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)


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).