Peter A. Rechnitzer Annual Lecture Series

RechnitzerPeter A. Rechnitzer, M.D., M.R.C.P. (Edin), F.R.C.P. (C), F.R.C.P. (E), F.A.C.C.

  • The Peter A. Rechnitzer Lecture is an annual event made possible from a grant set up when Professor Rechnitzer retired from the University in 1992.
  • The Fund is to aid in increasing the national and international recognition of the work done at the CCAA through contact with other scientists working in the general area of exercise and ageing.
  • A lecture series was established in 1995 to honour Professor Rechnitzer and his work at the Centre.


Before his retirement, Peter Rechnitzer was a practising physician who donated his efforts and expertise to realise his dream of melding research with practical application. He played a leading role with Professor David Cunningham in developing the idea for a research centre. The initial studies into retirement and physical activity and the later study of physical activity in a free living community of people age 55 to 90 years were dynamic investigations which laid the groundwork for the Centre's development.

Along with Professors Cunningham and Donald Paterson, Professor Rechnitzer was instrumental in helping to develop the early concept of this work into an established centre for the study of aging at the University of Western Ontario and St. Joseph's Health Care Centre. Without his untiring efforts to locate the Centre in its present home the general thrust of the Centre, to unite basic research and the applied programs, might never have been realised. He joined enthusiastically with the scientists and Nancy Ecclestone to develop the two main ideas of the Centre, research and community exercise programmes, into a reality.

The series of lectures is dedicated to Peter A. Rechnitzer's firmly held view that physiological processes are best described with responses from individual human adaptations in a real life environment.

Past Rechnitzer Lectures

Year Lecturer (click to view)
2012 Lawrence L. Spriet, PhD - University of Guelph Human Skeletal Muscle: Our Maginificent Energy Producer for Movement and Exercise
2011 Dr. Edward Lakatta-Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health Stress of aging viewed from the cardiovascular system
2010 Judy M. Muller-Delp, PhD- Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics, University of Florida Effects of Age and Exercise on Endothelial Function in Skeletal Muscle:  Role of Reactive Oxygen Species
2009 Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD- University of Puerto Rico Aging Muscle Fibres and Exercise
2008 David N. Proctor, PhD- Penn State University Blood Flow to Exercising Muscles: New Insights to Age-Old Questions
2007 David C. Poole, PhD- Kansas State University Muscle Microcirculation in Healthy Ageing: Inconvenient Truths
2006 KE Conley, PhD- University of Washington Medical Centre
Age, Exercise and Adaptation: The Mitochondria Link
2004 Archie Young MD- University of Edinburgh Exercise After 80
2003 Kevin K. McCully, PhD- University of Georgia Evalutating the Role of Oxygen in Skeletal Muscle with Radiofrequencies, Light and Sound
2002 David A. Cunningham, PhD- School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario Ageing Research: The First 35 Years
2001 Norman L. Jones, M.D.,F.R.C.P.(London),F.R.C.P.(C)- McMaster University Sensory Aspects of Exercise in Aging
2000 Loring B. Rowell, PhD- University of Washington Medical Centre Why do we Require a Second Heart during Exercise?
1999 Bengt Saltin, M.D.- University of Copenhagen Mechanisms for Matching Oxygen Delivery to Energy Demands in Contracting Skeletal Muscle
1998 John A. Faulkner, Ph.D.- The University of Michigan Muscle Atrophy, Weakness, Fatigue, and Injury: Inevitable Concomitants of Ageing
1997 Brian Whipp, Ph.D.-St. George's Hospital Medical School Oxygen Utilization and Exercise Tolerance: A 2000 Year Perspective
1996  Jerome A. Dempsey, Ph.D- University of Wisconsin-Madison Biological Determinants of Maximal Exercise Performance
1995 Doug Seals, Ph.D- The University of Colorado Exercise and Ageing: Autonomic and Cardiovascular Adaptations

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