Research capabilities

ARENA has world class research facilities and experience in assessing:

Cardiovascular health 

  • Flow-mediated dilatation
  • Arterial compliance
  • Ambulatory blood pressure
  • ECG assessment
  • Cerebrovascular function

Metabolism and body composition 

  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry
  • 3-D body scanning
  • Environmental chamber

Brain function

  • Cognitive/mood test banks
  • Cortical plasticity
  • Near infrared spectroscopy

Muscle strength and physical function 

  • Cycle ergometry
  • Isokinetic dynamometry
  • Treadmill testing

Gait and movement analysis

  • High speed cameras
  • Force-plate analysis
  • Movement digitisation

Physical activity and use of time 

  • Accelerometry
  • Computerised use of time assessment (MARCA)
  • Wellbeing testbanks

Biological assays/techniques 

  • Dietary assessment
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) 
  • Autoanalysers
  • Needle biopsy
  • Blood sampling

Areas of research focus

ARENAs research focuses on:

  • strategies to increase physical activity
  • strategies to improve health-related use of time
  • improving health outcomes in patient groups
  • reducing disease risk
  • quantifying physical fatigue in athletes
  • improving physical recovery in athletes
  • evaluating effects of bioactive nutrients
  • web- and mobile device-based interventions
  • development of wearable monitor technologies

Research Translation

The research undertaken by ARENA has been used to change policy and practice in the following ways:

  • support health claims for omega-3 fatty acids and cocoa polyphenols
  • patents for new functional nutrients
  • patents for technology to monitor fatigue in athletes
  • changes in NHMRC approved guidelines for the management of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • inform guidelines for moderate-vigorous activity for obesity management in children
  • inform guidelines related to screen time for maintaining health