About us


This group investigates the impact of exercise on pain, function and quality of life with aging and chronic disease including arthritis, metabolic and cardiovascular disease, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. The focus is research that translates to clinical practice and to improve exercise prescription and treatment outcomes.

Exercise and Cardiovascular Health 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.


Dr Belinda Parmenter

Dr Parmenter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years’ experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for persons with cardiovascular disease. Her clinical and research experience in this field includes a specialisation in assessment, prescription, implementation and supervision of exercise for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has a particular interest in high intensity progressive resistance training.

Dr Andrew Keech

Andrew focusses on exploring the optimal exercise characteristics for improving cardiovascular health and treating CV-related disorders.

Musculoskeletal / Pain 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.


A/Prof James McAuley

James is a psychologist and leading clinical pain researcher. His research focuses on low back pain, and includes the development, testing and implementation of interventions to better manage chronic pain and improve patient outcomes

A/Prof Jeanette Thom

Jeanette has extensive expertise in exercise rehabilitation and training in ageing and clinical groups (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, OA, dementia) to increase muscle mass and function and joint health.

Dr John Booth

John Booth’s research is concerned with musculoskeletal pain conditions and understanding the influence of exercise and education on treatment outcomes.

Dr Matthew Jones

Matt is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. His clinical and research interests concern the role of exercise for the management of chronic pain, namely low back pain and knee osteoarthritis, and chronic fatigue.

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.


A/Prof David Simar

David has 15 years of research experience in the fields of Metabolism, Immunology and Exercise Physiology with an established international research group focusing on immuno-metabolism and exercise physiology

Dr Mandy Hagstrom

Mandy’s research background is in exercise oncology. Mandy is currently researching the microbiome and the relationship between inflammation and muscular hypertrophy.   

Ms Briana Clifford

Briana is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in the management of cancer survivor health through exercise. Her research interests involve inflammation and the microbiome in cancer survivors. Current projects aim to determine the optimal exercise prescription to maximise the benefits of exercise.

Dr David Mizrahi

David is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in providing exercise interventions for children and adult cancer survivors, both during and after treatment.

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.


Dr Ria Arnold

Ria’s research focuses on the neurological complications that occur in diabetes and chronic kidney disease

Dr Matthew Jones

Matt’s research focuses on the role of acute and chronic exercise for improving clinical and patient-reported outcomes for people with diabetic neuropathy

Dr Natalie Kwai

Natalie’s research focuses on neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in metabolic disease

Exercise and Mental Health     

Dr Oscar Lederman

Dr Oscar Lederman is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Adjunct Associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Oscar’s research is focused on exploring the role of exercise in improving the physical and mental well-being of people experiencing mental illness

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  • Kelly McLeod (PhD)
  • Lauren Ha (PhD)
  • Adrian Ram (MSc)
  • Michael Wewege (PhD)
  • Sarah Ludowici (MSc)