Our research

Our research emphasises the complex interactions between individuals, social and physical aspects of their communities and health care systems.

This broad-based approach includes:

  • Environmental and behavioural epidemiological studies aimed at:
    • identifying key physical and social aspects of urban environments which promote physical and cognitive health across the lifespan
    • understanding how genetic, psychosocial and behavioural factors interact with the environment to impact on health identifying optimal person- and environment-tailored
    • intervention strategies for the promotion of health-related behaviours
  • Clinical-based exercise-nutrition studies and interventions for:
    • improving and maintaining bone and muscle health
    • improving and maintaining metabolic health
    • the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer
  • MRI intervention studies to:
    • improve cognitive and motor skills, quality of life and participation in brain-injured patients
    • mitigate the adverse effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients
    • uncover the biological mechanisms, the active ingredients and the duration of action underpinning training-induced gains.
  • Focused studies to understand and describe the individual impact of risk behaviours and disease.
  • The promotion of equitable access to health services and active-friendly communities.


Our research programs

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Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program

Exploring the interaction between urban environments and physical and cognitive health.

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Exercise and Nutrition Research Program

Investigating the roles of exercise and diet in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases.

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Microstructural Imaging and Rehabilitative Plasticity Program

A ‘personalised medicine’ approach for training in patients with brain injury. 

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Musculoskeletal Health and Ageing Research Program

Our program has a strong focus on clinical research where findings have direct relevance to lifestyle factors and clinical practice.

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Exercise Oncology

The Exercise Oncology team at MMIHR strives to enhance the lives of people with cancer through innovative research and effectively translating research into practice.

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