• Richard Thompson

    Richard Thompson

    Postdoctorate supervisor

    Dr. Rich Thompson is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Lead for Cardiovascular Imaging at the Peter S Allen MR Centre at the University of Alberta. He specializes in the development of new cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers to address current challenges in clinical research and to improve understanding of disease mechanisms.

  • Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson

    Postdoctorate co-supervisor

    Dr. Ian Paterson is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, co-lead of the Edmonton Cardio-Oncology Research Program, and Director of cardiac MRI at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

  • Kerry Courneya

    Kerry Courneya

    Career mentor and co-investigator

    Dr. Kerry Courneya is a Professor of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer.

    Dr. Courneya’s research program focuses on physical activity and cancer including: primary prevention, coping with treatments, recovery after treatments, long term survivorship, disease recurrence and survival. His research interests include both the outcomes and determinants of physical activity as well as behaviour change interventions.

  • Mark Haykowsky

    Mark Haykowsky

    Collaborator and Mentor

    Dr Mark Haykowsky is the Associate Dean of Research and Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

    Dr. Haykowsky’s research program examines the biological mechanisms responsible for the decline in health-related fitness in individuals at risk for or with heart failure, and role of exercise training to improve cardiovascular and skeletal muscle function. A second research focus is in the cardio-oncology field with specific focus on the role of exercise training to prevent cardiovascular deconditioning and cardiac toxicity associated with anti-cancer therapy.

  • Edith Pituskin

    Edith Pituskin

    Co-investigator and mentor

    Dr. Edie Pituskin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Co-Lead ofEdmontonCardio Oncology Research (ENCORE) program, University of Alberta. Her work focusses on the cardiotoxic effects of traditional and novel anti-cancer therapies and to improve accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of health services by studying the contributions of multiple health care providers across the cancer care trajectory.

  • Carla Prado

    Carla Prado

    Co-investigator and mentor

    Dr. Carla Prado is an Assistant Professor & Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health and CIHR New Investigator. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, a state-of-the-art research and training facility that supports cutting-edge research on the physiology and causes of nutritional problems through assessment of body composition, whole body energy metabolism, diet, and physical activity. Her laboratory is dedicated to the study of nutrient intake, energy metabolism and skeletal muscle and adipose tissue dynamics and its effect on health.

  • John Mackey

    John Mackey

    Co-investigator and mentor

    Dr. John Mackey is a Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, the Director of the Clinical Research Unit, Staff Medical Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, andone of the founding members of Translational Research in Oncology (TRIO).

  • Kristin Campbell

    Kristin Campbell

    PhD Supervisor

    Dr. Kristin Campbell  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and an investigator in the BC Cancer Agency Cancer Survivorship Research Centre, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program (College of Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC), Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health. Her areas of methodological expertise include randomized controlled trials, exercise testing, exercise prescription for individuals with cancer and other chronic diseases, and biomarkers.

  • Karen Gelmon

    Karen Gelmon

    PhD Committee member

    Dr. Karen Gelmon is a Medical Oncologist and Head of the Investigational Drug Program in the Department of Medical Oncology in the Vancouver Centre of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. She is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

  • Don McKenzie

    Don McKenzie

    MSc Supervisor

    Dr. Donald McKenzie is a Canadian Sports Medicine specialist, Director of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre and University of British Columbia Division of Sports Medicine, and a Professor in the School of Kinesiology. Don also started the dragon boating movement amongst breast cancer survivors, with a small team in Vancouver called “Abreast in a Boat” in 1996.

  • Neil Eves

    Neil Eves

    PhD Committee member

    Dr. Neil Eves is an Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia – Okanagan School of Exercise and Health Sciences, and Co-Director of the Centre for Health, Lung and Vascular Health.

  • Sean Virani

    Sean Virani


    Dr. Sean Virani is founding Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiology-Oncology Programs at Vancouver General Hospital, Regional Director of Heart Failure Services for Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

  • Rob Shave

    Rob Shave


    Dr. Rob Shave is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. His research examines the acute and chronic impact of exercise upon the heart in both health and disease using both echocardiography and biomarkers.

  • Eric Stohr

    Eric Stohr


    Dr. Eric Stohr is a Lecturer in Cardiac Physiology and Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, United Kingdom. His research focuses on the acute and chronic effects of different physiological stressors (including exercise) on cardiovascular function, specifically on strain & twist of the heart.

  • Margot Davis

    Margot Davis


    Dr. Margot Davis is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Cardiology-Oncology Program.

  • Darren Warburton

    Darren Warburton


    Dr. Darren Warburton is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and the co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit.  He is a founding member of the Sports Cardiology BC ( and a board member of the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. He is also co-director of the Physical Activity Support Line ( and led the development of the new Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+) and the new electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+). His research spans the spectrum of elite athletic performance, childhood health, quality of life in the elderly, and the treatment of patients with chronic disease and/or disability (including individuals with heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury).

  • David Stephens

    David Stephens

    Personal Programmer

    Provides computer coding and statistical analysis support. Husband. In his remaining time is CEO of Stephens Capital Inc.

  • Sookie


    Distraction from work

    Requires belly rubs and walk/run/bikes in the ravine, but then will sleep beside my desk while I work. Love this pup.