Centre for Brain Health Room 3500
2215 Westbrook Mall
University of Guelph, Ontario, 1970, B.Sc.
University of British Columbia, 1972, M.P.E.
Ohio State University, Columbus, 1975, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, 1977, M.D.


Exercise Science – Sports Medicine, exercise physiology, chronic illness


Dr. McKenzie’s research program is divided between respiratory exercise physiology in healthy, well-trained athletes under normoxic and hypoxic conditions and clinical research in patients with chronic diseases. Our lab continues to study the mechanisms responsible for the development of hypoxemia during exercise and with exposure to altitude. We also evaluate and attempt to influence functional outcomes in pediatric and adult patients with cancer, following organ transplantation, and with lung and muscle diseases.


Scholarly Articles

Campbell K.L, Van Patten C.L, Neil S.E, Kirkham A.A, Gotay C.C, Gelmon K.A, McKenzie D.C. Feasibility of a lifestyle intervention on body weight and serum biomarkers in breast cancer survivors with overweight and obesity. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Apr;112(4):559-67.

Kippelen P, Fitch K.D, Anderson S.D., Bougault V, Boulet L.P, Rundell K.W, Sue-Chu M, McKenzie D.C. Respiratory health of elite athletes – preventing airway injury: a critical review. Br J Sports Med. 2012 Jun;46(7):471-6

Dolan L.B, Lane K, McKenzie D.C. Optimal mode for maximal aerobic exercise testing in breast cancer survivors. Integr Cancer Ther. 2012 Dec;11(4):321-6.

McKenzie D.C. Respiratory physiology: adaptations to high-level exercise. Br J Sports Med. 2012 May;46(6):381-4.

McKenzie. D.C. and K.D. Fitch. The asthmatic athlete: inhaled Beta-2 agonists, sport performance and doping. Clin J Sport Med 21 (1): 46-50, 2011.

Sheel, A.W., Coutts, K.D., Potts, J.E., and McKenzie, D.C. (1998). The time course of pulonary diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide following short duration high intensity exercise. Respiration Physiology, 111: 271-281.

MacIntyre, D.L., Slawnych, M.P., Reid, W.D., and McKenzie, D.C. (1998). Fatigue of the knee extensor muscles following eccentric exercise.
Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, 38: 3-9.

Parkes, S.C., Belcastro, A.N., McCargar, L.J., and McKenzie, D.C. (1998). Effect of energy retriction on muscle function and calcium stimulated protese activity in recreationally active women. Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, 23(3): 279-292.

Mckenzie, D.C., (1998). Abreast in A Boat – a race against breast cancer. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 159: 376-8.

Hopkins, S.R., McKenzie, D.C., Schoene, R.B., Glenny, R.W., & Robertson, H.T (1994). Pulmonary gas exchange during exercise in athletes. Ventilation-perfusion mismatch and diffusion limitation. Journal of Applied Physiology, 77(2), 912-917.

Koskolou, M., & D.C. McKenzie (1994). Arterial hypoxemia and performance during intense exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 68, 80-86.

McKenzie, D.C., McLuckie, S.L., & Stirling, D.R. (1994). The protective effects of continuous and interval exercise in athletes with EIA. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 26(8), 951-956.