Dr. Darren Warburton

Dr. Darren E. R. Warburton (PhD, MSc)

Dr. Darren Warburton is a Full Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He currently resides and works on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

Dr. Warburton is the co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit and the Indigenous Health and Physical Activity program. He is also the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory and the Inaugural Scholar in the Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology program at UBC. He was previously the director of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also co-director of the Physical Activity Line of BC, which is now Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC (https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/physical-activity).

He has also received several prestigious honours including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Clinical Scholar award, and the Killam Scholarship. Dr. Warburton was one of five national winners of the CIHR/CMAJ Top Achievement in Health Research Award (see our post on March 18, 2013).

Dr. Warburton supports various agencies dedicated to Indigenous health and wellness, the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease, and high performance sport. His research spans the spectrum of Indigenous health and wholistic wellness, elite athletic performance, childhood health, quality of life in the elderly, and the treatment of patients living with chronic disease and/or disability.

Dr. Warburton has an impressive publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals. His work includes publications in prestigious journals such as the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the American Journal of Physiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the Journal of Physiology. One article published by Drs. Warburton and Bredin in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has already been cited more than 7,400 times since its publication in 2006. This article is used a required reading for many agencies, medical training programs, and certifications from around the world.

Dr. Warburton has achieved significant early career success with peer-reviewed funding including more than $10 million as a principal investigator and over $30 million as a co-applicant. This includes funding from the CIHR, the MSFHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the NIB Trust Fund, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Ministry of Health. Dr. Warburton serves as a reviewer for numerous respected journals and federal granting agencies (e.g. the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, CIHR, NSERC, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), as well as supervising numerous Masters (MSc and MKIN) students, PhD students, and post-doctoral fellows.

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