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Project leaders: Professor Neville Owen with Professor Jo Salmon, Professor Stewart Trost, Professor David Dunstan, Professor Elizabeth Eakin, Dr Genevieve Healy, Professor Bronwyn Kingwell, Professor Gavin Lambert and Associate Professor Anna Timperio

The overall aims of the CRE are to:

  1. Generate new knowledge on sitting time and chronic disease risk, focused on measurement, mechanisms and interventions.
  2. Translate research outcomes to inform public health guidelines, policy and practice for chronic disease prevention.
  3. Build inter-disciplinary research capacities among early and mid-career researchers.
  4. Extend and enhance national and international research collaborations.

Together with our collaborators from the University of Queensland and Deakin University, we have established a multidisciplinary research team that is focused on the prevention of major chronic diseases, particularly cardio-metabolic diseases: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast and colon cancer.

Our expertise covers metabolic and vascular physiology, human neuroscience, exercise science, public health, epidemiology, psychology and human development. We conduct systematic laboratory studies to identify how variations in active and sedentary time influence mechanisms leading to increased chronic disease risk. Key emphases are to understand the determinants of behaviour change and maintenance, which we pursue through field-based intervention trials in real-world settings, and to address the translation of that knowledge into effective approaches to disease prevention.

A major focus of our research is on identifying effective primary prevention approaches that can be delivered on a large scale through evidence-based programs that have been developed through systematic randomised controlled trials; and building a knowledge base that can broadly inform population health policy and practice.


The CRE is generously supported by NHMRC

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