Welcome to the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) was officially launched on Wednesday 2 July 2003, by the then Governor of Victoria, John Landy AC, MBE. 

In late 2009, C-PAN became one of Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centres. Strategic Research Centres provide a focus for key areas of research within the University.  These Centres are aimed at building on research strengths, mentoring researchers in a stimulating and supportive environment and ensuring excellence in research performance through publications in high-quality scientific journals and competitive grant success.

C-PAN’s research is focused on improving health and reducing the burden of chronic disease across the lifespan, through better nutrition, improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviours.  

Our research spans basic metabolism and physiology, through clinical and behavioural studies, to community and population-based research and comprises three research programs:

  • Behavioural epidemiology
  • Food, lifestyle and health
  • Clinical and Biomedical Research

C-PAN is recognised both nationally and internationally for its expertise in nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and obesity. Our reputation is reflected in the substantial research funds secured from nationally competitive grant schemes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council, as well as from other public sector and industry sources and from various philanthropic trusts. 

As a Strategic Research Centre we will continue to grow our world class research and to strengthen our national and international collaborations with the ultimate aim of making a significant contribution to improving health both nationally and globally.

Alfred Deakin Professor David Crawford, 2010


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