CSEP Young Investigator Award


Overview and Award Criteria

The CSEP Young Investigator Award (YIA) is presented annually to an outstanding CSEP member who received the PhD or MD degree within the past 10 years. Any parental leave(s) taken since receiving their degree will not count towards the time limit. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition. Candidates shall have demonstrated evidence of a sustainable program of research funding beyond the first grant cycle, publications in peer-reviewed journals that establish the candidate as an independent scientist, and evidence of training of highly qualified personnel. The candidate must be a CSEP member at the time of nomination.


Nomination ProcedureYIA Nomination Form

Any member of CSEP may submit nominations on behalf of the applicant. A complete nomination will consist of the following:

  1. Completion of an official Nomination Form which includes:
    1. the nominator’s contact information;
    2. the nominee’s contact information;
    3. information regarding when and where the PhD or MD was obtained;
    4. a list of up to four sample publications and brief comment on the significance of each;
  2. A maximum two-page (~600 word) letter in support of the candidate’s nomination.
  3. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae using the “Common CV” format.
  4. One copy of each sample publication referenced on the Nomination Form.

Selection Procedure


An evaluation committee will review all applications received prior to the submission deadline, which is usually the same date as the AGM Abstract submission deadline.  The committee will consist of the Vice Chair Research (or their designate in case of conflict), Director Academic, and one other senior CSEP member. Nominators may be contacted by the committee to provide additional information on the nominees.  The award recipient and other nominees will be contacted by the CSEP Chair and informed of the competition results at least two months prior to the AGM.

Award Format

The award recipient will be expected to give a 30-minute presentation based on his/her research on the first night of the AGM. The award includes an invitation from Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism (APNM) to write a review.  In addition, Canadian Science Publishing will provide free open access for such a publication.  The recipient will receive a framed citation, complimentary registration, an honorarium and reimbursement of his/her expenses to attend the conference.

2018 Recipient

Jordan Guenette, B.H.K., M.Sc., Ph. D., Director of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Lab, University of British Columbia
Respiratory Exercise Physiology: From Elite Athletes to Chronic Respiratory Disease

2017 Recipient

Todd Duhamel, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
Exploring physical activity in patients undergoing physical activity

2016 Recipient

Jean-Philippe Chaput, Ph.D., Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO), Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
From Zzz to Intense Exercise: My Journey as a Young Scientist

2015 Recipient

Kristi Adamo, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
Are the early years the key to long term health?

2014 Recipient

Antony Karelis, Ph.D., Université du Québec à Montréal
Current issues in the identification and treatment of metabolically healthy but obese individuals

2013 Recipient

Michael Stickland, Ph.D., University of Alberta
Bad lungs, or good engineering? - Investigating pulmonary gas exchange impairment with exercise

2012 Recipient

David Wright, Ph.D., University of Guelph
Exercise Makes Fat Fit

2011 Recipient

Gianni Parise, Ph.D., McMaster University
Muscle Stem Cell Regulation: Insights from Cells, Mice, and Men

2010 Recipient

Philip Ainslie, Ph.D., University of British Columbia Okanagan
The Highs and Lows of Human Brain Research

2009 Recipient

Darren Warburton, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
A Cardiovascular Physiologists Journey: a Transdisciplinary Approach to High Performance and Clinical Exercise Physiology

2008 Recipient

James W. E. Rush, Ph. D., The University of Waterloo
Breaking down two solitudes: Sometimes vascular cells and muscle cells speak the same language during exercise and disease.

2007 Recipient

Ian Janssen, Ph. D., Queen's University
Role of physical activity in assessing health risk in children and youth.

2006 Recipient

Michael Tschakovsky, Ph. D., Queen's University
Control of exercising muscle blood flow: lessons from integrative human studies.

2005 Recipient

Roubert Boushel, Ph. D., Concordia University
Localized measures of muscle oxygen transport and uptake.

2004 Recipient

Keven Shoemaker, Ph. D., The University of Western Ontario
Neurovascular Control from Head to Toe.

2003 Recipient

Stuart Phillips, Ph. D., McMaster University
The Regulation of Muscle Mass in Humans: a Balancing Act.

2002 Recipient

Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph. D., Queen's University
Physical Activity and Obesity: From Basic Science to Public Health.