Researchers

Dr. Victoria Paraschack,

Ontario

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Dr. Victoria Paraschak is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor. She has been researching Aboriginal peoples and their physical cultural practices (including sport, recreation and physical activity) in Canada since 1979, including efforts to assist in the development of those practices by community members and government officials at the local, provincial/territorial and federal levels. She has worked with organizations in the North West Territories to enhance their approach towards recreation and sport, and carried out various workshops to better understand and enhance Aboriginal physical activity practices. She is currently focusing on a Strengths Perspective in this work, which focuses on Aboriginal strengths as a starting point and then identifies resources that can further enhance those strengths. She identifies as a non-Aboriginal ally committed to enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across Canada in the expression of their physical cultural practices.

Dr. Darren Warburton

British Columbia

Dr. Darren Warburton is the co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit and Full Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory and the Indigenous Health and Physical Activity Program at UBC. As the inaugural Indigenous Scholar, Dr. Warburton oversees a new program Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology. He previously was the director of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the co-director of the Physical Activity Line of BC (www.physicalactivityline.com).
Dr. Warburton is the chair of the knowledge translation committees for the Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guidelines Endeavour (C-CHANGE) and the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR). He has also received several prestigious honours including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Clinical Scholar award, and the Killam Scholarship. Recently, Dr. Warburton was one of five national winners of the CIHR/CMAJ Top Achievement in Health Research Award (see our post on March 18, 2013).
His research spans the spectrum of Aboriginal health, elite athletic performance, childhood health, quality of life in the elderly, and the treatment of patients with chronic disease and/or disability (including individuals with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury).
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