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Dr. Phillip Gardiner presenting On the move – a look at the current status of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Gardiner will talk about future directions of CIHR funding initiatives, as well as strategic priority areas such as physical activity, mobility and health, pain, disability and chronic disease, and tissue injury, repair and replacement. Dr. Gardiner, who is interim scientific director of the IMHA and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Health Studies at the University of Manitoba, will talk about changes CIHR is undergoing affecting health researchers as well as the IMHA strategic plan for 2013-18.

Dr. Gardiner is the interim scientific director the IMHA of the CIHR, Canada Research Chair, Physical Activity and Health Studies, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management member, Spinal Cord Research Centre, Dept. of Physiology at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Gardiner's primary research interest is in defining the role of regular physical activity in determining the properties of the nervous system. In particular, his research program is designed to attempt to uncover basic adaptive mechanisms in nerve cells and to demonstrate indirect evidence for activity-related adaptations in the central nervous system.

The knowledge that will be generated is necessary for the development of a mechanistic approach to the use of exercise as a rehabilitative tool in conditions of neural and neuromuscular deficiencies. These conditions include those caused by normal and abnormal aging, those resulting from trauma and disease, or chronic inactivity-related neural and neuromuscular deficiencies.

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