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The overarching goal of PATH’s annual symposium is to bring together members of the scientific community from McGill University and beyond who have a shared interest in promoting health through physical activity. 

Each year, attendees are treated to scholarly presentations from established and emerging research leaders across a broad spectrum of topics: from Exercise and the Aging Brain in 2014 to Physical Activity and Women's Health in 2017 to Indigenous Health and Wellness in 2018.  In addition to advancing knowledge on the relationship between physical activity and health, the annual symposium provides attendees the opportunity to establish new research synergies with members of PATH and its partners. 

Come join us in discovering the PATH to better health through research and collaboration! 

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The 3rd annual McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health symposium: Balance and Mobility took place on November 4, 2016.

The program included 2 keynote speakers as well as several exciting talks on balance and mobility in healthy and aging populations, and neurological disorders covering the most recent evaluation and training techniques.

The symposium also included a dedicated poster session focused on scientific exchange and providing trainees an opportunity to showcase their research. 



The 4th annual symposium for the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health: Physical Activity and Women's Health took place on November 24, 2017

The program (i) explored emerging women’s health research on topics that have traditionally centered on men, (ii) considered physical, physiologic, social, and environmental factors that influence participation in physical activity, particulary among women, and (iii) discovered where research on physical activity and women’s health is leading the charge to impact the health of all Canadians.

The symposium also included a dedicated poster session focused on scientific exchange and providing trainees an opportunity to showcase their research.



The 5th annual symposium for the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health was hosted in partnership with the Kahnawà:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) on Friday, November 16, 2018 and was entitled Indigenous Health and Wellness: Reflections on Research and Reconciliation.

The program engaged Indigenous scholars, interdisciplinary community-based health and wellness researchers and not-for-profit community organizations in a series of panel presentations that addressed the following key themes:

  • the relationship of health and wellness to reconciliation;
  • experiences building/supporting culturally-grounded health and wellness programs with Indigenous community partners;
  • knowledge dissemination approaches rooted in/supporting of Indigenous paradigms;
  • the educative potential of health and wellness research to settler reconciliation.



On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH) will host its 6th annual symposium entitled Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health in an Aging Population.

Musculoskeletal health is critical for maintaining mobility, independence and well-being as we age. Exercise and nutrition can help protect and restore muscle and bone strength and are promising strategies in the prevention and treatment of prevalent age-related musculoskeletal conditions including osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and fractures.

This year's edition of the PATH symposium will (i) engage researchers, clinicians, educators, and trainees from a variety of disciplines including Kinesiology, Geriatric Medicine, Human Nutrition, and Endocrinology & Metabolism; and (ii) showcase emerging musculoskeletal health and aging research through a series of presentations that address the following themes:

- Fundamental determinants of musculoskeletal aging and health;
- Influence of exercise and nutrition on muscle, bone and joint health;
- Clinical management of musculoskeletal disorders in an aging population;
- Exercise and nutrition programming for older adults in health care and community settings.

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Click here to submit an ABSTRACT (Deadline: September 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST)

Scientific Program

9:00 - 9:30 Registration, coffee & light refreshments
9:30 - 9:45 Welcoming remarks & overview of scientific program
9:45 - 10:30 Keynote PresentationStephanie Chevalier PhD RD, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University
10:30 - 11:00 Plenary Presentation: Tyler Churchward-Venne PhD, Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing
11:30 - 12:15 Trainee Oral Presentations
*To be selected from abstract submissions
12:15 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 14:15                    Keynote Presentation: Suzanne Morin MD MSc, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Department of Medicine, McGill University
14:15 - 14:45 Plenary Presentation: Jenna Gibbs PhD, Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, McGill University
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break / Poster Viewing
15:15 - 16:00 Plenary Presentation: Mathieu Maltais PhD, Faculté des Sciences de L'Activité Physique, Université de Sherbrooke
16:00 - 16:30 Closing Remarks
17:00 - 19:00 Wine & Cheese Social

Speaker Profiles

Prof. Jenna Gibbs, PhD (McGill University)

Dr. Jenna Gibbs is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University with advanced expertise and skills in applied exercise physiology, bone strength and body composition imaging methods, clinical trial research, and integrated knowledge translation. Her research productivity has resulted in over 30 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters, and 35 academic presentations. She has secured competitive research funding and awards from CIHR, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and Osteoporosis Canada.

Dr. Gibbs’ research program focuses on optimizing body composition and bone strength across the lifespan, with the goal of reducing the burden of later-life disability, falls, and fractures.  Her short-term research activities will evaluate the physiological and behavioural determinants of musculoskeletal health and fitness to inform fracture risk assessment and intervention strategies.  Her long-term research activities will determine the effects of exercise and nutrition interventions on physical function, health and well-being in individuals at high risk of fracture and implement evidence-based research into practice through integrated knowledge translation.
Prof. Tyler A. Churchward-Venne, PhD (McGill University)

Dr. Tyler A. Churchward-Venne is an Assistant Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. His research interests include exercise physiology, nutrition, and skeletal muscle protein metabolism. His training and expertise are on the application of stable isotope tracer methods to investigate the dynamic nature of protein metabolism in vivo in humans and how it is regulated by exercise, nutrition, aging, and muscle disuse. To date he has published over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 2 book chapters. He has secured competitive funding from NSERC, CIHR, the European Commission (Horizon 2020), FRQS, and Spectrum Therapeutics.

Dr. Churchward-Venne’s current research focuses on 1. identifying the anabolic potential of alternative and environmentally sustainable dietary protein sources and 2. evaluating novel nutritional strategies to support recovery from exercise. Upcoming research projects will focus on the mechanisms of skeletal muscle loss in humans, as occurs with aging and muscle disuse, and identifying optimal lifestyle interventions focused on exercise and nutritional strategies to protect and restore skeletal muscle mass and strength across the lifespan. He hopes his research program will ultimately contribute to improving the overall health, well-being, and physical functioning of our society.

Suzanne N. Morin, MD, MSc, FRCP, FACP (McGill University)

Dr. Morin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval de Québec, did her Internal Medicine specialty training and obtained a Master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, where she is now Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, in the division of General Internal Medicine, and scientist at the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center.

Dr Morin’s research program includes evaluation of outcomes of osteoporosis and its treatment, and implementation of health system improvement initiatives for patients who have sustained fractures such as secondary fracture prevention, pain management and functional recovery. She also studies the pathogenesis of bisphosphonate-associated atypical femur fractures and safety of calcium supplements on vascular health in postmenopausal women. She is a leader in clinical practice guidelines development for the management and prevention of osteoporosis and fractures.

She is a scholar from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé, and has received funding from the CIHR and other peer-reviewed agencies. Since 2018, she is past-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and a member of the Council of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Prof. Stéphanie Chevalier, PhD (McGill University)

Dr. Stéphanie Chevalier is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director of the School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, Associate Member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Medical Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. A registered dietitian, she earned her Ph.D. (1998) degree in nutrition, from the University of Montreal and then completed postdoctoral studies in nutrition and metabolism at the former McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre

Her research program was launched with support from the Fonds de la recherche Santé-Québec-Career Awards Junior 1 and 2. Her main area of expertise is protein metabolism and the role of dietary protein/amino acids in muscle and function loss observed in aging and metabolic disorders such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. She sits on the Canadian Nutrition Society and the Canadian Frailty Network working groups and cohort studies (NuAge and CLSA) committees.

Dr. Mathieu Maltais, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (University of Sherbrooke)

Dr. Mathieu Maltais is interested in the role of exercise and healthy lifestyle habits on physical function in older adults. His main focus during his post-doc at the Gerontopole of Toulouse under the supervision of Dr. Bruno Vellas was how certain brain pathologies could be related to the evolution of the frailty syndrome. Moreover, he provided new insights regarding how exercise (type, duration and intensity) could be associated with a reduced risk of falls. Furthermore, Dr. Maltais examined if exercise could reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms and medication consumption in older adults with dementia living in nursing homes. After two years at the Gerontopole, Dr. Maltais’ research interests leans on how exercise and lifestyle habits can be beneficial for elderly individuals, especially those with geriatric syndromes (frailty, dementia, depression). He is currently at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Cunnane as a postdoc researcher. His work is related to the effects of an exogenous ketone supplementation on ketone uptake and metabolism, especially in the human heart.



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