Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Associate Lecturer

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

A prescription for exercise

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs’ research aims to deliver the evidence needed so that everyone gets the right advice on the exercise they need to improve their health outcomes.

Sarah Valkenborghs

“When I was studying to become a medical doctor I was surprised that there was almost no discussion around the benefits of exercise and how doctors should be advising people to be active,” Sarah says. “We know it works, but there’s not much hard evidence on what’s best – so that’s when I thought ‘here’s my calling’.”

Sarah wants to provide the evidence of the physiological effects of exercise that are beneficial for our health – for people with and without disease.

In her research, Sarah collaborates widely with clinicians, public health researchers, biomedical scientists and implementation scientists – and, most importantly, with patients. Sarah’s looking at conditions as diverse as cancer, stroke and MS, and is also working with healthy subjects. “One project that I’ve been working on with Professor Dave Lubans is demonstrating the benefits of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with HSC students. We’re trying to find the evidence needed to get policy change so HSC students do 10 minutes of HIIT during the day at school.”

Will it help with stress? Will it improve brain function and plasticity? That’s where Sarah’s work comes in. She’s looking for changes that show what’s happening in these young, fit brains that are still capable of developing. It’s an exciting project.

“I came to Australia to do a PhD and become a lecturer, and teaching is a very important part of what I do,” Sarah says. “My teaching gives me a strong foundation in the physiology of a range of different clinical conditions, while my research keeps me up-to-date and informs my teaching content. They really go hand-in-hand for me.”

A lecturer at the University, Sarah’s passion for teaching is evident, and has been acknowledged with her short-listing for a Teaching Excellence Award. “Teaching is something I really pride myself on, so this means so much to me.” And that excellence permeates everything she does.

As a physiologist, Sarah uses high-tech equipment such as multi-modal MRI (Magnetic Resonating Imaging), DeXa scanning and VO2max testing to precisely pinpoint exactly what exercise does for our bodies. She’s particularly interested in the benefits for our brain – exploring changes in structure, function and metabolism due to exercise.

“For me, MRI is integral to the wide variety of work that I do. The beauty of MRI is that it’s not invasive,” Sarah says. “For a clinical population it’s an easy process – you just have to lie there and the machinery tells us what we need to know. For many of the patients we work with, it’s probably one of the easiest appointments they have.”

Sarah is working to understand how exercise changes things at a basic molecular level. “We have a research question and hypothesis and then we identify the areas of the brain we’d like examined. The MRI operator captures the information, then I examine the data.”

“What we’re trying to demonstrate through looking at the physiological effects of exercise, is how it is beneficial in a range of conditions.”

Movement is the best prescription

Just about every cohort that Sarah is dealing with has had something catastrophic happen to their body; whether it’s sudden like a stroke or a degenerative condition like MS. Sarah says that with all the people she’s worked with, exercise can help them take some control of their situation again. “I think agency over your body is important as it gives you a sense of autonomy,” Sarah says. “When you have a chronic health condition you often feel as though you have no control over your situation. But doing some simple exercise empowers people and gives them a sense of purpose.”

This is something that Sarah’s seen over and over at Newcastle’s Kaden Centre, a purpose-built exercise facility for people with cancer and other chronic conditions. Working with the Kaden Centre team and a range of health researchers, Sarah is aiming to deliver the scientific evidence that backs up what the Kaden Centre team see happening with their clients.

Sarah believes that there should be an individual approach to developing an exercise program to aid people with cancer. “We’ve done some preliminary research into this area, and it’s exciting to note that exercise seems to have proven benefits for people going through cancer treatments,” Sarah says. “And there’s also growing evidence of the importance of ‘pre-habilitation’ to prepare people’s bodies for what’s ahead.”

Sarah is also working alongside clinicians such as Dr Craig Gedye. “One thing we’re looking at is whether exercising while receiving treatment will deliver more blood, and potentially more drug, to the actual tumour in real time.”

Different conditions, similar physiologies

Sarah is also working with Dr Vicki Maltby on how lifestyle interventions may improve fatigue in people living with MS. This work builds on Sarah’s PhD work in stroke where they discovered that fatigue was the one thing that varied widely between the control group and the exercise group.

“With MS, one of the things that people don’t understand at a physiological level is why they’re so tired,” Sarah explains. “Mindfulness and Pilates seem to help, but nobody really knows why. So that’s why we’re doing an MRI spectroscopy study to see if there’s any shift in a person’s brain metabolism with these activities.”

The most important aspect of a research clinical trial is participants. Sarah has found that no matter what condition people are living with, all are happy to contribute to future knowledge. “They are happy to get involved in research because more and more people are seeing that exercise is important and they’re often frustrated that nobody has told them how or why they could or should be exercising.”

In fact, for many, they’re told the exact opposite – to go home and rest.

However, where the real challenge lies is that many people with a clinical condition, also have (at least) another. These co-morbidities make things extra challenging. “What you’re trying to do is juggle maybe two or three conditions at the same time and find the happy medium of an exercise that treats one and doesn’t exacerbate the other, or treats both at the same time.”

“Physiology is complex,” Sarah admits. “There are so many ways that things can impact on the body, then you layer on comorbidities and the pharmacological effects of medications on top of exercise… That’s why it’s such a niche area. There’s so much happening.”

“It’s total systems physiology, you can’t just think of one organ system at one time,” Sarah says. “That’s why this work keeps me on my toes. It keeps me interested.”

“But we know that exercise is beneficial for the vast majority of people, we just need the evidence to back it up,” Sarah says. “My research is trying to find the right type and dose of exercise for each individual depending on their condition(s).”

Sarah Valkenborghs

A prescription for exercise

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs’ research aims to deliver the evidence needed so that everyone gets the right advice on the exercise they need to improve their health outcomes.

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs is a physiologist who is using tools such as MRI to demonstrate the effects of exercise on our health and wellbeing. Working alongside clinicians, public health researchers and patients, Sarah aims to provide the rigorous evidence needed to see exercise prescribed by health professionals for a range of conditions.

She is exploring exercise-induced changes to our bodies, and our brains, that occur in both healthy and clinical populations. Dr Valkenborghs would love to see exercise prescription and physical activity screening become routine clinical practice so people can incorporate movement into their lives safely and beneficially.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Physiology, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Training
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Physical Activity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
320222 Radiology and organ imaging 30
320899 Medical physiology not elsewhere classified 30
420702 Exercise physiology 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2020 Paper of the Year for Exercise Science
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle
2019 Wiley: Physiotherapy Research International Top 20 Downloaded Article 2017-2018
Wiley Online Library
2019 Paper of the Year for Exercise Science
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle
2019 Paper of the Year for Physical Activity in Schools
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle
2018 PhD student Research Innovation and Impact Award
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle

Nomination

Year Award
2020 Finalist: Excellence in Teaching Award
Office of the Vice-Chancellor, The University of Newcastle

Invitations

Interviewee

Year Title / Rationale
2019 What does exercise actually do for you? - ABC Radio Newcastle

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2020 Exercise after stroke: just because you can’t walk, doesn’t mean you can't walk the walk! –– The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
2020 Exercise after Stroke – Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) CPD Seminar
2018 Doing the legwork for arm and hand recovery - A Stroke in Time - Pint of Science, Newcastle
2018 Spotlight on Stroke: Hacks for Exercising after Stroke, even when it's really hard - HMRI Community Forum

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
HUBS2503 Clinical Exercise Physiology
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/2/2016 - 31/5/2019
HUBS3510 Sports Science 4
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2020
HUBS2507 Integrative Physiology
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 18/7/2016 - 31/12/2019
HUBS2520 Sports Science 3
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 18/7/2016 - 3/11/2017
HUBS3510 Sports Science 4
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 23/7/2018 - 2/11/2018
SR1S17 Human Nutrition 1
University of South Wales
Lecturer 1/9/2013 - 30/6/2014
HUBS2503 Clinical Exercise Physiology
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2020
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Balchin T, Valkenborghs S, 'Physical Activity after Stroke', Clinical Exercise Science, Routledge, London 123-155 (2016) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Downs C, Snodgrass SJ, Weerasekara I, Valkenborghs SR, Callister R, 'Injuries in Netball-A Systematic Review', SPORTS MEDICINE-OPEN, 7 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s40798-020-00290-7
Co-authors Ishankamadhurangani Rajapakshamudiyanselage Uon, Robin Callister, Suzanne Snodgrass
2020 Lubans DR, Smith JJ, Eather N, Leahy AA, Morgan PJ, Lonsdale C, et al., 'Time-efficient intervention to improve older adolescents' cardiorespiratory fitness: Findings from the Burn 2 Learn' cluster randomised controlled trial', British Journal of Sports Medicine, (2020) [C1]

Background: Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is an important marker of current and future health status. The primary aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of a time-efficient... [more]

Background: Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is an important marker of current and future health status. The primary aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of a time-efficient school-based intervention on older adolescents' CRF. Methods: Two-arm cluster randomised controlled trial conducted in two cohorts (February 2018 to February 2019 and February 2019 to February 2020) in New South Wales, Australia. Participants (N=670, 44.6% women, 16.0±0.43 years) from 20 secondary schools: 10 schools (337 participants) were randomised to the Burn 2 Learn (B2L) intervention and 10 schools (333 participants) to the control. Teachers in schools allocated to the B2L intervention were provided with training, resources, and support to facilitate the delivery of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) activity breaks during curriculum time. Teachers and students in the control group continued their usual practice. The primary outcome was CRF (20 m multi-stage fitness test). Secondary outcomes were muscular fitness, physical activity, hair cortisol concentrations, mental health and cognitive function. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 6 months (primary end-point) and 12 months. Effects were estimated using mixed models accounting for clustering. Results: We observed a group-by-time effect for CRF (difference=4.1 laps, 95% CI 1.8 to 6.4) at the primary end-point (6 months), but not at 12 months. At 6 months, group-by-time effects were found for muscular fitness, steps during school hours and cortisol. Conclusions: Implementing HIIT during curricular time improved adolescents' CRF and several secondary outcomes. Our findings suggest B2L is unlikely to be an effective approach unless teachers embed sessions within the school day. Trial registration number: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12618000293268).

DOI 10.1136/bjsports-2020-103277
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Jordan Smith, Ron Plotnikoff, Rohan Walker, Michael Nilsson, Narelle Eather, Philip Morgan, Natasha Weaver, Angus Leahy, Sarah Kennedy, Liz Holliday, David Lubans
2019 Valkenborghs SR, Callister R, Visser MM, Nilsson M, van Vliet P, 'Interventions combined with task-specific training to improve upper limb motor recovery following stroke: a systematic review with meta-analyses', Physical Therapy Reviews, 24 1-19 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10833196.2019.1597439
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Paulette Vanvliet, Robin Callister
2019 Valkenborghs SR, Erickson KI, Nilsson M, van Vliet P, Callister R, 'Feasibility of Aerobic Interval Training in Nonambulant Persons after Stroke', Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology, 8 97-101 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.31189/2165-6193-8.3.97
Co-authors Paulette Vanvliet, Michael Nilsson, Robin Callister
2019 Valkenborghs SR, van Vliet P, Nilsson M, Zalewska K, Visser MM, Erickson KI, Callister R, 'Aerobic exercise and consecutive task-specific training (AExaCTT) for upper limb recovery after stroke: A randomized controlled pilot study', Physiotherapy Research International, 24 1-11 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pri.1775
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Robin Callister, Paulette Vanvliet, Michael Nilsson
2019 Valkenborghs SR, Noetel M, Hillman C, Nilsson M, Smith J, Ortega F, Lubans DR, 'The Impact of Physical Activity on Brain Structure and Function in Youth: A Systematic Review', PEDIATRICS, 144 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1542/peds.2018-4032
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17
Co-authors David Lubans, Michael Nilsson, Jordan Smith
2019 Leahy AA, Eather N, Smith JJ, Hillman C, Morgan PJ, Nilsson M, et al., 'School-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents: rationale and study protocol for the Burn 2 Learn cluster randomised controlled trial', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026029
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Angus Leahy, Liz Holliday, David Lubans, Jordan Smith, Michael Nilsson, Rohan Walker, Sarah Kennedy, Narelle Eather, Ron Plotnikoff
2018 Valkenborghs SR, Visser MM, Nilsson M, Callister R, van Vliet P, 'Aerobic exercise prior to task-specific training to improve poststroke motor function: A case series.', Physiotherapy research international : the journal for researchers and clinicians in physical therapy, 23 e1707 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pri.1707
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Paulette Vanvliet, Robin Callister
2017 Valkenborghs SR, Visser MM, Dunn A, Erickson KI, Nilsson M, Callister R, van Vliet P, 'AExaCTT Aerobic Exercise and Consecutive Task-specific Training for the upper limb after stroke: Protocol for a randomised controlled pilot study', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 7 179-185 (2017) [C1]

Motor function may be enhanced if aerobic exercise is paired with motor training. One potential mechanism is that aerobic exercise increases levels of brain-derived neurotrophic f... [more]

Motor function may be enhanced if aerobic exercise is paired with motor training. One potential mechanism is that aerobic exercise increases levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is important in neuroplasticity and involved in motor learning and motor memory consolidation. This study will examine the feasibility of a parallel-group assessor-blinded randomised controlled trial investigating whether task-specific training preceded by aerobic exercise improves upper limb function more than task-specific training alone, and determine the effect size of changes in primary outcome measures. People with upper limb motor dysfunction after stroke will be allocated to either task-specific training or aerobic exercise and consecutive task-specific training. Both groups will perform 60 hours of task-specific training over 10 weeks, comprised of 3 × 1 hour sessions per week with a therapist and 3 × 1 hours of home-based self-practice per week. The combined intervention group will also perform 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (70¿85%HR ) immediately prior to the 1 hour of task-specific training with the therapist. Recruitment, adherence, retention, participant acceptability, and adverse events will be recorded. Clinical outcome measures will be performed pre-randomisation at baseline, at completion of the training program, and at 1 and 6 months follow-up. Primary clinical outcome measures will be the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) and the Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT). If aerobic exercise prior to task-specific training is acceptable, and a future phase 3 randomised controlled trial seems feasible, it should be pursued to determine the efficacy of this combined intervention for people after stroke. max

DOI 10.1016/j.conctc.2017.07.009
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Robin Callister, Paulette Vanvliet
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Valkenborghs S, Erickson KI, Van Vliet P, Nilsson M, Callister R, 'Feasibility of Aerobic Interval Training in Non-Ambulant Persons after Stroke', Minneapolis (2018)
DOI 10.1249/01.mss.0000536292.13093.ab
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Paulette Vanvliet, Robin Callister
2017 Valkenborghs S, Visser M, Nilsson M, Callister R, van Vliet P, 'A systematic review to identify all interventions combined with task-specific training to improve upper limb recovery following stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2017)
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Robin Callister, Paulette Vanvliet
2016 Valkenborghs S, Callister R, Nilsson M, Erickson K, Visser M, Dunn A, Van Vliet P, 'Aerobic exercise to increase efficacy of task-specific training for the upper limb after stroke: A pilot study', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2016)
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Robin Callister, Michael Nilsson, Paulette Vanvliet
2016 Valkenborghs S, Callister R, Nilsson M, Erickson K, Visser M, Dunn A, van Vliet P, 'Aerobic Exercise to Increase Efficacy of Task-Specific Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke: A Pilot Study Protocol', CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES (2016)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Michael Nilsson, Robin Callister, Paulette Vanvliet
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 15
Total funding $160,949

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20204 grants / $26,523

Improving outcomes for people with cancer using a telehealth-enabled home-based exercise training program.$9,988

Funding body: School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia

Funding body School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Project Team

Erica James, Craig Gedye, Loukas Nadiotis, Sarah Valkenborghs, Aoife McGarvey, Robin Callister, Mitch Duncan

Scheme Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Can we Improve Treatment in Glioblastoma with Precision Exercise?$9,950

Funding body: 2020 Faculty Strategic Pilot Grant

Funding body 2020 Faculty Strategic Pilot Grant
Project Team

Craig Gedye, Sarah Valkenborghs, Saad Ramadan, Erica James, James Lynam

Scheme 2020 Faculty of Health and Medicine Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Evaluating the effectiveness of exercise oncology for men with prostate cancer$4,895

Funding body: 2020 Faculty Strategic Pilot Grant

Funding body 2020 Faculty Strategic Pilot Grant
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs, Loukas Nadiotis, Craig Gedye, Robin Callister, Erica James

Scheme 2020 Faculty of Health and Medicine Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy Equipment Grant$1,690

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs

Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20195 grants / $64,456

Understanding how exercise improves asthma$32,225

Funding body: John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust

Funding body John Hunter Hospital Charitable Trust
Project Team Doctor Hayley Scott, Professor Lisa Wood, Conjoint Professor Robin Callister, Doctor Sarah Valkenborghs, Doctor Geoff Tyler
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1900260
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y

Project Title Investigating the impact of cognitively demanding physical activity breaks on adolescents’ cognition, brain structure and function$23,750

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Nick Riley, Doctor Myrto Mavilidi, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Sarah Valkenborghs, Doctor Daniel Barker, Professor Charles Hillman, Assistant Professor Mirko Schmidt
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1901494
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON Y

Visiting Fellow $3,500

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs; Dr Chelsea Stillman (University of Pittsburgh)

Scheme Visiting Fellows Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

World Technology Universities Network Research Exchange Travel Grant: Optimising Glycaemic Control during Exercise in children with Type 1 Diabetes$3,081

Funding body: World Technology Universities Network

Funding body World Technology Universities Network
Project Team Doctor Sarah Valkenborghs, Conjoint Professor Bruce King, Conjoint Professor Robin Callister, Dr David O'Neal, Dessi Zaharieva, Michael Riddell, Doctor Carmel Smart
Scheme World Technology Universities Network Research Exchange Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900978
Type Of Funding C3211 - International For profit
Category 3211
UON Y

Research Equipment Grant$1,900

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Scheme FHEAM Equipment Grant Round
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $6,352

Research training visit at the Brain Ageing and Cognitive Health Lab, University of Pittsburgh$6,352

Funding body: Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery

Funding body Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs, Prof. Paulette van Vliet, Prof. Michael Nilsson, Prof. Robin Callister.

Scheme Research Trainee Centre Visit Travel Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20172 grants / $5,510

Clinical Research Design, Information Technology and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Grant$4,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs, Robin Callister, Paulette van Vliet, Michael Nilsson

Scheme Clinical Research Design, Information Technology and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Research Support Grant$1,510

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs, Robin Callister, Michael Nilsson, Paulette van Vliet

Scheme PRC Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20153 grants / $58,108

Effects of aerobic exercise combined with task specific training on neuroplasticity in chronic stroke$36,000

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team

Prof. Paulette van Vliet, Prof. Michael Nilsson, Milanka Visser, Sarah Valkenborghs

Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON N

Faculty of Health and Medicine - Research Equipment Grant$12,108

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs, Professor Paulette van Vliet, Professor Michael Nilsson, Milanka Visser, Ashlee Dunn, Professor Robin Callister.

Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant$10,000

Funding body: Jennie Thomas - Philanthropic Donor

Funding body Jennie Thomas - Philanthropic Donor
Project Team

Sarah Valkenborghs

Scheme Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Systematic Magnetic Resonance Data Management Applied in Multidisciplinary Human Pathologies and Biochemical Metabolic Pathway Analysis PhD (Magnet Resonance in Med), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 Masters An Analysis of Injury Databases of Amateur Netball Players M Philosophy (Physiotherapy), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 Honours Changes in brain structure and function during stroke rehabilitation as measured by Magnetic Resonance Imaging Medical Science, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 Honours Exercise Training for Adults with Asthma Human Movement, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 Honours Acceptability of task-specific training combined with aerobic exercise after stroke Occupational Therapy, School of Health Science, Faculty of Health & Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Positions

Associate Lecturer
Deputy Theme Leader for Nutrition, Exercise and CVD (School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy)
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Research Assistant
Deputy Theme Leader for Nutrition, Exercise and CVD (School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy)
School of Education
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email sarah.valkenborghs@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0819
Links Twitter
Research Networks

Office

Room ATC208
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