Where are they now?

We have trained several masters, doctoral and post-doctorate fellows within our lab. All of them have moved on to successful careers in health promotion, research or continued education in research, related to cardiometabolic disease prevention.

Caitlin McFadyen

Caitlin is currently working as a research coordinator within the world renowned IBD research group in Winnipeg. Caitlyn is also pursing a masters degree in public health through the Lakehead University.

Meaghan L. Rempel
BKin, MSc, CSEP-CEP, EIMC-L2

Meaghan has an undergrad in kinesiology and masters of science in kinesiology. Upon her graduation she has taught a third year university level class at the University of Manitoba, engaged in personal training and occupational testing at the Active Living Centre, and worked on several different research projects. Meaghan currently has a full time position as an exercise physiologist at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals working on different exercise related research projects.

Martin Senechal, PhD

Martin completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship in our lab between 2012 and 2015. During that time her published 7 manuscripts with a few more to come. Martin is currently an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick.


Brian Torrance Team Bios As the Director of Everactive Schools, Brian works with associated government ministries, connects with partners, is in charge of fund development, provides a vision, and initiates new projects that support health and wellness in Alberta children and youth.  Brian firmly believes that to improve the health and wellness of children and youth in Alberta it will be a collaborative, partnership based approach. Read More...

Brian Torrance
Team Bios

As the Director of Everactive Schools, Brian works with associated government ministries, connects with partners, is in charge of fund development, provides a vision, and initiates new projects that support health and wellness in Alberta children and youth.  Brian firmly believes that to improve the health and wellness of children and youth in Alberta it will be a collaborative, partnership based approach.
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Kristy Wittmeier, BMRPT, MSc, PhD Director, Knowledge Translation Kristy is the Director of Knowledge Translation at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Physiotherapy Innovations & Best Practice Coordinator for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She started her career as a physiotherapist at Children’s Hospital, and has since completed her Master’s degree and PhD, specializing in physical activity as a tool to prevent and manage obesity-related conditions in youth. Her current positions, and affiliation with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, allow her to combine research and practice in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Read More...

Kristy Wittmeier, BMRPT, MSc, PhD
Director, Knowledge Translation

Kristy is the Director of Knowledge Translation at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Physiotherapy Innovations & Best Practice Coordinator for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She started her career as a physiotherapist at Children’s Hospital, and has since completed her Master’s degree and PhD, specializing in physical activity as a tool to prevent and manage obesity-related conditions in youth. Her current positions, and affiliation with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, allow her to combine research and practice in an effort to improve patient outcomes.
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Jane Yardley Assistant Professor, Augustana Campus Dr. Jane Yardley is Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the Augustana Campus. Her research has focused on the acute effects of exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes. She is also interested in the use of physical activity in the prevention and/or treatment of chronic disease, and in the social determinants of health. Read More...

Jane Yardley
Assistant Professor,
Augustana Campus

Dr. Jane Yardley is Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the Augustana Campus. Her research has focused on the acute effects of exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes. She is also interested in the use of physical activity in the prevention and/or treatment of chronic disease, and in the social determinants of health.
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Brandy Wicklow Pediatric Endocrinologist, Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Brandy Wicklow is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, and a clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She received her MD from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and her Pediatrics certification in 2006. She attended McGill University in Montreal for a 2 year clinical endocrinology fellowship (2008) and returned to Manitoba to complete 2 years of post doctoral clinical research training focused on the determinants of type 2 diabetes in children (2010). She completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2012. Read More...

Brandy Wicklow
Pediatric Endocrinologist,
Winnipeg Children’s Hospital

Brandy Wicklow is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, and a clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She received her MD from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and her Pediatrics certification in 2006. She attended McGill University in Montreal for a 2 year clinical endocrinology fellowship (2008) and returned to Manitoba to complete 2 years of post doctoral clinical research training focused on the determinants of type 2 diabetes in children (2010). She completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2012.
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Liane McLean, MB BCh BAO, FRCPC Lianne is completing her Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. While at the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Children's Hospital for her Paediatric Residency her research focused on descriptive statistics of injuries sustained secondary to ATV-related incidents. Her current work includes a quality improvement study on the integration and educational challenges of applying eFAST ultrasound scanning in trauma team activations, as well as developing a randomized control trial for ultrasound-guided nerve blocks for the reduction of forearm fractures in the emergency department, for which she has been awarded a CAEP grant. Email: lianne.mclean@sickkids.ca

Liane McLean, MB BCh BAO, FRCPC
Lianne is completing her Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. While at the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Children's Hospital for her Paediatric Residency her research focused on descriptive statistics of injuries sustained secondary to ATV-related incidents. Her current work includes a quality improvement study on the integration and educational challenges of applying eFAST ultrasound scanning in trauma team activations, as well as developing a randomized control trial for ultrasound-guided nerve blocks for the reduction of forearm fractures in the emergency department, for which she has been awarded a CAEP grant.

Email: lianne.mclean@sickkids.ca

Dr. Vera Saad, MD Vera is a community pediatrician in Winnipeg, Manitoba who has a special interest in working with children with complex needs and feeding issues. During her residency she performed a research project about the correlation between liver enzyme levels and the occurrence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in overweight and obese adolescents, focusing on developing an algorithm to detect NAFLD in these children early, that is easily applicable in the community setting. Email: vsaad@exchange.hsc.mb.ca

Dr. Vera Saad, MD
Vera is a community pediatrician in Winnipeg, Manitoba who has a special interest in working with children with complex needs and feeding issues. During her residency she performed a research project about the correlation between liver enzyme levels and the occurrence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in overweight and obese adolescents, focusing on developing an algorithm to detect NAFLD in these children early, that is easily applicable in the community setting.

Email:
vsaad@exchange.hsc.mb.ca