Faculty Research Interests and Profiles

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Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Ali Abdul Sater

ABDUL SATER_Ali
PhD, University of California, Merced, CA-USA
aasater@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77226
114 Chemistry Building

Research Interest
Physical activity and exercise can shape the function and physiology of the immune system. This has important implications on the susceptibility of athletes to infection, particularly upper respiratory infections (URTI). Therefore, understanding how exercise induces these changes allows us to select and optimize training programs that are most beneficial to reduce the incidence and severity of chronic inflammation and help lower infection risks. Our research is focused on:

1) Investigating the molecular mechanisms through which different exercise regimens regulate the immune response
2) Identifying novel regulators of inflammation and how they are modulated by physical activity
3) Examining the role of exercise on the immune response during chronic infection models.

Publications
Abdul-Sater AA, Edilova MI, Clouthier DL, Mbanwi A, Kremmer E, Watts TH. The signaling adaptor TRAF1 negatively regulates Toll-like receptor signaling and this underlies its role in rheumatic disease. Nature Immunology 2016 Nov 28. doi: 10.1038/ni.3618. [Epub ahead of print]

Abdul-Sater AA, Majoros A, Plumlee CR, Perry S, Gu AD, Lee C, Shresta S, Decker T, Schindler C. Different STAT transcription complexes drive early and delayed responses to type I Interferons. The Journal of Immunology, 2015 Jul 1;195(1):210-6

Abdul-Sater AA, Tattoli I, Jin L, Grajkowski A, Levi A, Koller BH, Allen IC, Beaucage SL, Fitzgerald KA, Ting JP, Cambier JC, Girardin SE, Schindler C. Cyclic-di-GMP and cyclic-di-AMP activate the NLRP3 inflammasome. EMBO Reports 2013 Oct;14(10):900-6

Abdul-Sater, AA, Grajkowski, A., Erdjument-Bromage, H., Plumlee, C., Levi, A., Schreiber, M. T., Lee, C., Shuman, H., Beaucage, S. L. & Schindler, C. The overlapping host responses to bacterial cyclic dinucleotides. Microbes and Infection 2012 Feb;14(2):188-97.

Abdul-Sater, A. A., Said-Sadier, N., Lam, V. M., Singh, B., Pettengill, M. A., Soares, F., Tattoli, I., Lipinski, S., Girardin, S. E., Rosenstiel, P. & Ojcius, D. M. Enhancement of reactive oxygen species production and chlamydial infection by the mitochondrial Nod-like family member NLRX1. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2010 Dec 31;285(53):41637-45.

Olasunkanmi Adegoke

OlasunkanmiAdegoke(nutrition, insulin signaling, intracellular proteolysis)
PhD, University of Alberta
oadegoke@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x20887
362 Bethune College

Research Interest
Molecular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle protein metabolism and growth, and how these are modulated in different nutritional and diseased states. I study insulin and nutrient signaling leading to translation initiation, and the ubiquitin proteolytic system. Studies are carried out in rodents, as well as in humans with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Publications
Marliss EB, Chevalier S, Gougeon R, Morais JA, Lamarche M, Adegoke OAJ and Wu G. Elevations of plasma methylarginines in obesity and aging are related to insulin sensitivity and rates of protein turnover. Diabetologia 2006, 49(2): 351-359.
Combaret L, Adegoke OAJ, Bedard N, Baracos VE and Wing SS. USP19 is a ubiquitin specific protease regulated in rat skeletal muscle during catabolic states. Am J Physiol 2005, 288(4): E693-700.
Adegoke OAJ, McBurney MI, Samuels SE and Baracos VE. Modulation of intestinal protein synthesis and protease mRNA by luminal and systemic nutrients. Am J Physiol 2003, 284: G1017-1026.

Oliver Birot

Oliver_Birot(physiological & pathological conditions, angiogenesis)
PhD, Université de Lyon
birot@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x44043
353 Bethune College| Lab – 127 Farquharson Building | web.me.com/olivier.birot

Research Interest
Molecular mechanisms leading either to the regression or the growth (angiogenesis) of blood vessels in skeletal and cardiac muscle in response to physiological (physical exercise,inactivity, altitude) or pathological (heart failure, diabetes) conditions.

Publications
Roudier E, Forn P, Perry ME, Birot O. Murine Double Minute-2 is required for capillary maintenance and exercise-induced angiogenesis in skeletal muscle. FASEB Journal 26: 4530-4539, 2012.
Gouzi F, Prefaut C, Abdellaoui A, Roudier E, de Rigal P, Molinari N, Laoudj-Chenivesse D, Mercier J, Birot O, Hayot M. Blunted muscle angiogenic training-response in COPD patients versus sedentary controls. European Respiratory Journal, In press 2012.
Birot O. Genetic background, endurance performance and muscle capillarization: lessons from the "mini mice". Experimental Physiology 96(11): 1116-1117, 2011.
Roudier E, Gineste C, Wazna A, Dehghan K, Desplanches D, Birot O. Angio-adaptation in unloaded skeletal muscle: New insights into an early and muscle-specific dynamic process. Journal of Physiology (London) 588: 4579-4591, 2010.
E. Roudier, N. Chapados, S. Decary, C. Gineste, C. Le Bel, J.-M. Lavoie, R. Bergeron, O. Birot. Angiomotin p80/p130 ratio: New indicator of exercise-induced angiogenic activity in skeletal muscles from obese and non-obese rats. Journal of Physiology (London) 587: 4105-4119, 2009.

Rolando Ceddia

CEDDIA_Rolando(adipokines; energy metabolism; insulin resistance)
PhD, University of Sao Paulo
roceddia@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77204 | 225A Lumbers Building, x20426

Research Interest
The physiological and molecular mechanisms that regulate glucose and fatty acid uptake and metabolism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. The major focus is on dysfunctional metabolic alterations associated with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Publications
Gaidhu MP, Fediuc S, Ceddia RB. Aicar-induced AMPK phosphorylation inhibits basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, lipid synthesis, and fatty acid oxidation in isolated rat adipocytes. J Biol Chem. 2006 Jul 1 (In Press).
Fediuc S, Gaidhu MP, Ceddia RB. Regulation of AMP-activated protein kinase and acetyl-CoA carboxylase phosphorylation by palmitate in skeletal muscle cells. J Lipid Res. 2006 Feb; 47 (2): 412–20.
Ceddia RB. Direct metabolic regulation in skeletal muscle and fat tissue by leptin: implications for glucose and fatty acids homeostasis. Int J Obes (Lond). 2005 Oct; 29 (10): 1175–83.

Michael Connor

CONNOR_Michael(muscle development; cancer)
PhD, York University
mconnor@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77206 | 224 Lumbers Building, x20589

Research Interest
The role of the cell cycle in breast cancer and muscle development; 1) the molecular link between obesity and cancer; 2) investigating how dividing muscle cells becomes fully differentiated skeletal muscle

Publications
Walker, O and M.K. Connor. Molecular links between obesity and breast cancer. F.A.S.E.B. J. 21: A927, 2007.
Connor, M.K., P.B. Azmi, V. Subramanium, H. Li and A. Seth. Molecular Characterization of Ring-finger Protein 11. Mol. Cancer Res. 3: 453–461, 2005.
Connor, M.K., R. Kotchetkov, S. Cariou, A. Resch, R. Lupetti, R.G. Beniston, L. Hengst, F. Melchior and J.M. Slingerland. CRM1/Ran–mediated nuclear export of p27Kip1 involves a nuclear export signal and links p27 export and proteolysis. Mol. Biol. Cell 14: 201–213, 2003.

Tara Haas

HAAS_tara(cardiovascular physiology)
PhD, University of Virginia
thaas@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77313 | 341 Farquharson Building, x77320

Research Interest
Blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) in skeletal muscle; biochemical, cellular and molecular biological approaches are used to study the stimuli and signalling pathways that cause endothelial cells to initiate angiogenesis as a result of exercise or disease.

Publications
Muscle-derived vascular endothelial growth factor regulates microvascular remodelling in response to increased shear stress in mice. Uchida C, Nwadozi E, Hasanee A, Olenich S, Olfert IM, Haas TL. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2015 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/apha.12463. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25659833
Forkhead BoxO transcription factors restrain exercise-induced angiogenesis.Slopack D, Roudier E, Liu ST, Nwadozi E, Birot O, Haas TL. J Physiol. 2014 Sep 15;592(Pt 18):4069-82. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2014.275867. Epub 2014 Jul 25. PMID: 25063823
Angiotensin II evokes angiogenic signals within skeletal muscle through co-ordinated effects on skeletal myocytes and endothelial cells. Gorman JL, Liu ST, Slopack D, Shariati K, Hasanee A, Olenich S, Olfert IM, Haas TL. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 9;9(1):e85537. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085537. eCollection 2014. PMID: 24416421
Exercise training and peripheral arterial disease. Haas TL, Lloyd PG, Yang HT, Terjung RL. Compr Physiol. 2012 Oct;2(4):2933-3017. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c110065. Review. PMID: 23720270
Endothelial FoxO1 is an intrinsic regulator of thrombospondin 1 expression that restrains angiogenesis in ischemic muscle. Roudier E, Milkiewicz M, Birot O, Slopack D, Montelius A, Gustafsson T, Paik JH, DePinho RA, Casale GP, Pipinos II, Haas TL. Angiogenesis. 2013 Oct;16(4):759-72. doi: 10.1007/s10456-013-9353-x. Epub 2013 May 16. PMID: 23677673

Mazen Hamadeh

MazenHamadeh(human nutrition / exercise / metabolism; G93A mice)
PhD, McGill University
hamadeh@yorku.ca  | 416-736-2100 x33552 | 365 Bethune College | Lab - 220A Lumbers Building, x21056 | www.yorku.ca/hamadeh

Research Interest
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig’s disease): Effects of caloric restriction, antioxidant supplementation and exercise on functional, disease and molecular outcomes in ALS, with emphasis on sex differences.
Vitamin D supplementation and deficiency on functional outcomes and molecular outcomes in the muscle and CNS in ALS
Vitamin D and calcium intake and their relationship to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Functional foods and their effects on health and disease.

Publications
Moghimi E, Solomon JA, Gianforcaro A, Hamadeh MJ. Dietary vitamin D3 restriction exacerbates disease pathophysiology in the spinal cord of the G93A mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. PLoS One 20151;5: e0126355. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126355
Gianforcaro A, Hamadeh MJ. Vitamin D as a potential therapy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. CNS Neurosci Ther 2014;20(2):101-11. doi: 10.1111/cns.12204
Gianforcaro A, Solomon JA, Hamadeh MJ. Vitamin D3 at 50x AI attenuates the decline in paw grip endurance, but not disease outcomes, in the G93A mouse model of ALS, and is toxic in females. PLoS ONE 2013;8:e30243. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030243
Gianforcaro A, Hamadeh MJ. Vitamin D3 supplementation at 10x the adequate intake attenuates functional decline in the G93A transgenic mouse model of ALS, a pilot study. CNS Neurosci Ther 2012;18(7):547-57. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-5949.2012.00316.x
Solomon JA, Gianforcaro A, Hamadeh MJ. Vitamin D3 deficiency differentially affects functional and disease outcomes in the G93A mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. PLoS ONE 2011;6:e29354. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029354
Solomon JA, Tarnopolsky MA, Hamadeh MJ. One universal common endpoint in mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. PLoS ONE 2011;6:e20582. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020582

David Hood

David Hood Lab Nov 2013(muscle; heart cellular physiology)
PhD, State University of New York
dhood@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x66640 | 304 Farquharson Building, x77832 | www.yorku.ca/dhood/

Research Interest
Our research, funded by both NSERC and CIHR, involves the study of mitochondrial turnover in skeletal muscle, as evoked by either exercise, or by chronic muscle disuse. Mitochondria are the organelles that produce energy for muscle contraction, so proper maintenance of these organelles is vital for muscle and whole body health. It is now known that mitochondrial turnover can change dramatically during aging, with disuse and with disease, and that exercise is a potent therapeutic intervention that can improve mitochondrial function, and muscle health. Our work continues to be fundamental in helping us to understand the molecular factors which regulate mitochondria under these conditions within muscle.

Publications
Pastore S and Hood DA. Endurance training ameliorates the metabolic and performance characteristics of circadian Clock mutant mice. J. Appl. Physiol. 2013 [epub ahead of print].
Menzies KJ, Singh K, Saleem A, and Hood DA. Sirtuin 1-mediated effects of exercise and resveratrol on mitochondrial biogenesis. J. Biol. Chem. 288: 6968-79, 2013.
Ostojic O, O'Leary MF, Singh K, Menzies KJ, Vainshtein A, and Hood DA. The effects of chronic muscle use and disuse on cardiolipin metabolism. J. Appl. Physiol. 114: 444-452, 2013.
O'Leary MF, Vainshtein A, Iqbal S, Ostojic O, and Hood DA. Adaptive plasticity of autophagic proteins to denervation in aging skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 304: C422–30, 2013.

Veronica Jamnik

(training adaptations; occupational fitness)
PhD, University of Toronto
Office – 355 Bethune College, 416-736-2100 x22995
Lab – 126 Bethune College
ronij@yorku.ca

Research Interest
Mechanisms underlying the heterogeneity in individual training adaptations. Enhancing the screen for physical activity participation. Bona fide occupational fitness screening protocols for physically demanding occupations.

Publications
Riddell, M., V. Jamnik, K. Iscoe, B. Timmons, N. Gledhill. Fat Oxidation Rate and the Exercise Intensity that Elicits Maximal Fat Oxidation Decreases with Pubertal Status in Young Males. J Appl Physiol August 105 (2): 725-733, 2008.
Jamnik, V. K. , N. Gledhill and R. Shephard. Revised clearance for participation in physical activity; greater screening responsibility for qualified university-educated fitness professionals. Appl Physiol Nutri Metab. 32: 1191-1197, 2007.
Martino, M., N. Gledhill and V. Jamnik. High VO2max with no history of training is primarily due to high blood volume. Med. Sci. Sport Ex. 34(6): 966-971, 2002.

Christopher Perry

PERRY_Chris(training adaptations, metabolism)
PhD, University of Guelph
cperry@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33232 | 344 Bethune College | Profile

Research Interest
Regulation of cellular energy and redox homeostasis primarily in skeletal muscle. Examination of metabolic control (glucose/fatty acid uptake and catabolism) through redox biology in response to specific dietary and exercise interventions integrating mitochondrial, cytosolic and nuclear intercommunication.

Publications
Perry CGR*, Kane DA*, Lanza I, Neufer PD. Methods for assessing mitochondrial function in diabetes. Diabetes, 62:1041-1053, 2013.
Perry CGR, Kane DA, Herbst EA, Mukai K, Wright DC, Heigenhauser GJF, Neufer PD, Spriet LL, Holloway GP. Mitochondrial creatine kinase activity and phosphate shuttling are acutely regulated by exercise in human skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 590: 5475-86, 2012.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22907058.
Perry CGR*, Kane DA*, Lin CT, Kozy R, Cathey B, Lark DS, Kane CL, Brophy P, Gavin T, Anderson EJ, Neufer PD. Inhibiting myosin-ATPase reveals dynamic range of mitochondrial respiratory control in skeletal muscle. Biochem J. 437: 215-222, 2011. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21554250.
Perry CGR, Lally J, Holloway GP, Bonen A, Heigenhauser GJ, Spriet LL. Repeated transient mRNA bursts precede increases in transcriptional and mitochondrial proteins during training in human skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 588: 4795-4810, 2010. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20921196.

Michael Riddell

MichaelRiddell(clinical exercise physiology; metabolism)
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Anthony Scimè

SCIME_Anthone(stem cell biology; muscle regeneration; adipose differentiation, stem cell metabolism)
PhD, McMaster University
ascime@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33559 | 327C Bethune College

Research Interest
Our focus is to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological aspects for how metabolism is involved in stem cell fate choices particularly in muscle and adipose tissue.

Publications

De Sousa M, Porras DP, Perry CG, Seale P, Scimè A. (2014). p107 is a crucial regulator for determining the adipocyte lineage fate choices of stem cells. Stem Cells. 2014 May;32(5):1323-36.
Scimè A. (2012) The Heat is on: A New Avenue to Study Brown Fat Formation in Humans. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). Jan 13;2:118. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2011.00118.
Seale P, Bjork B, Yang W, Kajimura S, Kuang S, Scimè A, Devarakonda S, Conroe H, Erdjument-Bromage H, Tempst P, Rudnicki MA, Beier DR, and Spiegelman BM. (2008). PRDM16 controls a brown fat/skeletal muscle switch. Nature. Aug 21;454(7207):961-7.
Scime A, Grenier G, Huh MS, Gillespie MA, Bevilacqua L, Harper ME, and Rudnicki MA. (2005). Rb and p107 regulate preadipocyte differentiation into white versus brown fat through repression of PGC-1alpha. Cell Metabolism. Nov;2(5):283-95.

Angelo Belcastro

BELCASTRO_Angelo(Muscle injury and damage in health and disease)
PhD, University of Alberta
anbelcas@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x21088
333 Norman Bethune College

Research Interest
My primary focus is on the breakdown (assembly and disassembly) of striated muscle organelles and the role of calcium activated proteases, in particular calpain (CAPN1-2), during the control of these processes in health and disease. In addition to the activation and regulation of CAPN1-2, studies aimed identifying the factors contributing to the targeting of selected muscle proteins marked for breakdown are underway. Finally, the Paediatric Exercise Physiology Laboratory is focused on the study of improvement of children's muscle health and fitness through physical activity.

Neural and Biomechanical Control of Movement

John Douglas Crawford

John_D_Crawford(perceptual-motor coordination)
PhD, University of Western Ontario
jdc@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x88621 | Lab x22050 | 0003F Computer Science and Engineering Building | www.yorku.ca/jdc/

Research Interest
Eye-hand coordination, eye-head coordination, perception and eye movements

Publications
CRAWFORD JD, HENRIQUES DYP & MEDENDORP WP (2011) Three-Dimensional Transformations for Goal Directed Action. Annual Review of Neuroscience 34: 309-31.
DESOUZA JFX, KEITH GP, YAN X, BLOHM G, WANG H, & CRAWFORD JD (2011) Intrinsic Reference Frames of Superior Colliculus Visuomotor Receptive Receptive Fields During Head-unrestrained Gaze Shifts. Journal of Neuroscience 31: 18313-18326.
PRIME S, VESIA M & CRAWFORD JD (2011) Cortical Mechanisms for Trans-saccadic Memory and Integration of Multiple Object Features. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366, 540-553.
VESIA M, PRIME S, YAN X, SERGIO L, & CRAWFORD JD (2010) Specificity of human parietal saccade and reach regions during transcranial magnetic stimulation. Journal of Neuroscience 30(39): 13053-13065.

Dorota Anna Crawford

CRAWFORD_Dorota(molecular neuroscience; genetics; neurodevelopmental disorders)
PhD, University of British Columbia
dakc@yorku.ca 416-736-2100 x23324 | 346 Bethune College | Lab 222 Lumbers Building, x21058 or x21057 | www.yorku.ca/dakc/

Research Interest
Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying brain function in neurodevelopmental disorders

Publications
Tamiji J. and Crawford D.A. Misoprostol-induced elevation of intracellular calcium in Neuro2a cells requires protein kinase A. /Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication/. 2010. Sept 3;399(4):565-70.
Tamiji J. and Crawford D.A. Prostaglandin E2 and misoprostol induce neurite retraction in Neuro-2a cells. /Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication/. 2010. Jul 30;398(3):450-456.
Vallipuram J., Grenville J. and Crawford D.A. The E646D-ATP13A4 mutation associated with autism reveals a defect in calcium regulation./ Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology/. 2010. Mar;30(2):233-46. -71.

Janessa Drake

DRAKE_Janessa(biomechanics; spine loading)
PhD, University of Waterloo
jdrake@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33568 | 2030 Sherman Health Science Research Centre

Research Interest
Understanding the acute and time varying responses and neuromuscular control of the spine and the possible associated injury mechanisms; biomechanical evaluation of exercise and industrial exposures; effects of modifying factors including sex, age, fatigue, and fitness level.

Publications

Selected Recent Publications (For full list see Google Scholar at https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=THbCf2QAAAAJ&hl=en)

Ang, C., Nairn, B.C., Schinkel-Ivy, A., Drake, J.D.M. Seated maximum flexion: An alternative to standing maximum flexion for determining presence of flexion-relaxation? Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Published online ahead of print 6th September 2015).
Nairn, B.C., Sutherland, C.A., Drake, J.D.M.  Location of instability during a bench press alters movement patterns and electromyographical activity. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 29(11): 3162-3170, 2015.
Schinkel-Ivy, A., Drake, J.D.M. Which motion segments are required to sufficiently characterize the kinematic behaviour of the trunk? Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 25(2): 239-249, 2015.

Mazyar Fallah

FALLAH_Maz(visual perception; psychophysics)
PhD, Princeton University
mfallah@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x20555 www.yorku.ca/vpalab/

Research Interest
Visual perception, attention, object processing, sensorimotor integration, oculomotor system, psychophysics.

Publications
Perry, C.J., and Fallah, M. (2012) Color speeds processing but not perception in a motion illusion. Frontiers in Consciousness Research, Special issue on Attention and Consciousness, 3(92): doi 10.3389/fpsyq.2012.00092.
Tchernikov, I. and Fallah, M. (2010) A Color Hierarchy for Automatic Target Selection. PLoS ONE, 5(2).

William Gage

GAGE_Will(neuromuscular control / biomechanics)
PhD, University of Waterloo
whgage@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33027 | 2022 Sherman Health Science Research Centre | Lab – 101A Stong College

Research Interest
The neuromuscular control and biomechanics of postural control and of joint stability, currently with a focus on the knee joint. Understanding mechanisms related to sensory-motor dysfunction and normal aging which might interrupt these levels of control, and the potential impact of changes in neuromuscular control (local factors) on the development and progression of osteoarthritis.

Publications
Gage WH, Frank JS, Prentice SD, Stevenson P. (in press). Organization of postural responses following a rotational support surface perturbation, after TKA: sagittal plane rotations. Gait and Posture.
Gage WH, Winter DA, Frank JS, Adkin AL. (2004). Kinematic and kinetic validity of the inverted pendulum model in quiet standing. Gait & Posture , 19(2), 124-32.
Gage WH, Sleik RJ, Polych MA, McKenzie NC, Brown LA. (2003) The allocation of attention during locomotion is altered by anxiety. Experimental Brain Research, 150(3), 385-94.

Laurence Harris

Harris_L(multisensory integration)
PhD, University of Cambridge
harris@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x66108 | 296 Behavioural Science Building | www.yorku.ca/harris/

Research Interest
I am interested in how information from the different senses is combined. Although sensory information is rarely completely redundant, there are often instances when the best guess about what's out there can be obtained from looking across several senses. Examples including locating an event in space and time, self motion and self orientation. My laboratory uses a variety of psychophysical and response measurement techniques to assess how senses combine in normal and unusual environments, including during space travel.

Publications
Harris LR, Herpers R, Jenkin M, Allison R, Jenkin H, Kapralos B, Scherfgen D, Felsner S. (2012) “The relative contributions of radial and laminar optic flow to the perception of linear self-motion” Journal of Vision, 12(10):7, 1–10
www.journalofvision.org/content/12/10/7.
Hoover AEN, Harris LR (2012) “Detecting delay in visual feedback of an action as a monitor of self recognition” Experimental Brain Research 222: 389-397
www.yorku.ca/harris/pubs/hoover_2012b.pdf.
Pritchett LM, Carnevale M, Harris LR (2012) “Reference frames for coding touch location depend on the task” Experimental Brain Research 222: 437-445
www.yorku.ca/harris/pubs/pritchett_carnevale_harris_2012.pdf.

Denise Henriques

HENRIQUES_Denise(sensorimotor control and learning)
PhD, York University
deniseh@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77215
Lab – 122 Farquharson Building, x30328
www.yorku.ca/deniseh

Research Interest
Sensorimotor control and learning; Eye, head, limb movements and coordination; Vision, haptics, kinesthesia; Sensorimotor integration; Computation simulations; Neuroimaging

Publications
Henriques, D.Y.P., Cressman, E.K. Visuomotor adaptation and proprioceptive recalibration. Journal of Motor Behavior, 44, 435-444, 2012. Invited Review.
Thompson, A.A., Henriques, D.Y.P. The coding and updating of visuospatial memory for goal-directed reaching and pointing (review). Vision Research, 51, 819-826, 2011.
Bryne, P.A., Henriques, D.Y.P.When more is less: increasing allocentric visual information can switch visual-proprioceptive combination from an optimal to sub-optimal process. Neuropsychologia, 51, 26-37, 2012.
Jones, S.A.H., Fiehler, K., Henriques, D.Y.P. Proprioceptive acuity varies with task type, target-hand, and target position, but not starting position of the target-hand. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1462-1470, 2012.

Anne Moore

Anne_Moore(occupational biomechanics)
PhD, University of Waterloo
amoore@yorku.ca
Office – 2024 Sherman Health Science Research Centre, 416-736-2100 x40498
Lab – 2014 Sherman Health Science Research Centre, 416-736-2100 x22042

Research Interest
Occupational Biomechanics; upper limb biomechanics; mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury in the workplace are studied using biomechanical modelling, epidemiological studies, and task simulation.

Publications
Camille J. Shanahana, Peter Vi, Elizabeth A. Salas, Vanesa L. Reider, Lana M.L. Hochman and Anne E. Moore, A comparison of RULA, REBA and Strain Index to four psychophysical scales in the assessment of non-fixed work, Work, Accepted February 2012.
Menéndez, Cammie Chaumont, Amick, Benjamin C., Bazzani, Lianna, Robertson, Michelle, DeRango, Kelly, Rooney, Ted, Moore, Anne, A field intervention examining the impact of an office ergonomics training and a highly adjustable chair on visual symptoms in a public sector organization, Applied Ergonomics, doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2011.09.006. Vol 43 Issue 4 July 2012.
Amick, Benjamin C., Menéndez, Cammie Chaumont, Bazzani, Lianna, Robertson, Michelle, DeRango, Kelly, Rooney, Ted, Moore, Anne, A Replicated Field Intervention Study Evaluating The Impact of a Highly Adjustable Chair and Office Ergonomics Training On Visual Symptoms, Applied Ergonomics, JERG S-11-00189. Vol 43 Issue 3 May 2012.

Lauren Sergio

LaurenSergio(neuromotor control)
PhD, McGill University
Office – 336 Bethune College, 416-736-2100 x33641
Lab – 129 Farqharson Building, 416-736-2100 x33405
lsergio@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/lsergio

Research Interest
Behavioural and electromyographic studies of eye-limb coordination; Brain mechanisms underlying visually-guided reaching; Motor control neurophysiology/neuroimaging; Control of voluntary movement in neurological patient populations.

Publications
Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2007) Preliminary sex differences in human cortical BOLD fMRI activity during the preparation of increasingly complex visually guided movements. European Journal of Neuroscience, 25:1228-1239.
Tippett WJ, Sergio LE (2006) Impaired visuomotor integration in early stage Alzheimer's disease. Brain Research, June 2006.
Sergio LE, Hamel-Paquet C, Kalaska JF. (2005) Motor cortex neural correlates of output kinematics and kinetics during isometric-force and arm-reaching tasks. J Neurophysiol., 94: 2353-2378.

Health & Fitness Behaviours

Gamal Abdel-Shehid

(sport and social inequality)
PhD, York University
gamal@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22367 | 328B Bethune College

Research Interest

Publications
Abdel-Shehid, G. 2006. “After the Sportocracy.” In P. Vertinsky and I. MacDonald, Physical Culture, Power and the Body. London: Routledge
Abdel-Shehid, G. 2003 "In Place of Race, Space: Basketball in Canada and the Absence of Racism." in Ralph Wilcox et al. Sporting Dystopias: The making and meanings of urban sport cultures. Binghamton: SUNY Press. (20 pp)
Abdel-Shehid, 2002. “Raptor Morality: Blacks, Basketball and National Identity.” in Stan Fogel and Lynette Thoman ed. Changing Identities: Reading and writing ourselves. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. (9 pp)

Chris Ardern

ARDERN_Chris(physical activity epidemiology; population health)
PhD, Queen’s University
cardern@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x23045 | 344 Bethune College

Research Interest
Surveillance of physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease risk factor clustering in Canada. Assessment of the impact of lifestyle modification on population and public health and the role of lifestyle factors in prediction of cardiometabolic risk.

Publication
Ardern, C.I., P.T. Katzmarzyk, I. Janssen, T.S. Church, S.N. Blair. Revised Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines and cardiovascular disease mortality in men attending a preventive medical clinic. Circulation 2005; 112:1481-8.
Ardern, C.I., I. Janssen, R. Ross, P.T. Katzmarzyk. Development of health-related waist circumference thresholds within BMI categories. Obesity Research, 2004; 12:1094-1103.
Ardern, C.I., P.T. Katzmarzyk, I. Janssen, A.S. Leon, J.H. Wilmore, J.S. Skinner, D.C. Rao, T. Rankinen, J-P. Després, C. Bouchard. Race and sex similarities in the multivariate associations between exercise-induced changes in blood lipids and fatness. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise/em>, 2004;36:1610-5.

Joseph Baker

BAKER_Joe(expert sports performance, aging and skill maintenance)
PhD, Queen's University
bakerj@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22361 | 338 Bethune College
Lab – 116 Bethune College | 416-736-2100 x20553
www.yorku.ca/bakerj

Research Interest
Development and maintenance of expert sport performance, talent identification, stereotypes and performance.

Publications
Wattie, N., Schorer, J., & Baker, J. (2015). The relative age effect in sport: A developmental systems model. Sports Medicine, 45, 83-94.
Baker, J. & Young, B. (2014). 20 years later: Deliberate practice and the development of expertise in sport. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7, 135-157.
Baker, J., Shuiskiy, K., & Schorer, J. (2014). Does size of one’s community affect likelihood of being drafted into the NHL? Analysis of 25 years of data. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32, 1570-1575.

Rebecca Bassett-Gunter

BASSETT GUNTER_Rebecca(Psychology of Physical Activity and Exercise Across the Lifespan)
PhD, McMaster University
rgunter@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22072
310 Stong College

Research Interest
My research is focused on understanding health promotion and the development of optimally effective health promotion messages targeting psychosocial predictors of behaviour. I am particularly interested in health promotion among special populations (e.g., people with SCI, MS), as well as children and youth. My research has focused on understanding the role of parents and the school environment in youth health promotion. Further, my research has focused on understanding the relationship between body image and physical activity.

Publications
Bassett-Gunter, R. L., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2014). Activity preferences and demographic factors associated with screen time sedentary behaviour among grade 1 to 4 students: An examination of Play-On study data. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada, 7(1), 3-13.
Martin Ginis, K. A., Strong, H. A., Arent, S. A., Bray, S. R., & Bassett-Gunter, R. L. (2014). The effects of aerobic- versus strength-training on body image among young women with pre-existing body image concerns. Body Image, 11, 219-227. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.02.004.
Bassett-Gunter, R. L., & Leatherdale, S. T. (2014). Mother knows best? Parents’ perceptions of children’s physical activity levels and preferences. Health and Fitness Journal of Canada, 6(4), 86-98.
Bassett-Gunter, R. L., Latimer, A. E., Martin Ginis, K. A., Castlehano, M. S. (2014). I spy with my little eye; Cognitive processing of framed physical activity messages. Journal of Health Communication, 19(6), 676-691. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2013.837553

Angelo Belcastro

BELCASTRO_Angelo(muscle injury and damage in health and disease)
PhD, University of Alberta
anbelcas@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x21088
333 Norman Bethune College

Research Interest
My primary focus is on the breakdown (assembly and disassembly) of striated muscle organelles and the role of calcium activated proteases, in particular calpain (CAPN1-2), during the control of these processes in health and disease. In addition to the activation and regulation of CAPN1-2, studies aimed identifying the factors contributing to the targeting of selected muscle proteins marked for breakdown are underway. Finally, the Paediatric Exercise Physiology Laboratory is focused on the study of improvement of children's muscle health and fitness through physical activity.

Caroline Davis

(health psychology; eating disorders)
PhD, York University
cdavis@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77327 | 343 Bethune College
Lab – 223 Bethune College | 416-736-2100 x77239

Research Interest
Health psychology with an emphasis on addictive behaviours, eating disorders, and psychobiological risk factors for overeating and obesity.

Publications
Davis C, Fattore L, Kaplan AS, Carter JC, Levitan RD, Kennedy, J. L. The suppression of appetite and food consumption by methylphenidate: The moderating effects of gender and weight in healthy adults. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2012;15:181-187.
Davis C, Levitan RD, Yalmaz Z, Kaplan AS, Carter JC, Kennedy JL. (2012) Binge eating disorder and the D2 receptor: Genotypes and sub phenotypes, Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2012;38:328-335.
Davis C. (in press) Compulsive overeating as an addictive behaviour: Overlap between food addiction and binge eating disorder. Curr Obes Rep.
Davis C, Loxton NJ. (in press) Addictive behaviours and addiction-prone personality traits: Associations with a dopamine multilocus genetic profile. Addict Behav.

Heather Edgell

EDGELL_Heather(effects of sex and female sex hormones on healthy cardiovascular responses to physiological stressors)
PhD,
edgell@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22927 | 341 Bethune College

Research Interest
My current research interests are investigating the effects of sex and female sex hormones on healthy cardiovascular responses to physiological stressors such as standing, hypoxia, hypercapnia, and exercise. This will develop into investigations of clinical populations such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Heart Failure. This research will involve techniques such as ultrasound and microneurography.

Publications

Edgell H and Stickland MK (2014) Activation of the carotid chemoreflex secondary to muscle maetaboreflex stimulation in men. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 306(9): R693-700.
Edgell H, Grinberg A, Gagne N, Beavers K, and Hughson RL (2012) Cardiovascular responses to lower body negative pressure before and after 4-hours of head-down bed-rest and seated control in men and women. Journal of Applied Physiology 113(10): 1604-12.
Edgell H, Robertson AD, and Hughson RL (2012) Hemodynamics and brain blood flow during posture change in younger and post-menopausal women compared to age-matched men. Journal of Applied Physiology 112(9): 1482-93.

Jessica Fraser–Thomas

FRASER THOMAS_Jessica(positive youth development through sport)
PhD, Queen’s University
jft@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x20952 | 350 Bethune College

Research Interest
My research focuses on children and youths’ sport involvement, with a particular interest in positive youth development, psychosocial influences (i.e. coaches, family, peers), and sport trajectories (e.g., initiation, withdrawal).

Publications
Fraser-Thomas, J. (In Press). Understanding take-up, drop-out and drop-off in youth sport. In K. Green & A. Smith (Eds.), The Handbook of Youth Sport. New York: Routledge.
Baker, J., Safai, P., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (Eds.) (2015). Health and Elite Sport: Is High Performance Sport a Healthy Pursuit? London: Routledge.
Jeffery-Tosoni, S., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Baker, J. (2015). Parent involvement in Canadian youth hockey: Experiences and perspectives of peewee players. Journal of Sport Behavior, 38(1), 3-24.
Fraser-Thomas, J., Jeffery-Tosoni, S., & Baker, J. (2014). “I Like That You Can Hit a Guy and Not Really Get in Trouble”: Young Ice Hockey Players’ Experiences with Body Checking. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 121-133.
Fraser-Thomas, J., Strachan, L., & Jeffery-Tosoni, S. (2013). Family influence on children's involvement in sport. In J. Côté & R. Lidor (Eds.), Conditions of Children’s Talent Development in Sport (pp. 179-196). Morgantown: Fitness Information Technology.

Lucy Gagliese

GAGLIESE_Lucy(health psychology; pain; aging)
PhD, McGill University
gagliese@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77234 | 367 Bethune College
Lab – 101B Stong College

Research Interest
Pain in the elderly; cancer pain, pain mechanisms, measurement and assessment; psychological factors in pain; predictors of pain chronicity; gender and pain.

Publications
Gagliese, L., & Katz, J. Medically unexplained pain is not caused by psychopathology. Pain Research and Management. 5. 251-257, 2000.
Gagliese, L., Jackson, M., Ritvo, P., Wowk, A., & Katz, J. Age is not an impediment to effective use of patient controlled analgesia by surgical patients. Anesthesiology. 93. 601-10, 2000

Sherry Grace

SherryGrace(cardiac rehabilitation, health services, cardiac psychology)
PhD, University of Windsor
sgrace@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x72364 | 368 Bethune College
Lab – 222B Bethune College | 416-736-2100 x20575
www.yorku.ca/sgrace/media.html

Research Interest

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. Substantial health risks continue following coronary events and procedures, and cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves subsequent prognosis. CR is an outpatient chronic disease management program for cardiovascular risk reduction promoting health behaviour changes such as exercise, diet, and smoking cessation. Participation results in improved quality of life, less re-hospitalization, and 25% less death.

However, research demonstrates low use of, and inequality in access, to CR. This is particularly true in low and middle-income countries, where there is an epidemic of heart disease.

There are a combination of factors relating to patients, physicians, and the health care system itself that lead to low CR use. The objective of Dr. Grace's programmatic research is to: (1) address patient, provider and system barriers to CR participation, and (2) to develop and evaluate a model of CR for low-resource settings.

Publications
Gravely, S.*, Anand, S.S., Stewart, D.E., & Grace, S.L. (Epub; Mar 11 2013). Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization among men and women. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Grace, S.L., Warburton, D.E.R., Stone, J.A., Sanderson, B., Oldridge, N., Jones, J., Wong, N., & Buckley, J.P. (2013). International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call for action. JCRP, 33:128-31. March/April.
Polyzotis, P.*, Suskin, N., Unsworth, K., Reid, R., Jamnik, V., Parsons, C., & Grace, S.L. (2013). Primary care provider receipt of cardiac rehabilitation discharge summaries: Are they getting what they want to promote long-term risk reduction? Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, 6:83-89. January.
Grace, S.L., Angevaare, K., Reid, R.D., Oh, P., Anand, S., Gupta, M., Brister, S., & Stewart, D.E. (2012). Effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient strategies in increasing referral and utilization of cardiac rehabilitation: A prospective, multi-site study. Implementation Science, 7(1):120. December.

Lyndsay Hayhurst

hayhurst_lyndsayPhD, University of Toronto
lhayhurs@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x44515| 340 Bethune College

Research Interest
My research interests include sport for development and peace, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health in/through SDP, cultural studies of girlhood, postcolonial feminist theory, global governance, international relations and corporate social responsibility. I am a co-editor (with Tess Kay and Megan Chawansky) of Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice, and her publications have appeared in Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Place & Culture; Third World Quarterly and Sociology of Sport Journal. I previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme and Right to Play.

Publications
Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Szto, C. (2016). Corporatizating activism through sport-focused social justice?: Investigating Nike’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives in Sport for Development and Peace. Journal of Sport & Social Issues.
Darnell, S.C., Chawansky, M., Marchessault, D., Holmes, M. and Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2016). The State of Play: Critical sociological insights into recent 'Sport for Development and Peace' research. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. doi:10.1177/1012690216646762
Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A.R. & Wright, J. (2016). Biopedagogies and Indigenous Knowledge: Examining Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) for Indigenous Young Women in Canada and Australia. Sport, Education & Society. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1110132.
Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2016). Sport for Development and Peace: A Call for Transnational, Multi-Sited, Postcolonial Feminist Research. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1056824.
Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A.R., Radforth, W. & The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (2015). “I want to come here to prove them wrong”: Using a Postcolonial Feminist Participatory Action Research (PFPAR) approach to studying Sport, Gender and Development programs for urban Indigenous young women. Sport in Society. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2014.997585.

Loriann Hynes

lhynes@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22734 | 326 Stong College

Research Interest

Publications

Veronica Jamnik

(training adaptations; occupational fitness)
PhD, University of Toronto
ronij@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22995 | 355 Bethune College
Lab – 126 Bethune College

Research Interest
Mechanisms underlying the heterogeneity in individual training adaptations. Enhancing the screen for physical activity participation. Bona fide occupational fitness screening protocols for physically demanding occupations.

Publications
Riddell, M., V. Jamnik, K. Iscoe, B. Timmons, N. Gledhill. Fat Oxidation Rate and the Exercise Intensity that Elicits Maximal Fat Oxidation Decreases with Pubertal Status in Young Males. J Appl Physiol August 105 (2): 725-733, 2008.
Jamnik, V. K. , N. Gledhill and R. Shephard. Revised clearance for participation in physical activity; greater screening responsibility for qualified university-educated fitness professionals. Appl Physiol Nutri Metab. 32: 1191-1197, 2007.
Martino, M., N. Gledhill and V. Jamnik. High VO2max with no history of training is primarily due to high blood volume. Med. Sci. Sport Ex. 34(6): 966-971, 2002.

Joel Katz

KATZ_Joel(health psychology; pain)
PhD, McGill University
jkatz@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x40557 | 232 Behavioural Science Building

Research Interest
Health Psychology, acute and chronic pain mechanisms and management, pain measurement.

Publications
Salomons, T., Wowk, A., Fanning, A., Chan, V. & Katz, J. (2002). Factors contributing to patient refusal to participate in a clinical trial involving epidural anesthesia. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 49, 583-587.
Katz, J. (2001). Phantom limbs. In J.L. McClelland and R. Thompson (eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Oxford, Elsevier Press., pp.11353-11357.
Katz, J., Wowk, A., Culp, D. & Wakeling, H. (1999). A randomized, controlled study of the pain and tension-reducing effects of 15-minute workplace massage treatments versus seated rest for nurses in a large teaching hospital. Pain Research and Management, 4, 81-88.

Jennifer Kuk

KUK_Jennifer(obesity, exercise, health risks)
PhD, Queen's University
jennkuk@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x20080 | 2002 Sherman Health Science Research Centre

Research Interest
Characterizing obesity and related health risks (cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes) and examining the influence of physical activity using both exercise interventions and epidemiological approaches.

Publications
Abramovitch SL, Reddigan JI, Hamadeh MJ, Jamnik VK, Rowan CP, Kuk JL. Underestimating a serving size may lead to increased food consumption when using Canada's Food Guide. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 37:923-30, 2012.
Yates EA, MacPherson A, Kuk JL: Secular trends in the diagnosis & treatment of obesity among U.S. adults in the primary care setting. Obesity – Sep;20(9):1909-14, 2012.
Wharton S, VanderLelie S, Sharma AM, Sharma S, Kuk JL: The short term effectiveness of a medically supervised, interdisciplinary program for obesity management in a Canadian setting (Canadian Family Physicians – Jan;58(1):e32-8, 2012).
Reddigan JI, Riddell MC and Kuk JL: Physical activity level is as critical as glycemic control in predicting cardiovascular death and all cause mortality in the US population (Diabetelogia –Mar;55(3):632-5, 2012).

Alison Macpherson

MACPHERSON_Allison(epidemiology; injury prevention; health services)
PhD, University of Toronto
alison3@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77216 | 337 Bethune College
Lab – 222 Bethune College | 416-736-2100 x20229

Research Interest
My primary research interest relates to the epidemiology and prevention of childhood injuries, using an approach that examines factors related both to children and their social context. A secondary research interest is related to children’s emergency department and hospital use for injuries and other health problems, including the reasons why children seek care (e.g., the incidence of different types of injury), and researching the best way to provide care (e.g., reducing medication errors).

Publications
Rzeznikiewiz D , Tamim H , Macpherson AK. Risk of death in crashes on Ontario's highways. BMC Public Health, December 2012.
Grenville J, Goodman D, Macpherson AK. Characteristics of Self-harm Behaviour among Identified Self-Harming Youth in Care. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 2012; 10:646-659.
Brual J, Gravely S, Suskin N, Stewart DE, Macpherson A, Grace SL. The role of clinical and geographic factors in the use of hospital versus home-based cardiac rehabilitation. International Journal of Rehabilitation research. 2012.
White HL and Macpherson AK. Capturing paediatric injury in Ontario: differences in injury incidence using self-reported survey and health service utilisation data. Injury Prevention: 18 (32-27). January 2012.

Brad Meisner

(social gerontology, health psychology, health promotion)
PhD, York University
meisnerb@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x77451 | 356 Bethune College
Profile
Twitter @bamphd

Research Interest
Psychosocial factors of aging and health-related behaviour among middle-aged/older adults or across the life course. Concentrations on age-related stereotypes, perceptions, attitudes, and/or discrimination (ageism), as well as physical activity, exercise, sport, recreation, and/or leisure. Mixed methodological and social ecological approaches to understand individual, interpersonal, organizational, institutional, community and/or policy level factors that affect aging and health.

Publications
Meisner, B. A., Linton, V., Séguin, A., & Spassiani, N. A. (2017). Examining chronic disease, pain-related impairment, and physical activity among middle-aged and older adults in Canada: Implications for current and future aging populations. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 33(3), 182-192.
Meisner, B. A., & Levy, B. R. (2016). Age stereotypes’ influence on health: Stereotype Embodiment Theory. In V. Bengtson & R. Settersten (Eds.), Handbook of Theories of Aging (3rd ed., Chap. 14, pp. 259-276). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Malone, M. R., & Meisner, B. A. (2015). Nebraska: Oscar® winning representations of aging and older adults. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10(1), 1-5.
Meisner, B. A. (2014). Aging in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 105(5), e399.
Meisner, B. A., Weir, P. L., & Baker, J. (2013). The relationship between aging expectations and various modes of physical activity among aging adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14(4), 569-576.
Meisner, B. A. (2012). A meta-analysis of positive and negative age stereotype priming effects on behavior among older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(1), 13-17.

Yuka Nakamura

NAKAMURA_Yuka
(sport and physical activity; social inequity)
PhD, University of Toronto
nakamura@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22372 | 349 Bethune College

Research Interest
I study how unequal power relations, enacted through the social categories of race, gender and class, shape our lives, identities and opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. In doing so, I hope to identify ways in which to resist social inequity.

Publications
Nakamura, Y.  (2016) Rethinking identity politics:  The multiple attachments of an 'exclusive' sport organization.  Sociology of Sport Journal, 33, 2, 145-155.  DOI: 10.1123/ssj.2015-0062
Nakamura, Y. (2009). Understanding the challenges of pursuing physical activity. Physical and Health Education Journal, 75, 2, 18-23.
Nakamura, Y. (2002). Beyond the hijab: Female Muslims and physical activity. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 11, 2, 21-48.

Christopher Perry

PERRY_Chris(training adaptations, metabolism)
PhD, University of Guelph
cperry@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33232 | 324 Bethune Building | Profile

Research Interest
Regulation of cellular energy and redox homeostasis primarily in skeletal muscle. Examination of metabolic control (glucose/fatty acid uptake and catabolism) through redox biology in response to specific dietary and exercise interventions integrating mitochondrial, cytosolic and nuclear intercommunication.

Publications
Perry CGR*, Kane DA*, Lanza I, Neufer PD. Methods for assessing mitochondrial function in diabetes. Diabetes, 62:1041-1053, 2013.
diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/62/4/1041.abstract.html.
Perry CGR, Kane DA, Herbst EA, Mukai K, Wright DC, Heigenhauser GJF, Neufer PD, Spriet LL, Holloway GP. Mitochondrial creatine kinase activity and phosphate shuttling are acutely regulated by exercise in human skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 590: 5475-86, 2012.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22907058.
Perry CGR*, Kane DA*, Lin CT, Kozy R, Cathey B, Lark DS, Kane CL, Brophy P, Gavin T, Anderson EJ, Neufer PD. Inhibiting myosin-ATPase reveals dynamic range of mitochondrial respiratory control in skeletal muscle. Biochem J. 437: 215-222, 2011. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21554250.
Perry CGR, Lally J, Holloway GP, Bonen A, Heigenhauser GJ, Spriet LL. Repeated transient mRNA bursts precede increases in transcriptional and mitochondrial proteins during training in human skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 588: 4795-4810, 2010. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20921196.

Michael Riddell

MichaelRiddell(clinical exercise physiology; metabolism)
PhD, McMaster University
mriddell@yorku.ca | 416-735-2100 x40493 | 347 Bethune College | Lab – 225B Lumbers Building, x22324 | www.yorku.ca/mriddell

Research Interest
The effect of exercise, stress and diabetes on the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. Substrate utilization and metabolism during exercise in individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Publications
Yue JT, Riddell MC, Burdett E, Coy DH, Efendic S, Vranic M. Amelioration of Hypoglycemia via Somatostatin Receptor Type 2 Antagonism in Recurrently Hypoglycemic Diabetic Rats. Diabetes. 2013 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print].
Yardley JE, Iscoe KE, Sigal RJ, Kenny GP, Perkins BA, Riddell MC. Insulin pump therapy is associated with less post-exercise hyperglycemia than multiple daily injections: an observational study of physically active type 1 diabetes patients. Diabetes Technol Ther. 15(1):84-8,2013.
D'souza AM, Beaudry JL, Szigiato AA, Trumble SJ, Snook LA, Bonen A, Giacca A, Riddell MC. Consumption of a high-fat diet rapidly exacerbates the development of fatty liver disease that occurs with chronically elevated glucocorticoids. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 15;302(8):G850-63, 2012.
Shpilberg Y, Beaudry JL, D'Souza A, Campbell JE, Peckett A, Riddell MC. A rodent model of rapid-onset diabetes induced by glucocorticoids and high-fat feeding. Dis Model Mech. 5(5):671-80, 2012

Paul Ritvo

RITVO_Paul(health psychology; cancer prevention/treatment)
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
pritvo@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22390 | 138 Chemistry Building
Lab - 416-736-2100 x22398

Research Interest
Health behaviour change in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, particularly cancer. Emphasis on intervention delivery via group therapy, telephone, print and interactive internet programming. Further emphasis on evaluating effects through innovative approaches to quality of life assessment.

Publications
Ritvo, P., Robinson, G., Irvine, J., Brown, L., Murphy, K.J., Stewart, D.E., Styra, R., Wang, C. and Rosen, B., A. Longitudinal Study of Psychological Adjustment to Familial Genetic Risk Assessment in Ovarian Cancer. Gynecologic Oncology, 1999; 74: 331-337.
Ritvo, P., Irvine, J., Katz, J., Shaw, B.F. Cognitive Group Therapy with Medical Patients. In F. Farmer, J. White: Cognitive Group Therapy, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books, 2000, pp.263 - 280.

Michael Rotondi

ROTONDI_Michael(cluster randomized trials; interobserver agreement; statistical genetics)
PhD, University of Western Ontario
mrotondi@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x22482 | 364 Bethune College

Research Interest
My principal research objective is the development and application of statistical techniques to problems in kinesiology, the health sciences and epidemiology. Specific research areas include the design and analysis of cluster randomized trials, studies of interobserver agreement and statistical genetics.

Publications
Rotondi M, Donner A. A confidence interval approach to sample size estimation for studies of interobserver agreement with multiple raters and outcomes. journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2012; 65(7):778-784.
Rotondi M, Donner A. Sample size estimation in cluster randomized trials: An evidence-based perspective. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. 2012; 56(5):1174-1187 (In Press).
Rotondi M, Donner A. Sample size estimation in cluster randomized trials: An evidence-based perspective. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. In press.
Rotondi MA, Khobzi N. Vitamin A supplementation and infant mortality in the developing world: An application of the meta-regression of cluster randomized trials. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2010; 88(9):697-702.
Donner A, Rotondi M. Sample size requirements for interval estimation of the intraclass kappa statistic for interobserver agreement studies enrolling multiple raters. International Journal of Biostatistics. 2010; 6(1):31.

Parissa Safai

ParissaSafai(sociocultural study of health and sport)
PhD, University of Toronto
psafai@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x23040 | 335 Bethune College

Research Interest
My research interests, to date, have focused on the critical sociocultural study of sport and physical activity at the intersection of risk, health and healthcare including such key themes as: sport’s ‘culture of risk;’ the sociohistorical development of sport medicine in Canada and the social organization of sport medicine in Canada; and the social determinants of athletes’ health.

Publications
Harvey, J., Horne, J. and Safai, P. (2009) “From ‘One World, One Dream’ to‘Another Sport is Possible’: Alter-globalization, (New) Global Social Movements and Sport.” Sociology of Sport Journal, 26(3).
Safai, P. (2007). A critical analysis of the development of sports medicine in Canada, 1955-1980. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 42(3), 321-341.
Safai, P., Harvey, J., Levesque, M. and Donnelly, P. (2007). Sport Volunteerism in Canada: Do Linguistic Groups Count? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 42(4), 425-441.
Safai, P. (2005). The demise of the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Canada. Sport History Review, 36(2), 91-114.

Hala Tamim

TAMIM_hala(maternal and child health)
PhD, McGill University
htamim@yorku.ca | 416-736-2100 x33338 | 359 Bethune College
www.yorku.ca/htamim

Research Interest
My research interests have focused on maternal and child health (research topics include postpartum depression, weight gain during pregnancy, breastfeeding, folic acid intake and others) and effects of exercise programs on musculoskeletal fitness and psychological well being of older adults.

Publications
Giannotti M, Al-Sahab B, McFaull S, Tamim H. Epidemiology of acute soccer injuries in Canadian youth. Pediatr Emerg Care. 27(2):81-5, 2011.
Al-Sahab B, Hamadeh MJ, Ardern CI, Tamim H. Early menarche predicts incidence of asthma in early adulthood. Am J Epidemiol. 173(1):64-70, 2011.
Al-Sahab B, Adair L, Hamadeh MJ, Ardern CI, Tamim H. Impact of Breastfeeding Duration on Age at Menarche. American Journal of Epidemiology. 173(9):971-7, 2011.
Tamim H, Castel ES, Jamnik V, Keir P, Grace SL, Gledhill N, Macpherson AK. Tai Chi workplace program for improving musculoskeletal fitness among female computer users. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. 34(3):331-8, 2009.