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 control and brings with it a big 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. 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:
I will also occasionally offer special topics in an area directly related to my research.