Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Robin Daly

Position Associate Head of School (Research)
Email robin.daly@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 92446040
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus

Role and profile
Professor Rob Daly holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and is the Co-Leader of the Clinical and Biomedical Research Group within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN).

Teaching responsibilities
- 2 honours students
- 4 PhD students / Advisor for 2 PhD students-
Unit Chair: HSN719
Guest Lecturer: HSN305

Research interests
Professor Daly’s program of research focuses on the effects of exercise and nutrition and the interaction of these two factors for preventing and managing chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and type 2 diabetes. He has extensive experience in the development and evaluation of large and complex clinical intervention and health promotion trials, particularly in older adults. His research expertise and interests also include: the use of state-of-the-art non-invasive methods (MRI and QCT) for assessing body composition, bone strength and abdominal aortic calcification; and health issues related to vitamin D deficiency, low grade systemic inflammation and dietary protein in the elderly.

Awards and prizes
Selected awards and prizes over last 5 years
• 2011 Best Paper in the category of "Frailty Vulnerability and Resilience” American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington DC, USA.
• 2011 Asics Award for Best New Investigator – Physical Activity and Health Promotion ‘Be active 11’ Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport
• 2010 Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation.
• 2009 Best Paper, Performance Enhancement and Basic Science. ‘Be active 09’ Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport.
• 2009 Plenary Poster Award for High Ranking Poster at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.
• 2009 Lorin Prentice Memorial Award from Arthritis Victoria for outstanding contribution in raising public awareness of musculoskeletal disease.
• 2007 Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Planning and Community Development.
• 2007 Highly Commended Award, Young Investigator for Basic Science and Performance. ‘Be active 07’ Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport.

• Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)
• American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
• Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
• Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Service to the University, discipline or community
Professor Daly is involved in a number of university committees.
• Member of Faculty Board
• Member of School Board
• Member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)

Professor Daly also serves on the following professional committees:
• Osteoporosis Australia, Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee - 2010- current
• Osteoporosis Australia, Chair - Exercise Subcommittee - 2012- current
• Osteoporosis Australia, Chair - Healthy Bones Points Subcommittee - 2010-2011
• Osteoporosis Australia, Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life Summit Steering Committee - 2011
• Vice-President of Sports Medicine Australia, Victoria Branch
• NHMRC Research Translation Faculty
• International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), Scientific Expert Advisory Meeting - Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011

Professor Daly currently serves on the editorial boards of the following journals
• Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
• Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport
• Frontiers in Clinical and Translational Physiology
• ISRN Nutrition

Professor Daly served as a member of the Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Sports NHMRC Project Grant Review Panel from 2008-10, which included the role of Deputy Chair in 2009.

Over the past 10 years, Prof. Daly has reviewed papers for 30 different international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Bone, Osteoporosis International, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of the American Geriatric Society and the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

1) International Invited Presentations

• 8th International Symposium on Nutrition and Bone Health, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2012. Title: ‘Nutrition and chronic low grade systemic inflammation in relation to osteoporosis and sarcopenia’.

• American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, USA May, 2012. Title: Non-pharmacological strategies to prevent falls and fractures in older men.

• Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Novaritis Endocrine Seminar, Quebec, Canada Oct, 2010. Title: Exercise is Medicine: A Key Component for Chronic Disease Management.

• IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis & 10th European Congress on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis Florence, Italy, May, 2010. Title: Interactive effect of nutrients and exercise on bone strength throughout life.

• American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. Working Group for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in Patients with Osteoporosis. Denver, USA, Sept, 2010. Title: ‘Effects of exercise on appendicular bone marrow fat and its relationship to changes in bone density, structure and strength in older men’

• 7th International Symposium on Nutrition and Bone Health, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2010. Title: ‘Calcium and exercise in adults: Effects of bone structure and strength.

2) Selected National/State/Local Invited Presentations in 2012

• 4th Annual Lifestyle Medicine Conference Title: Fat gain or muscle wastage – a new look at obesity in the elderly, 2-4 Nov, Sydney.

• 5th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference. Title: Exercise for healthy bones throughout life, 28–30 October, Adelaide.

• Vitamin D symposium, Vitamin D status of Australian adults. ILSI SEAR Australasia and the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Nutrition symposium on “Should Australia and New Zealand allow more Vitamin D into the food supply? Title: Vitamin D status of Australian adults. 12th June, Melbourne.

• 5th Exercise & Sports Science Australia Conference and 7th Sports Dietitians Australia Title: Nutrition for strong muscles, unbreakable bones and healthy joints: Let’s eat to that’, 19-21st April, Gold Coast.

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12th June 2012