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Dr Steve Foulkes

BExSpSc(Hons) | MClinExPhys | PhD, Deakin University

Dr Steve Foulkes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Accredited Exercise Physiologist

(03) 8532 1817

Steve is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sports Cardiology lab at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute following the completion of his PhD in 2021 (Deakin University and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute). Steve is also an honourary research fellow in the Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health at the University of Melbourne.

Steve’s research is focused on using exercise testing and training to improve cardiovascular outcomes for individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Steve is interested in how cancer treatments such as chemotherapy affect the heart, blood vessels and muscles, which he studies through advanced exercise testing and imaging methods including cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercise cardiac MRI and muscle MRI. Steve’s research also investigates whether the negative impact of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can be prevented through personalised exercise training interventions.

Awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Prize for most outstanding thesis in Faculty of Health, Deakin University (2016)
  • The Physiological Society (UK) undergraduate prize for physiology (2016)
  • Professor Selig Prize for most outstanding graduate from Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Deakin University (2015)

Achievements

  • Baker Institute Bright Sparks Travel Award (2019)
  • Australian Government Research Training Program, PhD Scholarship (2017–2019)

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