Innovation drives research in the School of Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology is internationally recognized for its distinguished research and innovation applied to the study of human movement, sport, physical activity, and health. The School is home to over 25 active researchers and 100 graduate students, who are linked through collaborative, multidisciplinary networks with other institutions, research centres, and clusters at UBC and abroad.

In 2018 the Chan Gunn Pavilion opened its doors on Wesbrook Mall to serve as the new hub for sports medicine and exercise science research at UBC.


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Research News

Dr. Tania Lam Awarded Grant for Pelvic Floor Muscle Research

Congratulations to Dr. Tania Lam and her team of co-applicants who have been awarded a CIHR grant for their project, “The PELvUS Study – Pelvic Floor Exercise to Lessen Urinary Incontinence and Sexual Disfunction in People with Spinal Cord Injury“. The $569,924 grant will help Dr. Lam and her team explore how to prescribe pelvic […]

Dr. Chris West: Pushing the boundaries of spinal cord research

Dr. Chris West is at the forefront of spinal cord research, as part of an interdisciplinary team exploring how innovative, implantable stimulation technologies can help people with spinal cord injuries live longer, healthier lives. Having previously worked with the School of Kinesiology, we would like to congratulate Dr. West on this exciting research achievement! Read […]

School of KIN research team wins grant to help hard-to-reach populations

KIN professors, Drs. Guy Faulkner, Mark Beauchamp and Eli Puterman have received the John R. Evans Leaders Fund grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, with a complementary match by the BC Knowledge Development Fund. The $1.53 million award will fund the development of the RESPECT Collaboratory, a facility that is designed for building, assessing, […]

“You’re wrong, I’ll switch, I’m wrong, I’ll stay”: How task-switching strategies are modulated by a partner in a multi-task learning protocol

Congratulations to KIN BKin alum Brynn Alexander and Dr. Nikki Hodges for their new publication on task-switching strategies in partner exercises. If individuals given control over practice variables make practice decisions based on their current performance, this article investigates if and how a partner’s performance impacts these decisions. The study evaluates this question in a multi-task learning protocol, where individuals […]

Air pollution and high-intensity interval exercise: Implications to anti-inflammatory balance, metabolome and cardiovascular responses

Congratulations to KIN alum Dr. Sarah Koch and to Dr. Michael Koehle for their newly published article on the effects of air pollution in high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE). Highlights of their study include: Urban air pollution impairs physiological responses to exercise associated with health; HIIE under air pollution exposure inhibits the expected anti-inflammatory responses; and […]