Web Access Research Portal

Researcher: Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)

Fields of Research

Exercise Physiology
Community Child Health
Public Health and Health Services
Nutritional Physiology
Human Movement and Sports Science
Nutrition and Dietetics
Medical and Health Sciences
Health Promotion
Public Nutrition Intervention
Preventive Medicine
Aged Health Care
Clinical and Sports Nutrition
Sports Medicine
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Clinical Sciences
Cell Development, Proliferation and Death
Mental Health
Family Care
Signal Transduction
Rheumatology and Arthritis
Health and Community Services
Cell Physiology
Human Biophysics
Social Work
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Medical Physiology
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Simulation and Modelling
Wireless Communications
Autonomic Nervous System
Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
Central Nervous System
Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
Food Nutritional Balance
Food Engineering
Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Foetal Development and Medicine
Data Communications

Research Objectives

Child Health
Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Behaviour and Health
Women's Health
Men's Health
Health and Support Services
Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Preventive Medicine
Health Related to Ageing
Rural Health
Digestive System Disorders
Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Social Structure and Health
Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Urogenital System and Disorders
Mental Health Services
Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis)
Indigenous Health
Cancer and Related Disorders
Health Education and Promotion
Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Nervous System and Disorders
Emerging Defence Technologies
Application Tools and System Utilities

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Small changes' to diet and physical activity behaviors for weight management; Obesity facts
A cluster-randomised controlled trial of a physical activity and nutrition programme in retirement villages: a study protocol; BMJ Open
A hitchhiker's guide to assessing sedentary behaviour among young people: deciding what method to use; Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
A parent-led family-focused treatment program for overweight children aged 5 to 9 years: the PEACH RCT; Pediatrics (English Edition)
A Pilot Randomised Study of the Metabolic and Histological Effects of Exercise in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis; Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism
A randomised controlled trial of a physical activity and nutrition program targeting middle-aged adults at risk of metabolic syndrome in a disadvantaged rural community; BMC public health
A systematic review of the validity and reliability of sedentary behaviour measures used with children and adolescents; Obesity reviews
A systems approach to reducing maternal obesity: The Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Post-Birth (HIPPP) Collaborative; The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology
Acute exercise improves postprandial cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals; Atherosclerosis
Acute interval exercise intensity does not affect appetite and nutrient preferences in overweight and obese males; Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Adiposity is related to decrements in cardiorespiratory fitness in obese and normal-weight children; Pediatric obesity
Age, muscle fatigue, and walking endurance in pre-menopausal women; European Journal of Applied Physiology
Akt1 signalling supports acinar proliferation and limits acinar-to-ductal metaplasia formation upon induction of acute pancreatitis; Journal of Pathology
Anthropometry and physical activity level in the prediction of metabolic syndrome in children; Public Health Nutrition
Anthropometry to assess body fat in Indonesian adults; Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Applying precision medicine to healthy living for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease; Current Problems in Cardiology
Assessing the impact of a food supplement on the nutritional status and body composition of HIV-infected Zambian women on ARVs; Bmc Public Health
Assessing the value of moving more - The integral role of qualified health professionals; Current Problems in Cardiology
Assessment of bilateral limb lymphedema by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy; International journal of gynecological cancer
Assessment of body composition in Indian adults: comparison between dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and isotope dilution technique; The British journal of nutrition
Assessment of Physical Activity and Energy Expenditure: An Overview of Objective Measures; Frontiers in Nutrition
Australian children lack the basic movement skills to be active and healthy; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Availability and composition of weight-loss supplements in Sri Lanka; Nutrition and Dietetics
Biology or Behavior: Which Is the Strongest Contributor to Weight Gain?; Current Obesity Reports
Body composition of Bangladeshi children: comparison and development of leg-to-leg bioelectrical impedance equation; Journal of health, population, and nutrition
Body weight perception and weight loss practices among Sri Lankan adults; Obesity research & clinical practice
Childhood obesity in Asia: the value of accurate body composition methodology; Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Clinical management of type 2 diabetes in south Asia; The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Comparison of methods to assess energy expenditure and physical activity in people with spinal cord injury; The journal of spinal cord medicine
Consensus physical activity guidelines for Asian Indians; Diabetes technology & therapeutics
Creating a pro-active health care system to combat chronic diseases in Sri Lanka: the central role of preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle behaviors: An Official Policy Statement of the European Society of Preventive Medicine; Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Day-to-day physical functioning and disability in obese 10- to 13-year-olds; Pediatric obesity
Determination of new anthropometric cut-off values for obesity screening in Indonesian adults; Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Developing dimensions for a multicomponent multidisciplinary approach to obesity management: a qualitative study; BMC Public Health
Development and validation of anthropometric prediction equations for estimation of body fat in Indonesian men; Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Development and validation of anthropometric prediction equations for estimation of lean body mass and appendicular lean soft tissue in Indian men and women; Journal of applied physiology
Development of a food frequency questionnaire for Sri Lankan adults; Nutrition Journal
Development of the OnTrack Diabetes Program; JMIR research protocols
Diabetes in the United Arab Emirates: the need for valid datasets for health service planning; The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology
Dietary outcomes of a community based intervention for mothers of young children: a randomised controlled trial; The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Dietary Pattern and Its Association with the Prevalence of Obesity, Hypertension and Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Chinese Older Adults; International Journal of Environmental Health Research
Different waist circumference measurements and prediction of cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome in children; Obesity research & clinical practice
Do intermittent diets provide physiological benefits over continuous diets for weight loss? A systematic review of clinical trials; Molecular and cellular endocrinology
Does metabolic compensation explain the majority of less-than-expected weight loss in obese adults during a short-term severe diet and exercise intervention?; International Journal of Obesity
Effect of a 4-week weight maintenance diet on circulating hormone levels: implications for clinical weight loss trials; Clinical obesity
Effect of interval training intensity on fat oxidation, blood lactate and the rate of perceived exertion in obese men; SpringerPlus
Effectiveness of three different walking prescription durations on total physical activity in normal- and overweight women; Obesity facts
Effects of a physical activity and nutrition program in retirement villages: A cluster randomised controlled trial; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Effects of chronic exercise training on inflammatory markers in Australian overweight and obese individuals in a randomized controlled trial; Inflammation
Energy and nutrient intakes among Sri Lankan adults; International Archives of Medicine
Energy expenditure in individuals with spinal cord injury quantified by doubly labeled water and a multi-sensor armband; Journal of physical activity & health
Energy gap in the aetiology of body weight gain and obesity: a challenging concept with a complex evaluation and pitfalls; Obesity facts
Energy Needs of Master Athletes; Nutrition and Performance in Master Athletes
Enhanced proliferation of pancreatic acinar cells in MRL/MpJ mice is driven by severe acinar injury but independent of infammation; Scientific Reports
Epidemiology and determinants of type 2 diabetes in south Asia; The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Ethnic differences in body fat distribution among Asian pre-pubertal children: A cross-sectional multicenter study; BMC Public Health
Ethnic differences in the relationship between body mass index and percentage body fat among Asian children from different backgrounds; The British journal of nutrition
Exercise intensity influences nonexercise activity thermogenesis in overweight and obese adults; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Exercise physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for noncommunicable chronic disease management; Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Exercise, appetite and weight management: understanding the compensatory responses in eating behaviour and how they contribute to variability in exercise-induced weight loss; British Journal of Sports Medicine
Exercise, energy expenditure, and body composition in people with spinal cord injury; Journal of physical activity & health
FITTSBALL - a dynamic tool for supervision of clinical exercise prescription; Disability and Rehabilitation
Food consumption of Sri Lankan adults: an appraisal of serving characteristics; Public Health Nutrition
Getting Australia more active: challenges and opportunities for health promotion; Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Graded Combined Aerobic Resistance Exercise (CARE) to prevent or treat the persistent post-concussion syndrome; Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
High dietary diversity is associated with obesity in Sri Lankan adults: an evaluation of three dietary scores; BMC Public Health
Higher BMI is associated with stronger effects of social cues on everyday snacking behaviour; Appetite
How does a hilly urban environment influence daily physical activity in obese individuals?; Journal of physical activity & health
How much exercise should be promoted to raise total daily energy expenditure and improve health?; Obesity Reviews
Impaired physical function associated with childhood obesity: how should we intervene?; Childhood Obesity
Independent effects of diet and exercise training on fat oxidation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; World journal of hepatology
Influence of posture and frequency modes in total body water estimation using bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy in boys and adult males; Nutrients
Inhibition of Class I histone deacetylases abrogates tumor growth factor β expression and development of fibrosis during chronic pancreatitis; Molecular pharmacology
Intensity and seasonality of physical activity of children during school recess; UEM / Revista da Educacao Fisica
Interaction of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and physical activity predicts reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment; Aging and Mental Health
Intermittent energy restriction improves weight loss efficiency in obese men: the MATADOR study; International journal of obesity
International Olympic Committee consensus statement on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport; British Journal of Sports Medicine
Interval training intensity affects energy intake compensation in obese men; International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism
Is parity a risk factor for excessive weight gain during pregnancy and postpartum weight retention? A systematic review and meta-analysis; Obesity Reviews
Knee alignment can help predict sedentary behaviour in children: a pilot study; The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness
Knee extensor strength differences in obese and healthy-weight 10-to 13-year-olds; European Journal of Applied Physiology
Let us talk about moving: Reframing the exercise and physical activity discussion; Current Problems in Cardiology
Lifestyle practices and obesity in Malaysian adolescents; International journal of environmental research and public health
Listening to the experts: is there a place for food taxation in the fight against obesity in early childhood?; BMC Obesity
Local hyperthyroidism promotes pancreatic acinar cell proliferation during acute pancreatitis; Journal of Pathology
Maternal pregravid body mass index and child hospital admissions in the first 5 years of life: results from an Australian birth cohort; International journal of obesity
Metabolic syndrome in rural Australia: an opportunity for primary health care; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Multifractal analysis differentiates postural sway in obese and nonobese children; Motor Control
Muscular strength, aerobic capacity, and adipocytokines in obese youth after resistance training: A pilot study; The Australasian medical journal
Musculoskeletal Function and Obesity: Implications for Physical Activity; Current obesity reports
Musculoskeletal pain in obese compared with healthy-weight children; The Clinical journal of pain
Novel approaches for the promotion of physical activity and exercise for prevention and management of type 2 diabetes; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Nutrition transition and obesity among teenagers and young adults in South Asia; Current Diabetes Reviews
Nutritional influences over the life course on lean body mass of individuals in developing countries; Nutrition Reviews
Overweight and Obese Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Promoting Sensible Eating and Activity Behaviors from the Start of the Adolescent Period; International journal of environmental research and public health
Physical Activity and Development and Obesity; Current Obesity Reports
Physical activity and dietary habits among Moroccan adolescents; Public health nutrition
Physical Activity and Health: 'What is Old is New Again'; Advances in food and nutrition research
Physical activity and nutrition behavioural outcomes of a home-based intervention program for seniors: a randomized controlled trial; The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Physical activity and obesity in children; British Journal of Sports Medicine
Physical inactivity among physiotherapy undergraduates: exploring the knowledge-practice gap; BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Precision medicine and healthy living: The importance of the built environment; Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Prevalence and trends of metabolic syndrome among adults in the asia-pacific region: a systematic review; BMC Public Health
Prevalence and trends of the diabetes epidemic in South Asia: a systematic review and meta-analysis; BMC public health
Prevalence, trends and associated socio-economic factors of obesity in South Asia; Obesity facts
Process evaluation of the Albany Physical Activity and Nutrition (APAN) program, a home-based intervention for metabolic syndrome and associated chronic disease risk in rural Australian adults; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Proposal of new body composition prediction equations from bioelectrical impedance for Indonesian men; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Public health and health systems: implications for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in south Asia; The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Public health service options for affordable and accessible noncommunicable disease and related chronic disease prevention and management; Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Public park spaces as a platform to promote healthy living: introducing a HealthPark concept; Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Rationale for novel intermittent dieting strategies to attenuate adaptive responses to energy restriction; Obesity Reviews
Reassessment of Allied Health Professionals' Level of Self-Efficacy in, Outcome Expectancy in, and Use of Evidence-Based Practice; Journal of allied health
Relation of reduced preclinical left ventricular diastolic function and cardiac remodeling in overweight youth to insulin resistance and inflammation; The American journal of cardiology
Relationship between anthropometric and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry measures to assess total and regional adiposity in Malaysian adolescents; Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Repositioning social work in the modern workforce: the development of a social work assistant role; Australian Social Work
Resistance, aerobic, and combination training on vascular function in overweight and obese adults; Journal of clinical hypertension
Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth; Journal of physical activity & health
Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice; The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Secular changes in BMI and obesity risk in Japanese children: Considerations from a morphologic perspective; Open Obesity Journal
Secular changes in growth among Japanese children over 100 years (1900-2000); Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Socioeconomic disparities in prepregnancy BMI and impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes and postpartum weight retention: the EFHL longitudinal birth cohort study; BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Study protocol: a randomised controlled trial of supervised resistance training versus aerobic training in Sri Lankan adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: SL-DART study; BMC Public Health
Supporting public health priorities: recommendations for physical education and physical activity promotion in schools; Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
The Association of Early Life Supplemental Nutrition With Lean Body Mass and Grip Strength in Adulthood: Evidence From APCAPS; American Journal of Epidemiology
The contribution of organised sports to physical activity in Australia: Results and directions from the Active Healthy Kids Australia 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and young people; Journal of science and medicine in sport
The cost-effectiveness and consumer acceptability of taxation strategies to reduce rates of overweight and obesity among children in Australia: study protocol; Bmc Public Health
The current global state of key lifestyle characteristics: health and economic implications
The effect of 12 weeks of aerobic, resistance or combination exercise training on cardiovascular risk factors in the overweight and obese in a randomized trial; Bmc Public Health
The effects of pediatric obesity on dynamic joint malalignment during gait; Clinical Biomechanics
The interaction between exercise, appetite, and food intake: implications for weight control; American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
The OnTrack Diabetes Web-Based Program for Type 2 Diabetes and Dysphoria Self-Management: A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol; JMIR research protocols
The protocol of a randomized controlled trial for playgroup mothers: Reminder on Food, Relaxation, Exercise, and Support for Health (REFRESH) Program; BMC public health
The relationships between body composition and cardiovascular risk factors in young Australian men; Nutrition Journal
The role of excess mass in the adaptation of children's gait; Human Movement Science: Journal Devoted to Pure and Applied Research on Human Movement
The role of physical activity and diet on bone mineral indices in young men: a cross-sectional study; Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Utility of stages of change construct in the planning of physical activity interventions among playgroup mothers; BMC research notes
Validation of a pre-coded food record for infants and young children; European journal of clinical nutrition
Validation of bioelectrical impedance analysis for total body water assessment against the deuterium dilution technique in Asian children; European journal of clinical nutrition
Validity of a food frequency questionnaire to assess nutritional intake among Sri Lankan adults; SpringerPlus
Validity of predictive equations developed to estimate body fat from anthropometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis in 8-10 year-old children; Clinical nutrition
Vitamin D status and calcium intake in systemic inflammation, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome: An update on current evidence; Trends in Food Science and Technology
When the Problem is ‘Global’ but the Response is Not: Inequities in Mental Health Services in Low and Middle-Income Countries; Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Whole-body substrate metabolism is associated with disease severity in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Gut
Windows of opportunity for physical activity in the prevention of obesity

Research Projects

Achieving more effective weight loss with intermittent energy restriction (MATADOR2) - Biochemical Analyses; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Adding exercise and/or protein to intermittent dieting for improving cardiometabolic health - using stable isotopic tracers; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy: Prevention of maternal obesity; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Does inclusion of almonds in an energy restricted diet enhance weight loss and protect against weight regain; Almond Board of California (ABoC)
Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Post-Birth (HIPPP): An antenatal lifestyle promotion program for the Royal Hobart Hospital; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Mixed Longitudinal/Cross-Sectional Study of Body Composition of Infants from Birth to 6 Months from Diverse Ethnic Groups in Tasmania, Australia; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Preventative Health Research in Rural and Regional Communities (Tasmania); Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

Research Candidate Supervision