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Dr Travis Cruickshank


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 61463043416, Email:, Campus: Joondalup,
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 61463043416
Campus: Joondalup  


Dr Travis Cruickshank is a neuroscientist and exercise scientist within the Collaborative Genomics and Translation Group and Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) at Edith Cowan University. Dr Cruickshank leads the Huntington’s Disease Research Group and the Lifestyle Enrichment Division of the Collaborative Genomics and Translation Group at Edith Cowan University. Dr Cruickshank is also a principle investigator on the Systematic Profiling in Neurological Disorders Trial. Dr Cruickshank’s research is dedicated to the design, delivery and evaluation of novel non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies as well as the validation of novel clinical endpoints for individuals with chronic neurological conditions and cancer. In addition to his clinical research, part of Dr Cruickshank’s research portfolio is dedicated to examining predictors of performance in elite tennis players.

Professional Associations

  • European Huntington’s Disease Network Physiotherapy Working Group
  • European Huntington’s Disease Network Cognitive Working Group
  • European Huntington’s Disease Network Young Adults Working Group

Awards and Recognition

  • Excellence in Research Commendation, Edith Cowan University, 2018
  • Top Downloaded Paper, Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 2018 - 2019

Research Areas and Interests

  • Neuroscience
    • Multidisciplinary rehabilitation
    • Environmental modifiers
    • Clinical endpoint validation
  • Oncology
    • Exercise as Medicine
    • Cognitive training
    • Sleep enrichment
  • Human Performance
    • Predictors of tennis performance
  • Internal and external loads in simulated tennis match play


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Science major in Human in Human Biology, Edith Cowan University, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • The development and evaluation of a novel multidisciplinary therapy coaching program for people with mild-to-moderate Huntington’s disease. ,  Perpetual Ltd,  IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program,  2018 - 2023,  $445,021.
  • 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 - 2021,  $49,966.
  • Effects of a Twelve-Week Multidisciplinary Therapy Coaching Program on Activities of Daily Living and Quality of Life in Huntington’s Disease,  Edith Cowan University,  Early Career Researcher Grant – 2020,  2020 - 2021,  $29,786.
  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery,  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia,  MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research,  2019 - 2020,  $600,000.
  • The development and evaluation of a novel multidisciplinary therapy application for individuals with Huntington’s disease ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2017 Open Round,  2018 - 2019,  $125,549.
  • HEROs Huntington's disease Exercise Rehabilitation Optimisation Study,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2014 - 2017,  $780,974.
  • The effect of multidisciplinary therapy on neurodegeneration and clinical decline in Huntington’s disease individuals before the onset of diagnosable symptoms.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $27,900.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bartlett, D., Dominguez D, JF., Lazar, A., Kordsachia, C., Rankin, T., Lo, J., Govus, A., Power, B., Lampit, A., Eastwood, P., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2020), Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Reduces Hypothalamic Grey Matter Volume Loss in Individuals with Preclinical Huntington's Disease: A Nine-Month Pilot Study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 408(2020), 116522, DOI:
  • Turner, M., Reyes, A., Bartlett, D., Culpin, S., Hart, N., Hardt, L., Feindel, K., Poudel, G., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2020), Exploring the brain-body composition relationship in Huntington’s disease. The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, x(x), xx-xx.
  • Reyes, A., Castillo, A., Castillo, J., Cornejo, I., Cruickshank, T., (2019), The Effects of Respiratory Muscle Training on Phonatory Measures in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Journal of Voice, 33(4), 1-7, Last author, DOI:
  • Bartlett, D., Dominguez D, JF., Reyes, A., Zaenker, P., Feindel, K., Newton, R., Hannan, A., Slater, J., Eastwood, P., Lazar, A., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2019), Investigating the relationships between hypothalamic volume and measures of circadian rhythm and habitual sleep in premanifest Huntington's disease. Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, 6(January 2019), p. 1-8, DOI:
  • Reyes, A., Salomonczyk, D., Teo, W., Medina, L., Bartlett, D., Pirogovsky-Turk, E., Zaenker, P., Bloom, J., Simmons, R., Ziman, M., Gilbert, P., Cruickshank, T., (2018), Computerised dynamic posturography in premanifest and manifest individuals with Huntington's disease. Scientific Reports, 8(1), Article number 14615, United Kingdom, Nature Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32924-y.
  • Cruickshank, T., Reyes, A., Penailillo, L., Pulverenti, T., Bartlett, D., Zaenker, P., Blazevich, T., Newton, R., Thompson, J., Lo, J., Ziman, M., (2018), Effects of multidisciplinary therapy on physical function in Huntington’s disease. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 138(6), 500-507, United States, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/ane.13002.
  • Bartlett, D., Cruickshank, T., Hannan, A., Eastwood, P., Lazar, A., Ziman, M., (2016), Neuroendocrine and neurotrophic signaling in Huntington's Disease: Implications for pathogenic mechanisms and treatment strategies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 71(2016), 444-454, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.09.006.
  • Cruickshank, T., Reyes, A., Ziman, M., (2015), A systematic review and meta-analysis of strength training in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson disease. Medicine, 94(4), e411, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000000411.
  • Cruickshank, T., Thompson, J., Domínguez , J., Reyes, A., Bynevelt, M., Georgiou-Karistianis, N., Barker, R., Ziman, M., (2015), The effect of multidisciplinary rehabilitation on brain structure and cognition in Huntington's disease: an exploratory study. Brain and Behavior, 5(2), 1-10, West Sussex, UK, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/brb3.312.
  • Reyes, A., Cruickshank, T., Nosaka, K., Ziman, M., (2015), Respiratory muscle training on pulmonary and swallowing function in patients with Huntington's disease: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(10), 961-973, SAGE Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/0269215514564087.
  • Collins, L., Begeti, F., Panin, F., Lazar, A., Cruickshank, T., Ziman, M., Mason, S., Barker, R., (2015), Novel Nut and Bolt Task Quantifies Motor Deficits in Premanifest and Manifest Huntington’s Disease. PLoS Currents, 7(Huntington Disease), online, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/currents.hd.ded251617ae62a1364506b0521bd3761.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Medical Science),  Factors associated with anxiety, depression, burnout, and ptsd symptomatology in Australian paramedics
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The utility of multidisciplinary rehabilitation as a treatment strategy for circadian rhythm and sleep disturbances in premanifest huntington's disease
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