Health and Human Performance Laboratory

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Oshawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on the short and long-term effects of sedentary time and exercise on health and physiology in adults and older adults. 

Areas of expertise

Situated at Ontario Tech University, the Health and Human Performance Laboratory is an innovative research facility dedicated to understanding the response to sedentary time and different intensities of exercise among adults and older adults.

Our work aims to understand why too much sitting is associated with worse health outcomes. Specifically, we characterize the physiological disruption that occurs as a result of prolonged and interrupted sitting. Using human saliva, we have assessed a large number of cytokines, and are moving into novel work to assess the oral microbiome. We are also collaborating on work using multi-omics approaches.

We also focus on understanding how older adults respond to exercise of various intensities, whether as part of a traditional exercise session or as part of a program aimed at interrupting sedentary time with exercise snacks, or breaks in sitting. The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions are assessed by monitoring daily movement patterns.

Together, our innovative work is aimed at understanding how much sitting is acceptable, and the minimum level of activity needed to overcome its negative effects on our health and performance.

Research services
  • Maximal exercise testing
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Movement behaviour monitoring
Sectors of application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



activPAL activity monitors

Monitors daily movement and postural changes.

Parvo Medics metabolic cart

Analyzes ventilation, and concentrations of expired oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Lode cycle ergometer

Allows for exercise that is aerobic and anaerobic in nature.

Trackmaster treadmill

Allows for exercise testing and interventions.