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Dr Wadley is an exercise physiologist and lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). His research has made important contributions to understanding how exercise regulates muscle metabolism including the regulation of insulin-signalling, glucose uptake and mitochondrial biogenesis (synthesis).
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Honours Course Director
HSE303 Exercise Metabolism, Lecturer and Unit Chair
HSE201 Exercise Physiology, Lecturer
HBS400 Research Methods, Lecturer and Unit Chair
HBS109 Human Structure and Function, Trimester 2, Unit Chair
Supervisor of one Honours student and one PhD student and Co-supervisor of two PhD students
Dr Wadley’s research program has two major research streams centred on the impacts of physical activity and nutrition on adult health. The first stream examines the impacts of physical activity and the nutritional environments during early life on later adult health. The second research stream investigates exercise and antioxidant therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and the regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis (synthesis) following exercise. Both of these topics have important implications for the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
2011: Deakin University Central Research Grants Scheme “Treatment of type 2 diabetes with antioxidant therapy” (CI’s GD Wadley, AP Russell). $25,000.
2007-2008: Heart Foundation Grant in Aid “Can exercise and improved nutrition normalise myocardial mitochondrial biogenesis following growth restriction”. (GD Wadley, ME Wlodek, GK McConell, J Owens). $122,887.
2007-2009: NHMRC Project Grant “Can exercise and improved nutrition normalise rat skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis following growth restriction”. (GK McConell, ME Wlodek, GD Wadley). $325,065.
2007: The University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant (0606168) “Can exercise normalise mitochondrial biogenesis following fetal growth restriction”? GD Wadley. $28,200.
National Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant 2004
National Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant 2000
Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship 1999
The Australian Physiological Society
Australian Diabetes Society
Australian Society for Medical Research
American Physiological Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr Wadley is a grant reviewer for the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Diabetes Australia
(* presenting author)
*Strobel NA, Peake JM, Matsumoto A, Marsh SA, Coombes JS, Wadley GD. 2008. ACSM: Integrative Physiology of Exercise, East Carolina.
*Wadley GD and McConell GK. 2008. Experimental Biology. San Diego.
*Laker RC, Siebel AL, Wadley GD, McConell GK and Wlodek ME. 2007. 5th International Congress on Developmental Origins of Health & Disease. Perth.
Ross RM, Wadley GD, Clark MG, Rattigan S and McConell GK*. 2007. American Diabetes Association, 67th Scientific Meeting, Chicago.
*Wadley G. and McConell GK. 2006. American College of Sports Medicine: Integrative Physiology of Exercise. Indianapolis.
*Siebel AL, Wadley GD, Leone F, Cooney G, McConell GK, Owens JA and Wlodek ME. 2006. 10th International Conference on Obesity. Sydney.
*Owens JA, Leone F, Siebel AL, Wadley GD, McConell GK, Cooney G and Wlodek ME. 2006. Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Toronto.
National– Invited presentations
Wadley GD. 2010. ‘Do antioxidant vitamin supplements really prevent the beneficial increase in skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis following exercise training?’ AussieMit 2010; The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.
Wadley GD. 2009. ‘Reactive oxygen species: friends or foes?’ Exercise, Muscle and Metabolism Conference, Melbourne.
Wadley GD. 2008. ‘Regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle during exercise by reactive oxygen species.’ AussieMit Workshop – New Developments in Mitochondrial Research, LaTrobe University, Melbourne.