IHA academic exchange with Ghent University

Published: Wednesday 20th January 2016

IHA’s Professor Ester Cerin has been awarded a travel grant from Ghent University (Belgium) to undertake collaborative research with academics from the institution's Department of Health throughout the month of May.

Ester will work with the team led by Professor Benedicte Deforche on research relating to the role of the physical environment in shaping residents’ physical activity, through a multi-country and life-course perspective.

The broader scope of the visit will be to consolidate a long-standing collaboration (since 2005) and promote future inter-institutional exchange between Ghent and the Institute for Health and Ageing at ACU.

During the visit the team will use data from the IPEN (International Physical Activity and the Environment Network) – Adult study to write a manuscript, and will also formulate research questions relating to the ongoing IPEN study on adolescents.

They will perform statistical analyses and write a manuscript on environmental correlates of older adults’ physical activity using IPEN data collected in Belgium and Hong Kong, and commence preparation of a multi-country proposal on older adults to be submitted to the NIH (USA) in November with partners from the Universities of California, San Diego and Stanford.

The Institute for Health and Ageing will also host Ghent University postdoctoral fellow Jelle Van Cauwenberg from June until September 2016.

Further details about both visits can be found on the IHA website.