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Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak is an exercise physiologist and sports scientist from Germany who completed her PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Dr Natalie Luscombe (CSIRO). She investigated various strategies to treat and prevent frailty in community-dwelling older people. She focused on medical education programs, exercise advice provided by general practitioners and the impact of exercise programs combined with a nutritional approach.

Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak holds a postdoctoral position within the CRE Frailty and Healthy Ageing and is currently coordinating the FIRST Study (Frailty In Residential Sector Over Time), a prospective cohort study in cooperation with Resthaven Inc. The study will help to validate a new frailty screening tool for residential aged care and investigate residents’ health over time.

Agathe just finished coordinating the EXPRESS Study (EXercise and PRotein Effectiveness Supplementation Study), a community based intervention study in cooperation with CSIRO. She investigated the feasibility and the effects of exercise in combination with protein supplementation on physical function in frail older adults. The results are currently being analysed.

Agathe also continues her research into exercise advice provided by general practitioners and the impact of medical education programs.

While a PhD student, Agathe was a BHI Student Representative for the Ground Floor from 2015-2017. This involved participating in the BHI Management Committee’s bi-monthly meetings and helping to coordinate student activities.

Agathe studied Sport Sciences in Germany before undertaking a PhD with the Adelaide G-TRAC Centre, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide.

PhD awarded: 2018, The University of Adelaide

Supervisors: Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Dr Natalie Luscombe (CSIRO)

Thesis title: Exercise and Older People: Strategies to Prevent, Treat and Delay Frailty

Scholarship: Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship, The University of Adelaide

You can read about Agathe’s PhD research in a story by The Hospital Research Foundation.

Agathe presented a talk about her research to the “Active over 50’s (ARPA) Largs Bay Regional Group in May 2016.


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