Professor David Dunstan - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Professor David Dunstan is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is based in Melbourne at the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. He is also the head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. His research program has attracted considerable external funding from the NHMRC, VicHealth and the National Heart Foundation. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Obesity Reviews, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Over the past 15 years, Professor Dunstan has established an extensive media profile including interviews with 60 Minutes, ABC Catalyst, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.


Phone :8201 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Physical Activity ; Sedentary Behaviour ; Prevention of Chronic Disease ; Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise ;

Methods Expertise

Behavioural interventions ; Epidemiology ; Randomised controlled clinical trials ; Community-based intervention ; Intervention trials ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Breaking up of prolonged sitting over three days sustains, but does not enhance, lowering of postprandial plasma glucose and insulin in overweight and obese adults, in Clinical Science. 2015 129(2):117-27

Replacing sitting time with standing or stepping: associations with cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, in European Heart Journal 2015 36(39):2643-9

Adoption and Maintenance of gym-based strength training in the community setting in adults with excess weight or type 2 diabetes: a randomized control trial, in Int. J. Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2015. 12(105)


Workplace sitting and height adjustable workstations: a randomized controlled trial, in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014; 46(1): 30-40

Sedentary behavior to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, in Current Diabetes Reports. 2014; 14(9): 522

Alternating bouts of sitting and standing attenuate postprandial glucose responses., in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2014; 46(11): 2053-61


Effects of breaking up prolonged sitting on skeletal muscle gene expression, in Journal of Applied Physiology. 2013; 114(4): 453-60


Breaking up prolonged sitting reduces postprandial glucose and insulin responses, in Diabetes Care. 2012; 35(5): 976-83


Sedentary time and cardio-metabolic biomarkers in US adults: NHANES 200306, in European Heart Journal. 2011; 32(5): 590-7


Television viewing time and mortality: The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab), in Circulation. 2010; 121(3): 384-91