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The PRC PAN is co-supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts (Host Faculty) and the Faculty of Health and Medicine. The PRC PAN includes over 50 University of Newcastle researchers from across the two Faculties and multiple campuses and includes 9 highly respected external Associate Researchers from national and international universities. Currently there are over 50 RHD Students linked to the PRC and many Research Assistants.

Director

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Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Director
School of Education
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Deputy Directors

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Professor Clare Collins

Deputy Director
School of Health Sciences
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Professor Philip Morgan

Deputy Director
School of Education
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PRC-PAN Coordinators

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Mrs Natasha Whyte

PRC-PAN Coordinator
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7353
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Mrs Ilyse Jones

PRC-PAN Coordinator
School of Education
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Our Research Theme Members


Theme Leaders

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Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Theme Leader: Physical Activity and Population Health
School of Education
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Professor Clare Collins profile image

Professor Clare Collins

Theme Leader: Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5646
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Professor Philip Morgan

Theme Leader: Obesity
School of Education
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Professor Robin Callister profile image

Professor Robin Callister

Theme Leader: Exercise Sciences
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5650
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Professor Manohar Garg profile image

Professor Manohar Garg

Theme Leader: Clinical and Experimental Nutrition
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5647
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Professor David Lubans

Theme Leader: Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 2049
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Physical Activity and Population Health

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Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Director and Theme Leader
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4985 4465
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Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Sustainability
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4921 5215
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Professor Erica James

Deputy Theme Leader
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4913 8466
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Dr Stina Oftedal profile image

Dr Stina Oftedal

Postdoctoral Researcher
Pillar Co-Lead: Impact
School of Medicine and Public Health
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Sara Robards

Research Assistant
School of Education
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Nutrition and Dietetics

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Professor Clare Collins

Theme Leader
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 49215646
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Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Community Engagement
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5514
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Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Community Engagement
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5405
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Dr Amanda Patterson

Research Associate
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 6420
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Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Research Associate
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 6646
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Dr Tracy Schumacher

Research Associate
School of Health Sciences
Phone: M: +61 2 4921 6259, T - F: +61 2 6765 2698
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Dr Megan Rollo

Postdoctoral Researcher
Pillar Co-Lead: Innovation and Interdisciplinary
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5649
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Dr Tamara Bucher

Dr Tamara Bucher

Conjoint Fellow
Pillar Co-Lead: Internationalisation
School of Health Sciences
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Dr Lee Ashton

Dr Lee Ashton

Postdoctoral Researcher
Pillar Co-Lead: Sustainability
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 49138034
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Dr Rebecca Williams

Dr Rebecca Haslam

Postdoctoral Researcher
Pillar Co-Lead: Equity and Social Justice
Phone: +61 2 4921 7862
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Jenna Hollis

Dr Jenna Hollis

Conjoint Fellow
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4924 6655
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Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury

Program Manager
School of Health Sciences
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Kerith Duncanson

Dr Kerith Duncanson

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
School of Health Sciences
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Grace Perrot

Grace Perrot

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Dr Katherine Brain

Dr Katherine Brain

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Dr Megan Whatnall

Dr Megan Whatnall

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Dr Hannah Brown

Dr Hannah Brown

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Felicity Steel

Felicity Steel

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Jaimee Herbert

Jaimee Herbert

Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
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Obesity

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Professor Philip Morgan

Theme Leader
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7265
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Dr Myles Young

Dr Myles Young

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Impact
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6096
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Dr Alyce Barnes

Dr Alyce Barnes

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Pillar Co-Lead: Impact
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4033 9510
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Kristen Saunders

Kristen Saunders

Senior Project Officer
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7787
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Emma Pollock

Emma Pollock

DADEE Project Manager
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6884
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Jackie New

Jackie New

Healthy Youngsters, Health Dads Project Officer
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6566
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Stevie-Lee Kennedy

Stevie-Lee Kennedy

Research Assistant
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4923 8246
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Ros O'Connor

Ros O'Connor

Research Assistant
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4033 9602
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Exercise Sciences

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Professor Robin Callister

Theme Leader
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5650
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Associate Professor Ben Dascombe

Associate Professor Ben Dascombe

Deputy Theme Leader
School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Applied Sciences)
Phone: +61 2 4348 4005
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Dr Sarah Valkenborghs

Research Associate
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4042 0819
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Clinical and Experimental Nutrition

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Professor Manohar Garg

Theme Leader
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5647
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Rohith Thota

Dr Rohith Thota

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Internationalisation
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
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Rohith Thota

Dr Jessica Ferguson

Research Fellow
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5636
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Kylie Abbott

Kylie Abbott

Research Assistant
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
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Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools

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Professor David Lubans

Theme Leader
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 2049
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Dr Jordan Smith

Dr Jordan Smith

Deputy Theme Leader
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7704
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Dr Narelle Eather

Dr Narelle Eather

Deputy Theme Leader
Pillar Co-Lead: Equity and Social Justice
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6232
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Dr Nick Riley

Dr Nick Riley

Post-Doctoral Researcher
School of Education 
Phone: +61 2 498 54254
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Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Post-Doctoral Researcher
School of Education 
Phone: +61 2 49217439
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Dr Myrto Mavilidi

Dr Myrto Mavilidi

Project Manager
School of Education 
Phone: +61 2 49216242
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Tara Finn

Tara Finn

Project Manager
School of Education 
Phone: +61 2 49216299
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Mark Babic

Dr Mark Babic

Research Project Specialist Mentor
School of Education 
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