Discovery and excellence

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research

Our overarching goal is to support a pipeline of curiosity driven research to improve health across the lifespan. Our focus is on reducing the burden of cardiometabolic, neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal diseases to improve overall health and enable healthy aging.

We work with large data sets, develop and evaluate new resources, as well as perform high impact trials and interventions to prevent and manage chronic disease.

Theme Co-Leads

Dr Lauren Blekkenhorst
Dr Marc Sim

ECR Theme Lead

Dr Abadi Gebre

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concussion-symposium
2 MIN READ
published
May 2024
Putting heads together on concussion
ECU's Nutrition Health Innovation Research Institute (NHIRI) partnered with the WA Concussion Network (WACN) on a symposium on the heavy...
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Dr Cassandra Smith
1 MIN READ
published
March 2024
ECU researchers awarded funding to fuel future NHMRC success
A total of $4.73 million in funding has been awarded to 25 early and mid-career researchers under the Future Health...
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Dr Marc Sim, Professor Caroline Finch AO and Professor SImon Laws
4 MIN READ
published
March 2024
Media marvels recognised at ECU awards ceremony
The ECU Media Awards 2023 was held in the new year for a special March ceremony which recognised the outstanding...
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Dr Carlos Toto-Huamanchumo
3 MIN READ
published
December 2023
Internationally recognised scholarship awarded to ECU early career researcher
Edith Cowan University (ECU) PhD student Dr Carlos Toro-Huamanchumo (MD) has been announced as one of the six recipients of...
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Dr Liezhou Zhong free-drying food
3 MIN READ
published
December 2023
ECU researchers awarded prestigious grant to tackle national health challenges
Three researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) have been awarded grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council...
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military-training
2 MIN READ
published
December 2023
Longer training sessions less likely to cause injury to military recruits
New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has revealed that up to one in four military recruits would seek medical assistance...
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falls-heart-muscle-health
0 MIN READ
published
November 2023
Getting to the heart of falls risk – CVD and musculoskeletal health
Around 33% of Australians aged 65 years and over fall each year, with one in five experiencing injuries such as...
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0 MIN READ
published
October 2023
Contribution of dietary flavonoids to pulmonary health
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is among the world's leading causes of mortality. Identifying strategies to prevent and control COPD...
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innovation-grants
1 MIN READ
published
October 2023
More than half a million dollars for ECU medical innovation
The State Government has announced $1.4 million will be awarded to WA's leading medical and health innovators through its Innovation...
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bursitis-1-2-3
0 MIN READ
published
August 2023
Do you suffer with bursitis? Here’s what you can do to remedy it
Listen to Dr Myles Murphy on ABC Radio Perth discussing how to treat bursitis. NHIRI Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Sports...
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simone-radavelli-bagatini
2 MIN READ
published
August 2023
ECU researcher’s work exploring stroke survivors’ diet wins women’s health award and funding
Research investigating how fruit and vegetables can benefit women after suffering a stroke has seen Dr Simone Radavelli-Bagatini win a...
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Dr Marc Sim standing behind a bench with vegetables on it and windows in the background.
2 MIN READ
published
July 2023
Tall Poppy teaching others to stand tall
Edith Cowan University (ECU) medical and health researcher Dr Marc Sim has been selected as one of the outstanding early...
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dr-catherine-bondonno
2 MIN READ
published
July 2023
New ideas on the boil are the future of health research and innovation
Research on Immunotherapy and Melanoma and facilitating early identification of osteoporosis are among the winning ideas granted funding for further...
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nitrate-good-or-not
3 MIN READ
published
May 2023
Nitrate: healthy heart or cancer risk? Meet nutrition’s Jekyll and Hyde
Despite our understanding of nutrition expanding remarkably in recent times, few aspects of our diet continue to confuse and divide...
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dementia-warning
3 MIN READ
published
May 2023
Slowing down in your old age? It may be a dementia warning sign
It’s generally accepted we will lose muscle strength and slow down as we age, making it more difficult to perform...
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Vegetables arranged in a heart shape.
0 MIN READ
published
April 2023
Unlocking a heart-healthy diet: the power of vegetables
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia, with one person dying of CVD every 13 minutes....
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Associate Professor Joshua Lewis
1 MIN READ
published
March 2023
Major funding announcement for ECU to lead global cardiovascular disease research team
Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers will lead a global team researching how to better prevent a novel aspect of cardiovascular...
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Dr Liezhou Zhong
3 MIN READ
published
March 2023
ECU’s ‘Emerging Leaders’ win State Government health research funding
Four Edith Cowan University health researchers have won hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the WA Near-Miss Awards:...
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marc-lauren
2 MIN READ
published
March 2023
Cooking tips to prevent injury from falls
Researchers are constantly growing their understanding of how nutrition affects various aspects of our lives, however it is just as...
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3 MIN READ
published
December 2022
Stretching In Our Hypermobile Athletes: Is It Ever A Good Idea?
What is the point of stretching? Should we or should we not be stretching remains one of the topics within...
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potatoes-source
3 MIN READ
published
December 2022
It’s not them, it’s you: Why potatoes don’t deserve their bad reputation
With low or no-carbohydrate diets rising in popularity in recent times, the humble potato is now regularly overlooked in favour...
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bone-health-vit-k
2 MIN READ
published
November 2022
Higher vitamin K intake linked to lower bone fracture risk late in life
Breaking bones can be lifechanging events — especially as we age, when hip fractures can become particularly damaging and result...
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flavonoids-health
3 MIN READ
published
November 2022
How black tea (and other favourites) may help your health later in life
A daily cup of tea could help you to enjoy better health late in life — however if you’re not...
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sarcopenia-guidelines
1 MIN READ
published
November 2022
ECU part of international taskforce clarifying prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia
An international task force has sought the expertise of Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers to assist in developing clinical and...
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