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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.”

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.

Premier of British Columbia Announces $3.5 Million Grant to MITACS

August 5, 2011 Recent Events No Comments

We were honoured to have Premier Christy Clark visit our laboratory, and make the formal announcement of a $3.5 million grant to support the MITACS program. We are particularly pleased that the Premier and MITACS chose to highlight the work of one of our graduate trainees, Aaron Phillips (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Medicine), and our ongoing research collaborations with Brad Zdanivsky (the inventor of openPAW) and SOC Robotics Inc.

Further information regarding this announcement and pictures showing the Premier, Pat Bell (Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation), Dr. Stephen Toope (President, the University of British Columbia), our graduate trainees, and various other dignitaries can be found on various websites:



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/

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!

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 Welcomes Dr. Jamie Burr

August 21, 2010 Recent Events No Comments

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jamie Burr has joined the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit. Dr. Burr did his training at the internationally renowned laboratories of Dr. Norman Gledhill and Dr. Veronica Jamnik. He has already published several peer-reviewed first author publications. We are extremely fortunately to have Jamie join our team. Jamie will be working on the Physical Activity Line of BC in research and development, and will be spearheading various research trials related to the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease in individuals from across the lifespan. Since arriving in July, Jamie has made an immediate positive impact upon our laboratory having participated in several studies and assisting with the development of various grants. We look forward to working with Jamie during his time in our program.

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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