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Research Chairs in the Faculty of Kinesiology

The program invests funds to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. 

Carolyn Emery at NFL funding conference

Carolyn Emery, PT, PhD, Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Concussion

Dr. Carolyn Emery, PhD, PT, is chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (I of 11 International Olympic Committee Research Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health) and co-leads the Integrated Concussion Research Program at the University of Calgary. She is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Cumming School of Medicine (Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences).

In Canada, 1 in 10 youth sustain a concussion each year in sport and recreation, 30 per cent of which are recurrent and up to 30 per cent remain symptomatic for months. The best treatment for concussion is “upstream towards prevention” which occurs across the continuum of prevention is: 1. Primary prevention to stop the occurrence of injury; 2. Secondary prevention through prompt diagnosis, before progression occurs, and to stop concussion recurrence; and 3. Tertiary prevention (rehabilitation), to ensure full recovery and prevention of subsequent injury.

Dr. Emery's research has informed best practice and policy in concussion prevention in youth sport and recreation through rule changes, equipment recommendations and training strategies with comprehensive, multidisciplinary and novel approaches to research and integrated knowledge translation. Her team develops, implements and evaluates the effectiveness of novel concussion prevention and rehabilitation strategies to reduce the risk and consequences of concussion including reduced societal and economic costs associated with concussion in youth. This will enable more youth to return to health and daily activities through concussion prevention, detection, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Learn more


Walter Herzog, PhD, Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier I in Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics

Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-disciplinary Research in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Walter Herzog, PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and he is also the director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

His research is focused on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.  His expertise is in the areas of muscle contraction mechanisms, mechanical properties of muscles, growth, healing, and adaptation of soft (ligament, tendon, muscle, and articular cartilage) and hard (bone) tissues.  Within this area, work is carried out experimentally and theoretically at molecular/cellular, in vitro, in situ and in vivo levels.  Dr. Herzog’s research also includes cell manipulation, mechanical testing, finite element modeling, continuum mechanics, simulations and theories of growth and adaptation. Visit his profile to learn more.

Walter Herzog, PhD

Arthur Kuo, PhD

Arthur Kuo, PhD, Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Neuromusculoskeletal Biomechanics

Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity

Dr. Arthur (Art) Kuo is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and he heads up the Kuo Research Group in the Human Performance Lab. He works to advance our understanding of mobility impairments and to develop new rehabilitation technologies. 

He uses biomedical engineering advances to address mobility challenges in amputees and the elderly. His research takes place at the intersection of human locomotion biomechanics and neuromuscular control — and he one of few scientists to successfully straddle the various research fields.

He leverages new algorithms, wearable sensors for long-term data collection and instruments that imitate real-world conditions such as uneven terrains. His research in neural control of muscles, sensorimotor integration of balance, energetics on walking, mobility of older and impaired individuals, and robot locomotion have led to improvements in the design of prosthetic limbs and other portable medical devices.

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Jennifer Zwicker, PhD, Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier II in Disability Policy for Children and Youth

As well as being an assistant professor in Kinesiology, Dr. Jennifer Zwicker, PhD, is the director of Health Policy at the School of Public Policy and the Deputy Scientific Officer for Kids Brain Health Network. She is a member of the Owerko Center in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health.

With broad interests in the impact of health and social policy on health outcomes, Dr. Zwicker’s recent research uses economic evaluation, mixed methods and policy analysis to assess interventions and inform policy around allocation of funding, services and supports for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.

She is an investigator with the CIHR funded Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research network on childhood disability called CHILD-BRIGHT and an investigator and board member of Kids Brain Health Network, where she co-leads the health economic cores for both networks. Strong collaborations with interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders have been critical in the translation of peer reviewed publications to policy papers, op-eds and briefing notes which have been utilized by both federal and provincial governments.

Recently a policy report from Dr. Zwicker’s team on the disability tax credit was used in Senate testimony and featured in their Breaking Down Barriers report by the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology. This translational policy work is supported CRC, CIHR, SSHRC, ACHRI and the Sinneave Family Foundation. See her profile to learn more.

Jennifer Zwicker, PhD