Faculty: Health- York University
What do you wish you had known when you were in graduate school?
I wish I had known when I started my faculty position that
my colleagues and the university staff would be so willing to help me, and I
wish I had asked for help earlier.
What information/ advice did you learn in graduate school that has been most influential?
The reason we do research is because we don't know the
answer. We need to be open to the fact that our hypothesis may be wrong and
that we learn more from when we are wrong then when we are right.
Where do you think exercise physiology graduates are most needed?
Primary care clinics.
Where do you see your overall area of research headed in the next 5 years?
I think we need to emphasize the importance of lifestyle
behaviours and take the focus off weight loss and obesity. Research has shown
that in our environment, weight loss is not sustained and there are several
factors that go beyond diet and exercise that dictate body weight. Development
of therapies beyond diet and exercise that actually result in long term weight
loss is needed.
Outside your own interests, what area of exercise science/ physiology do you find most exciting right now?
I want to know why some individuals with obesity manage to
stay metabolically healthy while most develop disease.
Why is being a CSEP Academic Member important to you?
Canadian researchers are world leaders and being part of
CSEP gives me an opportunity to continue to learn
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