Heart Health in Women: Role of Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Erin Howden erin.howden@baker.edu.au +61436112343
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Leah Wright leah.wright@baker.edu.au
A/Prof Andre La Gerche andre.lagerche@baker.edu.au

Summary Gender plays a major role in modulating the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yet, women are underrepresented in clinical trials that aim to prevent heart disease, and outcomes are rarely specified in sex-specific terms. Physical activity levels play a key role in preventing the development of many chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. In a broader context, physical activity levels in women could produce different long-term CVD outcomes to men. Our group has extensively studied female athletes and physiological remodelling in response to lifetime exercise training. Extending work into physical activity rates and physiological response in a population-based cohort would enable our work to extend beyond physiological mechanism, to a translatable population-based approach. Our research has two separate aims: • Gender-specific risk factors (e.g disorders of pregnancy, high parity) accelerate CVD development in women. We aim to determine how physical activity acts as a modifier for CVD events after a pregnancy-based event. • Vigorous exercise produces a pronounced central and peripheral physiological adaptations. Female gender may have a protective effect during vigorous exercise.

School Research Themes

Cardiometabolic , Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Research Opportunities

PhD students
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Honours application

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Department / Centre

Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health

Research Node

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

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