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Dr Paddy Dempsey

Dr Dempsey is a multidisciplinary medical research scientist, with groundings in sport and exercise physiology. Paddy works across several laboratories (Physical Activity, Behavioural Epidemiology and Metabolic and Vascular Physiology). His research interests are currently focussed on the role of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and diet (including their interacting effects) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Dempsey utilises epidemiological, mechanistic/clinical and interventional research methods to enhance research discovery and translation. He is experienced in developing and coordinating human intervention trials, from grant application through to journal publication, as well as in managing and publishing findings using large epidemiological datasets. Dr Dempsey’s PhD research on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diabetes has been published in high-impact medical journals, has influenced international physical activity/exercise clinical guidelines for diabetes patients and has received international media attention.

Achievements, Awards and Grants


  • Paul Korner Medal for the Most Outstanding PhD Student – Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (2016)
  • Most Outstanding Oral Presentation, Monash Central Clinical School Postgraduate Conference, Melbourne (2016)
  • Monash Central Clinical School "Three Minute Thesis" competition winner (2016)
  • Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Award, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA (2015)
  • Most outstanding Oral Presentation, Alfred Medical Research Education Precinct (AMREP) Conference, Melbourne (2014)
  • Emerging Scientist Award, Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand (2011)


  • Harold Mitchell Foundation Travelling Fellowship (2015)
  • Shepherd Foundation Grant for 'Active Ad Breaks: offsetting the adverse glycaemic and vascular consequences of sitting watching TV” (2016–17)

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