Professor Andrew McKune

Person Professor Andrew McKune  
Telephone  +27 (0)31 2607985
Campus Westville
Research Interests Immunology, cytokines, aging, obesity, exercise, microvascular function, autonomic nervous system, nutritive blood flow, and lipolysis in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, nutrition.
Designation Associate Professor
Andrew McKune is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science in the Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He teaches exercise physiology, exercise science and exercise biochemisty and co-ordinates the Postgraduate Research Programme.

McKune is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and is a past co-leader of the NRF Research Niche Area examining the effect of exercise on immune and inflammatory responses. In 2003 and 2004 he was a recipient of a NRF Thuthuka Research Grant for Young Scientists. In 2007 he was the Tshwane University of Technology Junior Researcher of the year. From 2006-2007, Andrew was also the Thomas W. River’s Visiting Professor (Rivers Chair) in the Department of Kinesiology, East Carolina University (USA).

He has 40 original, peer-reviewed research publications and his research is currently funded by South African NRF and Medical Research Council Competitive Research Grants. His research interests include immune and inflammatory responses to exercise as well as applications of saliva biomarker measures in exercise and sport science. McKune is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is an Advanced Speed, Agility and Quickness trainer (SAQ International). ResearchGate Profile

List of Publications (2009 – Present)
  1. DuBose, K.D., McKune, A.J. The relationship between salivary cortisol, the metabolic syndrome score and objectively measured physical activity in girls. Accepted for publication. Pediatric Exercise Science 2014.
  2. Kairinos, N., McKune, A.J., Solomons, M., Hudson, D., Kahn, D. The flaws of laser Doppler in negative-pressure wound therapy research. Accepted for publication. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2014.
  1. Botek, M., McKune, A., Krejci, J., Stejskal, P., Gaba, A. Change in performance in response to training load adjustment based on autonomic activity. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2013. Published on-line ahead of print DOI 10.1055/s-0033-1354385.
  2. Dyer, B., McKune, A.J. The effects of music tempo on performance, psychological and physiological variables during 20km cycling in well-trained cyclists. Perceptual and Motor Skills 2013: 117(2): 484-497.
  1. Wentzel, E., McKune, A.J. Effect of a foot pump device on lower leg/ankle swelling in physically inactive office workers. Accepted for publication. Ergonomics South Africa 2013.
  2. DuBose, K.D., McKune, A.J. The relationship between salivary cortisol and the metabolic syndrome score in children. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2012-0415, April 2013.
  3. Schmidt, C., McKune A. Association between physical fitness and job performance in fire-fighters. Ergonomics South Africa 2012: 24(2): 44-57.
  4. Naidoo, T., Konkol, K., DuBose, K., Biccard, B., McKune A.Elevated salivary C-reactive protein predicted by low cardiorespiratory fitness and being overweight in African children. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa 2012: 23(9): 501-506.
  5. Lombard, W, Muir, G., McKune, A.J. Minimal changes in indirect markers of muscle damage after indoor pre-season fast bowling. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation 2012, 34(2): 105-114.
  6. McKune, A.J., Du Bose K. Relationship between salivary androstenedione, body composition and physical activity in young girls. Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa 2012; 17(1): 44-50.
  7. McKune, A.J. Semple, S.J. Peters-Futre, E.M. Acute exercise-induced muscle damage. Biology of Sport 2012; 29:3-10.
  8. Singh, N., Dennissen, R.,McKune, A., Peters, E.M. Core body temperature, heart rate and hydration status in multiday trail runners. Clinical Sports Medicine 2012; 22(4): 311-318.
  9. McKune, A., Semple, S.J., Scott, P.A., Charteris, J. Effect of trunk inclination on isometric extensor and flexor torque of healthy adult males. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance 2012; 18(2): 317-328.
  10. Semple, S., McKune, A.J.Biophsyiology of 1–antitrypsin: Roles in exercise and atherosclerosis. African Journal of Biochemistry Research Vol. 5(5), pp. 143-147, May 2011.
  11. Sookan, T., McKune, A.J. Five minute recordings of heart rate variability in physically active students: Repeatability and age-sex characteristics. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa 2011 Jun 25;22:1-7.
  12. Mortimer, J., McKune A.J. Effect of sport stacking on cognitive and motor functioning in grade 3 learners. Perceptual and Motor Skills 2011, 113(1): 98-112.
  13. Semple, S., McKune, A.J., Smith, L.L., Mokethwa, B., Wadee, A.A. Complement proteins (C1est, C3, C4, C6), circulating immune complexes and the repeated bout effect.  Human Movement, 2011, vol. 12 (1): 96 – 100.
  14. Mortimer, J., McKune A.J. Effect of short-term isometric handgrip training on blood pressure in middle-aged females. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 2011, 22(5):256-260.
  15. McKune, A.J., Smith, L.L., Semple, S.J., Mokethwa, B., Wadee, A.A. Complement, immunoglobulin and creatine kinase response in black and white males after muscle-damaging exercise. South African Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009, 21(2): 47-52.