Current research

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Dietary collagen intake and sources for support of connective tissues in athletes

Injury is a pertinent issue within team sports, and can significantly impact upon both player wellbeing and the success of teams. This project will focus on a series of studies which aim to determine the optimal source of dietary collagen and/or collagen precursors that may support collagen synthesis and/or alter mechanical properties (such as stiffness) in connective tissues, specifically tendons and ligaments.

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Epigenetic control and the circadian clock: Turning back time on diabetes pathogenesis

The aim of this project is to further understand the health promoting effects of exercise in people with type 2 diabetes by determining the interaction between circadian rhythms and the metabolic response to exercise and nutrition. 

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A time for food: The effects of time-restricted feeding on glycemic control and gut microbiome in individuals with type 2 diabetes

Diet modification is a first-line treatment for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Dietary advice is typically given around the types of foods/beverages consumed but rarely around the timing of energy intake.

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Investigating AMPK energy-sensing mechanisms underlying regulation of metabolism and exercise

This translational research project will help determine how the AMPK pathway can be targeted to maximise the health benefits of exercise and combat the metabolic disease epidemics affecting ageing populations in Australia and worldwide.

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Mapping and interrogating human exercise-regulated tissue and circulating biological networks

This interdisciplinary research project will apply global, unbiased ‘omics-based technologies (e.g. proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics) to map the complexity and interconnection of tissue and circulating networks.

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Interactive effect of manipulations of muscle creatine and glycogen stores on endurance performance

The project will focus on the application of recent knowledge regarding creatine and glycogen loading in sports nutrition.

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