Thesis Time!

Summer has ended here in Canada, which means that thesis defenses are becoming a common occurrence in Ottawa.  In late August my labmate Cynthia Colapinto successfully defended her PhD on the folate status of Canadians, which was nominated for a University of Ottawa thesis prize.

Last week, my labmate Richard Larouche had a similarly successful defense of his PhD on active transportation in school-aged children.  Richard and I have worked together on a number of projects throughout our PhDs, most notably a series of systematic reviews on the health impacts of active transportation (available here – leave a comment below if you’d like the paper but don’t have access via the journal website) and sedentary behaviour (available here and here).  For those interested in learning more about active transportation, I strongly recommend you check out Richard’s blog, Cyclo-révolution.

On September 20 it will be my own turn to defend my PhD!  The defense will take place at 9:30am in room 105 of Hagen Hall at the University of Ottawa.  The defense is open to the public, so if you’re in the Ottawa area and interested in sedentary behaviour research, you’re welcome to come.   However, I should warn you that my own presentation will be quite short (~15 minutes), and most of the time will be spent taking questions from my examiners.  I’m also hoping to livestream the defense here on Obesity Panacea.

The title of my thesis is “The Health Impact of Sedentary Behaviour in Children and Youth”, and it includes 5 manuscripts – a review paper, 2 cross-sectional studies, and 2 intervention studies.

Literature Review: Sedentary behaviour as an emerging risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases in children and youth. In press at the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, and available as an author manuscript here.

Study 1: Associations of sedentary behavior, sedentary bouts and breaks in sedentary time  with cardiometabolic risk in children with a family history of obesity. Under review at PLOS ONE.

Study 2: Movement variability is associated with clustered cardiometabolic disease risk in American youth. In preparation for submission to IJBNPA

Study 3: Prolonged sitting and markers of cardiometabolic disease risk in children and youth: a randomized crossover study. In press at Metabolism, and available as an author manuscript here.

Study 4: Children and youth do not compensate for an imposed bout of prolonged sitting by reducing subsequent food intake or increasing physical activity: a randomized crossover study. In press at the British Journal of Nutrition, and available as an author manuscript here.

I have a long list of people to thank for their help and support throughout my PhD, but I will be waiting until after my defense to post my acknowledgements to make sure that I don’t jinx things.

Wish me luck!



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4 Responses to Thesis Time!

  1. Good luck Travis!! All the best buddy!

  2. Marie-Eve Mathieu says:

    Bonne défence Travis – I wish you a lot of success.

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