About Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh

To improve the care of older adults in medical practice; to prevent and treat frailty and functional decline

Geriatrician with research interests in exercise, nutrition and aging

Professor Maria Antoinette Fiatarone Singh is a geriatrician whose research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of geriatric medicine, exercise physiology, and nutrition as a means to improve quality of life for the aged. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in the USA. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, USA as well as New South Wales, Australia.Prof Singh has designed and carried out many clinical trials involving frail elders in Australia and the USA, She has published extensively in the area of ageing, exercise and nutrition, having edited one book, authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 80 peer-reviewed book chapters and review articles, 150 abstracts, and contributed to numerous lay publications. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology, and is a reviewer for most of the major international internal medicine, physiology, exercise, gerontology, and nutrition journals. Prof Singh’s commitment to teaching and university service is evidenced by her mentorship of students at all levels and role on the Health and Ageing, Honours and Research Committees at the University of Sydney. She has developed and independently teaches two complete postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney, and mentors honours and postgraduate students in Exercise and Sport Science, as well as lecturing in the Schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational and Leisure Sciences. She serves as a supervisor for other postgraduate students in the USA, France, New Zealand, and Singapore. She has developed several multi-media accredited courses for physicians and other health care professionals for the implementation and management of physical activity programs for older adults in community and residential care settings, which have now been translated into Japanese, German, French, and Spanish for use internationally. She has lectured widely, including invited presentations in Japan, Europe, North America, Scandinavia, and throughout Australia, and has conducted and consulted on clinical and basic science research projects in Canada, America, Germany, Great Britain, France and

Selected publications

  • Cheema BSB, Lassere M, Shier R, Fiatarone Singh MA. Rotator cuff tear in an elderly woman performing progressive resistance training: Case report from a randomized controlled trial. J Phys Activity and Health 4: 1-8, 2007
  • Chan M, Cheema BSB, Fiatarone Singh MA.  Progressive Resistance Training and Nutrition in Renal Failure.  Journal of Renal Nutrition 17 (1): 84-87, 2007.
  • Baker, MK, Kennedy, DJ, Bohle, PL, Campbell, DS, Knapman, L, Grady, J, Wiltshire, J, McNamara, M, Evans, WJ, Atlantis, E, Fiatarone Singh, MA.  Efficacy and feasibility of a novel tri-modal robust exercise prescription in a retirement community: A randomized, controlled trial. Jam Geriatr Soc 55(1): 1-10; 2007.
  • Lange, A, Fiatarone Singh, MA, Smith, RM, Foroughi, N, Baker, MK, Shnier, R,  Vanwanseele, B. Degenerative meniscus tears and mobility impairment in women with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (accepted 18/11/06, published on-line doi: 10.1016/j.oca:2006.11.004  2006.
  • Benson, AC, Torode, ME, Fiatarone Singh, MA. A rationale and method for high intensity progressive resistance training with children and adolescents. (accepted 13/11/06, published on-line Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2006)
  • Benson, AC, Torode, ME, Fiatarone Singh, MA.  Muscular strength and cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with higher insulin sensitivity in children and adolescents. Int J Ped Obesity, 1(4): 22-231, 2006.
  • Atlantis E, Barnes EH, Singh MA. Efficacy of exercise for treating overweight in children and adolescents: a systematic review. International Journal of Obesity. 30(7): 1-14, 2006.
  • Atlantis E, Chow CM, Kirby A, Fiatarone Singh MA. Worksite: intervention effects on physical health: a randomized controlled trial.Health Promotion International. 21(3):191-200, 2006.
  • Atlantis E, Chow CM, Kirby A, Fiatarone Singh MA. Worksite
intervention effects on sleep quality: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 11(4):291-304, 2006.
  • Reardon, TF, Ruell, PA, Fiatarone Singh, MA, Thompson, CH, Rooney, KB.  Creatine Supplementation does not enhance submaximal aerobic training adaptations in healthy young men and women Eur J of Appl Physiol 98: 234-24, 2006.
  • Orr, R,  Tsang, T, Lam, P, Comino, E, Fiatarone Singh, MA. Mobility impairment in type 2 diabetes: Association with muscle power and effect of Tai Chi intervention. Diabetes Care 29 (9): 2120-2122, 2006.