Dr Nicolas Hart

Academic Level D

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sydney Home Office-91H1 (2.10)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Nicolas Hart, PhD AES CSCS ESSAF is Deputy Lead of the Cancer Survivorship Program at the Caring Futures Institute of Flinders University. As a Matthew Flinders Senior Research Fellow, his research focuses on improving outcomes for people living with advanced cancer, canvassing (1) survivorship and supportive care issues (including exercise, nutrition, psychosocial, and toxicity management), and (2) cancer outcomes (including disease biology, disease progression, and overall survival).

Research Summary
As an EMCR, Dr Hart has received >$11 million AUD of research income to improve outcomes for people with advanced cancer. This includes a fellowship from Cancer Council Western Australia (2018-2020); and chief investigator roles for NHMRC Project Grant (CIH); MRFF Primary Health Grant (CIJ); MRFF Rare Cancer Grant (CID) and several national and international multicentre randomised controlled trials (CIB-CIC). He has published >115 peer-reviewed research articles and 2 book chapters (including European Society of Medical Oncology Handbook of Supportive and Palliative Care) with a FWCI = 3.06 (Exercise and Cancer).

National and International Standing
Dr Hart is the inaugural Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) Terry Langbaum Survivorship Fellow (2021-2022) to develop principles of survivorship care and research priorities for people living with advanced cancer; and the inaugural MASCC Chair in Exercise Oncology. He is one of two Australian members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Cancer Rehabilitation Development Group; the only Australian member of the international Survivorship Research in Prostate Cancer (SuRECaP) Working Group; and one of three Australians in the international Bone Metastases Exercise Working Group who developed the worlds' first clinical exercise guidelines for people with bone metastases. He sits on national and international committees, and Senior Editor for BMC Cancer.


PhD - Doctor of Philosophy - (ECU)
MSc - Masters by Research - (ECU)
BSc - Bachelor of Science - (ECU)

AES - Accredited Exercise Scientist - (ESSA)
CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - (NSCA)
ESSAF - Fellow of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

Honours, awards and grants

Editorial Positions
- Senior Editor, BMC Cancer
- Senior Editor, JSCR
- Associate Editor, JSCC
- Section Editor, JSSM
- Topic Editor, Nutrients

Adjunct Positions
- Research Fellow, ECU
- Research Fellow, QUT
- Research Fellow, UNDA
- Research Fellow, SAHMRI

Committee Positions
- COSA Survivorship Executive Committee
- PC4 Scientific Advisory Committee
- ESSA Standards Council
- ANZBMS Research Committee
- Movember GAP4 Steering Committee

- Deputy Chair, Survivorship Executive Committee (2022-2023): COSA
- Fellow of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (2021): ESSA
- Chair in Exercise Oncology (2021): MASCC
- 'Terry Langbaum' Survivorship Fellow (2021): MASCC
- 40under40 Awards Finalist (2018): BusinessNews
- WA Young Tall Poppy Award (2017): AIPS
- Exercise Scientist of the Year (2014): ESSA

Key responsibilities

Deputy Lead - CFI Cancer Survivorship Program.

Coordinating national and international Phase III and Phase IV clinical trials:
* Global Exercise Coordinator - the INTERVAL-GAP4 trial.
* National Study Coordinator - the IBIS-Survivorship study.
* National Study Coordinator - the MOSES-Survivorship trial.
* National Study Coordinator - the AUSNET-Survivorship trial.
* National Exercise Coordinator - the TrueNTH-Survivorship study.

Developing transformative programs focused on implementation:
* Package of Interventions for Cancer Rehabilitation - World Health Organisation.
* Principles of Survivorship Care and Research Priorities for Advanced Cancer - MASCC.
* Specialist Nurses for Advanced Cancer (SNAC) Workforce Development - McGrath.

Teaching interests

Dr Nicolas Hart is a research fellow, however the below represents his previous teaching experience for postgraduate and undergraduate courses, extension courses, and external courses, additional to his research career.

Guest Lectures
- 2019:
Exercise for the management of cancer (Extension School): Harvard University.
- 2019: Physiological Consequences of Cancer (EXS6410) - Edith Cowan University.

External Courses
- 2015 to Curr:
Exercise for metastatic prostate cancer survivors: INTERVAL-GAP4. Movember.
- 2015 to 2020: Exercise in the management of cancer - LifeNow. Cancer Council WA.
- 2015 to 2020: Exercise medicine for prostate cancer: TrueNTH. Movember.
- 2016 to 2017: Exercise medicine for cancer survivors: National Roadshow. ESSA.
Courses facilitated in: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Adelaide.

Postgraduate Coursework
- 2013 to 2014:
Advanced Resistance Training (SPS6103) - Edith Cowan University.
- 2013 to 2014: Applied Biomechanics (SPS4110) - Edith Cowan University.

Undergraduate Coursework
- 2010 to 2014:
Human Anatomy (EBH1101) - Edith Cowan University.
- 2011 to 2014: Exercise Rehabilitation (SPS2103) - Edith Cowan University

Supervisory interests
Cancer survivorship
Exercise prescription
Exercise therapy
Health service implementation
Musculoskeletal health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Exercise Science (3), Bone Health (2), Cancer Survivorship (1)
Associate supervisor: Cancer Survivorship (3), Exercise Oncology (1)
Principal supervisor: Exercise Science (4), Exercise Oncology (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Mark Jenkins

Top 20 (of >1000) Best Presentation [57th ESPE Meeting] - SEP 2018

Aaron Balloch

Industry PhD Scholarship, Fremantle Dockers Football Club - JAN 2017

Jocelyn Tan

Consumers' Prize for Best Presentation [Child Health Symposium] - NOV 2019

Callum McCaskie

Industry PhD Scholarship, West Coast Eagles Football Club - JAN 2018

Expert for media contact
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Cancer Survivorship
Exercise Medicine
Exercise and Cancer
Injury Prevention
Muscle-Bone Health
Strength and Conditioning
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