Exercise Physiology is concerned studying the physiological responses to exercise. Our work focuses on both the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, from a molecular to a whole system level.

Basic science projects in this area include investigations of the immunological, neurological, hormonal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems response to exercise using cellular, molecular and systemic approaches.

Applied science projects include exercise interventions for clinical populations (e.g., people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer) and those at an increased risk of chronic disease (e.g., older adults).

Collectively, UQ exercise physiology research aims to reduce the risk, progression and side effects of chronic disease through exercise. Our research uses a biopsychosocial approach to enhance understanding of the optimal exercise ‘dose’ to improve the health of people with, or at high risk of, chronic disease.

Externally funded, current and HMNS-led research projects



Funding Scheme


Player Development in Rugby League, and Recovery Techniques in Professional Rugby League

Vince Kelly,

Shona Halson,

David Jenkins

Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club


High intensity exercise for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis - is it safe, effective, and feasible in practice?


Shelley Keating,

Jeff Coombes

Graeme MacDonald

Ingrid Hickman,

Wendy Brown

Exercise and Sports Science Australia – Tom Penrose Community Service Grant


Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander brief intervention training program

David Jenkins,

F. Cunningham

M. Murphy,

D Thomas

J. Brimblecombe

J Brands,

N. Border,

L. Maksimovic

et al.

Queensland Health


Feasibility, Safety, Adherence and Efficacy of High Intensity Interval Training in Hospital-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation

Jeff Coombes

Jenna Kirschner

Michael Leveritt

Wesley Medical



Intense exercise for survival among men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (INTERVAL - MCRPC): A Multicentre, Randomized, Controlled Phase III Study

Jeff Coombes

Tina Skinner

Movember Project administered by QUT


Fellowship for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science


Jeff Coombes,

Thomas Bailey


Collaborative Research Network administered by Bond University


BRAIN Training Trial: Balance, Resistance, or INterval Training

Trial: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Three Exercise Modalities in Mild Cognitive Impairment


Jeff Coombes

M. Fiatarone Singh,

J. Hausdorff

T. Liu-Ambrose

U. Wisloff


NHMRC Project Grant administered by University of Sydney


Peer support in maintaining physical activity and health following an exercise training intervention for cancer survivors: a randomised controlled trial

David Jenkins

J. Aitken

S. Chambers

J. Dunn

Tina Skinner

NHMRC Partnership Projects


An evidence-based intervention (''Fit for Treatment'') to prevent taxane- induced neurotoxicity in breast cancer patients: An effectiveness- implementation hybrid study

Tina Skinner,

Nathalie Vear,

L. Stone

Metro South Hospital

and Health Service


High intensity exercise targeting insulin resistance in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis: is it safe, effective and feasible in practice?

Shelley Keating

Diabetes Australia

Research Program


One size does not fit all: personalised exercise strategies to improve cardiovascular and metabolic health in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Shelley Keating

NHMRC Early Career Fellowships


Intense Exercise for Survival among Men with Metastatic Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer (INTERVAL-GAP4)

Tina Skinner,

Jeff Coombes

Natalie Vear

Movember Foundation


GAP4 Exercise and Metabolic Health Project



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