Researcher Biography

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences with a major in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) at The University of Queensland. Her honours thesis investigated the effect of exercise on bone health in people with cancer. Grace has also been involved in previous research initiatives within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, to investigate the efficacy of a mentorship program on learning and technical skill competency in undergraduate students. Grace is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and continues to work with a variety of populations – from musculoskeletal rehabilitation patients to elite athletes.

Research Interests

Grace's research interests focus on the use of exercise prescription to improve chronic disease risk. Specifically, her current research aims to investigate the optimal exercise dose for changes to chronic inflammation and body composition among healthy older adults, through the implementation of varying exercise intensities. If successful, exercise intensity prescription may be optimised to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases that are independently associated with chronic inflammation and health-related body composition, such as dementia, some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Further, her research aims to assess the accuracy and reliability of body composition measurement techniques that are commonly implemented, for future measurement recommendations to clinicians and researchers alike.

Project Title

Optimising exercise for cognitive function in older adults


Dr Tina Skinner (Principal)

Dr Mia Schaumberg