The Exercise and Chronic Disease Unit in the School of Health Sciences investigates the impact of exercise and disease on quality of life across the lifespan.

Exercise and Cardiometabolic Health Research Group

This group’s research focuses on novel exercise interventions to improve treatment outcomes in persons with cardiovascular disease. Interventions aim to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength and overall cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Our experts

  • A/Prof Belinda Parmenter

  • Kate Drury

  • Dr Callum Baker

  • Dr Chris Maloney

Musculoskeletal Pain Research Group

Research of the musculoskeletal group aims to better understand and manage common clinical conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our experts

  •  Prof James McAuley

  •  Dr Matthew Jones 

  •  Dr Mitchell Gibbs

Exercise Oncology Research Group

Using a combination of cellular and animal models as well as human studies, the Exercise Oncology research program aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms of long-term complications in cancer survivors and to guide the development of preventive and therapeutic strategies, including exercise, to address these late effects.

Our experts

  •  A/Prof David Simar

  • Dr Mandy Hagstrom

  •  Dr Brianna Clifford

Neurodegeneration Exercise Research Group

Neurodegeneration is a common outcome of metabolic disease which severely affects function and quality of life in patients. Our research focuses on determining the pathways by which this occurs and to explore potential strategies (pharmacological and lifestyle change) that will improve or prevent neurodegeneration to inform clinical practice in this at-risk population.

Our experts

  •  A/Prof Michael Lee

  • Dr Matthew Jones

  • Dr Callum Baker

Exercise and Mental Health

This research group explores the role of exercise in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of people experiencing mental illness.

Our experts

  •  Dr Kemi Wright

  • Dr Oscar Lederman