Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
We collaborate with local and international industry, community and other university groups to address critical public health issues and deliver innovative programs that transform lives.
Our team of award winning, world-class researchers bring together their diverse strengths to tackle today’s most pressing health challenges.
The Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program explores the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.Explore research
The Bone Health and Fractures Research Program has a strong focus on improving fracture prediction and identifying novel prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis.Explore research
The Exercise and Nutrition Research Program investigates the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.Explore research
26 April 2021
A six-week exercise program of either high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or resistance training can build and maintain muscle mass and strength in middle-aged men, new ACU research has found.
19 April 2021
The muscles of elite endurance athletes boast high numbers of extra-efficient mitochondria, the ‘energy’ powerhouse of muscle cells. Unlocking the secrets of these cellular components could yield gain...
14 April 2021
Australian Catholic University Professor Jim Sallis, has called for a heightened focus on exercise as a pandemic control after his research revealed physically inactive COVID-19 patients were two-and-...
17 November 2020
When it comes to metabolic health, it's not just what you eat, it's when you eat it. New ACU research has added to the growing body of evidence showing how time-restricted feeding can improve health e...
9 November 2020
Carb loading in the week before a marathon is an old school approach and not the ideal way to prepare for an endurance event according to exercise physiologist Andy King.
Men with prostate cancer experience increased rates of mental health issues. This project examines whether exercise aids the management of mental health issues in men with cancer.Explore project
We’re supporting the International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN) Adolescent study, which explores how the built environment aﬀects physical activity and obesity in teenagers.Explore project
Mental health issues are common in residential aged care facilities. This project investigates whether exposing new residents to greenery may protect them against declining wellbeing.Explore project
We are collaborating with the University of Copenhagen, Karolinska Institute and the University of Carolina to further understand the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.Explore project