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Established in 2003, the Exercise Medicine Research Institute is an initiative that builds collaboration between researchers, educators, industry and government to optimise health and improve quality of life for people of all ages, within differing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts. The Exercise Medicine Research Institute is located within the Health and Wellness building at ECU's Joondalup Campus.

Edith Cowan University's Exercise Medicine Research Institute is a cross-disciplinary alliance of research centres and expertise with extensive national and international linkages. It is the first institute of its kind at an Australian University bringing together an expert team of researchers committed to improving community health and wellbeing. In partnership with national and international networks, it enhances collaboration and promotes a holistic approach to health and lifestyle.

Ongoing research will further support the community, with the Institute examining the role of exercise in:

  • Improving sexual health in men with prostate cancer: randomised controlled trial of exercise and psychosexual therapies.
  • Preliminary efficacy of implementing a program of exercise medicine for men on prostate cancer active surveillance –A pilot study.
  • Intense exercise for survival among men with metastatic castrate-tesistant prostate cancer (INTERVAL – MCRPC) (GAP4
  • Mechanical modulation of bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer patients: Can targeted exercise suppress sclerotic tumour  progression? – A pilot study
  • Mechanical modulation of bone metastases in advanced breast cancer patients: Can targeted exercise suppress osteolytic tumour  progression?
  • Exercise medicine for all cancer survivors: implementation and evaluation of a national intervention program.

The Institute's work developing the Exercise and Sports Science Australia Position Statement on Exercise for Cancer Survivors has led to an increase in the number of accredited exercise physiologists trained in this clinical area, with cancer patients nationally benefiting from the research. The Institute has authored the Cancer Council of Western Australia's Guidelines for Implementing Exercise Programs for Cancer Survivors, has formed the basis of a 12-week exercise program offered by the Cancer Council of WA to the community. The Institute has also co-authored International Clinical Guidelines by the American College of Sports Medicine on exercise for cancer survivors.

EMRI Advisory Board Members

Larry Lopez – Chairperson. Larry Lopez is a Partner Australian Venture Consultants.

Professor Tarun Weeramanthri.  Professor Tarun Weeramanthri is Executive Director, Public Health and Clinical Services Division, WA Health.

Prof Anna Nowak. Professor Anna Nowak is a Medical Oncologist and member of the Perth Mesothelioma Centre and National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases.

Dr Tom Shannon.  Dr Tom Shannon is an Urologist in Perth, Western Australia specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Ms Bettine Heathcote. Mrs Bettine Heathcote is our Consumer Advocate.

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