Robert Newton


Professor Robert Newton, PhD, DSc, AEP, CSCS*D, FACSM, FESSA, FNSCA 


Professor Robert Newton is Professor of Exercise Medicine, and Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow in the Exercise Medicine Research Institute that he established in 2004 at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. Current major research directions include exercise medicine as neoadjuvant, adjuvant and rehabilitative cancer therapy to reduce side-effects and enhance effectiveness of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy; the influence of targeted exercise medicine on tumour biology and exercise medicine for reducing decline in quality of life, strength, body composition and functional ability in people with cancer. 


Professor Newton received the career achievement award from the Cancer Council WA in 2018 and was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year and finalist for the Premier’s Science Award. In 2019, Professor Newton was named the Western Australian Premier’s Scientist of the Year. The University of Queensland awarded Professor Newton a Higher Doctorate (DSc) in 2021 for his research into exercise oncology. Professor Newton was a finalist in the Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards for 2021 and received a Highly Commended Award. 


Professor Newton has supervised 8 postdoctoral fellows, 44 PhD students, 23 Masters Students and 3 Honours students to successful completion. He is currently supervising 11 PhD students and 4 Masters students.


Professor Newton has published over 950 scientific papers including 490 refereed scientific journal articles, 450 conference abstracts and papers, three books, 17book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 84with his work being cited over 24,300 times. As of 2021Professor Newton had attracted over $43 Million in competitive research funding.