Joyce Ramos

PhD Candidate

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  • 2016 – PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology (The University of Queensland)
  • 2011 – BSc (Hons) majoring in Sports and Exercise Science (The University of Auckland)
  • 2010 - Bachelor of Science majoring in Sports and Exercise Science (The University of Auckland)


I am an Exercise Physiologist with a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology. My research focuses on the optimal exercise prescription to ameliorate traditional and novel CVD risk factors associated with the metabolic syndrome, including central hemodynamics, cardiac autonomic function, vascular function, glycemic control, and pancreatic beta cell function.

Current Research

I am currently investigating the impact of high-intensity interval training and an exercise mimetic on cardiac autonomic function and inflammation in individuals with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.


Professor Jeff S. Coombes

Associate Professor Lance C. Dalleck

Professor Robert G. Fassett

Dr Fabio Borrani 

Academic Awards, Grants, Achievements 

Nominated for the ESSA Medal 2016 for the most outstanding PhD thesis

Awarded the 'ASICS Ken Maguire Award for Best New Investigator in Clinical Sports Medicine' at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference in October 2015 

Awarded $3000 Travel Grant to attend the 'American College of Sports Medicine' conference in May-June 2016 by Sports Medicine Australia in October 2015 

ESSA Finalist for Young Investigator Award Exercise Science & Health (2014 and 2016) 

Awarded $500 HMNS Research Student Travel Awards in April 2016 

Awarded an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) PhD scholarship for 3.5 years at the University of Queensland in 2013 - including living costs 

Achieved 23 citation counts from my journal publications since 2015 

Achieved an Altmetric score of 176 for one of my publications 

Published in the top 1% of cited articles in the fiels of Sports Medicine (Source: Scopus Citation Data, 10/01/2017) 

Published five first author publications (out of 6) in peer-reviewed scientific journals during my PhD candidature 

Published Manuscripts 

1. Ramos JS, Dalleck LC, Tjonna AE, Beetham KS, Coombes JS. The impact of high-intensity interval training versus moderate-intensity continuous training on vascular function: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports medicine (Auckland, NZ). 2015 May;45(5):679-92. 

2. Ramos JS, Dalleck LC, Borrani F, Mallard AR, Clark B, Keating SE, Fassett RG, Coombes JS. The effect of different volumes of high-intensity interval training on proinsulin in participants with the metabolic syndrome: a randomised trial. Diabetologia. 2016 Nov;59(11):2308-20. 

3. Ramos JS, Dalleck LC, Ramos MV, Borrani F, Roberts L, Gomersall S, Beetham KS, Dias KA, Keating SE, Fassett RG, Sharman JE, Coombes JS. 12 min/week of high-intensity interval training reduces aortic reservoir pressure in individuals with metabolic syndrome: a randomized trial. Journal of hypertension. 2016 Oct;34(10):1977-87. 

4. Ramos JS, Ramos MV, Dalleck LC, Borrani F, Walker KB, Fassett RG, Sharman JE, Coombes JS. Fitness Is Independently Associated with Central Hemodynamics in Metabolic Syndrome. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2016 Aug;48(8):1539-47. 

5. Ramos JS, Dalleck LC, Borrani F, Fassett RG, Coombes JS. Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively associated with increased pancreatic beta cell function independent of fatness in individuals with the metabolic syndrome: Fitness versus fatness. Journal of science and medicine in sport. 2017 Jan;20(1):45-9. 

6. Thomson AC, Ramos JS, Fassett RG, Coombes JS, Dalleck LC. Optimal criteria and sampling interval to detect a VO2 plateau at VO2max in patients with metabolic syndrome. Research in sports medicine (Print). 2015;23(4):337-50.