For many years, 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 to 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.

For more information, see the Terms of Reference.

2022 Finalists

  • Rachel McDougall (winner)

Males and females demonstrate similar neuromuscular fatigue exercising near the critical torque

  • Bradley Baranowski

Effect of β-hydroxybutyrate administration on amyloid precursor protein processing and cognitive performance

  • Sarkis Hannaian

Ketone monoester co-ingestion with protein increases circulating β-hydroxybutyrate and alters mTOR translocation and colocalization in human skeletal muscle compared to protein intake alone

  • Reid Mitchell

The effects of dead space loading on the physiological mechanisms of sex differences in exertional dyspnea

2021 Finalists

  • Olivia Sanders (winner)

The effects of chemoradiation and resistance wheel running on performance and muscle stem/progenitor cell populations in a pediatric mouse model of rhabdomyosarcoma

  • Nigel Kurgan

 Sclerostin regulates exercise induced adaptations in energy expenditure and body composition in C57BL/6J mice

  • Jordan Lee

Sex differences in muscle metaboreflex activation following static handgrip exercise 

  • James Vanhie

Exercise training prevents aberrant myeloid colony formation in mice with diet- induced obesity

2020 Finalists

  • Jem Cheng, McMaster University (winner)

Region-specific improvements in vascular function in response to acute lower limb heating in young healthy males and females

Alexandra Coates, University of Guelph
Exercise and Acute Systemic Inflammation Independently alter Cardiac Function

Eric Hedge, University of Waterloo
Novel analysis of oxygen uptake kinetics during randomly varying moderate and heavy intensity exercise

Rachel Skow, University of Alberta
The impact of pre-natal aerobic exercise training on sympathetic (re)activity and angiogenic balance during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial

2019 Finalists

  • Anmol Mattu, University of Calgary (Winner)

Menstrual and oral contraceptive cycles do not affect responses to submaximal and maximal exercise

Devin Phillips, University of Alberta
Inhaled nitric oxide improves dyspnea and exercise capacity in patients with mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Gregory Pearcey, Northwestern University
The arms give the legs a helping hand – exploiting evolutionarily conserved pathways to enhance locomotor rehabilitation

Sara Oikawa, McMaster University
Whey not collagen protein stimulates acute and longer-term muscle protein synthesis with and without resistance exercise in healthy older women

2018 Finalists

  • Anthony Incognito, University of Guelph (Winner)

Existence of paradoxical single-unit muscle sympathetic inhibition during rhythmic handgrip exercise in young healthy humans

Kevin Boreskie, University of Manitoba
Biomarkers of frailty and cardiovascular disease risk in women

Hilary Caldwell, McMaster University
Association between sleep, sedentary time, physical activity and fitness in school-aged children using compositional analysis

Meghan Hughes, York University
Mitochondrial H2O2 emission is elevated during oxidative phosphorylation in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

2017 Finalists

  • Amy Hector, McMaster University (Winner)

Pronounced energy restriction results in no change in proteolysis and reductions in skeletal muscle protein synthesis that are mitigated with higher dietary protein and resistance exercise

Renata Lopes Kruger, University of Calgary
Velocity and torque contribute distinctively to the reduction of power output after fatiguing cycling exercises of different durations and intensities

Willem Peppler, University of Guelph
Subcutaneous inguinal white adipose tissue is dependable for the metabolic health benefit of exercise

Jennifer Williams, Queens University
The impact of aerobic exercise training on the brachial artery flow-mediated dilation response to acute hyperglycaemia in healthy, young males

2016 Winner

  • Paulo Dominelli, University of British Columbia

Impact of respiratory muscle work and pulmonary gas exchange on the development of exercise-induced quadriceps fatigue in healthy men and women

2015 Finalists

  • Jenna Gillen, McMaster University (Winner)

Twelve weeks of sprint interval training improves cardiometabolic health similar to traditional endurance training despite a five-fold lower exercise volume

Katelyn Norton, Western University
The neuroprotective effects of endurance training on the aging brain

Heather Carter, York University
Transcriptional regulation of PGC-1α in muscle with aging and contractile activity

Davis Forman, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Corticospinal excitability to the biceps brachii during the initiation of arm cycling is not different from an intensity matched tonic contraction

2014 Finalists

  • Paulo Dominelli, University of British Columbia (Winner)

Impact of respiratory muscle work and pulmonary gas exchange on the development of exercise-induced quadriceps fatigue in healthy men and women

  • Jason Au, McMaster University (Winner)

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, Brock University (Winner)

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, McMaster University (Winner)

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

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, York University (Winner)

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, University of Alberta (Winner)

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, McMaster University (Winner)

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, University of Alberta (Winner)

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, University of Guelph (Winner)

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, University of British Columbia (Winner)

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, York University (Winner)

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, University of Alberta (Winner)

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, University of Waterloo (Winner)

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, University of Waterloo (Winner)

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, University of Guelph (Winner)

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, University of British Columbia (Winner)

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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