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 “A place where research and community meet!” – Dr. Liza Stathokostas

Dr. Liza Stathokostas (CCAA Researcher) will be providing monthly updates on current physical activity research, will be sharing chats with researchers in the field of physical activity and aging, and providing links to timely and relevant topics!!


waterbottleStay Fit and Hydrated During the Summer!

Stay cool and fit with the top tips for staying hydrated while exercising during the warm Summer months.

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American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2012

san fran ACSM smMany CCAA researchers and graduate students are heading to San Francisco to present their work in the area of exercise and aging at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual meeting- May 29 - June 2, 2012.  Best wishes for a productive and fun conference!!  Check out the full list of presentations.


Can Weight Training Boost the Aging Brain?

Submitted by Dr. Liza Stathokostas, CCAA Researcher

free weightsRecently the media reported on a study that examined the effects of resistance training on “cognitive function” in Seniors.   A sample of headlines includes: “Resistance Training May Stave Off Dementia” and “‎Training with weights can help seniors in battle with dementia”.

Read more here!


The Seventeenth
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture

Human Skeletal Muscle:
Our Maginificent Energy Producer for Movement and Exercise
Lawrence L. Spriet, Phd
University of Guelph
ROOM 35, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Western University


snowy roadCold weather and exercise

Learn how to avoid the winter blues, stay healthy, and do it all safely! Find useful tips and links to help you keep active this winter

Beat the chill here!


twitterNew for 2012!

The Research Junction is on Twitter!

Let it Grow, Movember is here!

movemberDuring November each year, “Movember” is a fundraiser responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Canada and around the world, raising funds and awareness for men's health- specifically prostate cancer. Learn mo' about the MoStangs, Cancer and Exercise in the Research Junction!

Go4Life: AFantastic New Resource to Get and Stay Active!

Launched this October, Go4Life, is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging, This interactive website is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going!

Submitted by Dr. Liza Stathokostas

Graduate students, Western retirees work out the neuromuscular system

older lady exercisingThanks to a team of graduate students at Western’s Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) Neuromuscular Lab, the Research Retirement Association (RRA) can tailor their fitness program not only to strengthen muscle control but help reduce fatigue in old age. Read the full Western News Story!

CCAA Grad students headed to "La Belle Province"!csep quebec logo

This month the grad students at the CCAA are off to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Annual Conference in Québec City, Québec October 19-22 2011.

Check out some of the exciting work being presented!

waterbottleStay Fit and Hydrated During the Summer!

Stay cool and fit with the top tips for staying hydrated while exercising during the warm Summer months.

Show me the links!

Chat with Visiting Aging Researcher - Dr. Shilpa Dogra

Dr. Shilpa Dogra is an assistant professor in the School of Recreation Management & Kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dr. Dogra is visiting London and spending her Summer conducting research at the CCAA cardiorespiratory laboratory.

Read all the Q and As here!

dennis choiCCAA Graduate Student Cycling Across Canada!

Dennis Choi, a former CCAA research assistant and soon to be CCAA graduate student in the neuromuscular lab is riding his bike across Canada to increase awareness of ride safety to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. 

Learn about his adventure here.

cihr logo smCCAA Graduate Student is awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research Aging Age Plus Award

CCAA Neuromuscular Lab graduate student Geoffrey Power,  was recently awarded the Age Plus Award for his publication entitled:  “Motor Unit Number Estimates in Masters Runners: Use It or Lose It” published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Learn more about the award-winning work by Geoffrey and his team

rob at acsmThe Flexibility Debate

CCAA Research Assistant and Kinesiology Student Rob Little (under the supervision of CCAA Research Director, Don Paterson) recently completed a review of flexibility literature and came up with some surprising results.

Learn more about what he discovered here!

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Don Paterson
Research Director
Candian Centre for Activity and Aging
Phone: 519.661.1606 x81606

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