Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Associate Professor Prue Cormie

Associate Professor Prue Cormie
BSc MSc PhD AEP

Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition


Associate Professor Prue Cormie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. Her track record includes over $3 million in competitive research grant funding and over 60 refereed publications and book chapters.

A/Prof Cormie’s research program seeks to understand the application of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer and involves the convergence of exercise science, cancer care and innovation in allied health services. She has produced influential research exploring the efficacy of targeted exercise prescriptions in counteracting significant side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. A core component of her work is invested to translating research into practice for meaningful improvements in health care services for people with cancer.

Associate Professor Cormie joined IHA in late 2015 after a highly successful appointment at Edith Cowan University where she was a Cancer Council Western Australia Postdoctoral Fellow. A/Prof Cormie was also awarded the Cancer Council Western Australia Early Career Cancer Researcher of the Year Award in 2015, and the Western Australia Young Tall Poppy of the Year Science Award from the Australian Institute for Policy and Science in 2015. She is a passionate science communicator with over 100 invited presentations in the last 5 years including in a TEDTalk: A new contender in the fight against cancer.

A/Prof Cormie holds honorary positions at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health (Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre). She has now joined the MacKillop Institute in 2017 as head of the Exercise Oncology team.

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