Associate Professor Michael Baker has been appointed as Director, Research Services to lead ACU's Office of Research Services and support the university's research intensification strategy.
He holds a Bachelor and Master of Applied Science in Exercise and Sports Science, and a PhD in Health Science from the University of Sydney, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Edith Cowan University, and is a Fellow of Exercise and Sport Science Australia. Associate Professor Baker's research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of exercise, medicine, and behavioural change to improve quality of life, particularly among older adults and those living with chronic illness.
Associate Professor Baker brings a deep understanding of research culture and processes. He has been active in all aspects of the research cycle including as a successful grant applicant and as a NHMRC panel member he has published and presented work nationally and internationally and has presented policy recommendations and position statements. In addition to his role as Director, Research Services, Associate Professor Baker continues to Chair ACU's Human Research and Ethics Committee, a role he has held since 2018.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications (Total 53)
1.         Atlantis, E. and M. Baker, Obesity effects on depression: Systematic review of epidemiological studies. International Journal of Obesity, 2008. 32(6): p. 881-891.
2.         Baker, M.K., E. Atlantis, and M.A. Fiatarone Singh, Multi-modal exercise programs for older adults. Age and Ageing, 2007. 36(4): p. 375-381.
3.         Baker, M.K., et al., Core self-evaluation as a predictor of strength training adoption in older adults. Maturitas, 2011. 68(1): p. 88-93.
4.         Baker, M.K., et al., Efficacy and feasibility of a novel tri-modal robust exercise prescription in a retirement community: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2007. 55(1): p. 1-10.
5.         Baker, M.K., et al., Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Markers of Bone Turnover, Body Composition, and Physical Functioning in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2018. 17(3): p. 968-978.
6.         Baker, M.K., et al., Behavioral strategies in diabetes prevention programs: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 2011. 91(1): p. 1-12.
7.         Bigaran, A., et al., The effect of exercise training on cardiometabolic health in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 2021. 24(1): p. 35-48.
8.         Broadhouse, K.M., et al., Hippocampal plasticity underpins long-term cognitive gains from resistance exercise in MCI. NeuroImage: Clinical, 2020. 25.
9.         Cormie, P., et al., Exercise and cancer survivorship. Cancer Forum, 2015. 39(2): p. 105-112.
10.       Fiatarone Singh, M.A., et al., The Study of Mental and Resistance Training (SMART) Study-Resistance Training and/or Cognitive Training in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Double-Sham Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2014. 15(12): p. 873-880.
11.       Fiatarone Singh, M.A., et al., Reply to the Letter to the Editor by O'Caoimh et al. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2015. 16(11): p. 999-1001.
12.       Foroughi, N., et al., Lower limb muscle strengthening does not change frontal plane moments in women with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Biomechanics, 2011. 26(2): p. 167-174.
13.       Foroughi, N., et al., Dynamic alignment and its association with knee adduction moment in medial knee osteoarthritis. Knee, 2010. 17(3): p. 210-216.
14.       Galvão, D.A., et al., Efficacy and safety of a modular multi-modal exercise program in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer, 2011. 11.
15.       Galvão, D.A., et al., Exercise Preserves Physical Function in Prostate Cancer Patients with Bone Metastases. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2018. 50(3): p. 393-399.
16.       Gates, N.J., et al., Study of Mental Activity and Regular Training (SMART) in at risk individuals: A randomised double blind, sham controlled, longitudinal trial. BMC Geriatrics, 2011. 11.
17.       Giuliano, C., et al., Cardiac Rehabilitation for Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Practical Guide to Enhance Patient Outcomes Through Continuity of Care. Clinical Medicine Insights: Cardiology, 2017. 11.
18.       Higgins, T.R., D.A. Greene, and M.K. Baker, Effects of cold water immersion and contrast water therapy for recovery from team sport: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2017. 31(5): p. 1443-1460.
19.       Hordern, M.D., et al., Exercise prescription for patients with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes: A position statement from Exercise and Sport Science Australia. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2012. 15(1): p. 25-31.
20.       Ismail, I., et al., A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of aerobic vs. resistance exercise training on visceral fat. Obesity Reviews, 2012. 13(1): p. 68-91.
21.       Keating, S.E., et al., Effect of aerobic exercise training dose on liver fat and visceral adiposity. Journal of Hepatology, 2015. 63(1): p. 174-182.
22.       Keating, S.E., et al., Effect of resistance training on liver fat and visceral adiposity in adults with obesity: A randomized controlled trial. Hepatology Research, 2017. 47(7): p. 622-631.
23.       Keating, S.E., et al., Objectively Quantified Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Predicting Visceral Adiposity and Liver Fat. Journal of Obesity, 2016. 2016.
24.       Lange, A.K., et al., Degenerative meniscus tears and mobility impairment in women with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2007. 15(6): p. 701-708.
25.       Lange, A.K., et al., Resistive Exercise for Arthritic Cartilage Health (REACH): A randomized double-blind, sham-exercise controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics, 2009. 9(1).
26.       Lanting, S.M., et al., Post-occlusive reactive hyperaemia of skin microvasculature and foot complications in type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2017. 31(8): p. 1305-1310.
27.       Lanting, S.M., et al., The effect of exercise training on cutaneous microvascular reactivity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2017. 20(2): p. 170-177.
28.       Lanting, S.M., et al., Non-invasive lower limb small arterial measures co-segregate strongly with foot complications in people with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2017. 31(3): p. 589-593.
29.       Lanting, S.M., et al., Degree of adiposity and obesity severity is associated with cutaneous microvascular dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Microvascular Research, 2021. 136.
30.       Mavros, Y., et al., Mediation of Cognitive Function Improvements by Strength Gains After Resistance Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Outcomes of the Study of Mental and Resistance Training. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2017. 65(3): p. 550-559.
31.       Mavros, Y., et al., Changes in insulin resistance and HbA1c are related to exercise-mediated changes in body composition in older adults with type 2 diabetes: Interim outcomes from the GREAT2DO trial. Diabetes Care, 2013. 36(8): p. 2372-2379.
32.       Mavros, Y., et al., Reductions in C-reactive protein in older adults with type 2 diabetes are related to improvements in body composition following a randomized controlled trial of resistance training. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, 2014. 5(2): p. 111-120.
33.       Mosalman Haghighi, M., et al., The effect of high-intensity power training on habitual, intervention and total physical activity levels in older adults with type 2 diabetes: Secondary outcomes of the great2do randomized controlled trial. Geriatrics (Switzerland), 2021. 6(1): p. 1-14.
34.       Peddle-McIntyre, C.J., et al., The feasibility of a pragmatic distance-based intervention to increase physical activity in lung cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2018. 27(1).
35.       Psarakis, M., et al., Impaired heel to toe progression during gait is related to reduced ankle range of motion in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Clinical Biomechanics, 2017. 49: p. 96-100.
36.       Radd-Vagenas, S., et al., Reliability and validity of a Mediterranean diet and culinary index (MediCul) tool in an older population with mild cognitive impairment. British Journal of Nutrition, 2018. 120(10): p. 1189-1200.
37.       Sabag, A., et al., Exercise and ectopic fat in type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes and Metabolism, 2017. 43(3): p. 195-210.
38.       Sabag, A., et al., The effect of a novel low-volume aerobic exercise intervention on liver fat in type 2 diabetes: A randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care, 2020. 43(10): p. 2371-2378.
39.       Silk, L.N., D.A. Greene, and M.K. Baker, The effect of calcium or calcium and Vitamin D supplementation on bone mineral density in healthy males: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 2015. 25(5): p. 510-524.
40.       Silk, L.N., et al., Tibial bone responses to 6-month calcium and vitamin D supplementation in young male jockeys: A randomised controlled trial. Bone, 2015. 81: p. 554-561.
41.       Silk, L.N., et al., The effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on bone health of male Jockeys. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2017. 20(3): p. 225-229.
42.       Singh, F., et al., Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a 10-Week Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Intervention During Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Treatment in Rectal Cancer Patients. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2018. 17(3): p. 952-959.
43.       Singh, F., et al., Feasibility and Efficacy of Presurgical Exercise in Survivors of Rectal Cancer Scheduled to Receive Curative Resection. Clinical Colorectal Cancer, 2017. 16(4): p. 358-365.
44.       Singh, F., et al., Feasibility of Presurgical Exercise in Men with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Prostatectomy. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2017. 16(3): p. 290-299.
45.       Singh, F., et al., A systematic review of pre-surgical exercise intervention studies with cancer patients. Surgical Oncology, 2013. 22(2): p. 92-104.
46.       Spry, N.A., et al., Long-term effects of intermittent androgen suppression therapy on lean and fat mass: A 33-month prospective study. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 2013. 16(1): p. 66-71.
47.       Suo, C., et al., Midlife managerial experience is linked to late life hippocampal morphology and function. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2017. 11(2): p. 333-345.
48.       Suo, C., et al., Therapeutically relevant structural and functional mechanisms triggered by physical and cognitive exercise. Molecular Psychiatry, 2016. 21(11): p. 1633-1642.
49.       Vanwanseele, B., et al., The relationship between knee adduction moment and cartilage and meniscus morphology in women with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2010. 18(7): p. 894-901.
50.       Way, K.L., et al., The effect of regular exercise on insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes and Metabolism Journal, 2016. 40(4): p. 253-271.
51.       Way, K.L., et al., The effect of exercise on vascular function and stiffness in type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Current Diabetes Reviews, 2016. 12(4): p. 369-383.
52.       Way, K.L., et al., The effect of low-volume high-intensity interval training on cardiovascular health outcomes in type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Cardiology, 2020.
53.       Way, K.L., et al., The effect of high Intensity interval training versus moderate intensity continuous training on arterial stiffness and 24 h blood pressure responses: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2019. 22(4): p. 385-391.
Baker M, Czosnek C, Hadley R, Hart N, Bradley P, Burns J, Lock M, Leicht A, McCann N. Accredited Exercise Scientist Scope of Practice. Document prepared by the ESSA Exercise Science Advisory Group, 2016
Askew C, Sharman M, Hobson Powell A, Baker M, Bradshaw E, Coombes J, Davison K, Groeller H, Hay P, Hecimovich M, Otago L, Pratt S, Spinks W. Exercise and Sport Science Australia Exercise Science Standards. Report prepared by the ESSA Exercise Science Advisory Committee, 2014
Fiatarone Singh M, Baker M, Lloyd B, Simpson K, Gill T, Bauman A, Vita P. Standards for lifestyle modification programs for people at risk of type 2 diabetes: Report prepared for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Diabetes Management Committee. BIONE, University of Sydney NSW, 2008
Pocket Anatomy of the Moving Body: The Compact Guide to the Science of Human Locomotion
Michael Baker, Elaine Mullally, Oliver Blenkinsop, Nick Perrin, John Brewer
Barron's Educational Series, Hauppauge, NY. 2016
The Student&rsquos Anatomy of Stretching Manual
Ken Ashwell, Michael Baker, Tim Fulcher
Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic. 2014
The Student&rsquos Anatomy of Exercise Manual
Ken Ashwell, Michael Baker, Tim Fulcher, Michael Newton
Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic. 2012
Rice V, Baker M, Thompson-Butel A. (2017). Partnerships in Collaborative Care. In Esther Change and Amanda Johnson (Ed.), Living with Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for nursing practice, 3rd Ed. Sydney: Elsevier
Abstracts and Conference Proceedings (Total 50+)
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