Jane Yardley, PhD

Pronouns: she/her



Area of Study / Keywords

Exercise Physiology


BSc Biochemistry (Mount Allison University)

MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour (University College London)

PhD Population Health (University of Ottawa)

Post-Doc Thermal Physiology (University of Ottawa)

Post-Doc Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of Manitoba)

In addition to having research in a physical activity-related area, I've always enjoyed being physically active. I have taken part in competitive rugby, volleyball, rowing and cycling. While I still ride my bike a lot these days, now I spend more time enjoying the scenery!


Most of my research to date has focused on exercise (most often weight-lifting) and how it affects people with type 1 diabetes. Exercise is known to make people with diabetes live much longer, much healthier lives. The biggest issue is that it generally complicates blood glucose management and brings with it an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose - which can be very dangerous). Fear of going low is the biggest barrier to exercise in this population. Part of what I hope to achieve is finding a safe and effective way for people with type 1 diabetes to exercise. Lately this has also included some studies on high intensity interval training and fasted exercise, and studies examining the menstrual cycle in an exercise context in women with type 1 diabetes. I have also expanded to include some work with islet transplant recipients, and people with type 2 diabetes.


In any given year, the courses that I instruct could include the following:

  • AUPED112 - Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • AUPED215 - Introduction to Human Physiology I
  • AUPED216 - Introduction to Human Physiology II
  • AUPED317 - Exercise in Special Populations
  • AUPED344 - Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • AUPED493 - Research Methods in Physical Education

I will also occasionally offer special topics in an area directly related to my research.


  • I am able to supervise graduate students and postdocs as an adjunct professor through the Faculty of Kinesiology Sport and Recreation, however I am not currently recruiting.
  • If you have type 1 diabetes, are physically active, between the ages of 18 and 60, and interested in taking part in an exercise study, please email jane.yardley@ualberta.ca. 
  • Looking for women with type 1 diabetes using hormonal birth control to participate in a study on exercise and the menstrual cycle. We are also recruiting post-menopausal women with type 1 diabetes for two separate exercise studies.

Featured Publications

Brockman NK, Sigal RJ, Kenny GP, Riddell MC, Perkins BA, Yardley JE

Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2020 April; 44 (3):267-273

Saeed Reza Toghi-Eshghi, Jane E Yardley

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2019 November; 104 (11):5217-5224

Jane E Yardley, Jordan L Rees, Deanna R Funk, Saeed Reza Toghi-Eshghi, Normand G Boule, Peter A SEnior

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2019 February; 104 (2):493-502

Nicole K Brockman, Jane E Yardley

Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 2018 June; 43

Rempel, Yardley, MacIntosh et al.

Nature Scientific Reports. 2018 January;

Colberg SR, Sigal RJ, Yardley JE, Riddell MC, Dunstan DW, Dempsey PC, Horton ES, Castorino K, and Tate DF

Diabetes Care. 2016 January; 39 (11):2065-2079

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