The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.


'Introducing the Fat Attitudes Assessment Toolkit' by Dr Trish Cain

4 February 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Dr Cain’s research is informed by both qualitative and quantitative methodology with a focus on weight stigma and the quantification of discourses around “obesity” and fatness.

'LifeMatters: Mental Skills and Games for Sport and Life' by A/Prof Stephanie Hanrahan (HMNS/Psychology)

9 December 2019 11:00am12:00pm
LifeMatters began at an orphanage in Mexico and has now developed into a program combing physically active games with psychological skills.

'Research in precision nutrition: Complexities and applications' by Dr Veronique Chachay

29 November 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
This presentation will describe precision nutrition as a new approach in research, and Single Case Experimental Designs (SCEDs) as a robust research framework to assess individual response. SCEDs will be used in an intervention with Motor Neuron Disease patients to mitigate disease-related weight loss.

Pushing attention towards a side: How sensorimotor adaptation modifies spatial attention ' by Dr Eva-Maria Reuter

29 November 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Eva-Maria will presents recent findings from her team, suggesting that the remapping between motor commands and intended movement direction is a crucial driver to modify spatial attention in the absence of visuo-spatial distortion or visuo-proprioceptive mismatch.

'Early brain responses to visual targets for reaching are differentially modulated by reward and frequency ' by Prof Tim Carroll

15 November 2019 3:00pm3:30pm
This presentation describes a study on how reach behaviour and brain responses to target presentation were affected by presenting one of four potential targets more frequently than its alternatives, and by providing a larger reward for hitting one of four potential targets.

'Evidence to Practice: New models of nutrition care improve outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer' by A/Prof Judy Bauer

15 November 2019 3:00pm3:30pm
A/Bauer will describe a randomized controlled trial that improved patient-related outcomes (nutritional status, quality of life, treatment interruptions) during radiation therapy (RT) using a novel method of training dietitians to deliver motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy to improve nutritional behaviours in patients with head and neck cancer.

Muscle function and joint loading in older adults: Implications on age-related osteoarthritis, by Dr Lauri Stenroth (University of Eastern Finland)

24 October 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease mainly affecting older adults. The knee is the most commonly affected joint. Abnormal mechanical loading of the joint has been implicated as one of the main contributors to disease progression. Musculoskeletal simulations have provided insights on the potential role calf muscles have on knee joint loading suggesting that age-related decline in calf muscle function may be detrimental for knee joint health.

Becoming an agent of change: Key learning experiences for coaches in Sport for Development contexts, by Dr Steven Rynne

2 August 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Generally, sport-for-development (SfD) targets marginalised communities through programs of physical activity, mostly described as sport. We argue that the nature of the sporting experience for Indigenous participants within the context of SfD initiatives is contingent upon the nature of the educators, their background, experiences and training, relative to the groups with which they are working.

Understanding the vascular contributions to brain health in adults at risk of dementia, by Dr Tom Bailey

2 August 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
This talk will highlight our recent advances in understanding the potential treatment targets for adults with cognitive decline, including both brain vascular function and systemic cardiovascular health.

“What is sport? What is a sport documentary?”, by Dr Douglas Brown

12 July 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Documentaries are understood as films that represent reality and provide some form of historical record of the world at a particular time and place. My presentation examines a time and place in Canadian history that witnessed an inordinately vigorous rate of production of documentary films about sport.

Physical Culture and the Making and Preservation of Bondi Beach, by Prof Booth

28 June 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Bondi, arguably Australia’s best known surf beach, raises questions about the relationships between physical cultures and the natural and built environments. I will explore these relationships through an historical analysis of swimming, surfbathing, surf lifesaving, and surfing, and their contributions to the making and preservation of Bondi Beach.

Match-fixing and sport: socio-cultural and historical perspectives, by Prof Huggins

14 June 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
In recent years, right across the world, from Australia to Iceland, and from America to China, match-fixing has been linked to material gain through manipulation of the result or some in-game feature. Match-fixing challenges notions of sporting integrity, fair play, sportsmanship and respect and could potentially affect spectator numbers, sponsorship, mass-media revenues and club profits.

'Being grateful: materialising ‘success’ in women’s sport' by Dr Adele Pavlidis

7 June 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
As women enter into spheres of production and consumption previously considered ‘masculine’ there is an opportunity to question the emotions and affects in circulation and what these ‘do’ to support the transformation of social life. The entrée of women into the world of professional contact sport is one site where these emotions and affects are intensified.

Physical activity and sitting time during and after pregnancy: findings from a large population-based cohort in Brazil, by Dr Gregore Mielke

17 May 2019 12:00pm12:45pm
Physical activity plays an important role in both maternal and child health, and should be considered a front-line for enhancing maternal physical and mental health.

“How Mr. Ed Killed Horse Racing”, by A/Prof J Silverman

10 May 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
There is a scene in Mr. Ed where Wilbur, the talking horse Mr. Ed’s “owner,” are watching horse races together. Mr. Ed is the 1960s American television comedy about a horse, Mr. Ed, who only talks to the homeowner, Wilbur. Wilbur has entered Ed into a horse race, and they watch a race on television together. Suddenly, Ed sees a jockey whip one of the horses, and reaches for the phone to call the SPCA, which Wilbur quickly quashes.

'To Learn from Practice: Evaluation of a community-based exercise intervention during pregnancy', by A/Prof Lene Haakstad

3 May 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
A/Prof Lene Haakstad will present a seminar titled` To Learn from Practice: Evaluation of a community-based exercise intervention during pregnancy`. The presentation will outline findings from a large-scale study which explored individual experiences with participating in an exercise intervention during pregnancy. A/Prof Haakstad is an exercise researcher at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS). Dr Haakstad’s primary research field is women`s health, with particular focus on physical activity and health during pregnancy, and the effect of exercise on outcomes for the mother and the foetus. She is currently a visiting fellow at The University of Queensland.

'Dismantling ‘public’ schooling', by Dr Anna Hogan

3 May 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Anna Hogan will present a talk titled 'Dismantling ‘public’ schooling'. In recent years, alternative modes of ‘public’ education have been pursued in a number of countries. These schools involve corporations receiving public funding to run public schools. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that Australia should trial these types of schools.

Cancer-induced Bone Metastases: Who is Safe to Exercise? by Dr Tina Skinner

5 April 2019 12:30pm1:00pm
Over 80% of patients with advanced cancer will develop bone metastases, where the tumour invades into the bone. Specific exercises have been demonstrated to improve bone health in non-cancer populations, however studies exploring the effect of exercise on bone health in people with cancer have typically excluded those with bone metastases.

Listening to motor units - Intercepting communication between our brain and our muscles

5 April 2019 12:00pm12:45pm
Understanding the principles that govern muscle force production is essential if we aim to optimise performance in sports, healthy ageing or motor impairment. This seminar will be presented by Dr Jeroen Aeles.