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 increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in our community; and developing 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 mission 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 Professor Jo Salmon
Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Professor Anna Timperio
Deputy Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Professor Sarah McNaughton

Members

Head of School Professor Brad Aisbett
Alfred Deakin Professor Professor Kylie Ball
Alfred Deakin Professor Professor David Crawford
Chair in Exercise and Ageing Professor Robin Daly
ARC Future Fellow Professor Kylie Hesketh
Professor in Physical Activity and Disease Prevention Professor Ralph Maddison
Professor in Dietetics Professor Judi Porter
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) Professor Lynn Riddell
Associate Professor Associate Professor Lisa Barnett
Associate Professor of Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health Associate Professor Daniel Belavy
Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Associate Professor Steve Fraser
Associate Professor, Metabolism Associate Professor Michelle Keske
National Heart Foundation Future Leader Associate Professor Nicola Ridgers
Associate Professor (Research) Associate Professor David Scott
Associate Professor, Nutrition and Population Health Associate Professor Lukar Thornton
Associate Professor Associate Professor Susan Torres
National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow Associate Professor Jenny Veitch
Associate Head Of School (Research) Associate Professor Glenn Wadley
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Lauren Arundell
Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Brenton Baguley
Lecturer in Human Nutrition Dr Phil Baker
Research Fellow Dr Andrew Betik
Senior Lecturer Nutrition Sciences Dr Kristy Bolton
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning, Food, Nutrition & Dietetics) Dr Alison Booth
Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Brown
Research Fellow Dr Paul Della Gatta
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Katherine Downing
Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Jackson Fyfe
Lecturer in Human Nutrition 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
Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health Dr Jill Hnatiuk
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Kirsten Howlett
National Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow Dr Shariful Islam
Research Fellow Dr Paul Jansons
Senior Lecturer, Nutritional Sciences Dr Gunveen Kaur
Clinical Research Fellow, Victorian Cancer Agency Nursing and Allied Health Dr Nicole Kiss
Senior Research Fellow Dr Harriet Koorts
Lecturer, Medical Sciences Dr Greg Kowalski
Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science Dr Katie Lacy
Senior Lecturer Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Dr Severine Lamon
Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition Dr Rachel Laws
NHF Research Fellow & NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Dr Rebecca Leech
Lecturer in Human Nutrition Dr Rebecca Lindberg
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Angus Lindsay
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow Dr Katherine Livingstone
Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Built Environment Dr Venurs Loh
Senior Lecturer, Community and Public Health Nutrition Dr Penny Love
Research Fellow Dr Priscila Machado
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Helen Macpherson
Senior Lecturer Dr Luana Main
Senior Lecturer Dr Claire Margerison
Senior Lecturer Dr Catherine Milte
Research Fellow – Physical Activity/Nutrition Promotion Dr Rachelle Opie
Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Patrick Owen
Lecturer Dr Kate Parker
NHMRC / National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellow Dr Lewan Parker
Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Jonathan Rawstorn
Senior Lecturer Dr Shannon Sahlqvist
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Ahrathy Selathurai
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Chris Shaw
Senior Lecturer Dr Alison Spence
Senior Lecturer Dr Ewa Szymlek-Gay
Senior Lecturer Nutrition Science Dr Sze Yen Tan
Senior Lecturer Dr Megan Teychenne
Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Adam Trewin
Senior Lecturer Dr Anne Turner
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Riaz Uddin
Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Paige van der Pligt
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning, Exercise and Sports Science) Dr Stuart Warmington
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology Dr Kim Way
Senior Lecturer – Public Health Nutrition Dr Julie Woods
Senior Lecturer Dr Craig Wright
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 80 research staff members, as well as five professional staff. Its four founding members still belong to IPAN, with Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon as Director.

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