About

Improving health and quality of life through research

Prevention and management of chronic diseases starts with quality research. At IPAN, we conduct world-leading research into all aspects of physical activity and nutrition across the lifespan, from conception to old age.

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon

IPAN Director

Our research is ranked well above world standard*. It spans from the lab to real-world settings, including studying the biological mechanisms behind exercise and nutrition; using technology and exercise to prevent and manage chronic conditions; innovative solutions to improve nutrition; increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in our community; and develop evidence-based food policy.

Through our research, we strive to improve health outcomes in populations all over the world. Our team collaborates nationally and internationally, as well as across disciplines. We’re also committed to nurturing a new generation of leading researchers, through a supportive and dynamic research environment.

* Australian Research Council (2019). State of Australian University Research 2018–19: ERA National Report. Australian Research Council, Canberra.

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon

IPAN Director

About us

Our vision is to improve the health of all populations through physical activity and nutrition research excellence.

Our purpose is to conduct high quality multidisciplinary physical activity and nutrition research to actively inform policy and practice to improve health, and build capacity in the field.

People

Director

Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon
Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Professor Anna Timperio
Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Associate Professor Michelle Keske

Members

Head of School Professor Brad Aisbett
Chair in Exercise and Ageing Professor Robin Daly
Head, Baker Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes and Chair, Lifestyle and Diabetes Professor David Dunstan
Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow Professor Kylie Hesketh
Professor in Physical Activity and Disease Prevention Professor Ralph Maddison
Professor in Dietetics Professor Judi Porter
Associate Head of School, International and Partnerships Professor Aaron Russell
Associate Head of School, Research Professor Glenn Wadley
Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Associate Professor Steve Fraser
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Associate Professor Shariful Islam
Clinical Associate Professor Associate Professor Nicole Kiss
Associate Professor, Public Health Nutrition Associate Professor Rachel Laws
Associate Professor (Research) Associate Professor David Scott
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Associate Professor Megan Teychenne
Associate Professor Associate Professor Susan Torres
Associate Professor Associate Professor Jenny Veitch
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) Associate Professor Stuart Warmington
ARC DECRA Research Fellow Dr Lauren Arundell
Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Brenton Baguley
Senior Lecturer Dr Phil Baker
Lecturer, Exercise Science (Lifespan) Dr Andrew Betik
Senior Lecturer Nutrition Sciences Dr Kristy Bolton
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning, Food, Nutrition & Dietetics) Dr Alison Booth
Lecturer, Nutrition Science Dr Alissa Burnett
Research Fellow Dr Ana Maria Contardo Ayala
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Suzanne Dixon-Suen
Lecturer, Physical Activity and Health Dr Katherine Downing
Lecturer, Strength and Conditioning Sciences Dr Jackson Fyfe
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kidane Gebremariam
Senior Research Fellow Dr Elena George
Senior Lecturer Population Nutrition Dr Carley Grimes
Lecturer, Exercise Physiology across the Lifespan Dr Lee Hamilton
Lecturer, Motor Learning Dr Ashlee Hendy
Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Danielle Hiam
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Kirsten Howlett
Research Fellow Dr Paul Jansons
Senior Lecturer, Nutritional Sciences Dr Gunveen Kaur
Senior Research Fellow Dr Harriet Koorts
Senior Lecturer Dr Greg Kowalski
Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science Dr Katie Lacy
Senior Research Fellow Dr Natalie Lander
NHF Research Fellow & NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Dr Rebecca Leech
Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Rebecca Lindberg
Philip Wrightson Fellow (Neurological Foundation) Dr Angus Lindsay
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Dr Katherine Livingstone
Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Venurs Loh
Senior Lecturer, Community and Public Health Nutrition Dr Penny Love
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Priscila Machado
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Helen Macpherson
Senior Lecturer Dr Luana Main
Senior Lecturer Dr Claire Margerison
Lecturer, Nutrition Science Dr Shaun Mason
Post Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Emiliano Mazzoli
Associate Research Fellow Dr Jakub Mesinovic
Senior Lecturer Dr Clint Miller
Senior Lecturer Dr Catherine Milte
Lecturer Dr Niamh Mundell
Lecturer, Community and Public Health Nutrition Dr Janandani Nanayakkara
Research Fellow Dr Patrick Owen
Research Fellow, Smart-Heart Dr Kate Parker
NHMRC / National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellow Dr Lewan Parker
Executive Dean Health Research Fellow Dr Susan Paudel
Research Fellow Dr Jonathan Rawstorn
Senior Lecturer, Food Innovation Dr Georgie Russell
Senior Lecturer Dr Shannon Sahlqvist
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Chris Shaw
Executive Dean Health Research Fellow Dr George Siopis
Senior Lecturer Dr Alison Spence
Senior Lecturer Dr Claudia Strugnell
Senior Lecturer Dr Ewa Szymlek-Gay
Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science Dr Jamie Tait
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Jason Talevski
Senior Lecturer, Nutrition Sciences Dr Sze Yen Tan
Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Teketo Tegegne
Research Fellow Dr Hannah Thomas
Research Fellow Dr Adam Trewin
Senior Lecturer Dr Anne Turner
Senior Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Paige van der Pligt
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Simone Verswijveren
Lecturer, Physical Activity and Health Dr Anthony Walsh
Lecturer, Physical Activity and Health Dr Kim Way
Executive Dean Health Research Fellow Dr Michael Wheeler
Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition Dr Julie Woods
Research Fellow, Digital Health Dr Yuxin Zhang
Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Early Career Dr Jazzmin Zheng

Facilities

Our researchers have access to world class sport and nutrition science and laboratory facilities at Deakin’s Burwood and Geelong campuses.

This includes:

  • State-of-the-art laboratories to take and analyse muscle and adipose tissue samples, common blood and urine biomarkers, ranging from simple blood lipids to more complex hormonal, inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers, and undertake nutritional analysis.
  • A research gymnasium to undertake resistance (strength) training, aerobic exercise, and high velocity functional power training tests.

Our facilities are extensively equipped with specialised equipment to allow for innovative research including:

  • Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines to accurately measure changes in total body and regional bone mineral density (BMD), bone structure and strength as well as body composition [lean tissue mass, fat mass, muscle cross-sectional area, subcutaneous fat area)
  • Electrocardiogram to measure heart rate and heart rate variability
  • Metabolic carts to measure oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production, to determine a person’s metabolic rate; how many calories a person burns in a day; and whether a person prefers to burn fat or carbohydrate.
  • Ultrasound machine to measure cardiovascular function including blood flow.
  • Metabolic gas analysers to assess maximal oxygen uptake and blood sampling devices.
  • Commercial-grade gym equipment, speed and power testing equipment.

Our history

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Research Unit was established with just four staff (pictured) at Deakin University in 2001.

In 2003, the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (C-PAN) was launched by then Governor of Victoria, the Hon. John Landy AC, as a Faculty-level research centre, and in 2004 became a University Research Priority Area.

By 2010, C-PAN had become a Strategic Research Centre within Deakin, and had expanded to 40 staff. In 2016 C-PAN was designated University Research Institute status and officially became the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

Today, IPAN has more than 90 research staff members, as well as five professional staff. Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon is Director.

Two of the four founding members remain IPAN members.  While Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford and Kylie Ball have moved on, they are still involved with IPAN in an honorary capacity as Emeritus Professors. 

The original IPAN founders, L-R: Alfred Deakin Professors Jo Salmon, David Crawford, Anna Timperio and Kylie Ball