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64 3 479 7222
Professor and Director of Gerontology Research
Department of Medicine (Dunedin)
Research summary
Body composition and physical function during ageing


  • Determinants and prevalence of sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity.
  • Impact of sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity on physical function.
  • Community-based exercise interventions to maintain physical function during ageing.


Costa, E. C., Freire, Y. A., Ritti-Dias, R. M., de Lucena Alves, C. P., Cabral, L. L. P., Barreira, T. V., & Waters, D. L. (2024). Can step count be used to identify older adults with high sedentary time and low moderate-to-vigorous physical activity? American Journal of Human Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.24112 Journal - Research Article

Booth, T., Walker, X., Sole, G., Waters, D., & Vlietstra, L. (2024). Footwear and falls in older people. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 43(Suppl. 1), OR02. doi: 10.1111/ajag.13323 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Freire, Y. A., Rosa-Souza, F. J., Cabral, L. L. P., Browne, R. A. V., Farias Júnior, J. C., Waters, D. L., … Costa, E. C. (2024). Association of 'Tortoise' and 'Hare' movement behavior patterns with cardiometabolic health, body composition, and functional fitness in older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 57, 96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2024.04.003 Journal - Research Article

Hamel, R., Waters, D., Hale, L., Reilly, N., & Smoliga, J. (2023). Traumatic brain injury and mechanical ventilation: Clinical implications for long-term autonomic function. Proceedings of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. PSTR540.20/Z9. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Scoon, C., Walker, X. J., Gale, J. T., Gerrard, D., Peddie, M., Russell-Camp, T., Waters, D. L., Osborne, H., … Vlietstra, L. (2023). The physical function of retired elite athletes compared to the general population: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 7(4), (pp. 134). doi: 10.36905/jses.2023.04.01 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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