Dr Joyce Ramos

Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Ramos is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and a Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology programs at Flinders University. Her main research theme is 'Exercise is Medicine' in the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic diseases, with particular interest in Parkinson's disease, women's health, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, and other neurological and metabolic disorders. Her research involves the understanding of the role of exercise on traditional (i.e. lipid profile, glycemic control, blood pressure, obesity, etc) and novel risk factors (i.e. vascular function, arterial stiffness, cardiac autonomic dysfunction, pancreatic beta cell function, etc.) that significantly increases a person's risk of heart disease, stroke, and other neurological and metabolic disorders. Her research is also focused on using technology as an 'exercise mimetic' or to investigate how technology can mimic the impact of exercise on overall health. The use of technology as an exercise mimetic is particularly important in those who are unable to voluntarily exercise on a regular basis or in those who are immobilized due to injury or severe deconditioned state. Finally, her investigations are also focused on the translation of experimental trials into a real-world workplace setting and the interaction of different exercise and medication dosages to optimise health. She is also currently actively investigating the impact of red light therapy (photobiomodulation) and the 'Brain X Body Fitness Studio' in people with Parkinson’s disease, in collaboration with Parkinson’s SA and The Hospital Research Foundation Group.

Qualifications

The University of Queensland, QLD, Australia

PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science, October 2016

The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Postgraduate BSc Honours in Sports and Exercise Science, Faculty of Science, 2011

The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Undergraduate BSc in Sports and Exercise Science, Faculty of Science, 2010

Honours, awards and grants
  • Awarded the ESSA Medal 2016 for the most outstanding PhD thesis
  • Awarded the ‘ASICS Ken Maguire Award for Best New Investigator in Clinical Sports Medicine’ at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference in October 2015
  • Awarded $3000 Travel Grant to attend the ‘American College of Sports Medicine’ conference in May-June 2016 by Sports Medicine Australia in October 2015
  • ESSA Finalist for Young Investigator Award Exercise Science & Health (2016)
  • Awarded $500 HMNS Research Student Travel Award in April 2016
  • Awarded an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) PhD scholarship for 3.5 years at the University of Queensland in 2013 – including living costs
Key responsibilities
  • Teaching, Research, developing topics in the Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs
  • Course Coordinator of the Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs
Teaching interests
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Research Methods