Jennifer Kuk

Faculty: Health- York University

Title: Associate Professor

CSEP member: since 2001







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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