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Associate Professor Prue Cormie


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Master of Science in Exercise Science, United States of America, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science), United States of America, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Improving sexual health in men with prostate cancer: randomised controlled trial of exercise and psychosexual therapies,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2014 - 2019,  $565,380.
  • Exercise Medicine for the Management of Cancer,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2015 - 2017,  $50,000.
  • Can exercise mitigate chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients?,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2013,  2013 - 2017,  $17,786.
  • Exercise medicine for all cancer survivors: Implementation and evaluation of a national intervention program,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $100,560.
  • Can exercise ameliorate treatment toxicity during the initial phase of testosterone suppression in prostate cancer patients; is this more effective than delayed rehabilitation and what is the time course and persistence of benefits?,  Cancer Australia,  Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme,  2012 - 2016,  $446,276.
  • Efficacy and safety of a modular multi-modal exercise program in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases: a randomized controlled trial,  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,  Grant,  2012 - 2016,  $296,820.
  • Cancer Council Western Australia Early Cancer Researcher of the Year Award 2015,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Research Excellence Award,  2015 - 2016,  $10,000.
  • Exercise Medicine at Genesis Cancer Care,  Genesis Cancer Care Pty Ltd,  Genesis Cancer Care - Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $20,000.
  • Whole-Body Vibration Treatment in Prostate Cancer Survivors on Androgen Suppression Therapy,  Australian Unity Foundation,  Australian Unity Heritage Fellowship,  2012 - 2015,  $48,581.
  • Lucrin Immediate Exercise Trial,  AbbVie Pty Ltd,  AbbVie - Grant,  2010 - 2014,  $158,960.
  • Efficacy and Safety of High Versus Low Intensity Resistance Exercise, with and without Compression for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $50,175.
  • Efficacy and Safety of High Versus Low Intensity Resistance Exercise, with and without Compression for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $57,175.
  • Mechanical Specificity of Weightlifting Movements to Athletic Performance,  National Strength and Conditioning Association,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $13,591.
  • Efficacy of an oncologist recommended exercise program on cancer related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radical radiotherapy,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $25,000.
  • Equipment Grant for pQCT XCT 3000 Clinical,  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,  Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $157,339.
  • NEW INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT (NIRIS) AWARDS 2011 - Prue Cormie,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Council WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS),  2011 - 2012,  $10,000.
  • Feasibility and efficacy of resistance exercise in prostate cancer survivors with bone metastases.,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant - Early Career Investigator,  2011 - 2012,  $25,080.
  • Exercise as Medicine for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer Survivors,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $24,993.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • McIntyre, C., Baker, MK., Lee, YC., Galvao, D., Cormie, P., Graham, V., Newton, R., (2018), The feasibility of a pragmatic distance-based intervention to increase physical activity in lung cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27(1), Article Number e12722, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12722.
  • Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Cormie, P., Joseph, D., Chambers, S., Chee, R., McIntyre, C., Hart, N., Baumann, FT., Denham, J., Baker, M., Newton, R., (2018), Exercise preserves physical function in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50(3), 393-399, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001454.
  • Taaffe, D., Newton, R., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Chambers, S., Gardiner, R., Wall, B., Cormie, P., Bolam, K., Galvao, D., (2017), Effects of different exercise modalities on fatigue in prostate cancer patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy: A year-long randomised controlled trial. European Urology, 72(2), 293-299, Netherlands, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.eururo.2017.02.019.
  • Cormie, P., Zopf, E., Zhang, X., Schmitz, K., (2017), The Impact of Exercise on Cancer Mortality, Recurrence, and Treatment-Related Adverse Effects. Epidemiologic Reviews, 39(1), 71-92, DOI: 10.1093/epirev/mxx007.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2017), The influence of external load on quadriceps muscle and tendon dynamics during jumping. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(11), 2250-2259, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001361.
  • Gunnell, A., Joyce, S., Tomlin, S., Taaffe, D., Cormie, P., Newton, R., Joseph, D., Spry, N., Einarsdottir, K., Galvao, D., (2017), Physical activity and survival among long-term cancer survivor and non-cancer cohorts. Frontiers in Public Health, 5(Feb 2017), Article no. 19, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00019.
  • Cormie, P., Lamb, S., Newton, R., Valentine, L., McKiernan, S., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Taaffe, D., Doran, C., Galvao, D., (2017), Implementing exercise in cancer care: study protocol to evaluate a community-based exercise program for people with cancer. BMC Cancer, 17(1), Article no. 103, London, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd, DOI: 10.1186/s12885-017-3092-0.
  • Pedrinolla, A., Paolo Ardigo, L., Luca Salvagno, G., Li Volti, G., Caveggion, E., Mambrini, A., Mazzi, P., Cormie, P., Cesare Guidi, G., Schena, F., (2016), Inflammatory Response to Exercise in a Pancreatic-cancer Patient: a Case Report. Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy, 6(4), 1000176, Omics, DOI: 10.4172/2165-7092.1000176.
  • Cormie, P., Singh, B., Hayes, S., Peake, J., Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Nosaka, K., Cornish, B., Schmitz, K., Newton, R., (2016), Acute Inflammatory Response to Low-, Moderate-, and High-Load Resistance Exercise in Women With Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 15(3), 308-317, United States, SAGE Publications Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1534735415617283.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2016), Faster movement speed results in greater tendon strain during the loaded squat exercise. Frontiers in Physiology, 7(2016), Article no. 366, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00366.
  • Hamilton, K., Chambers, S., Legg, M., Oliffe, J., Cormie, P., (2015), Sexuality and exercise in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(1), 133-142, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-014-2327-8.
  • Cormie, P., Turner, B., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D., Chambers, S., (2015), A qualitative exploration of the experience of men with prostate cancer involved in supervised exercise programs. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(1), 24-32, Oncology Nursing Society, DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.24-32.
  • Haff, G., Ruben, R., Lider, J., Twine, C., Cormie, P., (2015), A comparison of methods for determining the rate of force development during isometric midthigh clean pulls. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(2), 386-395, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2015), Inhomogeneous quadriceps femoris hypertrophy in response to strength and power training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 47(11), 2389-2397, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000669.
  • Cormie, P., Nowak, AK., Chambers, S., Galvao, D., Newton, R., (2015), The potential role of exercise in neuro-oncology. Frontiers in Oncology, 5(APR), Article number 85, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2015.00085.
  • Cormie, P., McIntyre, C., Hayes, S., Naumann, F., Turner, J., Murnane, A., Baker, M., (2015), Exercise and cancer survivorship. Cancer Forum, 39(2), 105-112, Cancer Council Australia.
  • Singh, B., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Cornish, B., Reul-Hirche, H., Smith, C., Nosaka, K., Hayes, S., (2015), Effects of compression on lymphedema during resistance exercise in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema: a randomized cross-over trial. Lymphology, 48(2), 80-92, United States, International Society of Lymphology.
  • Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Joseph, D., Chee, R., Taaffe, D., Chambers, S., Newton, R., (2015), Can supervised exercise prevent treatment toxicity in patients with prostate cancer initiating androgen-deprivation therapy: A randomised controlled trial. BJU International, 115(2), 256-266, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/bju.12646.
  • Bolam, K., Beck, BR., Adlard, KN., Skinner, T., Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., (2014), The relationship between BPAQ-derived physical activity and bone density of middle-aged and older men. Osteoporosis International, 25(11), 2663-2668, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00198-014-2797-z.
  • Cormie, P., Chambers, S., Newton, R., Gardiner, R., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Joseph, D., Akhlil Hamid, M., Chong, P., Hughes, D., Hamilton, K., Galvao, D., (2014), Improving sexual health in men with prostate cancer: randomised controlled trial of exercise and psychosexual therapies. BMC Cancer, 14(1), Article no. 199, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-199.
  • Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Taaffe, D., Newton, R., (2014), Functional benefits are sustained after a program of supervised resistance exercise in cancer patients with bone metastases: longitidinal results of a pilot study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(6), 1537-1548, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00520-013-2103-1.
  • Gunnell, A., Knuiman, MW., Divitini, ML., Cormie, P., (2014), Leisure time physical activity and cardiovascular and cancer outcomes: the Busselton Health Study. European Journal of Epidemiology, 29(11), 851-857, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10654-014-9963-7.
  • Cormie, P., Spry, N., Jasas, K., Johansson, M., Yusoff, IF., Newton, R., Galvao, D., (2014), Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(4), 664-670, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000160.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2014), The influence of loading intensity on muscle-tendon unit behaviour during maximal knee extensor stretch shortening cycle exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol, 114(1), 59-69, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2744-2.
  • Galvao, D., Spry, N., Denham, J., Taaffe, D., Cormie, P., Joseph, D., Lamb, D., Chambers, S., Newton, R., (2014), A Multicentre Year-long Randomised Controlled Trial of Exercise Training Targeting Physical Functioning in Men with Prostate Cancer Previously Treated with Androgen Suppression and Radiation from TROG 03.04 RADAR. European Urology, 65(5), 856-864, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.eururo.2013.09.041.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Taaffe, D., Galvao, D., (2013), Safety and efficacy of resistance exercise in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(4), 328-335, DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2013.22.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Hamid, MA., Galvao, D., (2013), Exercise maintains sexual activity in men undergoing androgen suppression for prostate cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(2), 170-175, London, UK, Macmillan Publishers Limited, DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2012.52.
  • Cormie, P., Pumpa, K., Galvao, D., Turner, E., Spry, N., Saunders, C., Zissiadis, Y., Newton, R., (2013), Is it safe and efficacious for women with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer to lift heavy weights during exercise: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 7(3), 413-424, New York, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s11764-013-0284-8.
  • Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Newton, R., (2013), Neither heavy nor light load resistance exercise acutely exacerbates lymphedema in breast cancer survivor. Intergrative Cancer Therapies, 12(5), 423-432, United States, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1534735413477194.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Galvao, D., (2013), Exercise therapy for sexual dysfunction after prostate cancer. Nature Reviews, Urology, 10(12), 731-736, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/nrurol.2013.206.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2013), Knee angle-specific EMG normalization: The use of polynomial based EMG-angle relationships. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(1), 238-244, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.08.015.

Conference Publications

  • Appleby, B., Cormie, P., Cormack, S., Newton, R., (2013), The effect of an 8-week bilateral or unilateral lower body resistance training program on 20m sprint speed. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8-10 November 2013), 28-30, Helensvale, QLD, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Influence Of External Loading And Speed Of Movement On Muscle-tendon Unit Behaviour And Its Implications For Training
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