Research café looks at living healthier and longer

Nota Klentrou does research with MSc Kinesiology student Makis Papadopoulos

Nota Klentrou, right, in a Brock lab with MSc Kinesiology student Makis Papadopoulos, will be one of the presenters at an upcoming research cafe.

Everyone wants to age gracefully. But how do we do that?

A panel of researchers and graduate students from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences will help to answer that question at the Wednesday, Feb. 8 Research Café II, “Living healthier, living better, living longer.”

The Brock community and general public are invited to attend the free café. It is being held as part of the 2012 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.

Light refreshments will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program will run from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. in Pond Inlet.

The panel presenters include Brock researchers from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences: Allan Adkin, Wendy Ward, Nota Klentrou and Kim Gammage. They will be joined by graduate student researchers Larkin Lamarche and Izabella Ludwa, both PhD students; Deborah Jehu, Yasmeen Mezil and Jacob Pfeiffer, all MSc students; and Lindsay Cline, a recent graduate of the MA program in Applied Health Sciences.

“Our presentations will provide people with an overall message about the importance of taking charge of your health as you age,” said Klentrou, a professor and Chancellor’s Research Chair in Kinesiology. “At the end of the night, we hope the audience leaves with practical strategies about how to modify their lifestyle around exercise and diet — to do the kinds of things that will help slow the aging process, decrease the risk of falls and reduce weight gain.”

Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research, will moderate the informal panel presentations and a Q and A .

Before and following the panel presentation, guests will have an opportunity to view research posters and speak with faculty and graduate student researchers about healthy living.

For information and to RSVP please contact: Heather Junke at

Faculty panel presenters:

  • Allan Adkin is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology. His research aims to advance understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human balance control.
  • Wendy Ward is a Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research aims to develop dietary strategies, in conjunction with other lifestyle factors that protect against fragility fracture and osteoporosis.
  • Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou is a Chancellor’s Research Chair and a Kinesiology professor, and the current Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Her research focuses on the effects of exercise and training on health and performance primarily in children and adolescents, bone health and osteoporosis prevention.
  • Kimberley Gammage is an associate professor of Kinesiology. Her research examines social-psychological factors related to participation in physical activity and other health behaviours across the lifespan.

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