Healthy Lifestyles research

Healthy Lifestyles

More than just a focus on attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, our researchers are also investigating health starting at the fundamental genetic level, through conception and birth, and the impact of our choices and habits on our health into adulthood and through the ageing process. Our researchers assess the impact of factors including nutrition, exercise and activity with a focus on preventing disease and our ability to maintain our health and wellbeing in a rapidly changing world.

Healthy Lifestyles

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Areas of strength

  • A healthy start to life
  • Activity and exercise
  • Food and nutrition
  • Bone health
  • Genetic and infectious diseases
  • Mothers, babies and families health

Enterprising Research

Dr Ashleigh Smith

Developing a neurovascular marker of cognitive impairment.

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Healthy Lifestyles research groups


Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity

Professor Jon Buckley
Investigating the role of exercise, nutrition and activity for improving health, physical and psychological function, and sports performance in populations from children to elite athletes. 

Early Origins of Adult Health research group

Early Origins of Adult Health

Professor Janna Morrison
Determining how events before birth have an impact on health later in life.


Education in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Science Research

Education in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Science Research

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon
The Education in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Science Research Group (ENMHSRG) is committed to engaging in rigorous educational research.


Epilepsy research group

Epilepsy research group

Associate Professor Leanne Dibbens
Research that is changing the way we think about epilepsy and providing insights into the disorder with the aim of helping patients and their families.


Infectious Diseases and Microbiology research group

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Dr Rietie Venter
Conducting important research aimed at addressing a variety of biological challenges affecting human and animal health.


Molecular and Evolutionary Physiology of the Lung

Molecular and Evolutionary Physiology of the Lung

Associate Professor Sandra Orgeig
Offering a range of innovations in health, from better care for premature babies and their mothers and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.


Mothers, Babies and Families Health research group

Mothers, Babies and Families Health

Professor Mary Steen
Research with an aim to optimise health outcomes by contributing to a variety of population health areas.



Areas of study and research

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