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Iris Lesser

Dr. Iris Lesser, PhD

Limited Term Faculty

Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology

Chilliwack campus at CEP, A3440

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 2254

email Iris

Education

BSc. Kinesiology Honours, Dalhousie University
MSc. Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
PhD Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University

Memberships

Certified Exercise Physiologist (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology)

Teaching Interests

Physical Activity and Health, Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Prescription

Research Interests

Evidence based physical activity promotion, Culturally adapted physical activity programming, Effectiveness of community based programming on the health of cancer survivors

Presentations

Guest speaker, University of Winnipeg, Exercise is Medicine, April 2017

Lesser IA, Yew A, Lear S. Change in physical activity is associated with change in visceral adipose tissue: a 5 year longitudinal study. 2013. Can J Cardiol, 29 (10): S318. Oral Presentation.

Lesser IA, Lear S, Lockhart C, Madden K. Aerobic exercise does not significantly alter body composition in a high risk older adult population. 2013 Can J. Diabetes 37: S228. Oral Presentation.

Lesser IA, T Dick, D Gasevic, S Lear. The associations between physical activity intensity and liver fat: a five year follow up in a multiethnic cohort. 2012. Can J. Cardiol, 28 (5): S173. Oral Presentation.

Lesser IA, Taylor D, Gasevic D and Lear SA. The associations between physical activity intensity and liver fat: a five year follow up in a primary prevention multi-ethnic cohort. 2012. Can. J. Cardiol. 28(5): S173-4. Oral Presentation.

Publications

Lesser IA, Fokowan A, Punthakee Z, and Lear SA. Associations between physical fitness and anthropometric and body composition measures in South Asian schoolchildren. J. of Physical Activity Res. 2(1), 2017.

Fowokan A, Lesser IA, Humphries KH, Mancini JBG, Lear SA. The predictive relationship between baseline insulin and glucose with subclinical atherosclerosis after 5 years in a multi-ethnic cohort. Atherosclerosis 257: 146-51, 2017.

Lesser IA, Hoogbruin A, Singer J, Mackey DC, Guenette JA, Gasevic DC and Lear SA. Association between exercise-induced change in body composition and change in cardio-metabolic risk factors in post-menopausal South Asian women. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab.  41 (9):931-7, 2016.  

Lesser IA, Singer J, Hoogbruin AH, Mackey DC, Katzmarzyk PT, Sohal P, Leipsic J and Lear SA. Effectiveness of Exercise on Visceral Adipose Tissue in Older South Asian Women. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 2016, 48 (7), 1371-8.

Devin P, Lesser IA, Stickland M, Petersen S. The effects of heavy load carriage on physiological responses to graded exercise. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 116 (2): 275-280, 2016.

Lesser IA, Dick T, Guenette JA, Hoogbruin A, Mackey DC and Lear SA. Cardiorespiratory fitness and visceral adipose tissue in South Asian women. Preventive Medicine Reports. Sept (2): 783-7, 2015.

Lesser IA, Hodges ANH. The effects of a delay following warm up on the heart rate response to sudden strenuous exercise. Br. J. Medicine and Medical Research. 8 (9): 765-771, 2015.

Lesser IA, Dick T, Gasevic D, Mackey D, Leipsic J and Lear SA. The association between physical activity and liver fat after five years of follow-up in a primary prevention multi-ethnic cohort. Preventive Medicine. 67:199-203, 2014.

Gasevic D, Mancini J, Lesser IA, Cefam A and Lear SA. The association between “hypertriglyceridemic waist” and sub-clinical atherosclerosis in a multi-ethnic population. Lipids in Health and Disease. 13 (38), 2014.

Lesser IA, Gasevic D and Lear SA. The association between acculturation and dietary patterns of South Asian immigrants. PLoS-ONE. 9 (2) e88495, 2014 

Lesser IA, Farias-Godoy A, Isserow S, Myers J and Lear SA. CHAICE: Characterization of Highly Active Individuals with Cardiovascular Disease. Eur. J. Sport Science, 2014.

Lesser IA, Gasevic D and Lear SA. Differences in body composition and cardiometabolic risk factors between males and females of Chinese and European origin and the role of visceral adipose tissue. Appl.Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 38(7):701-6, 2012.

Dick TJ, Lesser IA, Leipsic JA, Mancini GB, Lear SA. The effect of obesity on the atherosclerosis between liver fat and carotid atherosclerosis in a multi-ethnic cohort. Atherosclerosis. 226(1):208-13, 2013.

Lesser IA, Yew AC, Mackey DC and Lear SA. A cross-sectional analysis of the association between physical activity and visceral adipose tissue fat accumulation in a multi-ethnic cohort.  J. Obesity. 2012.

Scott A. Lear and Iris A. Lesser. A review of obesity and body fat distribution and its relationship to cardio-metabolic risk in men and women of Chinese origin. Cardiovasc. Hematol. Disord. Drug Targets. 12(2):113-8, 2012.

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Description

The kinesiology program has not only exposed me to the theory, but has equipped me with a vast amount of practical knowledge, applications, and tools to use in the future. This program has led me to pursue a career in medicine where I can have a positive impact on other and help them live a healthy life.

  • – P.J. Retief
  •    Kinesiology (Class of 2017)

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