HALO Director Mark Tremblay delivered an invited keynote presentation titled “Innovation, technology and childhood healthy active living: moving forward by looking back” at the 2017 German Association of Sports Science Conference: Innovation & Technology in Sport (Munich, Germany). The abstract of his presentation is below. Abstract Innovation, Technology and Childhood Healthy Active Living: Moving Forward by Looking Back Professor Mark Tremblay, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada There is compelling evidence of global temporal increases in childhood obesity and sedentary behaviour concurrent with decreases in physical activity, physical fitness and nocturnal sleep. Such trends have been...Read More
Dr. Pat Longmuir received a China-Ontario Young Scientist Exchange award to visit colleagues and develop collaborations with scientists doing similar research in China. Dr. Longmuir met with Prof. Qing Du, Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at Xin Hua Hospital in Shanghai, Sept. 6 to 9, 2017 to learn more about the exercise program that her staff provides to children with congenital heart defects. Dr. Longmuir also gave three invited presentations describing her research among patients with congenital heart defects and the development of the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy. Dr. Longmuir also provided a full-day CAPL workshop to over 40...Read More
New HALOite Dr. Jeremy Walsh successfully defended his dissertation yesterday. Jeremy comes from Queen’s University and the title of his thesis was, “A multifaceted investigation into the effects of acute exercise on indices of brain function”. Congratulations,...Read More
Today, HALO PhD candidate Justin Lang successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled, “Exploring the Utility of Cardiorespiratory Fitness as a Population Health Surveillance Indicator for Children and Youth: An International Analysis of Results from the 20m Shuttle Run Test”. Dr. Lang’s PhD work was supervised by Dr. Mark Tremblay. Congratulations,...Read More
Congratulations to incoming PhD student Silvia Gonzalez from Colombia who was recently awarded the prestigious Ontario Trillium Scholarship. Silvia just arrived at HALO from Bogota in late August and will spend the next 3-4 years doing her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. Silvia’s dissertation research will look at physical activity and sedentary behaviors among Colombian children and adolescents: patterns, correlates and international comparisons in the context of the epidemiological transition under the supervision of Professor Mark...Read More
The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) was established in 2007 in response to the escalating obesity crisis and the increasing complexity of related co-morbidities. Today the HALO team consists of 17 staff (including 5 researchers), a childhood obesity clinical team (Centre for Healthy Active Living), 16 graduate students, trainees, undergraduate students, and many community volunteers. Since its inception in 2007, HALO has received over $14.5 million in research funding; produced more than 600 peer-reviewed publications; has given more than 1050 scholarly presentations locally, nationally and internationally; and secured more than 1.5 billion media impressions!