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Professor Dennis Taaffe

Professor in Exercise Gerontology

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5476, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.223
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5476
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.223  


Dennis is a Professorial Fellow and Professor of Exercise Gerontology in the Exercise Medicine Research Institute, School of Medical and Health Sciences.


After initial teacher training Dennis completed his BSc, MSc, and PhD in the area of exercise physiology from the University of Oregon with postdoctoral training undertaken at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dennis has also received a DSc for work in exercise and ageing from Charles Sturt University and a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Hawaii, is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland. Prior to his recent appointment at ECU, Dennis was Professor and Discipline Leader for Medical and Exercise Science in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, and Professor of Exercise Physiology and Program Convener for Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle. 

Professional Associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Australian & New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group

Awards and Recognition

  • 2008 ASICS Best Paper – Clinically Relevant Conditions, Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport ’08, Hamilton Island, 16-18 October
  • 2008 Teaching Excellence Award (2nd year), School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland
  • 2007 Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health (USA)
  • 2007 ASICS Medal – Best Paper Overall, Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, be active ’07, Adelaide, 13-16 October
  • 2007 ASICS Best Paper – Performance Enhancement and Basic Science, Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, be active ’07, Adelaide, 13-16 October
  • 2003 Faculty of Arts “Most Effective Teacher” Nomination, University of Queensland
  • 2003 Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Award for Best Poster – Injury Prevention and Health Promotion, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Canberra

Research Areas and Interests

  • Exercise gerontology and exercise oncology


  • Doctor of Science, Charles Sturt University, 2007.
  • Master of Public Health, United States of America, 2006.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, United States of America, 1989.
  • Master of Science, United States of America, 1982.
  • Bachelor of Science, United States of America, 1981.
  • Diploma of Teaching, Riverina College of Advanced Education, 1980.


Recent Research Grants

  • Can Exercise Delay Transition to Active Therapy in Men with Low Grade Prostate Cancer? A Multi-Centre Randomized Controlled Trial.,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2018 - 2023,  $596,084.
  • The effect of cognitive and exercise training on Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant Chemotherapy Agents,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2018 - 2019,  $49,966.
  • Feasibility and efficacy of dosing exercise medicine immediately before or after chemotherapy infusion,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2017 - 2018,  $112,747.
  • An exploratory study to determine if exercise can impact the gut microbiota composition of men receiving androgen suppression therapy for prostate cancer,  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,  Grant,  2018,  $98,875.
  • Exercise Medicine Prior to Open Radical Cystectomy: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy,  ANZUP Clinical Trials Group Limited,  Below the Belt Research Fund,  2017 - 2018,  $45,455.
  • Allied Health Workforce Survey,  Department of Health WA,  Tender,  2016 - 2017,  $61,098.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Taaffe, D., Daly, R., Suominen, H., Galvao, D., Bolam, K., (2013), Physical Activity and Exercise in the Maintenance of the Adult Skeleton and the Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures. Osteoporosis, 2(87), 683-719, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-415853-5.00029-7.

Journal Articles

  • Taaffe, D., Buffart, L., Newton, R., Spry, N., Denham, J., Joseph, D., Lamb, D., Chambers, S., Galvao, D., (2018), Time on androgen deprivation therapy and adaptations to exercise: secondary analysis from a 12-month randomized controlled trial in men with prostate cancer. BJU International, 121(2), 194-202, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/bju.14008.
  • 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.
  • Galvao, D., Newton, R., Girgis, A., Lepore, S., Stiller, A., Mihalopoulos, C., Gardiner, R., Taaffe, D., Occhipinti, S., Chambers, S., (2018), Randomized controlled trial of a peer led multimodal intervention for men with prostate cancer to increase exercise participation. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 27(1), 199-207, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/pon.4495.
  • Galvao, D., Hayne, D., Frydenburg, M., Chambers, S., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Scuffham, P., Ware, R., Hart, N., Newton, R., (2018), Can exercise delay transition to active therapy in men with low-grade prostate cancer? A multi-centre randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(4), e022331, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022331..
  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Baker, M., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Thavaseelan, J., Galvao, D., (2017), Feasibility of presurgical exercise in men with prostate cancer undergoing prostatectomy. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 16(3), 290-299, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1534735416666373.
  • Hart, N., Newton, R., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Chambers, S., Feeney, K., Joseph, D., Redfern, A., Ferguson, T., Galvao, D., (2017), Can exercise suppress tumour growth in advanced prostate cancer patients with sclerotic bone metastases? A randomised, controlled study protocol examining feasibility, safety and efficacy. BMJ Open, 7(5), article no.e014458, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014458.
  • 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.
  • Wall, B., Galvao, D., Fatehee, N., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Hebert, J., Newton, R., (2017), Exercise improves VO2max and body composition in androgen deprivation therapy-treated prostate cancer patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(8), 1503-1510, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001277.
  • 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.
  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Baker, MK., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Galvao, D., (2017), Feasibility and Efficacy of Presurgical Exercise in Survivors of Rectal Cancer Scheduled to Receive Curative Resection. Clinical Colorectal Cancer, epub ahead of print(epub ahead of print), 8p., New York, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.clcc.2017.03.010.
  • Beck, B., Daly, R., Fiatarone Singh, M., Taaffe, D., (2017), Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) position statement on exercise prescription for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20(5), 438-445, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.10.001.
  • 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.
  • Zopf, E., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Cormie, P., Joseph, D., Chambers, S., Baumann, FT., Bloch, W., Galvao, D., (2017), Associations between aerobic exercise levels and physical and mental health outcomes in men with bone metastatic prostate cancer: a cross-sectional investigation. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(6), Article Number: e12575, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12575.
  • Buffart, L., Kalter, J., Sweegers, M., Courneya, K., Newton, R., Aaronson, N., Jacobsen, P., May, A., Galvao, D., Chinapaw, M., Steindorf, K., Irwin, M., Stuiver, M., Hayes, S., Griffith, K., Lucia, A., Mesters, I., Van Weert, E., Knoop, H., Goedendorp, M., Mutrie, N., Daley, A., McConnachie, A., Bohus, M., Thorsen, L., Schulz, K., Short, C., James, E., Plotnikoff, R., Arbane, G., Schmidt, M., Potthoff, K., Van Beruden, M., Oldenburg, H., Sonke, G., Van Harten, W., Garrod, R., Schmitz, K., Winters-Stone, K., Velthuis, M., Taaffe, D., Van Mechelen, W., Kersten, M., Nollet, F., Wenzel, J., Wiskemann, J., Verdonck-De Leeuw, IM., Brug, J., (2017), Effects and moderators of exercise on quality of life and physical function in patients with cancer: An individual patient data meta-analysis of 34 RCTs. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 52(2017), 91-104, United Kingdom, W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2016.11.010.
  • 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.
  • Schultz, AB., Taaffe, D., Blackburn, M., Logan, P., White, D., Drew, M., Lockie, R., (2016), Musculoskeletal screening as a predictor of seasonal injury in elite Olympic class sailors. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19(11), 903-909, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2016.02.011.
  • Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Gardiner, R., Taylor, R., Risbridger, G., Frydenberg, M., Hill, M., Chambers, S., Stricker, P., Shannon, T., Hayne, D., Zopf, E., Newton, R., (2016), Enhancing active surveillance for men with prostate cancer: The potential of exercise medicine. Nature Reviews Urology, 13(5), 258-265, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/nrurol.2016.46.
  • Bolam, KA., Skinner, TL., Sax, AT., Adlard, KN., Taaffe, D., (2016), A comparison of bone mineral density in amateur male boxers and active non-boxers. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 37(9), 694-699, Stuttgart, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-104200.
  • Bolam, K., Skinner, T., Jenkins, D., Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., (2016), The Osteogenic Effect of Impact-Loading and Resistance Exercise on Bone Mineral Density in Middle-Aged and Older Men: A Pilot Study. Gerontology: international journal of experimental, clinical, behavioral, regenerative and technical gerontology, 62(1), 22-32, Basel, Switzerland, Karger, DOI: 10.1159/000435837.
  • Costigan, S., Eather, N., Plotnikoff, RC., Taaffe, D., Lubans, DR., (2015), High-intensity interval training for improving health-related fitness in adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(19), 1253-1261, London, UK, B M J Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094490.
  • Daly, RM., Duckham, RL., Tait, JL., Rantalainen, T., Nowson, CA., Taaffe, D., Sanders, K., Hill, KD., Kidgell, DJ., Busija, L., (2015), Effectiveness of dual-task functional power training for preventing falls in older people: Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16(1), Article no. 120, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-0652-y.
  • Costigan, SA., Eather, N., Plotnikoff, RC., Taaffe, D., Pollock, E., Kennedy, SG., Lubans, DR., (2015), Preliminary efficacy and feasibility of embedding high intensity interval training into the school day: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2(2015), 973-979, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.11.001.
  • Buffart, L., Newton, R., Chinapow, MJ., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Denham, J., Joseph, D., Lamb, D., Brug, J., Galvao, D., (2015), The effect, moderators, and mediators of resistance and aerobic exercise on health-related quality of life in older long-term survivors of prostate cancer. Cancer, 121(16), 2821-2830, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.29406.
  • 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.
  • Wall, B., Galvao, D., Fatehee, N., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Newton, R., (2015), Reduced Cardiovascular Capacity and Resting Metabolic Rate in Men with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Androgen Deprivation: A Comprehensive Cross-Sectional Investigation. Advances in Urology, 2015(Article ID 976235), 7p., New York, United States, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2015/976235.
  • 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.
  • Wall, B., Galvao, D., Fatehee, N., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Newton, R., (2014), Maximal Exercise Testing of Men with Prostate Cancer Being treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(12), 2210-2215, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000353.
  • Hasegawa, R., Islam, MM., Watanabe, R., Tomiyama, N., Taaffe, D., (2014), Effects of periodic task-specific test feedback on physical performance in older adults undertaking band-based resistance exercise. Journal of Aging Research, 2014(1), Article no. 171694, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2014/171694.
  • Pritchard-Peschek, K., Jenkins, DG., Osborne, MA., Slater, GJ., Taaffe, D., (2014), The dose?response relationship between pseudoephedrine ingestion and exercise performance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(5), 531-534, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skinner, T., Jenkins, D., Leveritt, M., McGorm, A., Bolam, K., Coombes, J., Taaffe, D., (2014), Factors influencing serum caffeine concentrations following caffeine ingestion. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(5), 516-520, Article in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.006.
  • Chang, D., Joseph, D., Ebert, M., Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Denham, J., Newton, R., Spry, N., (2014), Effect of androgen deprivation therapy on muscle attenuation in men with prostate cancer. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 58(2), 223-228, DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12124.
  • Buffart, L., Galvao, D., Chinapaw, M., Brug, J., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Newton, R., (2014), Mediators of the Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Intervention Effect on Physical and General Health in Men Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. Cancer, 120(2), 294-301, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28396.
  • Skinner, TL., Jenkins, DG., Folling, J., Leveritt, MD., Coombes, JS., Taaffe, D., (2013), Influence of carbohydrate on serum caffeine concentrations following caffeine ingestion. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 16(4), 343-347, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.08.004.
  • Skinner, TL., Jenkins, DG., Taaffe, D., Leveritt, MD., Coombes, JS., (2013), Coinciding exercise with peak serum caffeine does not improve cycling performance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 16(1), 54-59, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.04.004.
  • Pritchard-Peschek, KR., Osborne, MA., Slater, GJ., Taaffe, D., Jenkins, DG., (2013), Pseudoephedrine and preexercise feeding: Influence on performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(6), 1152-1157, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182808e23.
  • Bolam, K., Van Uffelen, J., Taaffe, D., (2013), The effect of physical exercise on bone density in middle-aged and older men: A systematic review. Osteoporosis International, 24(11), 2749-2762, DOI: 10.1007/s00198-013-2346-1.
  • Toivonen, MH., Pollanen, E., Ahtiainen, M., Suominen, H., Taaffe, D., Cheng, S., Takala, T., Kujala, UM., Tammi, M., Sipila, S., Kovanen, V., (2013), OGT and OGA expression in postmenopausal skeletal muscle associates with hormone replacement therapy and muscle cross-sectional area. Experimental Gerontology, 48(12), 1501-1504, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.10.007.
  • 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.
  • Spry, N., Taaffe, D., England, P., Judge, J., Stephens, D., McIntyre, C., Baker, M., Newton, R., Galvao, D., (2013), Long-term effects of intermittent androgen suppression therapy on lean and fat mass: a 33-month prospective study. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(1), 66-71, DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2012.33.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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