Kinesiology student and faculty member honoured at Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology meeting

Stu Phillps and Amy HectorKinesiology PhD graduate Amy Hector won the 2017 Graduate Student Oral Award at the annual Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) meeting in October. Each year, the CSEP honours a graduate student for their research contribution to the annual general meeting. Up to four finalists are invited to present their research at the Graduate Student Award Symposium on the first evening of the conference.

Hector received the award for her presentation, “Pronounced energy restriction results in no change in proteolysis and reductions in skeletal muscle protein synthesis that are mitigated with high dietary protein and resistance exercise.” This important work addresses some of the questions surrounding the question of how people can reduce their calorie intake and yet still maintain their muscle mass. Hector received her PhD at McMaster’s Fall Convocation; her supervisor was Stuart Phillips, Kinesiology.

Phillips was also recognized with the first-ever CSEP Mentorship Award. This award, given in honour of Enzo Cafarelli, recognizes a professor or advisor in the exercise science field for their dedication and mentorship to their students and/or their faculty. Phillips’ nomination was supported by more than 10 current and former trainees. They described him as an exemplary mentor to graduate student trainees and young investigators in the field of exercise science and physiology. Phillips is a past recipient of both the CSEP Graduate Student Award in 1996 and the CSEP Young Investigator Award in 2003.

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