CSEP Young Investigator Award (YIA)


Terms of Reference

Overview and Award Criteria

The CSEP Young Investigator Award (YIA) is presented annually to an outstanding CSEP member who received the PhD or MD degree within the past 10 years. Any parental leave(s) taken since receiving their degree will not count towards the time limit. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition. Candidates shall have demonstrated evidence of a sustainable program of research funding beyond the first grant cycle, publications in peer-reviewed journals that establish the candidate as an independent scientist, and evidence of training of highly qualified personnel. The candidate must be a CSEP member at the time of nomination.


A list of previous recipients can be found here.

Nomination Procedure<

Any member of CSEP may submit nominations on behalf of the applicant. A complete nomination will consist of the following:

  1. Completion of an official Nomination Form which includes:
    1. the nominator’s contact information;
    2. the nominee’s contact information;
    3. information regarding when and where the PhD or MD was obtained;
    4. a list of up to four sample publications and brief comment on the significance of each;
  2. A maximum two-page (~600 word) letter in support of the candidate’s nomination.
  3. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae using the “Common CV” format.
  4. One copy of each sample publication referenced on the Nomination Form.
Nominees who are not selected automatically remain in the pool for an additional year (if they agree);

Re-nominations (within a three-year period) may be submitted in the form of an update to the original submission, as long as the nominee continues to meet the award eligibility criteria.

Selection Procedure

An evaluation committee will review all applications received prior to the submission deadline, which is usually the same date as the AGM abstract submission deadline. The committee will consist of the Vice Chair Research (or their designate in case of conflict), Director Academic, and one other senior CSEP member. Nominators may be contacted by the committee to provide additional information on the nominees. The award recipient and other nominees will be contacted by the CSEP Chair and informed of the competition results at least two months prior to the AGM.

Award Format

The award recipient will be expected to give a 30-minute presentation based on his/her research on the first night of the AGM. The award includes an invitation from Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism to write a review. In addition, Canadian Science Publishing will provide free open access for such a publication. The recipient will receive a framed citation, complimentary registration, an honorarium and reimbursement of his/her expenses to attend the conference.

Updated May 2018


Previous Award Recipients:

2018 Recipient

    Jordan Guenette, B.H.K., M.Sc., Ph. D., Director of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Lab, University of British Columbia
    Respiratory Exercise Physiology: From Elite Athletes to Chronic Respiratory Disease

2017 Recipient

    Todd Duhamel, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
    Exploring physical activity in patients undergoing physical activity

2016 Recipient

    Jean-Philippe Chaput, Ph.D., Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO), Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
    From Zzz to Intense Exercise: My Journey as a Young Scientist

2015 Recipient

    Kristi Adamo, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
    Are the early years the key to long term health?

2014 Recipient

    Antony Karelis, Ph.D., Université du Québec à Montréal
    Current issues in the identification and treatment of metabolically healthy but obese individuals

2013 Recipient

    Michael Stickland, Ph.D., University of Alberta
    Bad lungs, or good engineering? - Investigating pulmonary gas exchange impairment with exercise

2012 Recipient

    David Wright, Ph.D., University of Guelph
    Exercise Makes Fat Fit

2011 Recipient

    Gianni Parise, Ph.D., McMaster University
    Muscle Stem Cell Regulation: Insights from Cells, Mice, and Men

2010 Recipient

    Philip Ainslie, Ph.D., University of British Columbia Okanagan
    The Highs and Lows of Human Brain Research

2009 Recipient

    Darren Warburton, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
    A Cardiovascular Physiologists Journey: a Transdisciplinary Approach to High Performance and Clinical Exercise Physiology

2008 Recipient

    James W. E. Rush, Ph. D., The University of Waterloo
    Breaking down two solitudes: Sometimes vascular cells and muscle cells speak the same language during exercise and disease.

2007 Recipient

    Ian Janssen, Ph. D., Queen's University
    Role of physical activity in assessing health risk in children and youth.

2006 Recipient

    Michael Tschakovsky, Ph. D., Queen's University
    Control of exercising muscle blood flow: lessons from integrative human studies.

2005 Recipient

    Roubert Boushel, Ph. D., Concordia University
    Localized measures of muscle oxygen transport and uptake.

2004 Recipient

    Keven Shoemaker, Ph. D., The University of Western Ontario
    Neurovascular Control from Head to Toe.

2003 Recipient

    Stuart Phillips, Ph. D., McMaster University
    The Regulation of Muscle Mass in Humans: a Balancing Act.

2002 Recipient

    Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph. D., Queen's University
    Physical Activity and Obesity: From Basic Science to Public Health.