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Professor of Exercise Medicine, Edith Cowan University

Professor Robert Newton, PhD, DSc, AEP, CSCS*D, FACSM, FESSA, FNSCA is a Vice Chancellor's Professorial Research Fellow and Professor of Exercise Medicine in the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia. Current major research directions include: reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology.

Professor Newton has published over 1000 papers including 530 refereed scientific journal papers, two books, 17 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 95 with his work being cited 33,500 times. As of 2024 his research had attracted over $50Million in competitive research funding. In 2018 he was awarded the Cancer Council of Western Australian Career Achievement Award and in 2019 was named the Western Australia Premiers Scientist of the Year.


  • 2003–present
    Foundation Professor in Exercise and Sports Science, Edith Cowan University
  • 2010–2011
    Head of School, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2003–2009
    Director, The Vario Health Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2006–2008
    Associate Dean, Research and Higher Degrees, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2000–2002
    Associate Professor and Director - Biomechanics Laboratory, Ball State University, Indiana, USA
  • 1986–1999
    Senior Lecturer, School of Exercise Science and Sports Science, Southern Cross University, Australia
  • 1994–1995
    Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, USA


  • 1998 
    Southern Cross University, Lismore, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1992 
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Master of Human Movement Studies
  • 1986 
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Bachelor of Human Movement Studies with Honours

Research Areas

  • Human Movement And Sports Science (1106)


2018 Cancer Council Western Australia Research Career Achievement Award. 2019 Western Australia Premiers Scientist of the Year.