Researcher biography

Dr Tina Skinner is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Tina's research interest focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving disease- and treatment-related symptoms of cancer survivors using exercise and nutrition. She has been one of the main drivers of exercise oncology research at UQ, initiating collaborations with high profile researchers across Australia, Sweden and Canada. The quality and significance of this research has resulted in several national and international collaborations, including Movember-funded international exercise oncology projects.

Tina is currently an advisor for 10 research higher degree students, each of whom has achieved success in their doctorates, from prestigious scholarships and publications to international conference awards and travel grants. In addition to supervising research higher degree students, Tina also collaborates widely with researchers on projects centrally concerned with enhancing health and exercise performance, through optimising

  • Bone health and preventing falls
  • Nutrition and supplementation
  • Hormone regulation
  • Testing protocols
  • Training protocols

Bone health and preventing falls: Ageing, sarcopenia and various cancer treatments (hormone therapy) negatively impact bone health, falls and subsequent fractures. Tina's research in this area has explored various exercise prescriptions designed to target improvements in bone density and falls risk. This research has received funded collaborations with industry, publications, and international conference awards.

Nutrition and supplementation: Enhancing the ergogenic potential of supplements and sports nutrition strategies builds on Tina's doctoral research, which investigated the Effect of Caffeine Dose and Timing on Exercise Performance. The value of Tina's nutrition and supplementation work has been recognised through publication in high quality journals, associate editor positions for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism and the Journal of Caffeine Research, invited book chapter author for the book Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes, grant success, invited industry presentations, media and industry publicity and national conference awards.

Hormone regulation: To-date, relatively few studies in sports science have focused on female athletes, with the majority lacking control of hormonal status. Research projects Tina leads in this area have been recognised through doctoral student national and international conference awards, publications and travel grant success. Each of these projects will facilitate greater understanding of the influence of hormone regulation on exercise performance and assist coaches, athletes and exercise scientists to make informed decisions with regards to oral contraception use and athletic performance.

Testing protocols: Tina is currently involved in several projects that investigate the validity and reliability of a test or testing battery to ensure accurate interpretation and application of the results. The use of valid protocols, as detailed in Jeff Coombes and Tina's co-edited textbook, ESSA's Student Manual for Health, Fitness and Sport Assessment, provides an enhanced ability to accurately measure and monitor exercise performance.

Training protocols: Applying validated testing protocols to determine changes in health and exercise performance with training forms the basis for several randomised controlled trials Tina is involved with. The value of this research has been recognised through research funding and doctoral student international conference awards.