Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis
PhD, MSc, BSc
Associate Professor, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow B
Emmanuel completed a PhD on physical activity and childhood obesity at the University of Bristol (UK). Between 2003 and 2014 he was based at University College London where he initially led the development and implementation of physical activity measures in large-scale nationwide epidemiological surveillance studies. He was subsequently awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship Award (2007) and a Career Development Fellowship (2011) by the National Institute for Health Research to studying the influence of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and cardiorespiratory fitness on cardiometabolic and mortality. He joined the University of Sydney as an Associate Professor of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity in early 2014, currently he is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow at Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Public Health .
Emmanuel leads a research program of epidemiologic and interventional research investigating how lifestyles and health related behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, screen time, alcohol consumption, sleep, dog ownership) influence cardiometabolic health, mental wellbeing and mortality risk; and how the socioeconomic environment influences these lifestyle health behaviours and their health effects.
He is the leader of the Charles Perkins Centre project nodes on Incidental Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour; and Dog Ownership and Human Health. He leads numerous international collaborations involving major epidemiologic cohorts such as the 1970 British Birth Cohort, Whitehall II, 45 and Up, the Health Survey for England, and the UK Biobank. He has published extensively in all leading epidemiology, preventive medicine, and exercise journals as well as in major medical, cardiology and multidisciplinary journals such as BMJ, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Psychiatry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has received funding from numerous major UK, Australian and international funders. His work is regularly featured in Australian and international TV, radio, and print and online media.
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|The effectiveness of an online physical activity intervention and usual physiotherapy care, compared to usual care on pain and disability in patients of medium risk with low back pain.||Hosam ALZAHRANI|
|An examination of sedentary behaviour in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||Sonia CHENG|
|Investigating Dog Walking Levels and Patterns and Their Association with Human and Canine Health||Lauren POWELL|
|Musculoskeletal health of dancers||Amy VASSALLO|
- Incidental physical activity in relation to cardiometabolic disease prevention and mental health
- The Physical and Affective Wellbeing study of dog owners (PAWS trial)
- The role of physical activity as a moderator of the health effects of alcohol intake on health
- The combined effects of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and sleep behaviours on cardiovascular health and mental wellbeing
- What is the potential of incidental physical of light intensity for cardiometabolic health improvements?
- The direct and replacement effects of sleeping, sitting, and physical activity on cardiometabolic health and premature mortality risk
- Objective physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement in the 1970 British Birth Cohort (2016-17 sweep)
- The Study of Health and Activity among Adolescents in Kuwait (SHAAK)
- International Epidemiology Association
- International Society of Physical Activity and Public Health
- International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Selected current appointments
- Senior Associate Editor/Section Editor (Physical Activity), British Journal of Sports Medicine (BMJ Group)
- NSW Cancer Institute Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee
- Scientific Advisory Committee, The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation
Selected peer review (journals)
JAMA, Circulation, JAMA Internal Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Plos Biology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Pediatrics, BMJ, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Selected peer review (grants)
Wellcome Trust (UK), National Health and Med Res Council, National Institute for Health research (UK), Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Medical Research Council (UK), National Research Fund (Qatar), National Science Centre (Poland)
Awards and honours
- 2016: National Medical and Health Research Council, Senior Research Fellowship
- 2016: International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Best Observational Study 2015 Award to Stamatakis E et al, Int J Behav Nutr and Phys Act 2015 12:121.
- 2013: The 2012 Endocrine Society's International Award for Publishing Excellence
- 2013: The 2012 Royal College of Psychiatrists (Scotland) Research Prize
- 2011: National Institute for Health Research (UK) Career Development Fellowship
- 2009: Ralph S. Paffenbarger Jr. Award (20th International Puijo Symposium, Kuopio, Finland).
- 2007: National Institute for Health Research (UK) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
- 2005: The Provosts Award for Scientific Enterprise (University College London, UK)
In the media
TV interviews: ABC News 24, Associated Press, ABC Breakfast, Chanel 9, Channel 7, Channel 10, BBC News 24 (UK)
Radio interviews: BBC Radio 5 Live (UK), ABC News Radio, RCN Radio (Colombia), ABC Radio (702 Sydney, 666 Canberra, 612 Brisbane, 774 Melbourne, 720 Perth, 936 Hobart, 105.7 Darwin), Triple J, SBS Radio, ABC News & Current Affairs Radio
Print media: Guardian (UK), New York Times (US), Sydney morning Herald, Time Magazine (US), The Times (UK), Los Angeles Times (US), Qantas Magazine, New Scientist (UK), Telegraph (UK), Daily Telegraph, The Australian, The Age, Herald Sun, The Independent (UK), Irish Independent (Ireland), The National (Scotland), Montreal Gazette (Canada), Calgary Herald (Canada), The Indian Express (India), Men?s Health Magazine, Australasian Science, Huffington Post (UK/US/Canada)
Online media: CNN, Reuters, The Huffington Post (UK), Yahoo!, MSN (UK), VICE (US, UK, Sweden), Metro (UK), Medical Xpress (UK), Business Standard (India), CNN (Spain), International Business Times (US), Esquire (US), MNN (US), Delas (Brazil), Periódico El Cinco (Mexico)
Media distinction: Top University of Sydney media commentator for December 2015
FURTHER AWARDED GRANTS
- 2016 : Ray-Lopez J-P, Stamatakis E. The potential of incidental physical activity for improving population health. University of Sydney Deputy Vice Chancellor- Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme. $307,522
- 2016: Stamatakis E, McGreevy P, Raubenheimer D, Bauman A, Neilly B,Podberscek A, Edwards K, Higgins P, Sherrington C . Dog Ownership & Human Health Charles Perkins Centre project node. Philanthropic research donation. $300,000
- 2016: Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Edwards K, Pappas E, Bauman A, Shirley D, Engelen L. The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace. Rebecca Cooper Foundation: $23,819
PhD and master's project opportunities
- The health-promoting potential of replacing sitting with standing time in the office-based occupational environment: cardio-metabolic, biomechanical, and behavioural effects
- Improving the measurement of sedentary behaviour and sitting: evaluation of inclinometers, accelerometers and questionnaires for use in research
- Does physical activity and exercise modify the cardiovascular , metabolic, and hepatic effects of alcohol intake on the human body?
- Does moderate and vigorous physical activity and exercise modify the acute and short-term cardiometabolic effects of prolonged sitting?
- Improving understanding of Sleep, Physical Activity & Diet as CVD risk factors; Duncan M, Glozier N, Plotnikoff R, Stamatakis E, Kolt G, Holliday E, McEvoy M; National Heart Foundation of Australia/NSW CVRN Collaborative Project Grant.
- The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A pilot randomised controlled trial.; McKeough Z, Cheng S, Alison J, Stamatakis E, Dennis S; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Seeding Grant.
- The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Pappas E, Edwards K, Shirley D, Chau J, Engelen L; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.
- The physical activity continuum in relation to cardiometabolic disease prevention and mental wellbeing; Stamatakis E; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Awards: Research Fellowships.
- Cosmed K5 – portable metabolic system; Stamatakis E, Alison J, Mackey M, Jay O, Fiatarone Singh M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Sustaining healthy working-life: applying new technologies to unlock solutions to chronic disease associated sedentary behaviour; Mackey M, Stamatakis E, Pappas E, Shirley D, Halaki M, Burns J, Simic M; Ian Potter Foundation/Medical Research.
- Healthy lifestyle trail to reduce progression of mild cognitive impairment: a pilot study of the Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity; Flood V, Stamatakis E; St Vincent's Clinic Foundation/Multidisciplinary Grants.
- Objective assessment of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the 1970 British Cohort Study; Hamer M, Stamatakis E, Sullivan A, Chastin S; British Heart Foundation/Special Project.
- Workplace Physical Activity Collaboration: Faculty of Health Sciences Collaborative Grants 2014; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Shirley D, Refshauge K, Pappas E, Edwards K, Kay J, Chau J, Nicholas M, Chow C; University of Sydney/Internal Scheme.
- Development and evaluation of a Virtual Field Trip in school childrenL effects on physical activity levels and learning outcomes; Shelton N, Stamatakis E, Duke-Williams O; Crucible Centre, London/Research Grant.
- Kuwaiti study on adolescent obesity and phyiscal health; Stamatakis E, Hashem R, McMunn A; Kuwait Ministry of Health/Research Grant.
- Physical activity, academic performance and education: a life course from childhood to early adulthood; Stamatakis E; Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture/Research Support.
- Sedentary behaviour as an independent risk factor for cardiometabolic disease: associations with hard and surrogate outcomes across the lifecourse; Stamatakis E; National Institute for Health research (NIHR)/Career Development Fellowship.
- Assessing the appropriateness of existing surveillance systems to monitor the age-specific physical activity recommendation; Stamatakis E.
- Feasibility of using accelerometers to quantify heat-related variations in manual worker’s productivity: the pilot Crete Hothaps Study; Stamatakis E; Umea University/Research Support.
- Applying small area-level age standardisation to the 2006 Active People Survey sport participation prevalence estimates; Stamatakis E; Sport England/Research Support.
- Physical Activity Behaviours and Cardiovascular Disease Risk among South Asian Communities living in England; Stamatakis E; National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA)/National Prevention research Initiative Phase 2.
- Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness as predictors of future health risks: a) assocaitions of physical activity characteristics with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, and b) evaluation of a novel fitness measure in identifying individuals; Stamatakis E; National Institute for Health research (NIHR)/Personal Awards Scheme.
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