Taru Manyanga
PhD student

Degrees and certifications

  • BMR-Physical Therapy (University of Manitoba)
  • MSc. (Community Health Sciences-University of Manitoba); Thesis: Is the change in Body Mass Index (BMI) among youth newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus associated with obesity at age 18?
  • Licensed Physical Therapist


Dr. Mark Tremblay

Research program

PhD. Epidemiology, University of Ottawa

Thesis Project

A cross-cultrual comparison of determinants and correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviors among school-aged children

Research interests

  • Measurement of physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and fundamental movement skills
  • Cultural and geographical variations in child physical activity
  • Prevention and management of childhood/adolescent obesity
  • Behavioral and clinical epidemiology


  • College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  • Canadian Obesity Network-SNP
  • International Society of Pediatric Diabetes (ISPAD)
  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientists Program (CCHCSP)


Taru Manyanga joined the HALO research group in January 2015. His interest in child/adolescent obesity prevention and management grew while working as a physical therapist in a sports clinic where he was treating an increasing number of young obese and diabetic patients. Taru’s MSc. Thesis examined the association between post diagnosis insulin-induced weight gain in youth with type 1 diabetes and obesity at age 18. Taru enjoys running, soccer, volleyball, reading and writing.