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The Andersen Lab was founded in 2009 at McGill University.  The goal was to develop a unique facility to carefully assess and train various patient populations.  State-of-the art equipment was purchased to allow assessments of body composition, fitness, energy expenditure and physical activity.  The center also has private exam rooms and a full conference room for patient meeting and team meetings.  Exercise equipment was tailor made to meet the needs of large patients who may not be accustomed to regular activity.  The lab was developed to offer outstanding training opportunities undergraduate and graduate students interested in physical activity and health.

The Lab has become a hub to foster trans-disciplinary collaborations across McGill.  Dr. Andersen is collaborating with Colleagues in Medicine, Neurology, Surgery,  Psychiatry, Clinical Epidemiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Environmental Health, Civil Engineering, and the School of Management.  This rich network of collaborators are addressing some complex health challenges in unique ways.

Mission Statement

Our team of faculty and students focuses on conducting high quality trans-disciplinary research with an emphasis on weight control in a variety of populations. Quantitative and qualitative methods are used to explore questions pertaining to obesity, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and metabolic health outcomes, as well as athletic performance. In collaboration with health professionals and other investigative teams both at McGill University and globally, we strive to disseminate our research findings throughout the scientific community and the public at large.  This work will translate into more effective targeting of public health messages, and ultimately strives to influence health policy for the benefit of all Canadians. 


  • Conduct high quality research.
  • Create a stimulating learning enviroment for our faculty and student lab members.
  • Create a lasting impact in both the scientific and local community.
  • Prepare our students to better face the challenges of their future academic ventures.
  • Collaborate with a variety of individuals in multiple disciplines.
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