We aim to build research capacity for understanding and influencing health behaviours related to chronic disease prevention and management, particularly physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet.

Research streams

Our research program has two primary streams, with considerable cross-talk between them:

  1. behavioural epidemiology - understanding the health consequences of sedentary behaviour (prolonged sitting time) and overweight and obesity, as well as issues involved in the measurement of sedentary behaviour, using both self-report and device-based assessment tools.
  2. health behaviour interventions - developing and trialling innovative interventions to promote initiation and maintenance of physical activity, reductions in sedentary behaviour, healthy eating and weight loss in adults, with and at risk for chronic disease, across multiple settings, and using broad-reach delivery modalities, including the telephone and text messaging.

Both streams conduct high-quality research which is informing health policy and practice in relation to the prevention and management of chronic disease.

  • Our work on sedentary behaviour is at the forefront of such research internationally, and continues to inform guidelines related to reducing sitting time, both nationally and internationally.
  • Our research on telephone-delivered lifestyle and weight loss interventions is having considerable uptake across Australia.

Grants and funding

CPRC is supported by project grants from NHMRC and Research Fellowships from the NHMRC, National Heart Foundation (NHF) and National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

CPRC Director Professor Elizabeth Eakin was recently awarded a $1.267 million NHMRC grant to fund a Partnership Project in collaboration with the Cancer Councils of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The Project aims to improve quality of life and longevity of cancer survivors, via the Cancer Council Helpline.


Cancer Prevention Research Centre
School of Public Health
Level 4, Public Health Building
The University of Queensland
Herston Road
Herston Qld 4006

Phone: +61 7 3365 5528
Fax: +61 7 3365 5540
Website: Cancer Prevention Research Centre



Academic staff

Research staff

Administration officer