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CIHR Catalyst Grant

January 26, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

Congratulations to Dr. Darren Warburton (PI) and his team on receiving a $109,911 CIHR Catalyst Grant: Indigenous Approaches to Wellness!

His team includes Dr. Jan Hare (LLED; Co-PI), Dr. Shannon Bredin (Co-applicant; Knowledge User; KIN), R Miles (Principal Knowledge User), Dr. Moss Norman (KIN; Co-Applicant), P Oh (University of Toronto; Co-Applicant), Dr. Ryan Rhodes (University of Victoria; Co-Applicant) and Gail Sparrow (Collaborator; Knowledge User).

The aim of this Catalyst Grant is to provide seed money to support research activities related to Indigenous approaches to wellness which represent the first steps towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities (e.g., operating grants). This grant funds researchers who, in collaboration with the Indigenous community, will develop, evaluate, and build on existing tools and methods to better incorporate Indigenous concepts of wellness in health research designs.


Article has been cited more than 5600 times!

August 21, 2015 Recent Events No Comments
Article has been cited more than 5600 times!

We are extremely pleased to report that an article created by Drs. Warburton and Bredin (published in the prestigious Canadian Medical Association Journal) has now been cited over 5600 times. This article is amongst the most cited papers in the history of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

We are pleased with the reception that this article has received since its publication in 2006. We feel that this reflects clearly the importance of the health benefits of physical activity, and provides further validation for the value of the research conducted in the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.

A Heartfelt Goodbye to Visiting Scholar Nanu Wu!

October 24, 2014 Recent Events No Comments

On behalf of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit we would like to acknowledge the departure of our friend and colleague, Nana Wu. Nana visited from Shanghai (China) and became a valued and trusted member of our team. It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Nana. We are happy that Nana is now able to return to her family and friends in China. However, we will certainly miss Nana.

Nana was an exceptionally hard worker taking on every opportunity afforded her. Her work ethic provided a great example to all of our trainees. She was a part of virtually every trial in our laboratory over the time that she spent in our laboratory. Nana has been a great ambassador for our Pan Pacific Trainee Exchange program.

Nana’s compassion for and ability to work with others was remarkable. This was evidenced when our entire laboratory showed up to say goodbye to Nana. There were tears all around reflecting clearly the impact that Nana had on each of us. We look forward to working with Nana in the future and sincerely hope that she will be able to continue studies at the University of British Columbia. Nana will always be welcome in our program.


Darren and Shannon

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


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


Congratulations to Taylor Drury on his Acceptance to Medical School

September 7, 2012 Recent Events No Comments

A heartfelt congratulations to Taylor Drury (MSc 2012) on his acceptance to Medical School. We are extremely proud of Taylor’s accomplishments.

Taylor Drury Successfully Defends His MSc Thesis

July 9, 2012 Recent Events No Comments

A heartfelt congratulations to Taylor Drury who completed his MSc thesis on July 9, 2012.

Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Burr

July 8, 2012 Recent Events No Comments

Sincere congratulations to Dr. Jamie Burr (Post-Doc) on his faculty appointment at the University of Prince Edward Island. We wish him continued success.

Dr. Bredin wins the 2011 Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta

August 26, 2011 Recent Events No Comments
Dr. Bredin wins the 2011 Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Bredin has received another honour for her contributions. Dr. Bredin has received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta (http://www.alumni.ualberta.ca/en/Celebrate/AlumniAwards/AwardExcellence.aspx). A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Bredin for this prestigious honour recognizing “specific, recent accomplishments of University of Alberta graduates.” An excerpt from her biographical description for this award is presented below:

“Shannon S. D. Bredin, ’96 BPE, ’96 BEd, ’98 MSc, has quickly established herself as a leader in the field of physical activity and health, where she is conducting pioneering research.  A leader in community-based initiatives, she was the project lead in the innovative telehealth program, the Physical Activity Line (www.physicalactivityline.com), Canada’s free resource for evidence-based physical activity information. She was a principal investigator on the Getting Games Fit program for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and she is the founder and director of the Cognitive and Functional Learning Laboratory at UBC.  In recognition of her many contributions, this assistant professor at the University of British Columbia has received many honours, including the prestigious Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Health and Fitness Program Recognition Award in 2010.”

Dr. Bredin is a featured scientist on the Year of Science

February 24, 2011 Recent Events No Comments
Dr. Bredin is a featured scientist on the Year of Science

We are proud to announce that Dr. Bredin was recently highlighted as a Featured Scientist for the Year of Science. This honour reflects the innovative work that Dr. Bredin has been conducting and her contributions to the field of science.

The full story regarding Dr. Bredin can be found here: http://yearofsciencebc.ca/stories-scientists-and-careers/featured-scientists/shannon-bredin/