Exercise Physiology

The adaptation of the human organism to exercise, and training and advancing knowledge in occupational and health applications of the traditional exercise disciplines.   The graduate program is comprised of four main areas of study including cardio-vascular stress response; exercise physiology; muscle physiology; and human vascular control.

Degree Options

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Career Opportunities
  • medical professional
  • biomedical research
  • academia

Program Highlights

Cardio-Vascular Stress Response

Mission

The Cardio-Vascular Stress Response Lab (CVSRL) works to understand the characteristics of the endothelial response to changes in blood flow and how this can be applied to understand and prevent pathological changes in vascular function.

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Exercise Physiology

Mission

Particular emphasis is placed on the study of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and cardiorespiratory functions. Course work deals with the effects of different types and quantities of exercise, the influence of varying environmental conditions (attitude, heat, cold exposure), and the effects of growth, aging, hereditary factors, nutritional status and disease on exercise responses and adaptations. Current methodologies for the assessment of human metabolism, muscle biochemistry, and cardiorespiratory functions during exercise are emphasized.

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Human Vascular Control

Mission

To understand the nature of mechanisms controlling blood vessels involved in adjusting exercising muscle blood flow (and thereby oxygen delivery), how disturbances and disease affect this control, and how exercise training can restore/improve this control.

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Muscle Physiology

Mission

To understand the mechanisms by which both different intensities and different types of exercise improve mitochondrial function in healthy, overweight/obese and diseased populations.

 

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Research

In general, research conducted within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies has involved the study of exercising human subjects, although opportunities for animal research are available via collaboration with other Queen's University units.  Research directions of faculty members in the various areas of exercise physiology include mechanisms of cardiovascular control and autonomic nervous functions under different acute and chronic conditions; chronic exercise effects on cardiac anatomy and function; effects of varying treatments (i.e. diet and/or exercise) on lipid and carbohydrate metabolism; and the effects of pregnancy on physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise.

 

Funding

Eligible students are required to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program; the CGSM Master's Tri-Council Funding (CIHR/NSERC) or Tri-Council Doctoral Funding;  and other external agencies that fund graduate students.

 

Thesis Topics

Collaborative research which involves other biomedical departments at Queen's University is encouraged. Recent master's thesis projects have included research from the Department of Medicine, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, the School of Nursing, the Division of Cardiology, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Career Options
  • medical professional
  • biomedical research
  • academia

Possible Career Paths