Overview and Award Criteria

The CSEP Young Investigator Award (YIA) is presented annually to an outstanding CSEP member who received received their first faculty appointment in the last 7 calendar years. Any medical or parental leave(s) taken since receiving their appointment will not count towards the time limit. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition. Candidates shall have demonstrated evidence of a sustainable program of research funding beyond the first grant cycle, publications in peer-reviewed journals that establish the candidate as an independent scientist, and evidence of training of highly qualified personnel.

Clinical research funded by CIHR should be viewed equally meritorious as basic science funded by NSERC, rather than comparing monetary value of grants which is typically much higher for clinical research. The nomination may also include evidence of research impact with respect to how the early research program as an independent scientist has achieved recognition or influence in a field, community or policy. The nomination will demonstrate how the candidate’s research has aligned with CSEP’s Vision and Mission Statement.

The candidate must be a CSEP member at the time of nomination and have been a member of CSEP before the current year. The nomination will include a statement about any evidence that demonstrates how the applicant has contributed to CSEP activities.

Nomination Procedure

Any member of CSEP may submit nominations on behalf of the applicant. A complete nomination will consist of the following:

  1. Completion of a YIA Nomination Form which includes:
    1. the nominee’s contact information;
    2. information regarding when and where the PhD or MD was obtained; and date of first faculty appointment
    3. a list of up to four sample publications and brief comment on the significance of each;
  2. A maximum two-page (~600 word) letter in support of the candidate’s nomination.
  3. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae using the “Common CV” format.
  4. One copy of each sample publication referenced on the Nomination Form.

Nominees who are not selected automatically remain in the pool for an additional year (if they agree);

Re-nominations (within a three-year period) may be submitted in the form of an update to the original submission, as long as the nominee continues to meet the award eligibility criteria.

Deadline for nominations: Friday July 22, 2022

Selection Procedure

An evaluation committee will review all applications received prior to the submission deadline, which is usually the same date as the AGM abstract submission deadline. The committee will consist of the Vice Chair Research (or their designate in case of conflict), Director Academic, and one other senior CSEP member. Nominators may be contacted by the committee to provide additional information on the nominees. The award recipient and other nominees will be contacted by the CSEP Chair and informed of the competition results at least two months prior to the AGM.

Award Format

The award recipient will be expected to give a 30-minute presentation based on his/her research during the AGM. The award includes an invitation from Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism to write a review. In addition, Canadian Science Publishing will provide free open access for such a publication. The recipient will receive a framed citation, complimentary registration, an honorarium and reimbursement of his/her expenses to attend the conference.

2021 Recipient
  • Valerie Carson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Alberta

    Start them young: Optimal movement for optimal health

2020 Recipient
  • Jonathan Little, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of British Columbia Okanagan
    Learning immunology and nutrition through the lens of exercise physiology
2019 Recipient
  • Jennifer Reed, Ph.D., RKin, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    HIIT-ing Heart Disease: The Science of My Journey as a Young Investigator
2018 Recipient
  • Jordan Guenette, B.H.K., M.Sc., Ph. D., Director of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Lab, University of British Columbia
    Respiratory Exercise Physiology: From Elite Athletes to Chronic Respiratory Disease
2017 Recipient
  • Todd Duhamel, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
    Exploring physical activity in patients undergoing physical activity
2016 Recipient
  • Jean-Philippe Chaput, Ph.D., Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
    From Zzz to Intense Exercise: My Journey as a Young Scientist
2015 Recipient
  • Kristi Adamo, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
    Are the early years the key to long term health?
2014 Recipient
  • Antony Karelis, Ph.D., Université du Québec à Montréal
    Current issues in the identification and treatment of metabolically healthy but obese individuals
2013 Recipient
  • Michael Stickland, Ph.D., University of Alberta
    Bad lungs, or good engineering? – Investigating pulmonary gas exchange impairment with exercise
2012 Recipient
  • David Wright, Ph.D., University of Guelph
    Exercise Makes Fat Fit
2011 Recipient
  • Gianni Parise, Ph.D., McMaster University
    Muscle Stem Cell Regulation: Insights from Cells, Mice, and Men
2010 Recipient
  • Philip Ainslie, Ph.D., University of British Columbia Okanagan
    The Highs and Lows of Human Brain Research
2009 Recipient
  • Darren Warburton, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
    A Cardiovascular Physiologists Journey: a Transdisciplinary Approach to High Performance and Clinical Exercise Physiology
2008 Recipient
  • James W. E. Rush, Ph. D., The University of Waterloo
    Breaking down two solitudes: Sometimes vascular cells and muscle cells speak the same language during exercise and disease.
2007 Recipient
  • Ian Janssen, Ph. D., Queen’s University
    Role of physical activity in assessing health risk in children and youth.
2006 Recipient
  • Michael Tschakovsky, Ph. D., Queen’s University
    Control of exercising muscle blood flow: lessons from integrative human studies.
2005 Recipient
  • Roubert Boushel, Ph. D., Concordia University
    Localized measures of muscle oxygen transport and uptake.
2004 Recipient
  • Keven Shoemaker, Ph. D., The University of Western Ontario
    Neurovascular Control from Head to Toe.
2003 Recipient
  • Stuart Phillips, Ph. D., McMaster University
    The Regulation of Muscle Mass in Humans: a Balancing Act.
2002 Recipient
  • Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph. D., Queen’s University
    Physical Activity and Obesity: From Basic Science to Public Health.

Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s business. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.