December 1, 2022
UBC School of Kinesiology scholars were awarded $1.53 million to develop a facility centred on researching physical activity programs in remote populations.
Congratulations to Dr. Guy Faulkner and co-leads Drs. Mark Beauchamp and Eli Puterman on receiving a Canadian Foundation for Innovation, John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) grant along with a complementary funding match by the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). The combined $1.53 million award will help in developing the RESPECT (RESearch in Physical activity & Exercise with, by, and for hard-to-reach CommuniTies) Collaboratory facility.
The RESPECT Collaboratory is a centre for developing, assessing, and evaluating physical activity initiatives conceived with, by and for hard-to-reach populations. Its approach emphasizes self-determination by harnessing the potential of individual and community strengths.
The centre will position UBC as a world leader in physical activity research with a focus on hard-to-reach populations. The RESPECT Collaboratory will support the continuum of research from “bench-to-bedside” to community-engaged practice, and it will provide training for exceptional highly qualified personnel (HQP) from numerous disciplines.
Dr. Guy Faulkner is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health and a professor at the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Mark Beauchamp is a researcher and professor at the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Eli Puterman is a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Health and an associate professor at the School of Kinesiology.