McMaster University

McMaster University

Brian Timmons

Dr. Brian Timmons

Associate Professor

Ph: 905-521-2100 x 77218 or 77615
Fx: 905.521.1703

Additional links:

Dr. Timmons' Faculty profile with the Medical Sciences Graduate Program

Research Theme

Pediatric Exercise Medicine and Science

  • Primary Research: Health Effects of Physical Activity
  • Secondary Research:Pediatric Exercise Medicine

Key words

Exercise medicine, Physical activity and fitness, Inflammation, Metabolism, Temperature regulation

Research Program Overview

The Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program (// devoted to studying the interaction of exercise and nutrition in the context of growth and development. We follow several lines of research ranging from optimization of clinical exercise testing and training in children with disease or disability to unraveling the molecular mechanisms that translate physical activity into optimal growth and development. Our approach is to combine basic science techniques with clinical research trials to facilitate the translation of physiological principles into clinical applications. The diversity of research in the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program creates a unique training environment.

Current Projects

  • School-aged Kids’ Health from Early Investment in Physical Activity: The SKIP Study
  • Anti-inflammatory Mechanisms of Exercise during Human Growth
  • Thermoregulatory Responses of Boys and Men during Exercise in the Heat
  • Cardiovascular Health in Children with a Chronic Inflammatory Condition: Role of Physical Activity, Fitness and Inflammation
  • LIFE and Health for Young Children with Congenital Heart Defects












Publications & Achievements

  • Walker RG, J Obeid, T Nguyen, HE Ploeger, NA Proudfoot, C Bos, AK Chan, L Pedder, RM Issenman, K Scheinemann, M LarchĂ©, K McAssey, and BW Timmons. Sedentary time and screen-based sedentary behaviours of children with a chronic disease. Ped Exerc Sci, 27(2): 219-225, 2015.
  • Choong K, S Al-Harbi, K Siu, K Wong, D Pogorzelski, B Baird, J Cheng, BW Timmons, M Khetani, JW Gorter, and L Thabane. Functional recovery in critically ill children: The "Wee-cover" pilot study, Ped Crit Care Med, 16(4):310-8, 2015.
  • Nguyen T, J Obeid, RG Walker, MP Krause, TJ Hawke, K McAssey, J Vandermeulen, and BW Timmons. Fitness and physical activity in youth with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in good or poor glycemic control. Pediatr Diabetes, 16(1): 48-57, 2015.
  • Lau K, J Obeid, PG Breithaupt, V Belostotsky, S Arora, T Nguyen, and BW Timmons. Effects of acute exercise on markers of inflammation in pediatric chronic kidney disease: a pilot study. Pediatr Nephrol, 30(4): 615-621, 2015.
  • DeMatteo C, KA Volterman, PG Breithaupt, J Adamich, and BW Timmons. Exertion testing in youth with mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Med Sci Sports Exerc, doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000682. [pEpub ahead of print], 2015.
  • Liu M and BW Timmons. The effect of acute exercise on neutrophil ROS production and inflammatory markers in healthy pre-pubertal and adult males. Ped Exer Sci, doi:, 2015.

Secondary Contact

Shirley Lampman
Phone: 905-521-2100 x77615
Title: Administrative Assistant

Research Staff

Nicole Proudfoot
Phone: 905-521-2100 x77217
Title: Research Coordinator

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