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Professor Alan Hayes

BSc (Hons), PhD (UniMelb)

Assistant Dean, Western Centre for Health Research and Education

Professor Hayes is a muscle and exercise physiologist with over 20 years of research experience in human trials and mechanistic animal studies. He is currently the Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science.

His research focus can be summarised under the banner 'Muscle Mass Matters' and its focus is looking at various dietary supplements and exercise regimes and their effect on muscle function in health, ageing and disease.

Current projects focus on:

  • effects of vitamin D on skeletal muscle
  • improving ageing & longevity
  • delaying severity and/or improving function in muscular dystrophy
  • reducing the impact of obesity & diabetes.

Professor Hayes played a pivotal role in obtaining Collaborative Network Funding from the Federal Government and is conducting research into the effect of vitamin D on muscle strength, bone quality and risk of falls, as well as the impact and mechanisms related to sarcopenic obesity.

Recent publications

Hanson ED, Nelson AR, West DWD, Violet JA, O’Keefe, L Phillips, SM & Hayes A. Attenuation of Resting but Not Load-Mediated Protein Synthesis in Prostate Cancer Patients on Androgen Deprivation. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 102: 1076-1083, 2017

Williamson L, Hayes A, Hanson, ED, Pivonka P, Sims NA, Gooi JH. High dose dietary vitamin D3 increases bone mass and strength in mice. Bone Reports 6:44-50, 2017

Timpani CA, Hayes A & Rybalka E. Revisiting the dystrophin-ATP connection: How half a century of research still implicates mitochondrial dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy aetiology. Medical Hypotheses 85: 1021-1033, 2015

Rybalka E, Timpani CA, Cooke MB, Williams AD, Hayes A. Defects in Mitochondrial ATP Synthesis in Dystrophin-Deficient Mdx Skeletal Muscles May Be Caused by Complex I Insufficiency. PLoS ONE 9: e115763, 2014

Scott D, Sanders K, Aitken D, Hayes A, Ebeling P, Jones G. Sarcopenic obesity and dynapenic obesity: Five-year associations with falls risk in middle-aged and older adults. Obesity 22: 1568-1574, 2014

View more journal articles by Professor Alan Hayes.

Postgraduate research students and fellows


10 PhD students (8 as primary supervisor), 36 Honours students

Current supervision

8 PhD students, 2 Honours students

Research grants

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA) $50,000
  • Bega Cheese $53,000
  • Collaborative Research Network $1,886,000
  • NH&MRC $109,000
  • AST Sport Science $145,000,

Industry Experience

  • Over $1m in equipment, industry and grant funding.
  • Sport and Recreation Industry Award for Applied Research in Sport, Government of Victoria in 2004.

Teaching responsibilities


Honours Coordinator

Professional membership

  • Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS)
  • Australian Physiological Society (AuPS)
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Areas of expertise

  • Body composition
  • Diabetes & obesity
  • Dietary supplementation
  • Exercise metabolism
  • Exercise training
  • Mitochondrial function
  • Muscle contraction
  • Muscle mass
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Sarcopenia
  • Vitamin D
  • Whey protein

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4658