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Professor Rob Newton named WA Scientist of the Year


Professor Rob Newton believes exercise, not bed rest, is the key to helping cancer patients better recover from treatments and fight the deadly disease.
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ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute’s work with exercise and cancer patients is having a significant impact on the rate of survivorship.

Professor Rob Newton believes exercise, not bed rest, is the key to helping cancer patients better recover from treatments and fight the deadly disease.

Professor Rob Newton believes exercise is an essential medicine for cancer patients to improve both quality and quantity of life.

His research and advocacy in the field of exercise medicine was recognised with him being named the joint winner of Scientist of the Year in the 2019 Premier’s Science Awards.

Professor Newton is a researcher in Edith Cowan University’s Exercise Medicine Research Institute and Associate Dean of Medical and Exercise Sciences.

“We know that exercise can dramatically improve the lives of people living with cancer,” Professor Newton said.

“Targeted exercise medicine enhances chemotherapy and radiation therapy, improves surgical outcomes, reduces treatment side-effects and even directly suppresses the development and growth of cancer cells.”

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Caroline Finch congratulated Professor Newton on the Award.

“My ECU colleagues and I know what a tireless researcher and advocate Rob has been when it comes to the benefits of prescribing exercise as medicine. I am pleased that his work has now also been recognised at the Premier’s Science Awards, representing the latest in a long list of accolades and successful grants that recognise his world class research,” Professor Finch said.

“Rob’s enthusiasm and energy are exactly the sort of qualities that are needed to continue to attract Western Australian’s brightest minds to a career in STEM, vital for the ongoing prosperity of this State.”

Professor Rob Newton.

Lifetime of achievement

Professor Newton has co-authored national and international guidelines for exercise and cancer and has received more than $35 million in competitive research funds over his career.

His work formed the basis for the first-ever exercise medicine service for cancer patients in WA in partnership with the Cancer Council WA and influenced patient support programs in the UK, Europe, China and North America.

Visit the Exercise Medicine Research Institute’s website for more information about exercise medicine research at ECU.

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