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Taylor Drury Receives the Governor General’s Gold Medal

May 29, 2013 Recent Events No Comments

The CPR and LEARN laboratories at the University of British Columbia are exceptionally proud to announce that Taylor Drury was selected as the University of British Columbia’s 2012-13 Governor General Gold Medal Award Medal Winner for graduating MSc students. This is the highest honour that a masters student at the University of British Columbia can receive. Words cannot express how proud we are of Taylor and the graduate students that assisted Taylor during his studies. Taylor has brought great honour to our program. We are all proud of his accomplishments and look forward to when he graduates from medical school. Taylor certainly will become a caring and passionate physician. It was an honour to have Taylor in our program.

Sincerely, Dr. Darren Warburton


Aaron Phillips Receives NSERC and HSFC Post-Doctoral Fellowships

April 7, 2013 Recent Events No Comments
Aaron Phillips Receives NSERC and HSFC Post-Doctoral Fellowships

We are honoured to announce that Aaron Phillips (one of our current PhD trainees) was recently awarded NSERC and HSFC post-doctoral fellowships. These are extremely prestigious honours recognizing all of the work that Aaron has done.We are proud of what Aaron has accomplished during his time with our research team. Here is a list of the recent publications that Aaron has been part of in our laboratory:

  1. Phillips A, Ainslie P, Krassioukov A, Zheng A, and Warburton DER. Neurovascular coupling of the posterior cerebral artery in spinal cord injury: a pilot study. Brain Sciences (Accepted March 28, 2013).
  2. Phillips AA, Krassioukov A, Ainslie P, and Warburton DE. Baroreflex function following spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurotrauma 2012:10;29(15):2431-45. Impact Factor = 3.654
  3. Phillips AA, Cote AT, Foulds HJ, Charlesworth S, Bredin SS, Burr JF, Ngai S, Ivey A, Drury CT, Fougere RJ, and Warburton DE. A segmental evaluation of arterial stiffness before and after prolonged strenuous exercise. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism 2012;37(4):690-6. Impact Factor = 2.215
  4. Phillips AA, Cote AT, Bredin SSD, Krassioukov AV, and Warburton DER. Aortic stiffness increased in spinal cord injury when matched for physical activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2012;44(11):2065-70. Impact Factor = 4.4
  5. Phillips AA, Cote AT, Bredin SSD, and Warburton DER. Heart disease and left ventricular rotation – A systematic review and quantitative summary. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2012;12:46. doi:10.1186/1471-2261-12-46. Impact Factor = 2.02
  6. Drury CT, Bredin SSD, Phillips AA, and Warburton DER. Left ventricular twist and exercise in healthy individuals: a systematic review. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine 2012:3;1–18.
  7. Cote AT, Bredin SS, Phillips AA, and Warburton DE. Predictors of orthostatic intolerance in healthy young women. Clinical & Investigative Medicine 2012;35(2):E65. Impact Factor = 1.5
  8. Cote AT, Phillips AA, Bredin SSD, and Warburton DER. A questionable association of stroke volume and arterial pulse pressure under gravitational stress. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 2012;72(3):708-712. Impact Factor = 3.129
  9. Burr JF, Bredin S, Phillips A, Foulds H, Cote A, Charlesworth S, Ivey A, Drury T, Fougere R, and Warburton DER. Systemic arterial compliance following ultra-marathon. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2012;33(3):224-9. Impact Factor = 1.59
  10. Phillips AA, Burr JF, Cote AT, Foulds H, Charlesworth S,  Bredin SSD, and Warburton DER. Comparing the Finapres and Caretaker systems for measuring pulse transit time before and after exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2012;33(2):130-6. Impact Factor = 1.59
  11. Phillips AA, Fougere R, and Warburton DER. Maximal aerobic power testing in spinal cord injury: Consisderations from clinical experience. Health & Fitness Journal of Canada 2012;5(2):30-37.
  12. Phillips A, Cote A, Warburton DER. A systematic review of exercise as a therapeutic intervention to improve arterial function in persons living with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2011;49(6):702-14.
  13. Cote A, Phillips A, Bredin SSD, and Warburton DER. A practical review of acute orthostatic intolerance. Health & Fitness Journal of Canada 2010;3(2):39-44.
  14. Phillips A, Cote A, Warburton DER. A simplified approach to left ventricular torsion. Health & Fitness Journal of Canada 2010;3(2):4-12.


Director, Dr. Darren Warburton Receives the CIHR/CMAJ Top Achievement in Health Research Award

March 18, 2013 Recent Events No Comments

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) honoured the work of exceptional researchers announcing the five recipients of the 2012 CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research Awards on March 18, 2013. The CIHR announcement for this award can found HERE. Another story from UBC can be found at this LINK.

Dr. Warburton was one of five Canadian individuals and teams honoured with the 2012 CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards that recognize and celebrate Canadian health research and innovation excellence (1,2,3). To our knowledge, this is the first time that an exercise scientist has been awarded this honour in Canada. Dr. Warburton was further acknowledged as one of the top 2 winning achievements for this prestigious honour.

Each year, the CIHR and CMAJ host a competition to celebrate the top achievement in health research in Canada. Specifically, these awards recognize achievements that have “had a significant impact on health, health care, and health research by improving our understanding of health and human diseases, tackling health challenges, and improving our health system (1,2).” Achievements in four categories are eligible for the award: biomedical; clinical; health services; and social, cultural, environmental and population health. This award is considered to be one of the highest honours a researcher in health science and medicine can receive within Canada. An international review committee selected the five 2012 award winners.

Dr. Warburton received recognition for his significant contributions to population and public health. Specifically, Dr. Warburton was recognized for his ongoing work to promote the health benefits of physical activity and reduce the barriers to physical activity participation (including the creation of the PAR-Q+ and ePARmed-X+). It is anticipated that millions of individuals from around the world will benefit from the work of Dr. Warburton and his colleagues.

In receiving this honour Dr. Warburton acknowledged his appreciation for this prestigious honour, acknowledging the extensive research collaborators from across the world. “I am extremely proud to receive this esteemed award. It is a great privilege to be recognized by Canada’s leading health authorities, CIHR and CMAJ, for the research that we are conducting. This prestigious honour is a direct validation for the work that we are doing with a wide range of individuals and our related knowledge translation activities. I am proud of the work that we are doing with athletes, children, the elderly, and persons living with chronic disease and/or disability. I am humbled by this honour and would like to recognize the various collaborators that make our research possible. I am indebted to our trainees and collaborators from across Canada and the world. We simply would not be able to conduct our innovative work without the collaboration of a network of researchers and organizations dedicated to improving the health and well being of society. These international collaborations have allowed our research to move beyond the traditional confines of research and academia.

Congratulations Dr. Warburton!


  1. CIHR/CMAJ top achievements in health research. call for applications.Ottawa (ON): Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2012. Available: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/45560.html (accessed 2013 Feb. 12).
  2. CIHR–CMAJ top achievements in health research 2012. Ottawa (ON):CMAJ; 2012. Available: www.cmaj.ca/site/misc/achievements.xhtml (accessed 2013 Feb. 12
  3. Erin Russell Special Report: Celebrating top achievements in health research 2012. Canadian Medical Association Journal March 19, 2013 vol. 185 no. 5 doi: 10.1503/cmaj.130237 Available: www.cmaj.ca/content/185/5/397


Aaron Phillips receives the prestigious MITACS Accelerate Internship

February 24, 2011 Recent Events No Comments

We are honoured and proud to announce that Aaron Phillips has been awarded the prestigious MITACS Accelerate Internship. Aaron will continue working towards improving the health and well-being of persons living with spinal cord injury through the application of innovative technology. Congratulations, Aaron!

Dr. Bredin receives the 2010 Health & Fitness Program Recognition Award

February 24, 2011 Recent Events No Comments

Dr. Shannon Bredin received the 2010  Health & Fitness Program Recognition Award. This award is the highest honour provided by Health & Fitness Program. The purpose of the Health & Fitness Program Recognition Award, awarded since 1992, is to annually honour an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Health & Fitness Program. The Award recognizes contributions to the Health & fitness consulting in Canada including: committee work, leadership, Health & Fitness Program delivery, and research in fitness practices/industry. Congratulations Shannon!

Congratulations to our Mentor and Friend: Dr. Jack Taunton

September 4, 2010 Recent Events No Comments
Congratulations to our Mentor and Friend: Dr. Jack Taunton

Drs. Warburton and Bredin would like to congratulate Dr. Jack Taunton on receiving another milestone and his enormous success during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Drs. Warburton and Bredin and their respective trainees are indebted to the kindness, support, and opportunities afforded by Dr. Jack Taunton while at the University of British Columbia. His support of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit and affiliated laboratories has been remarkable. As such, we are honoured to acknowledge another milestone in Dr. Taunton’s career. Dr. Taunton recently received the BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) Exceptional Contribution to Family Medicine. Dr. Taunton’s contribution to the health and well-being of Canadians is truly remarkable. This is captured nicely in the article provided the BCCFP (http://www.bccfp.bc.ca/recipients.html):

“Dr. Jack Taunton spent over four years as the Chief Medical Officer for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He was responsible for planning the care of 3,200 athletes and coaches, 2,500 Olympic and Parlaympic Family members, 10,000 media, 25,000 volunteers/workforce and the thousands of spectators. This included facility planning, working with Vancouver Coastal Health, regarding H1N1, and the BC Emergency Preparedness and Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, recruitment, anti-doping, pre-game test events, legacy programs and research. In the end, the Olympic Olympic Games treated 8,911 patients (compared to 5,700 in Turin), the Paralympic Games treated 2,680 (1,100 in Turin) with Imaging of 1,000 (Olympic) and 333 (Paralympic) and Therapy of 2,000 (Olympic) and 1,000 (Paralympic). The Medical Program for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games were rated as the BEST EVER for the summer or winter games.

Dr. Taunton also co-founded and has a clinical practice in Sports Medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, a world renowned clinical teaching and research centre. He was the director of the Centre for 25 years and is a Professor in the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.”

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our mentor and friend. Dr. Taunton continues to be a source of inspiration for our team. He provides a shining example of what someone can achieve through hard work, dedication, and compassion for others. Congratulations Jack, you are truly deserving!