Department of Kinesiology

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Director, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)

Director, McMaster Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair



Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E210
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 24465
Website: Exercise Metabolism Research Group 
Twitter: https://twitter:com/mackinprof


Professor Phillips is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. In addition to being a full Professor in Kinesiology, also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American College of Nutrition (ACN). His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and exercise on human skeletal muscle protein turnover. He is also keenly interested in diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition.

His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation as well as the USDA.

He has received more than $2.4 million in research funding in the last 3 years. Dr. Phillips was the recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award and in 2003 received the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Young Investigator Award. He currently has more than 18000 career citations, and 200 original scientific research and review papers.


Published review articles in 2015 (all trainees underlined)

  1. C.H. MurphyS.Y. Oikawa, and S.M. Phillips. Dietary protein to maintain muscle mass in aging: a case for per-meal recommendations. J. Frailty Aging. 5(1):49-58, 2016.
  2. K.E. BellM.T. von AllmenM.C. Devries and S.M. Phillips. Muscle disuse as a pivotal problem in sarcopenia-related muscle loss and dysfunction. J. Frailty Aging. 5(1): 33-41, 2016.
  3. R.W. MortonC. McGlory, and S.M. Phillips. Nutritional interventions to augment resistance training-induced skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Front. Physiol. 6:245, 2015.
  4. C. McGloryA.J. Hector, and S.M. Phillips. The influence of mechanical loading on skeletal muscle protein turnover. Cell. Mol. Exerc. Physiol. 4(1): e8, 2015.
  5. S.M. Phillips. Nutritional Supplements in Support of Resistance Exercise to Counter Age-Related Sarcopenia. Adv. Nutr. 6(4):452-460, 2015.

Published journal articles in 2015 (trainees underlined)

  1. R.W. Morton, S.Y. Oikawa, C.G. Wavell, N. Mazara, C. McGlory, J. Quadrilatero, B.L. Baechler, S.K. Baker, and S.M. Phillips. Neither load nor systemic hormones determine resistance training-mediated hypertrophy or strength gains in resistance-trained young men.J. Appl. Physiol. In press, 2016.
  2. C. McGlory, S.W. Wardle, L.S. McNaughton.  Fish oil supplementation suppresses resistance exercise and feeding-induced increases in anabolic signaling without affecting myofibrillar protein synthesis in young men. Phys. Rep. 4(6):  e12715, 2016.
  3. R.W. Morton, S.Y. Oikawa, S.M. Phillips, M.C. Devries, and C.J. Mitchell. Self-myofascial release does not improve functional outcomes in ‘tight’ hamstrings.Int. J. Sports Physiol. Perform. In press, 2016.
  4. T.M. Longland, S.Y. Oikawa, C.J. Mitchell, M.C. Devries, and S.M. Phillips. Higher versus lower dietary protein during an energy deficit combined with intense exercise promotes greater lean mass gain and fat mass loss: a randomized trial.Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 103(3): 738-746, 2016.
  5. K.E. Bell, C. Séguin, G. Parise, S.K. Baker, and S.M. Phillips. Day-to-day changes in muscle protein synthesis in recovery from resistance, aerobic, and high-intensity interval exercise in older men. J. Gerontol. A Biol. Sci. Med. Sci. 70(8): 1024-1029, 2015.
  6. M.C. Devries, L.Breen, M. Allmen, M.J. MacDonald, D.R. Moore, E.A. Offord, M-N. Horcajada, D. Breuille, and S.M. Phillips. Low load resistance training during step-reduction attenuates declines in muscle and strength and enhances anabolic sensitivity in older men.Phys.Rep. 3(8): e12493, 2015.
  7. C.H. Murphy, T.A. Churchward-Venne, C.J. Mitchell, N.M. Kolar, A. Kassis, L.G. Karagounis, L.M. Burke, J.A. Hawley and S.M. Phillips. Hypoenergetic diet-induced reductions in myofibrillar protein synthesis are restored with resistance training and balanced daily protein ingestion in older men.Am. J. Physiol. Endo. Metab. 308(9): E734-743, 2015.
  8. C.J. Mitchell, S.Y. Oikawa, D.L. Ogborn, L.G.MacNeil, M.A. Tarnopolsky, S.M. Phillips. Daily chocolate milk consumption does not enhance the effect of resistance training. 40(2): 199-202, 2015.
  9. A.J. Hector, G.R. Marcotte, T.A. Churchward-Venne, C.H. Murphy, L. Breen, M. von Allmen, S.K. Baker, and S.M. Phillips. Whey protein supplementation preserves postprandial myofibrillar protein synthesis during short term energy restriction in overweight and obese adults.J. Nutr. 145(2): 246-252, 2015.
  10. T.A. Churchward-Venne, L.M. Cotie, M.J. MacDonald, C.J. Mitchell, T. Prior, S.K. Baker, and S.M. Phillips. Citrulline does not enhance blood flow, microvascular circulation, or myofibrillar protein synthesis in elderly men at rest or following exercise.Am. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab.  307(1): E71-E83, 2014.




Degree University Year
BSc McMaster University 1989
MSc McMaster University 1991
PhD University of Waterloo 1995

Grad Students

Grad Students


Degree Name  

Tanner Stokes

  Josie Vescio  
PhD Sara Oikawa  
  Robert Morton  
  Kirsten Bell  
  Amy Hector  
Post Doc Michaela Devries  
  Chris McGlory  
  Stefan Gorissen  





Kinesiol 1F03 - Human Nutrition and Health


Kin 721 -  Human Muscle Protein Metabolism


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The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
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