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Dr Michael Baker

Adjunct Academic

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Dr Michael Baker holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Exercise Medicine Research Institute, with expertise in the field of integration of exercise, medicine and behaviour change.


Michael is an exercise scientist whose research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of exercise, medicine and behaviour change as a means to improve quality of life, particularly among older adults. He is a member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. He has participated in the coordination and implementation of several randomised trials of exercise in clinical populations including participants with osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteopenia, and cognitive decline. He has published extensively in the area of health implications of exercise and is regularly invited as a reviewer having performed numerous peer-reviews for international journals, as well as external reviews on grant applications for both national and international funding bodies. The translation of this work into clinical practice, international policy and community program implementation is central to his goals as a clinician-researcher. Dr Baker has recently co-authored the Exercise and Sport Science Australia position statement on Exercise Prescription for Patients with Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Type 2 Diabetes. He co-authored the Standards for Lifestyle Modification Programs for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes prepared for the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and COAG, which were adopted in 2008 for use throughout Australia.

Research Areas and Interests

Exercise in clinical populations including people with:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • cancer
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteopenia
  • cognitive decline

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), The University of Sydney, 2010.
  • M (Master Degree), The University of Sydney, 2007.
  • B (Bachelor Degree), The University of Sydney, 2007.


Recent Research Grants

  • Research protocol for exercise and nutrition intervention for patients with psoriasis,  AbbVie Pty Ltd,  AbbVie - Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $160,000.
  • Efficacy and safety of a modular multi-modal exercise program in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases: a randomized controlled trial,  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,  Grant,  2012 - 2016,  $296,820.
  • Whole-Body Vibration Treatment in Prostate Cancer Survivors on Androgen Suppression Therapy,  Australian Unity Foundation,  Australian Unity Heritage Fellowship,  2012 - 2015,  $48,581.
  • Whole-Body Vibration Treatment in Breast Cancer Survivors on Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $24,850.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Singh, F., Newton, R., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Baker, M., (2013), A systematic review of pre-surgical exercise intervention studies with cancer patients. Surgical Oncology, 22(2), 92-104, DOI: org/10.1016/j.suronc.2013.01.004.
  • Spry, N., Taaffe, D., England, P., Judge, J., Stephens, D., McIntyre, C., Baker, M., Newton, R., Galvao, D., (2013), Long-term effects of intermittent androgen suppression therapy on lean and fat mass: a 33-month prospective study. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(1), 66-71.
  • Ismail, I., Keating, SE., Baker, M., Johnson, NA., (2012), A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of aerobic vs. resistance exercise training on visceral fat. Obesity Reviews, 13(1), 68-91, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00931.x.
  • Gates, N., Valenzuela, M., Sachdev, P., Singh, N., Baune, B., Brodaty, H., Suo, C., Jain, N., Wilson, G., Wang, Y., Baker, M., Williamson, D., Foroughi, N., Fiatarone Singh, M., (2011), Study of Mental Activity and Regular Training (SMART) in at risk individuals: A randomised double blind, sham controlled, longitudinal trial. BMC Geriatrics, 11(19), 1-15, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2318-11-19.
  • Baker, M., Kennedy, D., Bohle, P., Campbell, D., Wiltshire, D., Singh, MF., (2011), Core self-evaluation as a predictor of strength training adoption in older adults. Maturitas, 68(1), 88-93, Ireland, DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.10.001.
  • Baker, M., Simpson, K., Lloyd, B., Bauman, A., Fiatarone Singh, M., (2011), Behavioural Strategies in Diabetes Prevention Programs: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 91(1), 1-12, DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2010.06.030.
  • Turner, S., Torode, M., Climstein, M., Naughton, G., Greene, D., Baker, M., Fiatarone Singh, M., (2011), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Markers of Bone Turn-over in Postmenopausal Women. Journal of Osteoporosis, 2011(1), 10, DOI: 10.4061/2011/710387.
  • Foroughi, N., Smith, R., Lange, A., Baker, M., Fiatarone Singh, M., Vanwanseele, B., (2011), Lower limb muscle strengthening does not change frontal plane moments in women with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Biomechanics, 26(2), 167-174, DOI:
  • Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., Cormie, P., Spry, N., Chambers, S., McIntyre, C., Baker, M., Denham, J., Joseph, D., Groom, G., Newton, R., (2011), Efficacy and safety of a modular multi-modal exercise program in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer, 11(13 December 2011), Article Number 517, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-11-517.
  • Hordern, MD., Dunstan, D., Prins, JB., Baker, M., Singh, MA., Coombes, JS., (2011), Exercise prescription for patients with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes: A position statement from exercise and sport science Australia. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(1), 25-31, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.04.005.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Pre-surgical Exercise Intervention In Prostate And Rectal Cancer Survivors
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Acute Physiological Effects And Perceived Enjoyment Of A Single Bout Of Aerobic Interval And Continuous Moderate-intensity Cycling In Obese Individuals.
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