McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Canada Research Chair in Child Health and Exercise Medicine

Brian Timmons

Brian Timmons

Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Associate Member in Kinesiology



Research Involves

Create new opportunities to impact the health of children where they live, where they learn, and where they play

Research Relevance

The principal objectives of my proposed research are:

  • Explore potential mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory properties of exercise in children
  • Investigate the influence of physical activity, fitness, and inflammation on traditional physiological risk factors and emerging biomarkers of vascular dysfunction among children with a chronic inflammatory disease;
  • Elucidate the impact of physical activity during the early years on key health outcomes during the school years


Simply put, kids don't get enough exercise these days. But how much do kids really need? If kids are active when they're little, does this mean they'll be healthier when they're older? And how much exercise is safe for kids growing up with a chronic health condition? These are just some of the important questions to be addressed in the proposed research program. By taking the unique approach of studying translational science, clinical innovation, and public health as key themes, I will generate the necessary knowledge to promote exercise as medicine.


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