Seminar Series

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences Seminar Series is a forum for critical academic discussion between students and faculty members from all disciplines within our School.

The series is designed to expand knowledge about topics from the broad field of Kinesiology and Health Studies for graduate students. All visitors are welcome to attend the series. No registration required.

Join the seminar series in 260 Reichwald Health Sciences building, 1088 Discovery Ave, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7.

Each seminar is also streamed live at

Upcoming Speakers

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Dr. Aaron L. Baggish

Exercise and the heart: From not enough to too much

Dr. Aaron L. Baggish is the founder and Director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program (CPP) at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, USA, the United States’ first program designed to provide comprehensive cardiovascular care to athletes. Dr. Baggish earned his B.A. from Middlebury College with dual degrees in English and Geology and his M.D. from the University of Connecticut. He completed training in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and advanced cardiovascular imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital and post-doctoral research as the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Baggish is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a fellow and board of trustees member of American College of Sports Medicine. He serves as medical director for the BAA Boston Marathon and cardiologist/team physician for US Soccer, US Rowing, The Boston Athletic Association / Adidas elite runner development program, Harvard University, Suffolk University, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and the New England Revolution. His research interests include exercise-induced cardiac remodeling, pre-participation screening / sudden death prevention, exercise dose and clinical outcomes, and the cardiovascular effects of anabolic steroid use. Dr. Baggish has published more than 200 original peer reviewed research articles and numerous invited reviews, editorials, and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of multiple journals including Circulation and Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. He currently maintains independent research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the NFL Players Association, and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Trevor Birmingham

Knee osteoarthritis: It’s not just the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it

Dr. Trevor Birmingham is a physiotherapist, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Bone and Joint Institute at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. His research combines clinical and biomechanical outcome measures to investigate rehabilitative and surgical interventions for musculoskeletal conditions, most commonly knee osteoarthritis. He is the founder and co-director of the Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory situated in the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic. He is co-director of the Collaborative Training Specialization in Musculoskeletal Health Research at Western University. He as an Associate Editor for Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and contributes substantially to international service to advance musculoskeletal health research.

Dr. David F. Collins

Utilising physiological principles to reduce contraction fatigability during functional electrical stimulation

Dr. Collins is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and is a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. His research focuses on minimising contraction fatigue during functional electrical stimulation (FES). He and his team are developing ways to incorporate physiological principles of motor unit recruitment that help reduce fatigability of voluntary contractions (Henneman’s size principle, physiological discharge rates), into the way FES generates contractions. The goal of this work is to maximise the benefits of FES-based programs.

Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz

Exercise for brain health

Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence at McMaster University. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Dr. Heisz directs the NeuroFit Lab ( which is funded by the Alzheimer Society, Banting Foundation, Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.  Dr. Heisz’s research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.  Recent honours include receiving an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.

Dr. Karla Galaviz

Diabetes prevention approaches: The efficacy and effectiveness of lifestyle modification

Dr. Galaviz obtained her BA from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, her MSc and PhD from Queen’s University, Canada, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, US. Galaviz is now an Assistant Professor of Global Health at Emory. She is an implementation scientist working at the intersection of lifestyle, HIV and cardiometabolic diseases. Her work encompasses implementing proven diabetes prevention interventions in real-world settings and developing tools to inform public health and clinical practice.

Past Speakers



  • Dr. Andy Lovering, Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon
  • Dr. Isabel Gonzalez, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr. Eve Valera, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Craig Crandall, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre
  • Dr. Kathryn Sibley, Department of Community Health Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Marcus Amann, School of Medicine, University of Utah
  • Dr. Stephen Cheung, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, Department of Cellular and Phsyiological Sciences and Department of Surgery, UBC Vancouver