Stuart Phillips
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Professor; Associate Chair, Research; Director, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE); Director, McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)
Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E212
905 525 9140 ext. 24465

Professor Phillips is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging. He is a Professor in Kinesiology, and Graduate Faculty in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and exercise on the mechanisms of human skeletal muscle protein turnover. He is also keenly interested in diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition particularly in older persons.

His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the US NIH, the USDA, and several industry partners.

Dr. Phillips was the inaugural recipient of the Enzo Cafarelli Graduate Mentor Award in 2017. He was named to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Award in 2018-2021 as one of the top 1% of all cited researchers in physiology and nutrition. He has more than 50,000 citations and an h-index of 121;

Protein; Skeletal Muscle; Aging; Sarcopenia

REVIEW ARTICLES (trainees underlined)
  1. S.M. Phillips, K.J. Lau, A.C. D'Souza, and E.A. Nunes. An umbrella review of systematic reviews of β-hydroxy-β-methyl butyrate (HMB) supplementation in ageing and clinical practice. J. Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 13(5):2265-2275, 2022.
  2. C. Lim, E.A. Nunes, B.S. Currier, J.C. Mcleod, A.C.Q. Thomas, S.M. Phillips. An evidence-based narrative review of mechanisms of resistance exercise-induced human skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 54(9):1546-1559, 2022
  3. E.A. Nunes, T. Stokes, J. McKendry, B.S. Currier, and S.M. Phillips. Disuse-induced skeletal muscle atrophy in disease and nondisease states in humans: mechanisms, prevention, and recovery strategies. Am. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. 322(6): C1068-1084, 2022.
ORIGINAL ARTICLES (trainees underlined)
  1. C. Lim, D. Traylor, C. McGlory, S. Joanisse, J. McKendry, T. Grewal, J. Mcleod, T. Prior, E.A. Nunes, M. Lees, and S.M. Phillips. Increased protein intake derived from leucine-enriched protein enhances the integrated myofibrillar protein synthetic response to short-term resistance training in untrained men and women: a 4-day randomized controlled trial. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 47(11):1104-1114, 2022.
  2. M.S. Brook, T. Stokes, S.H.M. Gorissen, J.J. Bass, C. McGlory, J. Cegielski, D.J. Wilkinson, B.E. Phillips, K. Smith, S.M. Phillips, and P.J. Atherton. Declines in muscle protein synthesis account for short-term muscle disuse atrophy in humans in the absence of increased muscle protein breakdown. J. Cachexia Sarcopenia Musc. 13(4): 2005-20016, 2022.
  3. S.A. Fortino, M. Wageh, R. Potello, C. McGlory, D. Kumbhare, S.M. Phillips, and G. Parise. Sex-based differences in the myogenic response and inflammatory gene expression following eccentric contractions in humans. Front. Physiol. 13:880625, 2022.
  4. C.G. Vann, C.L. Sexton, S.C. Osburn, M.A. Smith, C.T. Haun, M.N. Rumbley, P.W. Mumford, N.T. Montgomery, B.A. Ruple, J. McKendry, J. Mcleod, A. Bashir, R.J. Beyers, M.S. Brook, K. Smith, P.J. Atherton, D.T. Beck, J.R. McDonald, K.C. Young, S.M. Phillips and M.D. Roberts. Effects of high-volume versus high-load resistance training on skeletal muscle growth and molecular adaptations. Front. Physiol. 13:857555, 2022.
  5. T. Stokes, Y. Mei, F. Seo, J. McKendry, C. Mcglory, and S.M. Phillips. Dairy and Dairy Alternative Supplementation Increase Integrated Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis Rates, and are Further Increased when Combined with Walking in Healthy Older Women. J. Nutr. 152(1):68-77, 2022.
  6. C.R.G. Willis, I.J. Gallagher, D.J. Wilkinson, M.S. Brook, J.J. Bass, B.E. Phillips, K. Smith, T. Etheridge, T. Stokes, C. McGlory, S.H.M. Gorissen, N.J. Szewczyk, S.M. Phillips, P.J. Atherton. Transcriptomic links to muscle mass loss and declines in cumulative muscle protein synthesis during short-term disuse in healthy younger humans. FASEB J. 35(9): e21830, 2021.
Degree University Year
PhD University of Waterloo 1995
MSc McMaster University 1991
BSc McMaster University 1989
Degree Name
MSc Alysha D’SOUZA
Jonathan MCLEOD
Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Changhyun LIM
Dr. Everson NUNES
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