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The Active Brain is a Research Group at the University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. Their research investigates the interrelationship between human movement and the brain, seeking to optimise health and performance.

Twitter: @ActiveBrainUC


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Our 2020 Conference ActiveBrain2020 in Canberra


  • Dr Disa Smee
  • Dr Kristy Martin
  • Dr Andrew Flood
  • Dr Hayley Teasdale
  • Dr Joe Northey
  • Ms Kathleen Miles
  • Dr James Neill
  • Mr Joshua Sebbens
  • Ms Clare Quinlan

Visiting scholars[edit]

  • Arthur Peryard (Masters candidate, France, 2013)
  • Lincoln Karthchner (UG Neuroscience student, USA, 2016)
  • Luca Filipas (PhD candidate, Italy, 2018)


  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • The Australian Army
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • ACT Fire and Rescue
  • Brumbies Rugby

Institutional collaborators[edit]

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • New South Wales Insitute of Sport
  • The Australian National University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Indiana University, USA
  • Laval University, Canada
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • University of Kent, UK
  • University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres, Canada
  • University of Lincoln, UK
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • Team Danmark, Denmark
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
  • Saarland University, Germany

Grant income[edit]


  • Telford D, Clark B, Keegan R, Keegan S, Lowrie T, Telford R, Welvaert M, Wicks L. Revitalizing PE and Sport: The Victorian Regional Rural Physical Literacy Trial: Phase 2 Victoria 2017. Various funders. $150,000



  • Thompson K, Keegan R, Rattray B, McKune A, Martin K, Pyne D, Petersen K, Appaneal R. An integrated approach to monitoring occupational demands and improving resilience and performance readiness in military personnel. Human Performance Research Network (HPRnet) - DST Group and the Australian Army. $450,000
  • Thompson KG, Pyne DP, Shephard M, Osbourne M. Achieving marginal gains: Perfecting the pacing strategies of Australian swimmers. Queensland Academy of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport, Swimming Australia. $77,400
  • Thompson KG, Pyne DP, Shephard M, Osbourne M. Maximising pacing strategies of Australian swimmers. The Australian Sports Commission and Swimming Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport. $24,281
  • Hassmen P, Thompson KG, Keegan R, Appaneal R. Resilience and mindfulness in elite sport. AIS PhD scholarship funding $78,864
  • Keegan R, Barnett L, Dudley D, Farrow D, Lubans D, Morgan P, Okely T, Salmon J, Telford D, Vella S. Research services for the Physical Literacy Project. $198,263


  • Rattray B, Smee D, Northey J and Versey N. Effects of compression garments for cognitive performance during exercise. Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Sports Commission. $11,636.02


  • Rattray B,Pumpa K, Smee D, Anstey K, Cherbuin N, and Bielak A. Improving exercise prescription for cognitive wellbeing and healthy ageing. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention - seed grants. $29,925.17

Journal papers[edit]

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