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About PACE

Message from the Director

Stuart Phillips, PACE Director

Our five research-based exercise programs serve seniors and people living with cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.

More than 200 students work alongside our team of health professionals and staff in a specialized exercise and rehabilitation centre at McMaster University. Together, we provide community members with a welcoming, safe and supportive environment.

Along with achieving their health and wellness goals, community members help students gain invaluable experience through experiential education. Community members can also participate in faculty-led research studies that advance scientific discoveries and knowledge related to health and exercise, active living and optimal aging.

Our first program at the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE) grew out of a research study conducted 40 years ago. Participants wanted a way to stay connected with each other and the university once the study was completed. While PACE has grown significantly over the decades since, that spirit of camaraderie remains strong among our community members, students, staff and researchers.

Whether you are a community member, student or donor, we would be honoured to welcome you at PACE.

Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FCAHS
Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Director, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)