Researcher

My Expertise

I investigate long-term complications of cancer and the therapeutic effect of exercise in paediatric adults and populations. Using a translational approach ranging from cellular models to animal and human studies, I aim to improve the early detection of survivors at risk and to inform therapeutic practices to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors.

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Adolescent health, Infant and child health, Exercise physiology, Oncology and carcinogenesis, Immunology, Endocrinology

SEO tags

Biography

I am the acting Head of School for the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. Through its Research, Education and direct Engagement, the School of Health Sciences' mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

As a Researcher, my mission is to improve the detection and treatment of long-term complications in cancer survivors using a variety of approaches ranging from cellular models to human...view more

I am the acting Head of School for the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. Through its Research, Education and direct Engagement, the School of Health Sciences' mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

As a Researcher, my mission is to improve the detection and treatment of long-term complications in cancer survivors using a variety of approaches ranging from cellular models to human studies.

 


My Grants

 

2019-23: Fotsing JM,..., Simar D, et al. Family farming, lifestyle and health in the Pacific. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions H2020-MSCA-RISE 2019, AU$2,065,000.

2019-20: Goldstein D, Park S, McCrary MJ, Simar D, Ward R. The effect of exercise training on neurophysiologic, functional, and quality of life deficits in cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. World Cancer Research Fund International, AU$99,958.

2018-19: Goldstein D, Park S, McCrary MJ, Menant J, Harris C, Simar D. Exercise rehabilitation for cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: Impact and mechanisms.Cancer Clinical Academic Group seed grant scheme, AU$200,000.

2014: Zekry A, Simar D, Lloyd A. T-cell metabolic pathways as a predictor of anti-HCV T-cell immune response and outcomes after primary HCV infection.Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research, AU$ 95,000.

2013-15: Hardeman E, Barres R, Simar D, Cohn R. The role of epigenetic modifications in longterm memory of irradiation in cancer survivors. Cancer Council New South Wales, AU$ 360,000.

2010: Cohn R, Simar D.Metabolic complications in childhood leukaemia survivors. Cancer Institute New South Wales, AU$ 46,000.

2009: Chen H, Morris MJ, Simar D. Activation of brain glucose sensing mTOR pathway to improve glucose tolerance and reduce adiposity in offspring from obese dams.DARTResearchGrant, AU$ 59,400.

2008: Simar D. Impaired metabolism in peripheral blood mononuclear cells condition the antiviral response in hepatitis C virus infection,Faculty of Medicine: UNSW Sydney, AU$ 11,800.

2008: Chen H, Morris MJ, Simar D. Impact of maternal smoking and high fat diet feeding on pathways involved in central and peripheral glucose metabolism. DART Research Grant, AU$ 50,000.

2008-12: Fiatarone Singh M, Blair S, Singh N, O’Sullivan A, Simar D, Baune B. A randomised controlled trial of progressive resistance training in older type 2 diabetics at cardiovascular risk.NHMRC Research Grant, AU$ 806,250.

2008:Fiatarone Singh M, Blair S, Singh N, O’Sullivan A, Simar D, Baune B. Australian Diabetes Society – Servier National Diabetes Strategy Grant, AU$ 19,532.

2008: Simar D, Tzar C, Tejani N, Metabolic alterations in Polycistic Ovary Syndrome: protective effect of resistance training,Faculty of Medicine,UNSW Sydney:Early Career Research Grant, AU$ 30,000.

2008:Ruell P, Caillaud C, Thompson M, Simar D. Can plasma HSP70 be used to screen athletes at risk of injury from heatstroke?New South Wales Government, Research and Injury Prevention Scheme, AU$ 19,600.

2007:Caillaud C, Thompson M, Simar D, Kazlauskas R, Trout G, Howe C. Does exercise in hot environmental condition impair detection of EPO doping?Australian Government, Department of Communication, Information, Technology and the Arts, AU$ 125,358.

2007: Simar D, A new model to study insulin-stimulated glucose transport in type 2 diabetes,Faculty of Medicine,UNSW Sydney: Early Career Research Grant, AU$ 36,000.


My Qualifications

PhD in Physiology, University of Montpellier, France

MSc in Exercise Physiology, University of Montpellier, France

BSc in Exercise Physiology, University of Montpellier, France


My Awards

2015: Nordea-Fonden’s Residence Program at Heerings Gaard, Denmark.

2015: Quality and Innovation Award in Preventive Health, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

2013: Selected Flagship project by Cancer Council New South Wales

2008: School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. New Researcher of the year


My Research Activities

Through the international program "Family farming, lifestyle and health in the Pacific supported by the European Union, I explore avenues to improve the health trajectory in paediatric populations using lifestyle interventions. 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

I supervise ILP, honours, Masters and PhD students on the following projects:

- Long-term complications in cancer survivors

- Child health

 


Currently supervising

PhD: Nutrient utilisation in children with inborn errors of metabolism: To investigate how novel or emerging nutrition supplements are processed in the body for children with fatty acid oxidation disorders or glycogen storage disease type V.

PhD: Discovery of serum biomarkers for the diagnosis of sport-related concussion in children

PhD: The effect of the gut microbiome on adaptation to exercise


My Teaching

I contribute teaching to a variety of courses in the School of Health Sciences and across the Faculty of Medicine and Health, with a particular focus on the role of exercise in the prevention and rehabilitation of chronic conditions.

View less

Location

Wallace Wurth Building, West Wing, Level 4 Room 420

Contact

+61 2 9065 1046