This year, the Tom Penrose Community Service Grant was extremely competitive, with many very high quality applications submitted. ESSA wishes to congratulate the winner of the 2017 Tom Penrose Community Service Grant, Itamar Levinger.
Details of Itamar’s winning application:
Investigator: Itamar Levinger
Topic: Uncovering the Interaction between Circulating Osteoprogenitor (COP) Cells and Osteocalcin in Older-Adults with Sarcopenia: Effects of Exercise
Associate investigators: Prof. Gustavo Duque, Miss Cassandra Smith, A/Prof. Christopher Neil
Administering Organisation: Victoria University
Congratulations to Itamar and his team.
This grant is offered by ESSA in memory of Tom Penrose, to honour his outstanding contribution as a pioneer in exercise and sports science, his contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, and his valuable contribution to his local community.
The aim of the grant is three-fold and the recipient will focus on one or more of the following areas:
Applications of up to $16,000 (AUD) will be considered, based on merit, and funded with consideration of the proposed budget. Proposals may include cooperative projects, local community interventions or acquisition of expertise in a particular technique or techniques. The focus of the project should result in service to the exercise and sports science community. It is expected that the project would begin by early 2018 and be completed in early 2019.
To be eligible for the grant, the principal investigator of the research team must have been a financial member for the past two years. ESSA National Board members, ESSA Research Committee members, ESSA staff and student members are not eligible to apply.
Tom Penrose Research and Community Service Grant 2016 Winner - Dr Tina Skinner
Title: Peer support: the key to exercise maintenance in Cancer survivors? A pilot study.
Summary of Project: Whilst starting exercise is not easy, maintaining regular participation in exercise is the real challenge. This study will confirm whether peer support might be the key to improving exercise maintenance and the subsequent physical and psychological health of cancer survivors.
Principal Investigator: Dr Tina Skinner
Associate Prof David Jenkins
Dr Sjaan Gomersall
Dr Kate Bolam
Ms Kirsten Adlard
Prof Joanne Aitken
Prof Suzanne Chambers
Prof Jeff Dunn
Administering Organisation: University of Queensland
Tom Penrose Research and Community Service Grant 2015 Winner - Dr Shelley Keating
Principal Investigator: Dr Shelley Keating
Title: ‘High intensity exercise for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis – is it safe, effective, and feasible in practice?’
Summary: We are investigating whether high intensity interval training is safe and effective for reducing the health consequences of advanced liver disease. As there is no existing evidence, we aim to inform guidelines for exercise training, and identify factors which will promote adherence to regular exercise, in patients with liver disease.
Professor Jeff Coombes
Associate Professor Graeme Macdonald
Dr. Ingrid Hickman
Professor Wendy Brown
Administering Organisation: University of Queensland
Tom Penrose Research and Community Service Grant 2014 Winner - Lisa Spencer
Project title – Providing one-on-one virtual exercise care via video consultations: a feasibility study in pregnancy.
Principal investigator – Lisa Spencer
Associate investigators – Professor Clare Collins, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Melinda Hutchesson
Administering organisation – University of Newcastle
Description – This project will evaluate an online exercise program for pregnant women consisting of video consultations with an exercise physiologist. Findings from this study will provide much needed evidence regarding the remote delivery of exercise care that will have direct applications to variety of clinical populations.
Tom Penrose Research and Community Service Grant 2013 Winner
Kassia Weston and Jeff Coombes. Effects of high intensity interval training on exercise capacity, mitochondrial function and muscle atrophy in patients with chronic kidney disease. University of Queensland.
This project will investigate the effects of high intensity interval training compared to moderate intensity continuous training on the reduced exercise capacity in CKD patients. This study will answer a number of mechanistic questions relating to the effects of high intensity interval training on muscle wasting and cardiovascular risk factors.
The following three awards were “Commended”
Adrian Gray, Kelly Clanchy and Jim McFarlane. Antenatal Mediators of Postnatal Depression and Physical Activity: A Prospective Cohort Study, University of New England
This project aims to investigate the mediators and predictors of postpartum depression and their relationship to physical activity in women living in the New England region for the purposes of improved screening and prevention of postpartum depression.
Melissa Skein, Rob Duffield and Frank Marino. Does sleep deprivation and consecutive days of play affect performance and recovery in team-sport athletes? Charles Sturt University.
Many competitive athletes are sleep deprived, often due to extensive travel commitments and this has a direct effect on exercise performance, and the recovery process. This research will examine the effect of sleep deprivation and consecutive days of play on exercise performance and physiological recovery in team sport athletes.
Esme Soan, Andrew Hills, Steven Street, Ben Desbrow and Shelley Wilkinson. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Care – Value of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist – A Pilot Study. Griffith University and Mater Research Institute.
Pregnancy is a unique period where being physically active can influence the health of both mother and baby. This project is the first of a series of studies that aim to provide exercise physiology services (exercise classes and health education) to antenatal patients to improve health during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.