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The New PAR-Q+ and ePARmed-X+

August 5, 2011 Recent Events No Comments

We are pleased to announce that the background systematic review papers for the new PAR-Q+ and ePARmed-X+ have been published in Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. The entire series of articles have been published online, and are open access for everyone to be able to download.


The new PAR-Q+ and ePARmed-X+ are also available. Please be sure to check out www.eparmedx.com and the Health & Fitness Journal of Canada for these resources.

A sincere thank you to all of the authors, students, staff, and volunteers that gave so much of their time to this worthy endeavour. It is anticipated that over 50 million individuals worldwide will make use of the new risk stratification strategy, which serves to reduce the barriers to physical activity participation for everyone.

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!

The Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit Says Farewell to Dr. Shirley Ngai!

August 19, 2010 Recent Events No Comments

It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Dr. Shirley Ngai. Shirley will leave our program at the end of this month. We are happy that Shirley will be able to return to her family and friends shortly. However, we will miss Shirley’s amazing attitude and her endearing demeanour. We were truly blessed to have Dr. Ngai spend the last three months in our laboratory. She has been a great ambassador for the Pan Pacific Trainee Exchange, and for Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Jones and Dr. Pang certainly can be proud of how Shirley represented their program.

During her time, Shirley took the lead on several studies and worked side by side with our graduate trainees. We envision a series of leading publications resulting from this work. All of us that had a chance to work with Shirley were truly honoured. Her work ethic and compassion for others was remarkable.

We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Shirley in the future, but more importantly we look forward to a lasting friendship that was forged during her time here. We would like to thank our friend, Dr. Alice Jones, for recommending such a remarkable trainee for our exchange program.

In closing, we would like to thank Shirley for playing such an integral part in our laboratory over the past three months. We look forward to hearing about your future plans and are certain that you will become internationally renowned in short order. You will always be welcome at the University of British Columbia. We also look forward to our next trip to Hong Kong and the continuation of the interesting research that we started here.


Darren and Shannon

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