Kevin PowerMy name is Kevin Power and I am currently completing a PhD in Physiology at the Spinal Cord Research Centre in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. My journey in academics began as an undergraduate student at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (SHKR) where I began doing research as a work term project and quickly realized that I wanted to further my academic career in a research capacity. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I decided to enter the Masters program at the SHKR where I gained valuable experiences that have helped me to reach and succeed in my current position.
As a graduate student in SHKR I was involved in many aspects of academia. I was given the opportunity to present my research at several national conferences, one of which I helped organize, co-authored 7 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and worked as an instructor for several exercise science courses. This strong combination of research and professional development has helped me to secure prestigious national, provincial, and university scholarships, all of which have substantially aided my academic career.
My research work in SHKR examined how training regiments, passive stretching and environmental changes (e.g. hyperbaric conditions) could affect the output of the motor system. My current research is much different and entails the use of animal models to investigate the fundamental mechanisms used by the nervous system for motor control. I feel however that the applied physiology I learned during my time at SHKR has provided me with an applied perspective on fundamental questions in neuroscience, a quality that has helped me as a scientist. Following the completion of my PhD, I have secured a position as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Phillip Gardiner to study the effects of exercise on the motor system using animal models.
I strongly believe that the knowledge, skills, and experiences I accumulated as a graduate student at the SHKR provided me with the capability, opportunity, and confidence to pursue a PhD in basic medical sciences.