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ECU academic receives government grant

Friday, 10 June 2011


Congratulations to ECU Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Exercise and Human Performance, Dr Prue Cormie, who recently received a $10,000 New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) grant from the Department of Health.

The grant recognises an individual’s contribution to research as an outstanding new investigator in their field.

Dr Cormie is an exercise scientist whose research focuses on the application of exercise as medicine for the management of chronic disease, in particular cancer.

The aim of Dr Cormie’s research is to expand knowledge, create best practice policies and shape public policy to result in meaningful improvements in health through the use of exercise as medicine.

“Physical activity is a major determinant in maintaining health, to the extent that mortality risk is significantly reduced in people who exercise regularly,” said Dr Cormie.

“A number of prominent scientists have noted that if exercise could be encapsulated in a pill, it would be among the most powerful medications ever developed. Exercise is even more important for cancer patients who suffer serious, long-term health problems caused by the disease and its treatment.”

Exercise leads to improved disease, physical and psychosocial outcomes for cancer survivors. However, the type and dosage of exercise determines the nature and magnitude of the adaptations that will occur – so one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to an effective exercise program.

“The goal of my research is to develop disease specific prescription to optimally integrate with pharmaceutical treatments for best patient outcomes, and this money will significantly help achieve that goal,” said Dr Cormie.


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