Dr. Darren Warburton is the co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit and Full Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory and the Indigenous Health and Physical Activity Program at UBC. As the inaugural Indigenous Scholar, Dr. Warburton oversees a new program Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology. He previously was the director of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the co-director of the Physical Activity Line of BC (www.physicalactivityline.com).
Dr. Warburton is the chair of the knowledge translation committees for the Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guidelines Endeavour (C-CHANGE) and the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR). He has also received several prestigious honours including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Clinical Scholar award, and the Killam Scholarship. Recently, Dr. Warburton was one of ﬁve national winners of the CIHR/CMAJ Top Achievement in Health Research Award (see our post on March 18, 2013).
His research spans the spectrum of Aboriginal health, elite athletic performance, childhood health, quality of life in the elderly, and the treatment of patients with chronic disease and/or disability (including individuals with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury).
Dr. Warburton has an impressive publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals. His work includes publications in prestigious journals such as the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the American Journal of Physiology, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the Journal of Physiology. One article published by Drs. Warburton and Bredin in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has already been cited more than 4400 times since its publication in 2006. This article is used a required reading for many agencies, medical training programs, and certiﬁcations from around the world.
Dr. Warburton has achieved signiﬁcant early career success with peer-reviewed funding including more than$6 million as a principal investigator and over $30 million as a co-applicant. This includes funding from the CIHR, the MSFHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Ministry of Health. Dr. Warburton serves as a reviewer for numerous respected journals and federal granting agencies (e.g. the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, CIHR, NSERC, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), as well as supervising numerous MSc students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.