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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

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


Certified Exercise Physiologist (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology)

Teaching Interests

Exercise Physiology
Physical activity and Health
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Exercise Testing and Prescription

Research Interests

I am interested in educating the population about the benefits of exercise as I strongly believe that living a physically active lifestyle is the best medicine and can be used in the place of pharmaceuticals in chronic disease management. I hope to continue to broaden this area of scientific knowledge through research, knowledge translation and teaching.


Lesser IA, Fokowan A, Punthakee Z, and Lear SA. Associations between physical fitness and anthropometric and body composition measures in South Asian schoolchildren. Accepted to Journal of Physical Activity Research

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. 2016, 41 (9):931-7.

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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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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