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Dr Paddy Dempsey



NHMRC Early Career Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Exer & Nutr Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 46908


Dr Dempsey is a multidisciplinary medical research scientist, with groundings in human physiology, exercise science and medicine/public health. He is currently a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Research Fellow based at the Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes – a collaborative partnership between the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Deakin University – hosted by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (Deakin University). He also continues close collaborations with the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute (Physical Activity, Behavioural Epidemiology and Metabolic/Vascular Physiology laboratories), the Physical Activity Epidemiology Programme (University of Cambridge), the Leicester Lifestyle & Health Research Group within the Leicester Diabetes Centre (University of Leicester), and the Centre for Urban Transitions (Swinburne University of Technology).

Dr Dempsey uses epidemiological, mechanistic/clinical and interventional research methods to enhance research discovery and translation. His research interests are currently focused on the role of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet (including their interacting effects) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases – particularly type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He interrogates these questions using large epidemiological datasets (e.g. UK Biobank, EPIC, Fenland, AusDiab), meta-research, and through human intervention/clinical trials. His research on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diabetes has appeared in a variety of high-impact medical, physiological, and public health journals; has influenced international physical activity/exercise clinical guidelines for those with diabetes and hypertension; and has received international media attention. He has also been directly involved in physical activity and sedentary behaviour guideline development/writing for the American Diabetes Association, Exercise & Sports Science Australia, and the World Health Organisation.



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Knowledge areas

• Behavioural epidemiology
• Physical activity/sedentary behaviour and Type 2 diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease
• Biological mechanisms of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
• Real-world physical activity and sedentary behaviour change interventions
• Public health


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Moving More and Sitting Less: Evidence to Inform the Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Dr Paddy Dempsey

NHMRC ECF - Early Career Fellowship

  • 2023: $156,240


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