Associate professor and associate Dean Research
Associate Professor Chris Abbiss is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.
CI Abbiss has over 15 years of academic and professional experience working in exercise and sports science and collaborates extensively with leading sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport, Cycling Australia and Mitchelton-SCOTT Professional Cycling Team. He completed his PhD in 2008 and was employed in a teaching research academic role at Deakin University prior to commencing a one year joint post-doctoral appointment within high-performance cycling undertaken in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Edith Cowan University. Assoc Prof Abbiss was employed in a teaching research academic role (0.2-0.4FTE research) at Edith Cowan University from 2009 to 2018. During this time CI Abbiss was post graduate research coordinator in the School of Medical and Health Sciences, chaired the Faculty of Engineering and Health Science Ethics Subcommittee and also served on special advisory committees for WestCycles and Cycling WA.
He is currently a member of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research (CESSR) and the Australian Centre for Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP). ACRISP is one of only 11 International Olympic Committee Centres focused on reducing injury in sport primarily with a primary focus of this centre being on directly impacting practice and policy. CI Abbiss is also member of the Environmental Physiology Special Interest Group which is a multi-institutional research network focused on foster local, national and international collaborations which build the environmental physiology research community’s capacity to solve problems relevant to human-environment interactions.
CI Chris Abbiss has established a strong research group examining blood flow, thermoregulation and metabolic adaptations to environmental stress and physical activity. Within this research group has supervised several postdoctoral research fellows and the timely completion of over 20 post graduate research students. At 12 years post PhD he has published over 120 peer-refereed manuscripts in high impact exercise science and applied physiology journals (54 publications in last 5 yrs.). His Scopus H index is 27 and in total his research publications have been cited 2566 times. He has been a reviewer for over 50 different scientific journals, on the organising committee of several conferences and serves on the Editorial Board of ‘The Open Sports Medical Journal’, ‘Journal of Science and Cycling’, ‘Frontiers in Exercise Physiology’ and ‘ISRN (International Scholarly Research Network) Physiology’.
He was the lead investigator on the development of a unique mode of high intensity exercise that was utilised in the preparation of athletes within several national sporting organisations, including the Australian Institute of Sport and Cycling Australia. As a direct result of this research, he was a state finalist in the Fresh Science Awards, runner-up in the Australian Completive Research Symposium and winner of the ECU Research in a Nutshell competition. This research has also informed heat stress practices in elite and community sport. He has been an expert evaluator of Heat Illness guidelines for the Australian Sports Commission and collaborated with, or provided consultancy on heat and hydration guidelines to several other organisations (i.e. BHP, Woodside and the Country Fire Authority). CI Abbiss and his team have received several awards in recognition for their research. Three of his PhD students have received the Bob Withers Award, which is a prestigious international competitive award is provided by the Australian Institute of Sport to the most successful PhD graduate who has conducted a degree that has had a substantial impact, or the potential to have a strong impact, on Australian Sport. Several of his students have also received awards for best presentation at international conferences. CI Abbiss has also been awarded ECUs Research Medal, and Vice Chancellors Awards for Research by an Early Career Researcher and Recognition of Research Supervision. CI Abbiss’ research in blood vessel function and thermoregulation has also informed heat stress practices in elite and community sport. He has been an expert evaluator of Heat Illness guidelines for the Australian Sports Commission and collaborated with, or provided consultancy on heat and hydration guidelines to several other organisations (i.e. BHP, Woodside and the Country Fire Authority).
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