Professor Bird is currently undertaking research and supervising research students in the following areas:
- Resistance training for the prevention and treatment of: Diabetes, Sarcopaenia and Osteoporosis
- Physical activity and older people, including the barriers and facilitators to activity for older people.
- The ageing athlete.
- Exercise and health, particularly its impact upon reducing the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Summary of responsibilities
Professor Bird is the Discipline Head of Exercise Sciences in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences. His responsibilities include the leadership, supervision and management of its staff; to ensure the provision of a quality learning environment for students; the pursuit of research; and the success of the Discipline, in both the local and international community. He also teaches in the Discipline's undergraduate programs and is an active researcher in the field of Exercise and Health.
Professor Bird's prior and current teaching areas are in Exercise Physiology, Research Methods Training Methods, and Health Enhancing Physical Activity. He is the Manager of two degree programs:
- BP041 Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education)
- BP296 Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
Academic management and administration responsibilities
- Discipline Head, Exercise Sciences
- Chair of RMIT University’s Human Research Ethics Committee
- B.Sc (Hons), Biological Sciences, University of Lancaster, 1980
- PhD (Population Genetics), University of Leicester, 1984
- PGCE (Science Education), University of Sussex, 1984
- Advanced Diploma, Management, Gordon Institute and VHIA, 2006
- Director of a regional sport science support centre, preparing athletes for major competitions, including the Olympics.
- Exercise Physiologist and fitness coach of national sports teams.
- Director of a Centre for Population Health in the Victorian Health/Hospital sector.
- Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and Member of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
- Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (1998)
- Hunter, J.,Gordon, B.,Lythgo, N.,Bird, S.,Benson, A. (2018). Exercise at an onsite facility with or without direct exercise supervision improves health-related physical fitness and exercise participation: An 8-week randomised controlled trial with 15-month follow-up In: Health Promotion Journal Australia, 29, 84 - 92
- Selva Raj, I.,Bird, S.,Westfold, B.,Shield, A. (2017). Determining criteria to predict repeatability of performance in older adults: using coefficients of variation for strength and functional measures In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 25, 94 - 98
- Selva Raj, I.,Bird, S.,Shield, A. (2017). Ultrasound measurements of skeletal muscle architecture are associated with strength and functional capacity in older adults In: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 43, 586 - 594
- Bird, S.,Hawley, J. (2017). Update on the effects of physical activity on insulin sensitivity in humans In: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 2, 1 - 26
- Bird, S.,Goebel, C.,Burke, L.,Greaves, R. (2016). Doping in sport and exercise: anabolic, ergogenic, health and clinical issues In: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, 53, 196 - 221
- Gordon, B.,Bird, S.,MacIsaac, R.,Benson, A. (2016). Does a single bout of resistance or aerobic exercise after insulin dose reduction modulate glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes? A randomised cross-over trial In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19, 795 - 799
- Price, K.,Gordon, B.,Bird, S.,Benson, A. (2016). A review of guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation exercise programmes: Is there an international consensus? In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 23, 1715 - 1733
- Price, K.,Bird, S.,Lythgo, N.,Selva Raj, I.,Wong, J.,Lynch, C. (2016). Validation of the Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP activity tracker in estimation of energy expenditure during treadmill walking and running In: Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 41, 208 - 215
- Bilsborough, J.,Greenway, K.,Opar, D.,Livingstone, S.,Cordy, J.,Bird, S.,Coutts, A. (2015). Comparison of anthropometry, upper-body strength and lower-body power characteristics in different levels of Australian football players In: The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29, 826 - 834
- Lane, S.,Camera, D.,Lassiter, D.,Areta, J.,Bird, S.,Yeo, W.,Jeacocke, N.,Krook, A.,Zierath, J.,Burke, L.,Hawley, J. (2015). Effects of sleeping with reduced carbohydrate availability on acute training responses In: Journal of Applied Physiology, 119, 643 - 655
- Development of Physical Activity Profiles for Website Mediated Physical Activity Interventions (PhD scholarship for Chris Lynch). Funded by: Northern Health from (2015 to 2018)
- Effect of an Exercise Leader Cognitive Behavioural Lifestyle Program on Biomedical, Psychological and Social Factors in Overweight and Obese Adolescents. Funded by: Shepherd Foundation Research Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2010)
- The effects of eccentrically-biased and traditional resistance training on force-velocity characteristics, muscle architecture, functional capacity and arterial stiffness in older adults. Funded by: Australian Association of Gerontology Research Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2009)
3 PhD Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions