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Research Centres and Institutes
Biomedical and Lifestyle Diseases (BioLED)
Our laboratory based investigative approach uses intensive laboratory analysis of health related phenomena with the intent of future clinical application. This approach provides greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of medical conditions, such as the development of obesity related illnesses.
The laboratory based approach comprises several laboratory based biomedical sciences disciplines, including several applied disciplines:
• molecular and nutritional physiology and pharmacology
• biophotonics and bioimaging
• immunology and food science
• nutrition and dietetics
• women’s health
• complementary medicine and musculoskeletal health
This research unit aims to integrate the disciplines of nutrition, biomedical and physiological sciences and osteopathy, to provide a multifaceted approach to public health needs. The capacity of this research team can progress research at any point from pure scientific inquiry to applied physiological and experimental medicine, and further translate this into positive health outcomes in a society being crippled by our current lifestyle promoted preventable diseases. Basic biomedical research is applied to problems of modern diseases of abnormal adaptations, converting it into practical therapeutic and public health applications.
Our current research strengths include:
• molecular and nutritional physiology and pharmacology • obesity
• muscle and exercise metabolism
• immunology and cancer
• complementary medicine
• musculoskeletal health
For more information, view BioLED research Capability Statement
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Our vision is to be a world leading research institute in sport, exercise science and active living by making important contributions to society through innovative research.
ISEAL's research focus in these three research programs is led by a team of internationally recognised professors, with a critical research mass of over 200 people. The research is supported by the most comprehensive range of sport and exercise science facilities in the southern hemisphere.
Our excellence in research, high-quality analysis, and collaborations with academic institutions, government organisations, private industry partners and community associations, means we deliver pioneering outcomes.
Research spans human development to high performance sport. Our projects permeate global sporting events like the Tour de France, and, like the athletes we work with, we never set limitations on the scope or impact we can have on elite sporting performance.
We also makes significant contributions to exercise science worldwide beyond the sporting landscape. ISEAL is leading the field when it comes to understanding the relationships between exercise, physical activity, and chronic disease prevention, including the mechanisms by which exercise can prevent, reduce or reverse disease progression.
We are also at the forefront of research into how to promote and engage individuals and communities in more active lifestyles. Our main research focus in this field is on the psycho-social and environmental factors which might explain health behaviour change and in particular community participation in sport, exercise and physical activity. As a research facility we aim to make significant impacts on the whole life cycle from children’s physical health through to the elderly.
For more information, view ISEAL's Capability Statement.
College of Sport and Exercise
Our Research Focus
The College of Sport and Exercise Science has a rich and vibrant research culture that is internationally recognised with its large group of academic research scholars, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate and honours students.
The College conducts research in the fields of sport science, exercise science and active living, one of the areas of research VU is focused on.
We provide expert research supervision and welcome enquiries from prospective research students interested in developing new projects. Our innovative approaches, and the breadth and depth of research specialisation, help create an attractive range of postgraduate research options including Masters and Doctoral programs.