Staff profile

Prof Robin Daly

Position: Chair In Exercise And Ageing
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446040 +61 3 92446040



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 1999


Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation


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)
Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society

Professional activities

Professor Daly is involved in a number of university committees.
Faculty Research and Leadership Group
Faculty Research and Research Training Committee
Member of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science (SENS) Executive Committee
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
Osteoporosis Australia, Chair - Exercise Subcommittee
Osteoporosis Australia, Chair - Healthy Bones Points Subcommittee - 2010-2011
Osteoporosis Australia, Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life Summit Steering Committee - 2011
Physical Activity Australia, Board Member
NHMRC Research Translation Faculty
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Health & Disability Branch. Australian Health Survey (AHS) Biomedical Nutrient Panel for Vitamin D Cut-Points, 2013.
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’s research has contributed to clinical and public health guidelines and position statements nationally. He was on the working party that updated the Vitamin D guidelines for Australian adults as well as a white paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia titled “Building healthy bones throughout life: an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia”.

He has also 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.


Teaching Interests

Supervisor/co-supervisor 6 PhD students / Advisor for 2 PhD students.
Unit Chair: HSN719
Guest Lecturer: H743 (Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology)

Conferences and seminars

Selected International Invited Presentations since 2010:
Abbotts Nutrition ‘Bone Health Conference’, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 10-11th May 2013. Invited Keynote. Title: Nutritional strategies to prevent osteoporosis and fragility fractures.

International Life Sciences Institute Southeast Asia (ILSI SEA) and the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, ‘Update on Vitamin D in Human Nutrition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November. Invited Keynote. Title: An update on the benefits of vitamin D for preventing and managing chronic disease.

ILSA Asia Vitamin D Symposium, Manila, Philippines, November, 2012. Invited Keynote. Title: Effects of vitamin D on musculoskeletal health and function.

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

American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, USA May, 2012. Invited Plenary. Title: Non-pharmacological strategies to prevent falls and fractures in older men.
Selected National and State Invited Presentations in 2012-13
Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Invited Plenary Title: Exercise prescription for falls and fracture prevention – Is there an optimal type and dose, Sept, Melbourne.

Endocrinology and Diabetes Forum – Advances and Future Directions, Merck Sharp and Dohme. Title: Vitamin D: musculoskeletal and diabetes health outcomes, Sydney.

Servier 2012 Victorian General Practitioners’ Clinical Meeting. Title: Diagnosing and treating sarcopenia, 18th Nov, Melbourne.

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. Invited Plenary. Title: Exercise for healthy bones throughout life, 28–30 October, Adelaide.


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.
2013 Amgen-ANZBMS Outstanding Abstract Award, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Annual Meeting, Melbourne.
2013 Plenary Poster Award, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA. 
2012 MSD Clinical Research Excellence Award, 1st Asia Pacific Bone and Mineral Meeting and the ANZBMS Annual Meeting, Perth.
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.


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, falls 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.

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