Rechnitzer-Cunningham Annual Lecture Series


Peter Rechnitzer, CCAA co-founder

The annual Rechnitzer-Cunningham lecture is given by an invited speaker who is highly-regarded and recognized nationally and internationally for work in the areas of exercise, well-being and aging. The lecture also provides a platform for bringing together its invited speaker with CCAA’s Research Associates to promote scholarly dialogue and to explore research collaborations in the area of exercise, activity, health, well-being and aging. The lecture recognizes the outstanding contributions of CCAA co-founders Dr. Peter Rechnitzer and Professor David Cunningham. 

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 focuses 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.

About David Cunningham

David Cunningham completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Western Ontario, he completed a Masters Degree at the University of Alberta and the Doctoral Programme at the University of Michigan. Eventually he joined the Departments of Physiology and Physical Education (Kinesiology) as an Assistant Professor and set up an exercise physiology laboratory at Western. In 1998, David wrote a proposal to Senate at The University of Western Ontario to begin a research centre and in 1989 the Centre for Activity and Aging (CAA) was founded. David served as the Director of the CAA between 1992 and 1994.

Declines in cardiovascular function with aging: Does this need to be the case?

Event Details

Wednesday, October 17, 2022
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Event recording will be available

Online on Zoom or in-person location at Western University to be announced.

Distinguished lecture via Zoom
Live, in-person option also available

Speaker: Juan Murias PhD

murias_j_160x180.jpgBorn and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Juan Murias originally developed a career as a tennis coach. Juan completed his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and an MSc in Exercise Physiology in his hometown. After moving to Montreal in 2003, Juan completed a second MSc at McGill University, followed by a PhD in Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Postdoctoral training on vascular control at Western University (London, Ontario).

Juan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. His research examines how adequate manipulation of the metabolic stress (i.e., intensity) of endurance exercise contributes to maximizing central and peripheral improvements in cardiovascular function. Although Juan’s work is applied to different groups ranging from clinical populations to trained individuals, his research has a special focus on how sex and age contribute to the characteristics of adaptations within the cardiovascular system.

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Presentation Abstract

Aging is often associated with a decline in cardiovascular function. However, data from short- and long-term endurance exercise training programs indicate that cardiovascular impairments might be modulated, to a large extent, by fitness level rather than by aging per se. This presentation will explore the effects of endurance training exercise on some key aspects of cardiovascular function in the elderly.


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Paid parking available at Huron Flats or Althouse and at Elborn in non-reserved parking spaces but not available/possible in the reserved HA Leeper Clinic parking spaces.

Explore topics discussed at past Rechnitzer Lectures


Year Lecturer Title/Topic

Kevin Shoemaker
Western University

The Brain-Heart Connection: Impact of heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation on brain health.


Dr. Jane Thornton
Western University

Health-enhancing Physical Activity: Research Solutions for Lifelong Mobility.


Year Lecturer Title/Topic

Dr. Manuel Montero Odasso
Western University

Dr William McIlroy
University of Waterloo

Multidomain Interventions to prevent Dementia. The Synergic Trial.

From the Lab to the Clinic and now @Home: Advancing the assessment of balance, mobility and activity in older adults.

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


Year Lecturer Title/Topic
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?


Year Lecturer Title/Topic
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

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Live, online attendance at these lectures counts as a partial (i.e., one third) of a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) for SFIC recertification. To submit this event as a partial CEC please upload a copy of the initial Zoom confirmation of registration email to one of the CEC requirements on your progress report. Your attendance in the webinar will be confirmed by the CCAA in the Zoom attendance data. Remember, one CEC is granted for 3 hours of live or online learning. Therefore, this webinar must be combined with another 2 hours of learning to complete one CEC requirement for SFIC renewal. Learn more about uploading requirements to complete SFIC renewal on the FAQ page.

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