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International partnership stands the test of time

Friday, 03 February 2012


ECU researchers are collaborating with colleagues at Kobe University in Japan to better understand how the human body responds to exercise.

The collaboration is an example of the successful sister-state relationship between WA and Hyago Prefecture – in which Kobe University is located – which has just marked its 30th anniversary.

ECU academics from the School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Dr Chris Abbiss, Dr Sophia Nimphius and Professor Ken Nosaka visited Kobe University last month to present seminars and conduct collaborative research programs.  

For Dr Abbiss and Dr Nimphius it was both informative and rewarding.

“I have been working with Professor Kondo and his students from Kobe University, researching factors that influence body temperature regulation and the sweating response during exercise,” Dr Abbiss said.

“It was great to work with the students, share research findings and work collaboratively to investigate new approaches in the area of exercise and sports science.”

In 2012 the research team plan to commence a collaborative research project with the University of Tsukuba, examining the influence of elevated body temperatures on breathing response during exercise.

Dr Nimphius is also collaborating with Professor Hirakawa and Professor Takada at Kobe University, looking at an international comparison between the physical fitness of elite softball players.

She will present and discuss research collaborations on the importance of resistance training for softball and baseball performance at Waseda University in Tokyo next month.

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