Visit of Professor David Dunstan to the BRU Thursday 29th February 2012

      The BRU hosted David Dunstan, Professor of Human Physiology and behaviour science from Baker IDI heart and diabetes unit in Melbourne, Australia.

      Prof dunstan visits BRU


      Professor David Dunstan PhD is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University.

      His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. His research program has attracted considerable external funding from the NHMRC, VicHealth and the National Heart Foundation. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Obesity Reviews, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Over the past 15 years David has established an extensive media profile including interviews with ABC Catalyst, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.

      Professor David Dunstans work relates to the primary prevention of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, dealing with health consequences of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour.

      A key focus is the linking of:

      1. Epidemiological evidence on sedentary behaviour health relationships; with 

      2. Clinical/experimental investigations of the relationships of sedentary time to cardio metabolic risk biomarkers and adverse health outcomes; with

      3. Findings from behavioural research involving novel interventions to change sitting time. 

      This 3-way integration aims to provide much-needed evidence to inform new policy directions in public health in order to reduce Australia’s disease burden from excessive sedentary time and physical inactivity. The laboratory has developed the capacity to investigate the cardio-metabolic and physiological effects of sitting time experimentally manipulated within simulated office and domestic environments. He also conduct field-based intervention trials in workplaces and the general community.


      We were very pleased to be able to host Prof Dunstan in our BRU, we had a very productive time reviewing our current and proposed work, and also exploring opportunities to collaborate on large scale projects in sedentary behaviour and measurement.