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Dr Prue Cormie

Senior Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3418, Email: p.cormie@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.217
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 3418  
Email: p.cormie@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.217  

 

Dr Prue Cormie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute who currently holds a competitively funded postdoctoral research fellowship from the Cancer Council of Western Australia. Dr Cormie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. She is an accomplished young researcher with a track record including 44 refereed publications (57% first or senior author; >1,500 citations, H-index = 21), 5 book chapters/monographs, over 80 refereed conference proceedings, 14 invited conference presentations (5 keynote) and approximately $2.3 million in competitive research grant funding. Dr Cormie has produced influential research exploring the efficacy of exercise in counteracting adverse side effects experienced by people with cancer and especially men with prostate cancer.

Background

  • 2012–present: Senior Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University (funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia), WA
  • 2009–2011: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University, WA
  • 2007–2009: Sessional Exercise and Sport Science Staff, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, WA
  • 2004–2006: Research Assistant, Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, NC, USA
  • 2001–2003: Research Assistant, Department of Exercise Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA

Professional Associations

  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
  • Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP)
  • Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2012-2014 - Cancer Council of Western Australia Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

National and International Awards

  • 2014 - Shortlisted as a finalist for the L'Oréal Australia & New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship
  • 2014 - Winner of the Western Australia state final for the FameLab International Science Communication Competition & finalist in the national finals
  • 2011 - Government of Western Australia Department of Health, New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award
  • 2009 - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis of the year in the field of exercise and sport science across all universities in Australia

University Research Awards

  • 2010 - Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher 
  • 2009 - Edith Cowan University Research Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis of the year

Other

  • 2013 - Best oral presentation, Nursing and Allied Health, Prostate Cancer World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2011 - Best poster presentation, Urology, 12th Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2006 - Best oral presentation, Student Research, National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Washington DC, USA.

Research Areas and Interests

  • The role of exercise in the management of cancer
    • Grant funding: $2,248,937 (including $225,000 in fellowship funding)
    • Publications: 14 journal publications (65% 1st author) & 1 monograph
    • Invited Presentations: 38 (including 5 at national & 4 at international conferences)
    • Conference Proceedings: 42 (including 18 at international conferences)
    • Post Graduate Supervision: 1 Masters completion, 2 current PhD students
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to exercise
    • Grant funding: $83,840
    • Publications: 30 journal publications (47% 1st author) & 4 book chapters
    • Invited Presentations: 13 (including 1 at national & 4 at international conferences)
    • Conference Proceedings: 40 (including 33 at international conferences)
    • Post Graduate Supervision: 1 PhD completion, 1 current PhD student

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009 .
  • Master of Science, United States of America, 2006 .
  • Bachelor of Science, United States of America, 2004 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Improving sexual health in men with prostate cancer: randomised controlled trial of exercise and psychosexual therapies,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2014 - 2017,  $565,380.
  • 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 - 2014,  $296,820.
  • Can exercise mitigate chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients?,  University of Western Australia,  Grant - CaPCREU 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $17,786.
  • Can exercise ameliorate treatment toxicity during the initial phase of testosterone suppression in prostate cancer patients; is this more effective than delayed rehabilitation and what is the time course and persistence of benefits?,  Cancer Australia,  Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme,  2012 - 2015,  $446,276.
  • CANCER COUNCIL WESTERN AUSTRALIA POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION ,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Fellowship,  2012 - 2014,  $225,000.
  • Whole-Body Vibration Treatment in Prostate Cancer Survivors on Androgen Suppression Therapy,  Australian Unity Foundation,  Australian Unity Heritage Fellowship,  2011 - 2012,  $48,581.
  • Lucrin Immediate Exercise Trial,  AbbVie Pty Ltd,  AbbVie - Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $158,960.
  • Efficacy and Safety of High Versus Low Intensity Resistance Exercise, with and without Compression for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2011,  $57,175.
  • Mechanical Specificity of Weightlifting Movements to Athletic Performance,  National Strength and Conditioning Association,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $13,591.
  • Efficacy of an oncologist recommended exercise program on cancer related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radical radiotherapy,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $25,000.
  • Efficacy and Safety of High Versus Low Intensity Resistance Exercise, with and without Compression for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2011,  $50,175.
  • NEW INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT (NIRIS) AWARDS 2011 - Prue Cormie,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Council WA,  New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS),  2012,  $10,000.
  • Feasibility and efficacy of resistance exercise in prostate cancer survivors with bone metastases.,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant - Early Career Investigator,  2010 - 2011,  $25,080.
  • Equipment Grant for pQCT XCT 3000 Clinical,  Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia,  Grant,  2011,  $157,339.
  • Exercise as Medicine for Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer Survivors,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $24,993.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Books

  • Chambers, S., Dunn, J., Lazenby, M., Clutton, S., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Lowe, A., Sandoe, D., Gardiner, R., (2013), A psychological care model for men with prostate cancer., 22, Lane Cove, NSW .

Book Chapters

  • Newton, R., Cormie, P., Kraemer, W., (2011), Power Training. NSCA's Guide to Program Design, 95-118, United States of America.
  • Newton, R., Cormie, P., Cardinale, M., (2011), Principles of Athlete Testing. Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications, 255-270, United Kingdom.
  • Nuzzo, J., Cormie, P., McBride, J., (2009), Power in Resistance Exercise. Advances in Strength and Conditioning Research, 123-145, New York.

Journal Articles

  • Cormie, P., Pumpa, K., Galvao, D., Turner, E., Spry, N., Saunders, C., Zissiadis, Y., Newton, R., (2013), Is it safe and efficacious for women with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer to lift heavy weights during exercise: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 7(3), 413-424, New York, DOI: 10.1007/s11764-013-0284-8.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Galvao, D., (2013), Exercise therapy for sexual dysfunction after prostate cancer. Nature Reviews, Urology, 10(12), 731-736, United Kingdom, DOI: doi:10.1038/nrurol.2013.206.
  • Cormie, P., Galvao, D., Spry, N., Newton, R., (2013), Neither heavy nor light load resistance exercise acutely exacerbates lymphedema in breast cancer survivor. Intergrative Cancer Therapies, 12(5), 423-432, United States, DOI: 10.1177/1534735413477194.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2013), The influence of loading intensity on muscle-tendon unit behaviour during maximal knee extensor stretch shortening cycle exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol, 114(1), 59-69, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-013-2744-2.
  • Galvao, D., Spry, N., Denham, J., Taaffe, D., Cormie, P., Joseph, D., Lamb, D., Chambers, S., Newton, R., (2013), A Multicentre Year-long Randomised Controlled Trial of Exercise Training Targeting Physical Functioning in Men with Prostate Cancer Previously Treated with Androgen Suppression and Radiation from TROG 03.04 RADAR. European Urology, N/A(N/A), 9 p., Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.eururo.2013.09.041.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Taaffe, D., Galvao, D., (2013), Safety and efficacy of resistance exercise in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(4), 328-335, DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2013.22.
  • Cormie, P., Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Hamid, MA., Galvao, D., (2013), Exercise maintains sexual activity in men undergoing androgen suppression for prostate cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 16(2), 170-175, London, UK, DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2012.52.
  • Newton, R., Taaffe, D., Spry, N., Cormie, P., Chambers, S., Gardiner, R., Shum, D., Joseph, D., Galvao, D., (2012), Can exercise ameliorate treatment toxicity during the initial phase of testosterone deprivation in prostate cancer patients? Is this more effective than delayed rehabilitation?. BMC Cancer, 12(September 2012), Article number432, United Kingdom.
  • Appleby, B., Newton, R., Cormie, P., (2012), Changes in Strength Over a Two Year Period in Professional Rugby Union Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(9), 2538-2546, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31823f8b86.
  • Leary, BK., Statler, J., Hopkins, B., Fitzwater, R., Kesling, T., Lyon, J., Phillips, B., Bryner, R., Cormie, P., Haff, G., (2012), The relationship between isometric force-time curve characteristics and club head speed in recreational golfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(10), 2685-2697, United States.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Blazevich, T., (2012), Knee angle-specific EMG normalization: The use of polynomial based EMG-angle relationships. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(1), 238-244, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.08.015.
  • Cormie, P., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2011), Developing maximal neuromuscular power: Part 1 - Biological basis of maximal power production. Sports Medicine, 41(1), 17-38, New Zealand, DOI: 10.2165/11537690-000000000-00000.
  • Earp, J., Kraemer, WJ., Cormie, P., Volek, JS., Maresh, CM., Joseph, M., Newton, R., (2011), Influence of muscle-tendon unit structure on rate of force development during the squat, countermovement, and drop jumps. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(2), 340-347, United States, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182052d78.
  • 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(N/A), Article Number 517, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-11-517.
  • Cormie, P., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2011), Developing maximal neuromuscular power: Part 2 training considerations for improving maximal power production. Sports Medicine, 41(2), 125-146, New Zealand, DOI: 10.2165/11538500-000000000-00000.
  • Inness, M., Cormie, P., Newton, R., (2011), Relationship between strength, power and sprint performance in professional cricketers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 19(3), 4-12.
  • Cormie, P., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2010), Changes in the eccentric phase contribute to improved stretch-shorten cycle performance after training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(9), 1731-1744, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181d392e8.
  • Cormie, P., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2010), Adaptations in athletic performance after ballistic power versus strength training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(8), 1582-1598, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181d2013a.
  • Cormie, P., McGuigan, M., Newton, R., (2010), Influence of strength on magnitude and mechanisms of adaptation to power training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(8), 1566-1581, United States, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181cf818d.
  • Cormie, P., McBride, J., McCaulley, G., (2009), Power-time, force-time, and velocity-time curve analysis of the countermovement jump: impact of training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(1), 177-186, United States.
  • Buchheit, M., Cormie, P., Abbiss, C., Ahmaidi, S., Nosaka, K., Laursen, P., (2009), Muscle deoxygenation during repeated sprint running: Effect of active vs. passive recovery. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 30(6), 418-425, Stutgart, DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1105933.

Conference Publications

  • Appleby, B., Cormie, P., Cormack, S., Newton, R., (2013), The effect of an 8-week bilateral or unilateral lower body resistance training program on 20m sprint speed. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21(8-10 November 2013), 28-30.
  • Newton, R., Earp, J., Cormie, P., (2012), Combined strength and power training for optimal performance gains: a biomechanical approach. 8th International Conference on Strength Training: ICST 2012 Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, 76-79, Norway.
  • Spry, N., Galvao, D., Cormie, P., Aitken, J., Hodder, R., Van Hazel, G., Tsoi, D., King, M., (2010), Study to assess benefits of incorporating an exercise program during neoadjuvant chemoradiation in patients with rectal cancer: a randomized controlled trial. 12th Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group, 2010(1-3 September 2010), 65-66, 12th Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group Abstracts.
  • Haff, G., Ruban, R., McCrory, J., Cormie, P., Sands, W., Stone, M., (2010), Reliability of accelerometer based performance measurements during countermovement vertical jumps and the influence of sampling frequency. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(July 14-17 2010), S92.
  • Ruben, R., Saffel, H., McCrory, J., Cormie, P., Haff, G., (2010), Comparison of accelerometer based vertical jump assessments to a linear position transducer plus force plate system. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(July 14-17 2010), S37, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
  • Earp, J., Newton, R., Cormie, P., Kraemer, W., (2010), The influence of muscle-tendon unit structure on rate of force development during the squat, countermovement and depth drop jumps. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(14-17 July 2010), S5, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1097/01.JSC.0000395587.79369.ff.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Influence Of External Loading And Speed Of Movement On Muscle-tendon Unit Behaviour And Its Implications For Training.
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