Academic Associates


Dr. Cristina Caperchione

University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Caperchione’s research focus includes both population and community health research with a particular concentration on the physical activity behaviours of vulnerable, at risk populations, in particular female breast cancer survivors, inactive men, at risk adolescent girls, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. This work has a particular emphasis on tailoring and targeting health promotion interventions to meet the specific needs of these populations. Given the focus on community, a large component of Dr. Caperchione’s work also involves building strong community relationships with industry partners and local community members.


Dr. Mike Stembridge

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mike completed his PhD in July 2015 at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. His collaboration with the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health started in 2012 with the Nepal Everest Expedition where he investigated the short-term and life-long effects of high altitude exposure on cardiac physiology. Since then, Mike has collaborated on numerous projects with Prof Phil Ainslie, Dr Neil Eves and Dr Glen Foster.

Mike completed both his BSc and MSc degrees in Sport and Exercise Science at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (2003-2008) before a brief foray into the world of applied sport science with both professional football and rugby clubs.

His research interests currently focus on investigating how cardiac structure and function adapt to extreme environments (high altitude) and exercise competition (ultra-endurance, breath hold diving) using novel echocardiographic techniques (myocardial mechanics).