Dr. Catherine Notarius

Faculty: Medicine, Adjunct in Kinesiology- University of Toronto

Title: Scientific Associate III

CSEP member: since 1980






What do you wish you had known when you were in graduate school?

When an MSc student I wish I had appeciated that a PhD was necessary if one wants to works in research in a hospital environment. I started a PhD 7 years later but in between gained valuable clinical skills and experience working with patients in cardiac rehabilitation.

What information/ advice did you learn in graduate school that has been most influential?

How to write papers and present findings clearly. Both my MsC and PhD supervisors provided lots of editing and feedback. Practical skills obtained by required professional certifications were also an asset.

    Where do you think exercise physiology graduates are most needed?

    They are needed both in the clinical arena as well as in research. Both support health promotion which is the overall goal.

    Where do you see your overall area of research headed in the next 5 years?

    Hopefully the outcome of my work will lead to targeted individualized exercise therapies for heart failure patients and contribute to the evidence base for exercise rehabilitation leading to increased referral rates.

    Outside your own interests, what area of exercise science/ physiology do you find most exciting right now?

    The work in our lab linking activation of brain regions with clinical markers of functional outcome in cardiac patients with sleep disturbances.

    Why is being a CSEP Academic Member important to you?

    I enjoy the link with those involved in exercise science research in Canada from whom I learn a great deal.

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