Research Labs

ubcsportsmedicine labAllan McGavin Exercise Physiology Laboratory
Professor: Don McKenzie

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.

CPR LabPhysical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit
Professor: Darren Warburton

This laboratory evaluates the effects of improvements in cardiovascular function on the health status and Quality of Life of children, adolescents, adults, the elderly and patients with chronic disease and/or disability (including individuals with heart disease, organ transplantation, and spinal cord injury). We also specialize in the evaluation and training of high performance able-bodied and disabled athletes.

hip health logoCentre for Hip Health and Mobility
Professor: Karim Khan

The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) is a University of British Columbia Senate-approved organization, affiliated with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The research centre improves the lives of Canadians by decreasing the burden of arthritis and fall-related fractures. Our research focus on prevention, detection, and improved treatment of bone and joint diseases so that Canadians can enjoy the freedom that comes with mobility.

LEARN LabCognitive and Functional Learning (LEARN) Laboratory
Professor: Shannon Bredin

The Cognitive and Functional Learning (LEARN) Laboratory: the purpose of the LEARN Laboratory is to examine factors that influence human motor development, learning, and performance, with a specific focus on factors related to cognition, functional activities of healthy living, and the development of knowledge across the lifespan. The overall goal of this research is to develop evidence-based tools, strategies, and standards for the development of healthy physical behaviour and expert performance across the lifespan. The LEARN Laboratory is a member of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.

UBC EPLEnvironmental Physiology Laboratory
Professor: Michael Koehle

The Environmental Physiology Laboratory is a new research facility at the University of British Columbia, affiliated with the School of Kinesiology, and the Division of Sports Medicine, in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Our mandate is research, education and clinical service in the areas of environmental physiology, exercise physiology, sports medicine and altitude medicine.

footballExercise and Sport Psychology Laboratory
Professor: Peter Crocker

The lab is overseen by Dr. Peter R.E. Crocker. Current lab research combines a variety of interrelated areas within the realms of sport, exercise and health psychology. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, researchers are examining important practical and theoretical questions in the following areas: stress, coping and emotion in sport and physical activity; perfectionism and the stress process; motivation for sport and physical activity participation; self-compassion processes in athletes and older adults, physical activity and well-being outcomes; passion in sport; body image and identity, and self-conscious emotions in sport and exercise.

Fitness, Aging, & Stress (FAST) Lab
Professor: Eli Puterman
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A quarter of Canadians report their lives to be quite or extremely stressful. Stress prevents people from engaging in physical activity and places them at increasing risk for chronic disease and early mortality via degradation of immune system function, alteration of protein synthesis through epigenetic pathways, and wearing down of biological and psychological stress pathways to disease. The vision for my research program is to understand how physical activity can mitigate these biological and psychological antecedents of disease to improve the health of Canadians and prevent disease development.

My research marries novel scientific discoveries and current state of the art technologies from adversity research, molecular biology, and exercise science to maximize our knowledge about physical activity as resiliency for optimal health. At present, our current understanding of habitual physical activity as resiliency to adversity is limited to observational findings. Intervention trials supplemented with laboratory-based stress manipulations and ambulatory psychological and biological assessments will broaden and deepen our understanding of the benefits of physical activity.  The long-term goal is to develop an intervention strategy that combines digital health technologies and brief contact therapy to increase retention of participants and maintenance of habitual physical activity. By focusing on health promotion in high adversity communities, my research will help to reduce the burden on our health care system.

Health and Integrative Physiology (HIP) Laboratory
Professor: Bill Sheel

The focus of the Health and Integrative Physiology (HIP) laboratory is on the interactions between the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Work in our lab is directed at understanding the physiological basis and importance of cardio-respiratory interactions in different conditions such as exercise, disease, and hypoxia. We also perform studies in patient groups to further understand the potential therapeutic effects of exercise and physical activity.

Human Neurophysiology Laboratory
Professor: J Tim Inglis

The focus of the Neurophysiology Laboratory is to evaluate the sensorimotor control aspects of the human nervous system using a variety of neurophysiological techniques. A major component of this laboratory will focus on using a nerve recording technique called microneurography. This is the first laboratory in Canada to use this technique, and one of a handful around the world. Microneurography makes it possible to record the single-unit (single axon) activity from the peripheral nerves of awake human subjects. Other neurophysiological techniques used in this laboratory are H-Reflex testing, galvanic vestibular stimulation, and the use of surface and indwelling electromyography to assess normal movement and movement in certain clinical Neurological populations.

Laura Hurd ResearchLaura Hurd Clarke's Research Group
Professor: Laura Hurd Clarke

Laura Hurd Clarke’s Research Group is a sociological research team comprised of graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Together, they are conducting research focused on health, aging, and the moving body.

MCLL Motor Control and Learning Laboratory
Professor: Ian M Franks

The Motor Control & Learning Laboratory exists to customize varied experimental tasks in the area of human motor control and skill acquisition. Individualized testing rooms are serviced by high speed data acquisition and results presentation equipment. Several computers with high speed A/D and D/A capability, allow on-line manipulation of real-time feedback results from motion recording systems. In addition the lab is equipped with an up-to-date eye movement recording system, electromyography, torque motors, high-speed videography, and transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment. Studies have been conducted including investigations into: on-line movement control; cognitive preparation of complex movements; eye movement-control; and postural adjustments during reaction time tasks. Recent work has centred on investigations into dynamical coordination landscapes; hemispheric control of bimanual aiming; equilibrium point control; and the effect of a startle on prepared responses.

MSL LogoMotor Skills Laboratory
Professor: Nicola J Hodges

In the Motor Skills Lab. we study practice. Specifically, how to optimize practice to learn motor skills more effecitvely and/ or more efficiently. We commonly conduct laboratory experiments, with new learners, to determine how manipulations to practice variables (such as instruction, feedback, order of practice) impact on learning and transfer. These lab. tasks range from relatively novel, yet easy to acquire skills (adapting to new visual-environments, learning 2-handed coordination actions, key-press sequencing) to more "true-to-life" skills (kicking, throwing, juggling). We also learn about practice by studying people who are already skilled. Motor experts provide a rich source of information about practice histories and current practice habits to give insights into what practice entails to develop expert-like performance.

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 3.53.58 PMNeural Control of Posture & Movement Laboratory
Professor: Mark G Carpenter

The main objective of the lab is to identify the neural, musculo-skeletal and psychological factors that contribute to balance deficits and falls associated with age, Parkinson's disease, vestibular loss and spinal cord injury. The second objective is to identify optimal exercise, training and treatment strategies to improve age and disease-specific balance deficits and reduce the occurrence and impact of falls.

Perceptual Motor Dynamics Laboratory
Professor: Romeo Chua

The research focus of the Perceptual-Motor Dynamics Laboratory is the investigation of cognitive, dynamical, and neuromuscular factors in the organization and regulation of human voluntary movement. Areas of research include: coordination dynamics, perceptual-motor behavior in down syndrome, perceptual-motor compatibility, visual-motor control, and manual asymmetries. The lab is equipped with high-speed data acquisition systems, electromygraphy, stimulation units and work-stations for motion analysis.

PEHPA LabPsychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity Laboratory (PEHPA Lab)
Professor: Mark Beauchamp

The PEHPA Lab is overseen by Dr. Mark Beauchamp, who is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology (formerly Human Kinetics) at The University of British Columbia and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (Population Health). Drawing from diverse disciplines (that include behavioural medicine, organizational psychology, and education) our program is concerned with (a) understanding both barriers to, and facilitators of, physical activity behaviour across the age spectrum, and (b) developing conceptually-sound evidence-based interventions that are cost-effective and sustainable.

Sensorimotor Physiology Laboratory
Professor: Jean-Sébastien Blouin

Socio-Cultural Studies Laboratory (AUDX)
Professors: Laura Hurd Clarke, Robert Sparks, Patricia Vertinsky, Brian Wilson

The Socio-Cultural Studies Laboratory supports a variety of research focused on sport, physical activity, and health. Research projects currently underway focus on, among other topics: gender, culture and sport; community-based health promotion for women living in poverty and recent immigrants; sport participation policy; organizational dynamics of cross-sectoral partnerships; sport and environmental issues; youth-driven social movements and communication technology; body image and aging; multiple chronic conditions in later life; case study and cross case comparisons; impacts of mega-events; community service learning; and sustainable and healthy communities.