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.

Research Areas:


  • Fitness Appraisal and Lifestyle Counseling (KIN 4460)
  • Advanced Fitness Appraisal and Lifestyle Counseling (KIN 4560)


  • Post-doctoral (Nutrition Research Division) Health Canada (2009)
  • PhD (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan (2008)
  • M.Sc. (Kinesiology), University of Saskatchewan (2001)
  • B.Sc. (Physical Education), University of Saskatchewan (1997)


Turczyn D, McMillan D, Gardiner PF, Cornish SM. Does Sleep Quality between Back-to-Back Matches Influence Running Performance in Canadian Female University Soccer Players? A GPS-based Time-Series Analysis. International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science. 2022; In Press.

Cordingley DM, Cornish SM, Candow DG. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Catabolic Effects of Creatine Supplementation: A Brief Review. Nutrients. 2022; 14, 544.

Cornish SM, Peeler JD. The Effect of a Lower Body Positive Pressure Supported Treadmill Exercise Regime on Systemic Biomarkers of Inflammation and Cartilage Degradation in Individuals with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science. 2021; Vol. 9, No. 3: 18-27.

Jangjo-Borazjani S, Dastgheib M, Kiyamarsi E, Jamshidi R, Rahmati-Ahmadabad S, Helalizadeh M, Iraji R, Cornish SM, Mohammadi-Darestani S, Khojasteh Z, Azarbayjani MA. Effects of resistance training and nigella sativa on type 2 diabetes: implications for metabolic markers, low-grade inflammation and liver enzyme production. Arch Physiol Biochem. 2021 Feb 21:1-9. doi: 10.1080/13813455.2021.1886117. Online ahead of print.

Naghavi-Azad E, Rahmati-Ahmadabad S, Amini H, Azizbeigi K, Helalizadeh M, Iraji R, Cornish SM, Khojasteh Z, Azarbayjani MA. Effects of simultaneous intake of chamomile and ibuprofen on delayed-onset muscle soreness markers and some liver enzymes following eccentric exercise. Ger J Exerc Sport Res.

Chase JE, Peeler JD, Barr MJ, Gardiner PD, Cornish SM. The impact of a single intermittent pneumatic compression bout on performance, inflammatory markers and myoglobin in football athletes. Journal of Trainology. May 2020; Vol. 9, No. 1: Pages 33-38.

Cornish SM, Chilibeck PD, Candow DG. Potential importance of immune system response to exercise on aging muscle and bone. Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2020 Jun 4. doi: 10.1007/s11914-020-00596-1.

Madu VC, Carnahan H, Brown R, Evely K, Tymko KS, Hurrie DMG, McDonald GK, Cornish SM, Giesbrecht GG. Skin cooling on breath-hold duration and predicted emergency air supply duration during immersion. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. 2020 Jul 1;91(7):578-585. doi: 10.3357/AMHP.5433.2020.

Schwanbeck SR, Cornish SM, Barss T, Chilibeck PD. The Effects of Training with Free Weights versus Machines on Muscle Mass, Strength, Testosterone, and Cortisol Levels. JSCR. Published: 2020 Jul;34(7):1851-1859. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003349.

Cornish SM *Bugera EM, Duhamel TA, Peeler JD, Anderson JE. A focused review of myokines as a potential contributor to muscle hypertrophy from resistance-based exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2020 May;120(5):941-959. doi: 10.1007/s00421-020-04337-1. Epub 2020 Mar 6. Review.

Shi D, Clement ND, Bhonde R, Ikegawa S, Mascarenhas VV, Di Matteo B, Indelli PF, Kourkoumelis N, Rodríguez-Merchán EC, Sheykhhasan M, Fu FH, Vaz MA, Kong J, Kingue Azantsa BG, Ye C, Halabchi F, Cornish SM, Hausmann LRM, Siqueira Campos AL, Lopes de Jesus CC, Jorgensen C, Ilieva EM, Wang W, Villarreal Martínez L, Ahn H, Shirinsky IV, Cheung C, Knutsen G, Petersen W, Lane NE, Cai H, Xu W., Wu J, Lu J, Zhang Y, Jiang Q. Society for translational medicine-expert consensus on the treatment of osteoarthritis. Ann Joint. 2019 Dec 4:49 |

Candow DG, Forbes SC, Chilibeck PD, Cornish SM, Antonio J, Kreider RB. Variables Influencing the Effectiveness of Creatine Supplementation as a Therapeutic Intervention for Sarcopenia. Front Nutr. 2019 Aug 9;6:124. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2019.00124. eCollection 2019. Review

Candow DG, Forbes SC, Chilibeck PD, Cornish SM, Antonio J, Kreider RB. Effectiveness of Creatine Supplementation on Aging Muscle and Bone: Focus on Falls Prevention and Inflammation. J Clin Med. 2019 Apr 11;8(4). pii: E488. doi: 10.3390/jcm8040488.

Cornish SM, Myrie SB, *Bugera EM, *Chase JE, *Turczyn D, Pinder M. Omega-3 supplementation with resistance training does not improve body composition or lower biomarkers of inflammation more so than resistance training alone in older men. Nutr Res. 2018 Dec;60:87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2018.09.005. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

Rempel M, Yardley JE, MacIntosh A, Hay JL, Bouchard D, Cornish S, Marks SD, Hai Y, Gordon JW, McGavock J. Vigorous Intervals and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Cross Over Trial. Sci Rep. 2018 Oct 26;8(1):15879. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34342-6.

Bugera EM, Duhamel TA, Peeler JD, Cornish SM. The systemic myokine response of decorin, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-15 (IL-15) to an acute bout of blood flow restricted exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2018 Dec;118(12):2679-2686. doi: 10.1007/s00421-018-3995-8. Epub 2018 Sep 22.

Cornish SM, Peeler JD. No Effect of Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation on Inflammatory and Cartilage Degradation Biomarkers in Individuals with Knee Osteoarthritis. Nutrition Research. 2018 Mar;51:57-66. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2017.12.010. Epub 2017 Dec 29.

Barr M, *Beaver T, *Turczyn D, Cornish S.  The Validity and Reliability of 15 Hz Global Positioning System Units for Assessing the Activity Profiles of Football Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2019 May;33(5):1371-1379. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002076.

Cornish SM, *Chase JE, *Bugera EM, Giesbrecht GG. Systemic IL-6 and Myoglobin Response to Three Different Resistance Exercise Intensities in Older Men. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2017 Nov 1:1-23. doi: 10.1123/japa.2017-0167.