Neurobiology of Physical Activity

Dramatic changes in the brain are observed with physical activity that depend on brain region, age, duration, type, and intensity of physical activity undertaken. There are also indications that genotype and biological sex also play a role in how physical activity can influence brain and physical health. Our researchers are actively investigating changes in neuroplasticity in terms of volume of specific brain regions, white matter hyper intensities, neurogenesis in the hippocampus and synaptic proteins in various regions of the brain to determine what neurobiological changes occur with different types of exercise that vary with age, genotype, and biological sex.

  • Biological Sciences

First Nations land acknowledegement

The UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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