Stephen Cornish, PhD
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Assistant Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
117 Frank Kennedy Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3T 2N2


Post-doctoral (Nutrition Research Division) Health Canada - 2009

Ph.D. (Kinesiology) University of Saskatchewan – 2008

M.Sc. (Kinesiology) University of Saskatchewan – 2001

B.Sc. (Physical Education) University of Saskatchewan – 1997 

Research Interests

Dr. Stephen Cornish’s research is focused on exercise and nutritional immunology. In particular, his research is concerned with the effects that exercise and nutritional interventions can have in ameliorating chronic low grade inflammation that is observed in many of the chronic diseases society is facing at this time. As a chronic low grade inflammatory response is thought to be associated with or a cause of disease, finding optimal exercise and nutritional strategies to lower inflammation is seen as key in disease management and prevention. Other research interests include: inflammatory response to exercise, exercise and aging, exercise and health, and overtraining/over-reaching. 


Cornish SM, Johnson ST.  Systemic cytokine response to three bouts of eccentric exercise.  Results in Immunology.  4: 23-29, 2014.

Billinsky J, Glew RA, Cornish SM, Whiting SJ, Thorpe LU, Alcorn J, Paus-Jenssen L, Hadjistavropoulos T, Chilibeck PD. No evidence of hypoglycemia or hypotension in older adults during 6 months of flax lignan supplementation in a randomized controlled trial: a safety evaluation. Pharmaceutical Biology. 51(6):778-82, 2013.

Candow DG, Forbes SC, Little JP, Cornish SM, Pinkoski C, Chilibeck PD. Effect of nutritional interventions and resistance exercise on aging muscle mass and strength. Biogerontology. 13(4):345-58, 2012.

Burr J, Shephard R, Cornish S, Vatanparast H, Chilibeck P. Arthritis, osteoporosis, and low back pain: Evidence-based clinical risk assessment for physical activity and exercise clearance. Canadian Family Physician. 58(1):59-62, 2012.

Cornish SM, Wood CM, L’Abbe MR, Gilani GS, Cooke GM, Curran IH, Xiao CW. Sex- and age-specific immunomodulatory effects of dietary soya protein isolate and isoflavones in rats. British Journal of Nutrition. 106(5):683-687, 2011.

Chilibeck PD, Cornish SM, Schulte A, Jantz N, Magnus C, Schwanbeck S, Juurlink BThe effect of spinal manipulation on imbalances in leg strength. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 55(3):183-192, 2011.

Judd TB, Cornish SM, Barss TS, Oroz I, Chilibeck PDTime course for recovery of peak aerobic power after blood donation. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 25(11): 3035-3038, 2011.

Chilibeck PD, Vatanparast H, Cornish SM, Abeysekara S, Charlesworth, S. Evidence-based risk assessment and recommendations for physical activity: arthritis, osteoporosis, and low back pain. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 36(S1): S49-S79, 2011.

Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD. Multiple interventions for treating chronic inflammation in older adults: what is the best strategy? Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. 38(2):99, 2010 (Letter to the Editor).

Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD, Biem HJ, Paus-Jenssen L, Khozani T, Senanayake V, Vatanparast H, Little JP, Whiting SJ, Pahwa P. A randomized controlled trial of the effects of flaxseed lignan complex on metabolic syndrome composite score and bone mineral in older adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 34(2): 89-98, 2009.

Vatanparast H, Chilibeck PD, Cornish SM, Little JP, Paus-Jenssen LS, Case AM, Biem HJ. DXA-derived abdominal fat mass, waist circumference, and blood lipids in post-menopausal women. Obesity. 17(8): 1635-1640, 2009 .

Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD. Alpha-linolenic acid supplementation and resistance training in older adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 34(1): 49-59, 2009.

Cornish SM, Candow DG, Jantz N, Chilibeck PD, Abeysekara S, Zello GA. The effects of conjugated linoleic acid combined with creatine monohydrate and whey protein supplementation during strength training. International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. 19(1): 79-96, 2009.

Little JP, Forbes S, Candow DG, Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD. Creatine, arginine α-ketoglutarate, amino acids, and medium-chain triglycerides and endurance and performance. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. 18(5): 493-508, 2008.

Candow DG, Little JP, Chilibeck PD, Abeysekera S, Zello GA, Kazachkov M, Cornish SM, Yu PH. Low-dose creatine combined with protein during resistance training in older men. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 40(9): 1645-1652, 2008.

Chilibeck PD, Cornish SMEffect of estrogenic compounds (estrogen or phytoestrogens) combined with exercise on bone and muscle mass in older individuals.Applied Physiology, Nutrition, & Metabolism.33(1): 200-212, 2008.

Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD, and Burke DG. The effect of creatine monohydrate supplementation on sprint skating in ice-hockey. Journal of Sport and Medicine in Physical Fitness. 46(1): 90-98, 2006.

Research Funding:

Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund

Courses Taught:

KIN 4460 – Fitness Appraisal and Lifestyle Counseling
KIN 4560 – Advanced Fitness Appraisal and Lifestyle Counseling

Graduate Students

Jeremie Chase
Donald Fowler