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Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips

Canada Research Chair in Human Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging

Tier 1: 2016-01-01


Biography:

Department of Kinesiology Profile | Exercise Metabolism Research Group

Research involves

Conducting human-based research to evaluate combinations of exercise and nutritional support designed to alleviate age-related declines in muscle health. 

Research relevance

This research will develop strategies to mitigate declines in skeletal muscle mass, strength, power, and functional abilities in older adults, improving their independence and quality of life.

Story

By 2031 individuals over 65 will represent a quarter of all Canadians. Chronic health conditions like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis are common among Canada’s aging population, and are worsened by sarcopenia – the age-related decline in muscle mass and strength.

Chronic conditions diminish independence and quality of life, while increasing risk of disability and requiring extensive healthcare resources. For example, 40% of all hospital services are for patients over the age of 65.

Stuart Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Human Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging, is developing prevention strategies to address persistent issues of rehabilitation.

Previously, Phillips determined that periods of muscle disuse – which increase in frequency among the elderly – can cause significant declines in muscle mass, strength, and power. However, he was able to prevent this loss in other subjects with a carefully designed combination of low-intensity exercise and nutritional support.

While rehabilitation programs result in partial recovery, evidence-based prevention strategies will diminish the effects of sarcopenia and improve health, mobility, and quality of life, among the aging Canadians.