About Dr Kate Edwards

Kate's Passion for exercise has developed into a career trying to understand the best ways to harness exercise for health.

Health benefits of exercise: effects of both acute and chronic exercise through immune function.

Dr. Kate Edwards joined the University of Sydney in 2011 as a Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science, having spent the preceding 5 years as a research fellow at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and at the University of Birmingham UK. Originally trained as a Biochemist in the UK, Kate moved into Exercise Immunology to gain her PhD, a direction which was prompted by her own personal sports involvement. During her PhD Kate began a program of research investigating the use of a single bout of exercise as a way to improve the response to a vaccination. She has now completed 5 randomized controlled trials during this work, including studies funded by Action Medical Research in the UK, and in 2009 she was a recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ‘Grand Challenges' grant. This work show's great clinical promise and Kate is now working towards application in at risk populations such as the elderly, or HIV+. In addition to her specialized exercise and vaccination interests, Dr. Edwards research interests include; responses to acute exercise or psychological stress - roles of gender and stress hormones in the allostasis of immune function, lifestyle interventions in treatment of chronic disease, and the role of sleep in chronic inflammation and responses to stress. Kate's projects are collaborative and cross-disciplinary, needing students with imagination, energy and ambition.

Selected publications

BOSCH, J. A., DE GEUS, E. J., CARROLL, D., GOEDHART, A. D., ANANE, L. A., VAN ZANTEN, J. J., HELMERHORST, E. J. & EDWARDS, K. M. 2009. A general enhancement of autonomic and cortisol responses during social evaluative threat. Psychosom Med, 71, 877-85.
CAMPBELL, J. P., EDWARDS, K. M., RING, C., DRAYSON, M. T., BOSCH, J. A., INSKIP, A., LONG, J. E., PULSFORD, D. & BURNS, V. E. 2010. The effects of vaccine timing on the efficacy of an acute eccentric exercise intervention on the immune response to an influenza vaccine in young adults. Brain Behav Immun.
EDWARDS, K. M., BURNS, V. E., ADKINS, A. E., CARROLL, D., DRAYSON, M. & RING, C. 2008. Meningococcal A vaccination response is enhanced by acute stress in men. Psychosom Med, 70, 147-51.
EDWARDS, K. M., BURNS, V. E., CARROLL, D., DRAYSON, M. & RING, C. 2007b. The acute stress-induced immunoenhancement hypothesis. Exerc Sport Sci Rev, 35, 150-5.
EDWARDS, K. M., BURNS, V. E., REYNOLDS, T., CARROLL, D., DRAYSON, M. & RING, C. 2006a. Acute stress exposure prior to influenza vaccination enhances antibody response in women. Brain Behav Immun, 20, 159-168.
EDWARDS, K. M., BURNS, V. E., RING, C. & CARROLL, D. 2006b. Sex differences in the interleukin-6 response to acute psychological stress. Biol.Psychol., 71, 236-239.
EDWARDS, K. M. & CAMPBELL, J. P. In press. Exercise as an Adjuvant to Influenza vaccination - Invited Review. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
EDWARDS, K. M., CAMPBELL, J. P., RING, C., DRAYSON, M. T., BOSCH, J. A., DOWNES, C., LONG, J. E., LUMB, J. A., MERRY, A., PAINE, N. J. & BURNS, V. E. 2010. Exercise intensity does not influence the efficacy of eccentric exercise as a behavioural adjuvant to vaccination. Brain Behav Immun, 24, 623-30.
EDWARDS, K. M., TOMFOHR, L. M., MILLS, P. J., BOSCH, J. A., ANCOLI-ISRAEL, S., LOREDO, J. S. & DIMSDALE, J. 2011. Macrophage migratory inhibitory factor (MIF) may be a key factor in inflammation in obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep, 34, 161-3.
EDWARDS, K. M., ZIEGLER, M. G. & MILLS, P. J. 2007c. The potential anti-inflammatory benefits of improving physical fitness in hypertension. J Hypertens, 25, 1533-42.