Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Peter A. Rechnitzer Annual Lecture Series

Established in 1995, these annual lectures are 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.

About Peter A. Rechnitzer


Peter Rechnitzer was a practising physician who donated his efforts and expertise to combine research with practical application. He played a leading role with Professor David Cunningham in developing the idea for a research centre that focusses on physical activity in people ages 55 to 90 years. He enthusiastically joined with scientists, Professors Cunningham, Donald Paterson, and Nancy Ecclestone, to develop these research and community exercise programs into a reality.

The Lectures

2016 Don Paterson, PhD
Western University
30-years of Exercise and Aging: Prescription for Successful Aging
2015 Stuart M. Phillips, PhD
McMaster University
A Mantra for Active Aging: Eat Well, Move Lots, Be Strong. Live Long.
2014 Russell T. Hepple, PhD
McGill University
Golden Oldies: What Elite Octogenarian Athletes Tell Us About Optimal Aging
2013 David Hood, PhD
York University
Can Exercise Rescue Aging Muscle?
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 Aging: 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, Western University
Aging 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 Aging
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 Aging: Autonomic and Cardiovascular Adaptations