Dr Tina Skinner

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
t.skinner@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68810
0414 969 732

Overview

Dr Tina Skinner is a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Tina's research interest focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving disease- and treatment-related symptoms of cancer survivors using exercise and nutrition. She has been one of the main drivers of exercise oncology research at UQ, initiating collaborations with high profile researchers across Australia, Sweden and Canada. The quality and significance of this research has resulted in several national and international collaborations, including Movember-funded international exercise oncology projects.

Tina is currently an advisor for 10 research higher degree students, each of whom has achieved success in their doctorates, from prestigious scholarships and publications to international conference awards and travel grants. In addition to supervising research higher degree students, Tina also collaborates widely with researchers on projects centrally concerned with enhancing health and exercise performance, through optimising

  • Bone health and preventing falls
  • Nutrition and supplementation
  • Hormone regulation
  • Testing protocols
  • Training protocols

Bone health and preventing falls: Ageing, sarcopenia and various cancer treatments (hormone therapy) negatively impact bone health, falls and subsequent fractures. Tina's research in this area has explored various exercise prescriptions designed to target improvements in bone density and falls risk. This research has received funded collaborations with industry, publications, and international conference awards.

Nutrition and supplementation: Enhancing the ergogenic potential of supplements and sports nutrition strategies builds on Tina’s doctoral research, which investigated the Effect of Caffeine Dose and Timing on Exercise Performance. The value of Tina’s nutrition and supplementation work has been recognised through publication in high quality journals, associate editor positions for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism and the Journal of Caffeine Research, invited book chapter author for the book Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes, grant success, invited industry presentations, media and industry publicity and national conference awards.

Hormone regulation: To-date, relatively few studies in sports science have focused on female athletes, with the majority lacking control of hormonal status. Research projects Tina leads in this area have been recognised through doctoral student national and international conference awards, publications and travel grant success. Each of these projects will facilitate greater understanding of the influence of hormone regulation on exercise performance and assist coaches, athletes and exercise scientists to make informed decisions with regards to oral contraception use and athletic performance.

Testing protocols: Tina is currently involved in several projects that investigate the validity and reliability of a test or testing battery to ensure accurate interpretation and application of the results. The use of valid protocols, as detailed in Jeff Coombes and Tina’s co-edited textbook, ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Fitness and Sport Assessment, provides an enhanced ability to accurately measure and monitor exercise performance.

Training protocols: Applying validated testing protocols to determine changes in health and exercise performance with training forms the basis for several randomised controlled trials Tina is involved with. The value of this research has been recognised through research funding and doctoral student international conference awards.

Research Interests

  • Exercise oncology
    Exercise and nutrition to reduce cancer progression and improve disease and treatment-related symptoms in cancer survivors
  • Caffeine supplementation
    Effects of caffeine on cancer-related fatigue, functional capacity and exercise performance
  • Bone health and falls prevention
    Using exercise to improve bone health and reduce falls in cancer survivors and residents of aged care
  • Exercise performance
    Optimising athletic performance through nutrition, training and/or hormonal regulation

Research Impacts

Research: Fun 'n fitness: Evaluation of the Churches of Christ in Queensland Falls Prevention Exercise Program for its Aged Care Residents.

Organisations Affected: Churches of Christ Queensland

Year of Change: 2016

Changes: Implementation of a falls prevention program within all 26 Churches of Christ Queensland residential aged care facilities

Outcomes: Pilot data revealed potential benefits of the program for improving falls risk in residents of aged care. Churches of Christ Queensland implemented this program across all 26 of their residential aged care facilities in Queensland in 2016. Follow up over the next few years will examine whether number of falls and fallers decreases as a result of the program.

Research: Evaluation of Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Physical and Functional Testing

Organisations Affected: Airservices Australia

Year of Change: 2013

Changes: Replacement of the current physical employment standards of Airservices Australia

Outcomes: New physical employment standards of Airservices Australia are better aligned with the physical demands of the job.

Research: Influence of dose and timing of caffeine ingestion on endurance performance

Organisations Affected: Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club, Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club, Queensland Academy of Sport

Year of Change: 2011

Changes: Amendment of current caffeine ingestion guidelines for sports science staff working with athletes in line with the latest evidence regarding optimal dose and timing of ingestion.

Outcomes: Caffeine intake advice provided to elite athletes by sports science staff from these organisations was updated in line with the latest evidence based research

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (HMS), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • McCarthy, Alexandra, Skinner, Tina, Fenech, Michael and Keating, Shelley (2016). Prevention of chronic conditions and cancer. In Cancer and chronic conditions: addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors (pp. 203-239) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2_7

  • Jenkins, David, Skinner, Tina and Bolam, Kate (2015). Physiological changes affecting nutritional needs of masters athletes. In Peter R. J. Reaburn (Ed.), Nutrition and Performance in Masters Athletes (pp. 1-16) Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b17541-2

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Skinner, Tina L., Desbrow, Ben, Schaumberg, Mia A., Osborne, John, Grant, Gary D., Anoopkumar-Dukie, Sheilandra and Leveritt, Michael D. (2014). Does Sex Mediate the Effects of Caffeine on Endurance Cycling Performance?. In: Abstracts - 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Atlanta GA, United States, (740-741). 01-04 April 2014. doi:10.1249/01.mss.0000451261.25810.f8

  • Wallen, M. P., Woodward, A., Skinner, T. L., Macdonald, G. A. and Coombes, J. S. (2014). Pre-operative cardiorespiratory fitness and post-operative cardiometabolic disease in liver transplant recipients. In: Special Issue: Australian Gastroenterology Week 2014. Australian Gastroenterology Week 2014, Broadbeach, QLD Australia, (97-97). 22-24 October 2014. doi:10.1111/jgh.12736_5

  • Shephard, Megan, Pritchard-Peschek, Kellie R., Skinner, Tina L. and Bolam, Kate A. (2014). Relationship between body composition and competition performance in swimming. In: Bruce Mason, Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (516-521). 28 April - 2 May 2014.

  • Holland, Justin, Ray, Michelle, Irwin, Chris, Skinner, Tina, Leveritt, Michael and Desbrow, Ben (2014). Tear Osmolarity Is Not A Valid Measure Of Hydration Status In The Field. In: Abstracts - 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Atlanta, GA United States, (272-272). 1-4 April 2014. doi:10.1249/01.mss.0000451148.16126.b4

  • Morris, Kirstin S., Skinner, Tina L., Jenkins, David G., Osborne, Mark and Shephard, Megan E. (2014). The contribution of the arm stroke and leg kick to freestyle swimming velocity, controlling for stroke and kick rate: a pilot study. In: Bruce Mason, Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming. Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (447-453). 28 April - 2 May 2014.

  • Schaumberg, Mia A. and Skinner, Tina L. (2012). Caffeine supplementation and metabolic markers for endurance performance: some reasons for WADA to revise allowable limits at international and Olympic sporting events. In: 18th International Session on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students: Proceedings. 18th International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students, Athens, Greece, (444-464). 2-30 September, 2011.

  • Skinner, T., Folling, J., Leveritt, M., Coombes, J., Taaffe, D. and Jenkins, D. (2010). Effect of a high carbohydrate meal on serum caffeine concentrations following caffeine ingestion. In: 2010 Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. Hot Topics in the Tropics, Port Douglas, Qld, (e8-e9). 3-6 November, 2010.

  • Skinner, T., Gaulke, S., Leveritt, M., Coombes, J., Taaffe, D. and Jenkins, D. (2009). Differences in plasma caffeine appearance rates between and within subjects following caffeine ingestion. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Program and Abstracts - be active '09. 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - be active '09, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (e28-e28). 14-17 October, 2009. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2009.10.057

  • Skinner, T., Jenkins, D., Leveritt, M. and Coombes, J. (2009). The effects of caffeine on 2000 metre rowing performance. In: 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport: Program and Abstracts. Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (ACSMS) 2008, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (s71-s71). 16-18 October 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.169

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.