Graduate Student Award - Oral Presentation

Last updated February 2015

For many years the CSEP has honoured a graduate student with an award based on their research contribution to the AGM. Up to four finalists are invited to present their research at the Graduate Student Award Symposium, scheduled for the first evening of the conference.

Until 1999, a panel of judges selected one winner from the candidate papers, and the winner was announced at the CSEP AGM. From 2000 onwards, four finalists are invited present at the Graduate Student Symposium at the CSEP AGM and the winner is selected by a panel convened by the convened by the VP-Research.

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2014 Finalists

Jason Au (winner), McMaster University

Timing of left ventricular twist and cartid artery longitudinal wall motion as evidence for a structural ventricular-vascular coupling effect.

Michael Williams-Bell, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Is cognitive function impaired while working in 35°c and wearing personal protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus in fire fighters?

Patrick Carson Turnbull, Brock University

Fibre type specific increase in the lipolytic inhibitor G0S2 following 8 weeks of endurance training in rat skeletal muscle.

Caoileann Murphy, McMaster University

Energy restriction-induced reductions in myofibrillar protein synthesis are rescued by resistance training and balanced daily protein ingestion in older men.


2013 Finalists

Rebecca MacPherson (winner), Brock University

Skeletal muscle PLIN phosphorylation may not be required for lipolysis with either adrenergic or contractile stimulation

Tyler Churchward-Venne, McMaster University

Leucine supplementation of a low protein mixed macronutrient beverage enhances myofibrillar protein synthesis in young men: a double blind randomized trial

Juliana Barrera-Ramirez, University of Ottawa

The influence of sex on the osmoreceptor modulation of heat loss responses 

Luisa Giles, University of British Columbia

Air pollution affects the respiratory and metabolic responses to low, but not high, intensity exercise


2012 Finalists

Michael De Lisio (winner), McMaster University

Characterization of the effects of exercise training on hematopoietic stem cell quantity and function M. De Lisio and G. Parise Department of Kinesiology; Department of Medical Physics & Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K

Katharine Currie, McMaster University

Brachial-artery endothelial-independent function is transiently impaired in patients with coronary artery disease following a sub-maximal exercise bout K. D. Currie, R.S. McKelvie, and M. J. MacDonald Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1; Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1; Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON, L8L 2X2

Paolo Dominelli, University of British Columbia

Exercise-induced arterial hypoxemia in healthy young women, the effect of altering breathing mechanics with heliox inspiration P. B. Dominelli, G.E. Foster, G.S. Dominelli, W.R. Henderson, M.S. Koehle, D.C. McKenzie and A. W. Sheel, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z3; Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z3 

Nicholas Jendzjowsky, University of Alberta

Does neuronal nitric oxide synthase inhibit sympathetic vasoconstriction in resting and contracting skeletal muscle? N. G. Jendzjowsky and D. S. DeLorey Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H9


2011 Finalists

Ayesha Saleem (winner), York University

"Acute exercise-induced translocation of the tumor suppressor protein p53 into the mitochondria." A. Saleem, D. A. Hood. School of Kinesiology and Health Science and Muscle Health Research Centre, York University, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

Matthew D. Spencer, University of Western Ontario

"Regulation of VO2 kinetics by O2 delivery: insights from acute hypoxia and heavy-intensity priming exercise in young men." M.D. Spencer, T.M. Grey, J.M. Murias, J.M. Kowalchuk, D.H. Paterson. Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, School of Kinesiology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5B9

Konrad Binder, University of Ottawa

"Hyperthermia modifies metaboreceptor and baroreceptor modulation of heat loss responses." K. Binder, A. Lynn, D. Gagnon, G.P. Kenny. Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5

Ian C. Smith, University of Waterloo

"The intracellular calcium transient is not altered during posttetanic potentiation of mouse lumbrical muscle." I.C. Smith, W. Gittings, A.R. Tupling, R. Vandenboom. Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada; Centre for Muscle Metabolism and Biophysics, Brock University, St. Catharine's, ON, L2S 3A1, Canada


2010 Finalists

Michael Nelson (winner), University of Alberta

"Biventricular function during passive heat stress: Influence of aerobic fitness." M.D. Nelson, M.J. Haykowsky, S.R. Petersen, D.S. DeLorey, M.K. Stickland, J. Cheng-Baron, and R.B. Thompson Faculties of Physical Education and Recreation, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R3

Farah Jazuli, York University

"The slope of the handgrip exercise induced shear stress stimulus- %FMD response relationship differs between the radial and brachial arteries." F. Jazuli and K.E. Pyke School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ont., K7L 3N6

Andrew Levy, University of Waterloo

"Effects of modulation of glutathione on coronary vascular resistance and vasomotor function." A.S. Levy, S.G. Denniss, A.J. Jeffery, E.B. Reid, C.S. Smith, and J.W.E. Rush Faculty of Applied Health Science, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo 200 University Ave. West Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

Sam Liu, University of Toronto

"Acute Post-Exercise Hypotension and Blood Pressure Reduction with Chronic Training are Strongly Associated in Pre-hypertensives." S. Liu, J, Goodman, R. Nolan and S. Thomas Department of Exercise Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., M5S 2W6; Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Avenue, Toronto, Ont., M5G 2N2


2009 Finalists

Jonathan Little (winner), McMaster University

"An acute bout of low-volume high-intensity interval exercise increases nuclear PGC-1α and activates mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle." J.P. Little, A. Safdar, M.A. Tarnopolsky and M.J. Gibala

Danielle Salmon, University of Regina

"Exercise training to mitigate neck muscle dysfunction in Canadian Forces CH-146 helicopter aircrew," D.M. Salmon, J.P. Neary, D. Sharpe, D.G. Candow and M.F. Harrison

Jessica Scott, University of British Columbia

"Biventricular dysfunction following brief high intensity exercise in endurance trained individuals." J.M. Scott, B.T. Esch, M.J. Haykowsky, I. Paterson, D.E.R. Warburton, K. Chow, J. Cheng Baron, G.D. Lopaschuk and R.B. Thompson

Guilia Uguccioni, York University

"Compensatory responses to reduced levels of PGC-1α in skeletal muscle cells: effects of chronic contractile activity." G. Uguccioni and D.A. Hood


2008 Finalists

Karen Martins (winner), University of Alberta

"Skeletal muscle activity-induced satellite cell (SC) activation and involvement in fast-to-slow fibre type transitions (F-S) in rat." K.J.B. Martins and C.T. Putman

Andrew Betik, University of Calgary

"Mitochondrial biogenesis is blunted in aged muscle following exercise training but not during muscle regeneration." Andrew Betik, Melissa Thomas, Kathryn Wright and Russell Hepple

Allison Brown, University of Calgary

"Effects of physical fitness on cerebrovascular and cognitive outcomes in postmenopausal women." Allison Brown, Carly McMorris, R. Stewart Longman, Richard Leigh, Christine Friedenreich and Marc Poulin

Elisa Glover, McMaster University

"Immobilization induces anabolic resistance in human myofibrillar protein synthesis with low and high dose amino acid infusion." E.I. Glover, B.R. Oates, J.E. Tang, M.A. Tarnopolsky, A. Selby, K. Smith, M.J. Rennie and S.M. Phillips


2007 Finalists

Graham Holloway (winner), University of Guelph

"Skeletal muscle mitochondrial fatty acid metabolism in obesity." Graham P. Holloway1, George J.F. Heigenhauser2, Arend Bonen1, and Lawrence L. Spriet1. 1: University of Guelph, 2: McMaster University

Azmy Faisal, University of Waterloo

"Prior Moderate and Heavy Cycling Exercise Accelerates Oxygen Uptake and Cardiac Output Kinetics in Endurance Athletes." Azmy Faisal, Keith Beavers, Andrew Robertson and Richard Hughson.

Maria Gallo, University of Alberta

"Creatine loading (CL) attenuates activity-induced fast-to-slow myosin heavy chain (MHC) based fibre type transitions (F-S) in skeletal muscle." Maria Gallo, T Gordon, N Tyreman, D Syrotuik and CT Putman.

Dennis Jensen, Queen's University

"Mechanisms of Dyspnea Relief and Improved Exercise Tolerance after Furosemide Inhalation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Dennis Jensen, Kayvan Amjadi, Veronica Harris-McAllister, Katherine A. Webb and Denis E. O´Donnell (Bob Ross)


2006 Finalists

Jordan Guenette (winner), University of British Columbia

"Expiratory Flow Limitation and the Regulation of Lung Volumes in Aerobically Trained Men and Women." Jordan A. Guenette, Jonathan D. Witt, Donald C. McKenzie, Jeremy D. Road, Andrew W. Sheel (Bill Sheel)

Duane Button, University of Manitoba

"Do Spinal Cord Isolation and Spinal Cord Transection Differentially Influence Rat Hindlimb Alpha-Motoneurone Properties?" Duane C. Button, Jayne Kalmar, Kalan Gardiner, Farrell Cahill, Hui Zhong, Roland R Roy, Reggie Edgerton, Phillip F Gardiner (Phillip Gardiner)

Derek Kimmerly, University of Western Ontario

"Post-Exercise Recovery and Cortical Modulation of Cardiovascular Function During Baroreceptor Unloading in Conscious Humans." Derek S. Kimmerly, J. Kevin Shoemaker, Savio Wong (Kevin Shoemaker)

Heather Wright, DRDC Toronto/York University

"Neuroendocrine Response during Uncompensable Heat Stress in Trained versus Untrained Males." Heather E. Wright, Tom M. McLellan, Glen A. Selkirk (Tom McLellan)


2005 Finalists

Peter J. Adhihetty (winner), York University

"The Effect Of Chronic Muscle Use And Disuse On Mitochondrial Apoptotic Susceptibility." Peter J. Adhihetty, Vladimir Ljubicic, Michael F.N. OLeary, and David A. Hood.

Crystal D. Aultman, University of Waterloo

"Exercise Resists Endothelial Dysfunction During Angiotensin II Infusion." Crystal D. Aultman and James W.E. Rush.

Nicolette S. Bradley, Brock University

Nicolette S. Bradley1, George J.F. Heighenhauser 2, Brian D. Roy1, Elizabeth M. Staples1, J. Grieg Inglis1 and Sandra J. Peters1. 1: Brock University, 2: McMaster University

Jennifer L. Kuk, Queens University

"Visceral Fat is an Independent Predictor of All-Cause Mortality in Men." Jennifer L. Kuk1, Peter T. Katzmarzyk1, Milton Z. Nichaman2, Timothy S. Church2, Steven N. Blair2, and Robert Ross1. 1: Queens University, 2: The Cooper Institute, Dallas, TX.


2004 Finalists

Neil D. Eves (winner), University of Alberta

Helium and Hyperoxia Improve Exercise Tolerance and Ventilatory Mechanics in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Neil D. Eves, Stewart R. Petersen, Mark J. Haykowsky, Eric Wong and Richard L. Jones.

Todd A. Duhamel, University of Waterloo

"Modifications of SR Ca2+-Transport Properties in Human Skeletal Muscle by Diet and Prior Exercise." Todd A. Duhamel, J.G. Perco, J. Ouyang and H.J. Green.

William J. McGarvey, University of Alberta

"5-Amp-Activated Protein Kinase and Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Activity During Continuous and Interval Exercise and Recovery." William J. McGarvey, Charles T. Putnman, Robert McDermid, Richard L. Jones and Stewart R. Petersen.

Tracey J. Weissgerber, Queens University

"Application of Jennings Hypothesis to Explain Serial Changes in the Chemical Control of Ventilation in Human Pregnancy." Tracey L. Weissgerber, Larry A. Wolfe and Gregory A.L. Davies.


2003 Finalists

Drew Graham (winner), University of Waterloo

"Chronic Exercise Training Fully Restores Endothelium-Dependent, Nitric Oxide-Mediated Vasomotor Function in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats." Drew A. Graham and James W.E. Rush.

Carley Benton, University of Waterloo

"Rosiglitazone and Chronic Stimulation Differentially Increase the Expression of the Fatty Acid Transporters FAT/CD36 and FABPpm in Skeletal Muscle." C.R. Benton (University of Waterloo) and A. Bonen (University of Guelph)

Jennifer Kuk, Queens University

"Differences in Metabolically Normal and Metabolically Abnormal Obese Men and Women are Not Explained by Differences in Obesity Phenotype or Cardiorespiratory Fitness." Jennifer L. Kuk, Peter Katzmarzyk, Robert Hudson and Robert Ross (Robert Ross)

Kyra Pyke, Queens University

"A New Non-Invasive Technique to Investigate Endothelial Function in Humans." K.E. Pyke, E.M. Dwyer and M.E. Tschakovsky.


2002 Finalists

David C. Clarke (winner), University of Waterloo

"Overexpression of Plasma Membrane Associated Fatty Acid Binding Protein Mediated by In Vivo Electroportation Increases Fatty Acid Transport." D. C. Clarke, X.X. Han, D. Miskovic and A. Bonen.

Darren S. DeLorey, University of Western Ontario

"The Effect of Prior Exercise on the Adaptation of Pulmonary Oxygen Uptake and Muscle Deoxygenation." D.S. DeLorey, J.M. Kowalchuk, and D.H. Paterson.

Julien Périard, University of Ottawa

"The Effect of Exercise Intensity on Post-Exercise Skin Blood Flow Control." J. Periard, F. Reardon and G.P. Kenny."

Michael K. Stickland, University of Alberta

"The Effects of Prolonged Cycling Exercise on Cardiopulmonary Function." M.K. Stickland, W.D. Anderson, M.J. Haykowsky, R.C. Welsh, S.R. Petersen and R.L. Jones.


2001 Finalists

Jane Shearer (winner), University of Guelph

"Glychogenin Protein Activity and Expression During Pro- and Macroglycogen Resynthesis." J. Shearer, T.E. Graham, D. Battram, E.A. Richter, D. Robinson and M. Bakovic.

Carley Benton, University of Waterloo

"The Effects of Muscle Contraction and PPAR Activation on the Expression of Fatty Acid Transporters in Rat Skeletal Muscle." C. Benton and A. Bonen.

Derek S. Kimmerly, University of Western Ontario

"Hypovolemia and Neurovascular Control During Orthostatic Stress." D.S. Kimmerly and J.K. Shoemaker.

Brad J. Matushewski, University of Guelph

"Beat-by-Beat Investigation of Three Pulse Contour Analysis Methods Against Pulsed Wave Doppler During Exercise." B.J. Matushewski, D.D. OLeary and R.L. Hughson.

John J. Andreucci, York University

"Regulation of Muscle Transcription Factors by TGF-Beta Signalling." J.J. Andreucci, Z.A. Quinn, J.L. Wrana and J. C. McDermott.


2000 Finalists

Gerald Zavorsky (winner), University of British Columbia

"Acute Hypervolemia Lengthens Pulmonary Transit Time During Near-Maximal Exercise in Endurance Athletes." K.R. Walley, G.P. Sexsmith, G.S. Hunte, D.C. McKenzie and J.A. Russell.

Nicole Stupka, McMaster University

"Rapid Adaptations to Repeated Eccentric Exercise in Males and Females." M.A. Tarnopolsky, N. Yardley and S. Phillips.

Darren Warburton, University of Alberta

"New Thinking for Rehabilitation of Congestive Heart Failure Patients." A. Quinney, M. Haykowsky, D. Blackmore, K. Teo, D. Taylor, D. Humen.

Dwayne Jackson, University of Ottawa

"Baroreceptor Influence on the Post-Exercise Threshold for Vasodilation." C.G. Scott, P.E.M. Sutton and G.P. Kenny.


1999 Winner

Michael Tschakovsky, Mayo Clinic

"Forearm Blood Flow Adaptation to Exercise During -60 mmHg Lower Body Negative Pressure is Only Briefly Impaired." M.E. Tschakovsky and R.L. Hughson.


1998 Winner

Maureen MacDonald, University of Waterloo

"Interactions Between Leg Blood Flow and Pulmonary and Leg Oxygen Uptake at the Onset of Kicking Exercise." Maureen J. MacDonald1, Mark A. Tarnopolsky2, and Richard L. Hughson1. 1: University of Waterloo, 2: McMaster University.


1997 Winner

Shannon Dunn, Laurentian University

"Differential Sensitivities of Myosin Heavy Chain-Typed Muscle Fibers to Aggregate Amounts and Frequencies of Nerve-Mediated Electrical Activation."

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