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 and HMNS-led research projects



Funding Scheme


Feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the Physical Activity Intelligence (PAI) e-health program for cardiac patients from the Defence community

Shelley Keating

Jeff Coombes

Robert Fassett

N. Burton

J. Taylor

M. Hannan

Defence Health Foundation Grants for Medical Research

2021 - 2022

Effect of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on human gut microbiome functional diversity, inflammation and body composition in colorectal cancer survivors


Tina Skinner

Marloes Nitert Dekker

Jeff Coombes

Alexander Boytar

D. Jenkins

University of Newcastle

2021 - 2022
Intense exercise for survival among men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (INTERVAL-MCRPC)

Tina Skinner

Jeff Coombes

Natalie Vear

Movember Foundation2019 - 2024
Peer support in maintaining physical activity and health following an exercise training intervention for cancer survivors: a randomised controlled trial

David Jenkins

Tina Skinner

G. David

J. Aitken

S. Chambers

J. Dunn

NHMRC Partnership Projects2018 - 2022
An evidence-based intervention (''Fit for Treatment'') to prevent taxane-induced neurotoxicity in breast cancer patients: An effectiveness-implementation hybrid study

Tina Skinner

Natalie Vear

L. Stone

Metro South Hospital and Health Service2018 - 2022
High intensity exercise targeting insulin resistance in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis: is it safe, effective and feasible in practice?

Shelly Keating

Jeff Coombes

I. Hickman

G. MacDonald

Diabetes Australia Research Program2017 - 2022
One size does not fit all: personalised exercise strategies to improve cardiovascular and metabolichealth in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver diseaseShelley KeatingNHMRC Early Career Fellowships2017 - 2022
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

Queensland University of Technoogy2016 - 2024
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