Associate Professor Nir Eynon

Victoria University

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Associate Professor Eynon is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2018-2021), a former ARC DECRA Fellow (2014-2016), and a group leader, at the Institute of Health and Sport (iHeS), Victoria University. Nir is also an Associate Editor in BMC Genomics, and PLOS ONE Journals, and an NHMRC Grant Review Panel member. He earned his PhD degree with high distinction in 2010 from Porto University, Portugal.


His main area of research is Genetics, Epigenetic and exercise in health and disease, and he is leading the multi-centre Gene SMART (Skeletal Muscle Adaptive Response to Training) study


Nir is currently supervising outstanding post-docs, PhD and honours students (including Dr Sarah Voisin recent recipient of NHMRC ECF (2019-22).


Nir have been successful in securing ~$3.3 million in funding (mostly Category-1), and has published 80 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts in Applied Physiology, Sport Science, Genetics and Clinical journals. He also delivered 35 key-note/invited presentations in international conferences regarding the influence of genetic and molecular factors on exercise.

Associate Professor Ben Rattray

University of Canberra

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Ben Rattray is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra (UC) working with the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). He teaches across several Exercise Physiology related units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contributed to the Australian and New Zealand version of the Power and Howley Exercise Physiology textbook in 2014.


Ben earned his doctoral degree at the University of Sydney in 2009, focusing on mitochondrial and calcium interactions in skeletal muscle. Since starting at UC in 2009, Ben has shifted his focus towards understanding interactions between human movement and the brain, seeking to optimise health and performance. Ben’s research seeks to understand how exercise can impact cognition and how the brain contributes to fatigue in both acute and chronic settings.


His work utilises approaches including perceptual and performance outcomes alongside cerebrovascular physiology, electroencephalography and structural MRI. This work has been applied in a range of contexts including military, occupational, health and high-performance sport settings. In 2016, Ben was awarded UC’s Early Career Research (Science, Health and Technology) prize and has a growing reputation as a leader in the area with collaborations worldwide. Ben now heads the Active Brain research theme within UCRISE.