The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is a world-leading research institute committed to improving health and quality of life. We focus on reducing the rates of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity research excellence while fostering the next generation of research stars.

Visit our website to learn more about IPAN’s research and opportunities to work with us.

Improving health and quality of life through research

Our vision is to improve the health of all Australians through nutrition and physical activity research excellence. Our mission is to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary nutrition and physical activity research that actively informs policy and practice, improves health, and builds capacity in nutrition and physical activity research in Australia.

We conduct world-leading research into disadvantaged communities, children's health, healthy ageing and healthy neighbourhoods. We also conduct innovative research in areas such as healthy bones and muscles, cognitive and mental health, healthy and active workplaces, food policy and consumer food choices.

Our research is solutions focused and used in the development of nutrition- and physical activity-related policy as well as new programs. We've been consistently awarded funding from competitive research funding schemes, grown our national and international collaborations, shared our expertise across government and public sectors and helped develop the next generation of leading researchers.

Meet the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

Featured researchers

Meet just a few of our leading researchers producing world-class outcomes.

Professor David Crawford

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Professor Jo Salmon

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Professor Kylie Ball

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Research breadth

IPAN is one of the few research groups nationally and internationally with critical mass focusing specifically on nutrition and physical activity in chronic disease prevention and treatment. We are also one of few that brings together staff with biomedical, clinical and population health expertise. As a result, we have the expertise and capacity to conduct research from the cellular level through to the population level.

IPAN has multidisciplinary expertise in:

  • molecular and cell biology 
  • biochemistry 
  • nutrition and dietetics 
  • physiology 
  • neurophysiology 
  • exercise science
  • social and behavioural science 
  • health geography 
  • biostatistics 
  • epidemiology 
  • public health 
  • prevention science.

Our research is strongly aligned with Australia’s health agenda, addressing eight of the nine National Health Priority Areas. These are:

  • arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions 
  • cancer control 
  • cardiovascular health and stroke 
  • dementia
  • diabetes mellitus 
  • injury prevention and control 
  • mental health 
  • obesity.

Together, these represent almost three quarters of the total burden of disease of Australians. These health issues are also significant globally.

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Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
+61 3 9244 6613
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Twitter: @DeakinIPAN

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125