Melanie Fischbacher

Melanie Fischbacher

May 29, 2019 11:33 am Published by

I am a PhD candidate at Griffith University under the supervision of Belinda Beck, investigating the influence of antiresorptive bone medication on bone-targeted exercise to prevent osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.

I graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich where I studied Human Movement Sciences. In my master thesis, I investigated the role of gait variability parameters in predicting fall risk in seniors at high risk for falling. In the two years after I graduated, my research focus was on the effectiveness of motor-cognitive multitask training and strength training to reduce fall risk in seniors with cognitive impairment. Following the relocation from Switzerland to Australia in 2016, I started working as a research assistant at The Bone Clinic examining the effect of high intensity resistance and impact training on symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis before I took on my PhD in 2017.

I am convinced that exercise is amongst the most important strategies to prevent and manage chronic conditions and associated personal, societal and economic burden in the long term. I aspire to contribute to bridge the gap between exercise specialist and other health care providers to consider exercise as a standard intervention to improve musculoskeletal health.

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