interventions to improve health in chronic metabolic disease and with ageing. The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue, and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest.


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Research Interests

Muscle Metabolism ; Exercise ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ; Amino Acids ;

Methods Expertise

Skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise ; Whole-body metabolism ; Carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism ; Tracer techniques ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


IOC consensus statement: dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete, in Br J Sports Med

Brain tissue plasticity: protein synthesis rates of the human brain, in Brain

Age-Associated Impairments in Mitochondrial ADP Sensitivity Contribute to Redox Stress in Senescent Human Skeletal Muscle, in Cell Reports

The 2017 Dutch Physical Activity Guidelines, in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


Consideration of insects as a source of dietary protein for human consumption. , in Nutr Rev

Ketone Bodies and Exercise Performance: The Next Magic Bullet or Merely Hype?, in Sports Med

Creatine Loading Does Not Preserve Muscle Mass or Strength During Leg Immobilization in Healthy, Young Males: A Randomized Controlled Trial., in Sports Med


One Week of Bed Rest Leads to Substantial Muscle Atrophy and Induces Whole-Body Insulin Resistance in the Absence of Skeletal Muscle Lipid Accumulation., in Diabetes


Protein and healthy aging., in Am J Clin Nutr


Circulating cardiac troponin T exhibits a diurnal rhythm., in J Am Coll Cardiol


Protein supplementation augments the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to resistance-type exercise training: a meta-analysis., in Am J Clin Nutr

Protein supplementation increases muscle mass gain during prolonged resistance-type exercise training in frail elderly people: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. , in J Am Med Dir Assoc


Whey protein stimulates postprandial muscle protein accretion more effectively than do casein and casein hydrolysate in older men. , in Am J Clin Nutr

Dietary protein for athletes: from requirements to optimum adaptation., in J Sports Sci


Aging, exercise, and muscle protein metabolism., in J Appl Physiol


Combined ingestion of protein and free leucine with carbohydrate increases postexercise muscle protein synthesis in vivo in male subjects. , in Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab


The effects of increasing exercise intensity on muscle fuel utilisation in humans., in J Physiol


Plasma insulin responses after ingestion of different amino acid or protein mixtures with carbohydrate., in Am J Clin Nutr

Maximizing postexercise muscle glycogen synthesis: carbohydrate supplementation and the application of amino acid or protein hydrolysate mixtures., in Am J Clin Nutr