“The Canada Research Chairs program supports leading edge and innovative research across disciplines,” says Helen Burt, Associate Vice President Research and International at UBC. “The chair holders represent some of the brightest minds in their respective fields and their contribution to knowledge and impact to society cannot be overstated.”
The chairs – eight new appointments, three renewals and two advancements from Tier Two to Tier One – are valued at $11 million. UBC holds the second largest complement of CRC allocations – 186 – at any university in the country. The Department of Physical Therapy now holds two of these, newly appointed CRC in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Dr. Liu-Ambrose and Dr. Lara Boyd CRC in Neurobiology of Motor Learning .
“The research conducted by Canada Research Chairs — including that of my own at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health — makes real differences in people’s lives,” says Teresa Liu-Ambrose, “I am honoured to join this group of leading investigators.”
Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, Cognitive Neuroscience, focuses her research on understanding how exercise can prevent both neurocognitive and physical decline in older adults. Her work to date has shown that exercise improves both cognitive performance and brain function in older adults.