Sarcopenia, Obesity and Lifestyle Laboratory

Research Overview

The Sarcopenia, Obesity and Lifestyle laboratory is led by Dr David Scott, a NHMRC Career Development Fellow within the Bone and Muscle Research Group at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Our research explores the contributions of age-related changes in body composition to functional decline and loss of independence in older adults. We collaborate on a several national and international cohort studies to investigate associations of sarcopenia (the age-related decline in skeletal muscle mass and function) and obesity with development of poor bone health, disability and falls and fractures. We also utilise these datasets to identify lifestyle behaviours that prevent muscle and bone quality declines during ageing. We are currently conducting trials exploring how to best deliver lifestyle modification to community-dwelling older adults at high risk for functional decline. These trials include physical activity and nutrition interventions such as osteogenic exercise, resistance training, weight loss and vitamin D supplementation.