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Clinical and Translational Exercise Physiology (CTEP) Laboratory


The Clinical and Translational Exercise Physiology (CTEP) Laboratory,
within the Cumming School of Medicine, is up and running.


The CTEP Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to health promotion and wellness for all by advancing and translating knowledge on the role of exercise in the prevention and management of chronic disease

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  1. To conduct interdisciplinary research to assess the role of exercise across the four pillars of health research (Biomedical, Clinical, Health Services, and Population & Public Health);
  2. To create an operating model to share with exercise physiology labs nationally and internationally;
  3. To develop educational and translational opportunities within the Cumming School of Medicine, the University of Calgary, and the wider Calgary community, with emphasis on strategies for lasting behavior modifications for health.


Why we do what we do

Physical inactivity is a major public health crisis.

Exercise physiology knowledge is increasingly recognized as a necessary building block for disease prevention and treatment paradigms. Research in exercise physiology has shown that the many benefits of regular exercise are irrefutable, but we need to further explore the optimal exercise dose and modality for different clinical populations.

More knowledge leads to better solutions for healthier and happier lives.


How we can help you

Measuring physical fitness outcomes or physiological parameters during exercise: 
We provide state-of-the-art testing equipment and staff to generate and interpret the data you need.

Developing a knowledge translation initiative related to exercise:
We have a network of exercise and health science professionals, as well as close ties to the exercise physiology research community.

Curious about your own level of physical fitness or your staffs?
We will offer a gold standard Aerobic Fitness Assessment including personalized feedback.

Measuring additional lifestyle factors:
We will soon be equipped to assess sleep, brain health, nutrition, and physical activity levels in a comprehensive manner.


Current Projects

We are currently conducting interdisciplinary research designed to assess the role of physical activity and exercise in healthy aging, and in people with chronic disease and disability. Current research initiatives include:

  • Effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and brain health in older adults at increased risk of Alzheimer disease and dementia: probing the biological mechanisms using translational physiology (CIHR)
  • Determining optimal post-stroke exercise (Canadian Centre for Stroke Recovery)
  • Effect of SSRI’s and exercise on stroke recovery
  • Gait assessment in neurodegeneration and cerebrovascular disease.
  • Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration & Aging (CCNA) clinical cohort study
  • Effects of high-intensity exercise on heart rate variability during sleep in young adults and active older adults (Polar Electro Oy ©)


Who we are

Dr. Todd Anderson
, MD, FRCPC (2) 
Oversight Committee,
Safety Monitoring

Dr. Sean Dukelow
, MD, PhD, FRCPC (1) 
Oversight Committee,
Clinical Exercise Outcomes

Mr. Chris Gordon
Oversight Committee,
Community Engagement
& Knowledge Translation

Dr. Heather Hanson
, PhD
Oversight Committee,
Community Engagement
& Knowledge Translation

Dr. Sara Hartmann
, PhD
Oversight Committee,
Exercise Physiology

Ms. Gabrielle Heine
Exercise Physiologist
& Lab Coordinator

Dr. Michael Hill
, MD, FRCPC (1,2) 
Oversight Committee,
Data and Safety Monitoring

Dr. Marc Poulin
, PhD, DPhil (1,2,3) 
Lab Director

Dr. Michael Roman
Oversight Committee, Research,
Education, Training

Mr. Jordan Swanson
, BKin,
Research Assistant

(1) Hotchkiss Brain Institute   (2) Libin Cardiovascular Institute   (3) O’Brien Public Health Institute